Then and Now: Hoboken’s History Through Postcards

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To learn about historic Hoboken is to love this little town more and more. And for a truly charming window into the past of this old river port, visit the Hoboken Historical Museum to see their large collection of local county postcards through the years. In Hoboken specifically, while things have changed from the earliest images of dramatic cliffs and grassy woodland marshes — where lovers hid to kiss behind trees on the river and clams were actually served at the corner of Newark and River — there are many things that remain the same and feel wonderfully familiar. Hoboken Museum has recently shared some amazing old-school postcards and present day images to discover in the local ‘Then + Now’ slideshow they’ve released. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite images of Hoboken’s history through a series of old school postcards.

Brook’s Store, Washington Street

Then: A postcards shop called Brook’s

postcards stationary hoboken

Now: Napoli’s

brooks store now

We love the pizza here, but postcards and stationery are just as satisfying.

Hoboken Path Station

Then:

hoboken path then

Now:

path station now

Bring back the “Lackawanna Green” trim and good lighting, please.

See More: Hoboken {TBT}: Maxwell’s Tavern, Formerly Known as Maxwell’s

River Street Post Office

Then: 

river st postoffice then

Now: 

river st postoffice now

That little restaurant to the left in the postcard looks adorable. Imagine sending a letter then jetting off in there for a bite to eat back in the day.

Hudson Street South

Then:

hudsonst south then

Now:

hudson st south now

The street awnings, trollies, and carts scream old school charm.

Bloomfield Street

Then:

bloomfield st then

Now:

bloomfield st now

It’s almost exactly the same today, just with the addition of power lines.

Read More: Hoboken #TBT: The Willow Terrace

Garden Street

Then: 

garden st then

Now:

garden st now

Still totally identifiable {with some extra power lines, too}.

Park Avenue

Then: 

park avenue then

Now:

park avenue now

It all seemed so tall back then {seriously, who do we have to talk to about the power lines already}. Colors may change, but the basics stay the same.

Hudson Street North

Then:

hudson st then

Now: 

hudson st now

Lipton’s Tea in the distance with young trees and more cute awnings.

Castle Point Terrace

Then:

castle point ter then

Now: 

castle point now

The San Francisco {treat} of Hoboken.

Carnegie Laboratory of Engineering, Steven’s Institute

Then:

carnegie lib then

Now: 

carnegie lib now

Still as pristine today as it was back then.

Deutscher Club

Then:

deutscher club then

Now: 

Deutscher Club now

This was a German social club before World War I and became the Union Club where Frank Sinatra hit it big in town. Today, the space has been transformed into condos.

Columbia Club

Then:

columbia club then

Now:

columbia club now

A special beauty built by Hoboken’s wealthy as a place to promote cultural and civic projects. Later on, it became a Masonic Temple, then a church, now condos.

Hudson Trust Company

hudson trust company then

Now:

hoboken trust now

For Uptown the folk, who now get to spin in this architectural gem.

These are just snippets of historic Hoboken, but be sure to check out the full 700 plus Hudson County postcard collection and stay longer for the humor and sweetness that is the dedicated museum staff at the Hoboken Historical Museum.

Have you visited one of these historic Hoboken locations? Let us know in the comments!

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Kate Cummings of Freestyle Restyle is a local interior designer specializing in affordable design therapy and decorative solutions for home and office, a history nerd, and rescue dog mama to Special Jonesy Brown. When not at her studio in town or walking from end-to-end checking out favorite buildings, you can find her hiking the mountains and howling at the moon in the Catskills region of the Hudson Valley.


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