New York at Night Postcard


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New York at Night Postcard

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New York at Night Postcard


Skyscrapers--United States


A postcard depicting the New York City skyline at night. Near the center of the photograph is the Empire State Building, which was long considered the tallest structure in the world at 102 stories and 1,252 feet high. Built by architects Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates, the building opened on May 1, 1931, when President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) pressed a button to turn on the lights.

This postcard is part of a collection of postcards kept by Lucile Campbell, a schoolteacher in Sanford, Florida, for 30 years. In 1931, she took advantage of a special rate for teachers and sailed to Europe, where she traveled for several months and is thought to have acquired many of these postcards. During the 1940-1941 school year, Campbell taught at Sanford Grammar School. Before her retirement in 1970, she taught at many other area schools, including the Oviedo School, Westside Grammar School, and Pinecrest Elementary School. Campbell used these postcards as aids in her classrooms to teach advanced subjects, such as Shakespearean drama. The collection, along with her other teaching aids, papers, and photographs, was later found at Sanford Grammar School after it became the University of Central Florida's Public History Center. Campbell's postcard collection and photographs provide insight into the life of a respected Florida educator.


Original 3 x 5 inch color postcard: ACC# SM-00-243, file folder 1 (U.S. blanks), box 10A, Lucile (Mary Lucile) Campbell Collection, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.


Howard Johnson Publishing Department

Date Created

ca. 1950-1959

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1950-1959


Campbell, Lucile

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 3 x 5 inch color postcard.

Is Part Of

File folder 1 (U.S. blanks), box 10A, Lucile (Mary Lucile) Campbell Collection, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.
Lucile Campbell Collection, Student Museum and UCF Public History Center Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




194 KB


3 x 5 inch color postcard




Still Image


Empire State Building, New York City, New York

Accrual Method



History Teacher
Geography Teacher


Originally published by the Howard Johnson Publishing Department.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the UCF Public History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Aphasia Project


Raffel, Sara

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Historical Timeline." Empire State Building.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 color postcard

Physical Dimensions

3 x 5 inches


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