Welcome to Vintage Railroad Postcards!

Thank you for stopping by! This is the blog for the Russell P. Panecki Collection of vintage railroad-related postcards. The entire collection consists of nearly one thousand so far with images dating from circa 1904 to the 1950s. To leave a comment, ask a question, to contribute or correct historical information, a comment box is located to the left for your convenience.

Each page, including this homepage, has an index located in the lower portion of the page. In addition to the index, posts were updated with historical information, new postcards added from storage files, while some posts were completely rewritten or edited for corrections. Three articles have been added and are worth reading. They include how vintage postcards were made, the history of Pennsylvania Station, and the history of Grand Central Terminal.

My apologies, but the postcards in my collection and on this blog are not available for sale, copying, or for contribution to projects. Please keep in mind that I reserve all rights to the images and content of this blog.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Waterbury, Connecticut

The Waterbury, Connecticut, was an unusual architectural building on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Opening in 1909, it replaced an earlier street level structure and was designed by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White in New York. Known for its beau arts designs, the firm included New York's Pennsylvania Station in its portfolio. The large clock, near the top of the tower, was built by the Seth Thomas Clock Company. The tower itself was modeled after the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy, and was not part of the original plans. A bell tower, above the clock, was added in 1916. Waterbury and the surrounding area was known for clock making and the clock tower a fitting tribute to that industry. The all-brick station still stands today and is the home of the Republican-American newspaper. This postcard view was published shortly after the station's opening.

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