This vintage postcard features a view of the steamboat landing in Huntington Harbor, Long Island, New York. In addition to the two steamboats seen at the landing; there are a number of other boats visible in the busy Harbor. The steamboats carried passengers to New York City, Connecticut, and other places. This postcard was published by Photo & Art Postal Card Company as part of a series (No.14). The firm was located in New York City. The message on the reverse includes the writer’s phone number. It only uses three digits. The card was postmarked in Northport, New York. It was postmarked in 1928. Note that the card has a bit of wrinkling in it’s top left hand corner. SOLD

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This vintage real photo postcard features the steamer “Huntington”. The ship was photographed as she travelled through Huntington Harbor, in Huntington, Long Island, New York. The 125 foot boat was built in 1888. It had a regular run between Huntington and Pier 36 in New York City. The ship also made two trips each summer, across the Long Island Sound to Norwalk, Connecticut. In addition, the steamer “Huntington”, was also chartered for excursion parties by local residents. In 1913, the ship was bought by the George W. Bush & Sons Company. The firm was located in Wilmington, Delaware. The steamer was used to transport freight down the Delaware River. After changing ownership a number of times, the ship was scuttled in 1938. This postcard was published by D. W, Trainer. The card was printed in Germany. The message on the postcard was written in 1910. This 110 year-old postcard is in very good condition.  SOLD

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This vintage divided back postcard features a scene showing the Goodrich Steamer, “City of Racine” entering the harbor. The Goodrich Steamship Line operated steamships in the Great Lakes region during the 19th and early 20th century. The company generally operated on Lake Michigan. The line was founded in 1868. The company owned an excursion route between Chicago and Milwaukee for more than 30 years. Most of the company’s ships were named after the cities they serviced. Goodrich went bankrupt in 1933. This postcard was distributed by M. L. Annenberg of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The card was published by A. C. Bosselman & Company of New York and it was printed in Germany. The card has a Milwaukee postmark and it is dated 1910.  (SOLD)

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The attractive woman in this cabinet card is adorned with a lace cap and lace collar. Her outfit is a bit unusual but she would look beautiful no matter what she was wearing. The photographer of this image was F. W. Guerin, and his studio was located at 627 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri. Guerin received a medal for his work at the World Exposition in Paris (1878) and was similarly honored at the St. Louis Worlds Fair (1904). Fitz W. Guerin (1846-1903) was an excellent photographer but he was also a hero during the American Civil War. He was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Guerin was a private in Battery A, 1st Missouri Volunteer Light Artillery. His citation states that along with two of his comrades, he voluntarily took a position aboard the steamer, Cheeseman, in which he took charge of all the guns and ammunition. He took this role while the steamer was unmanageable and under heavy enemy fire. After the war he became an apprentice photographer and later had a successful career photographing the well-to-do citizens of St. Louis. Guerin took many wonderfully posed photographs of beautiful women; he seems to have had an eye for the ladies.


This Cabinet Card captures the image of a young fireman in Steamer Company #4 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is wearing his dress uniform as he poses in the photographic studio of E. C. Nickerson located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The badge on his cap discloses that he is a member of steamer company #4. The first steam fire engine was built in England by Braithwaite and Ericsson in 1829. Captain Ericsson came to the United States where he produced the Civil War  ironclad, the Monitor.  In 1840, the first steam fire engine was produced in the United States. An improved and successful steamer in the United States was designed in 1852. The steamer fire engine could produce as many as six separate streams of water. The Cabinet Card Gallery’s category of “Firemen and Policemen” has a portrait of a second member of the Portsmouth Fire Department. Check it out. To view a another photograph by Nickerson, click on the category “Photographer: Nickerson”.