Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey

Found in the Archives: Greetings from Silk City!


As we hit the last third of the summer (where has it gone?), many people start embarking on their final vacations before school starts and work begins to ramp up. Who would of thought that Paterson and the surrounding areas use to be vacation destinations!

Here at the Society, we have a great collection of old postcards from all over the world. Most are in English, but we have some in Yiddish and even Italian. We wanted to highlight the local area and landmarks. With a myriad of choices, we decided to share the post cards with messages and addresses on the back or front.

If you want to see all of our other postcards, please stop on by!

Also, if you have any old postcards from the area, please feel free to send them to us via email, Facebook, Twitter or Pintrest! We would love to see what you have and share them with our members and readers.



Market Street, Paterson, N.J., 1907(?)



School No. 13, Paterson, N.J., 1908 -We have received a postcard you have sent and can’t wait to meet you again. You told me to work very hard I can assure you that I am working hard at home and in the factory. Best wishes and give my best to the family. Ida (Translation by Christina Deustch)

White Block, Market Street, Paterson, N.J., 1908- Dear Father, Please receive best wishes from my family. Marie. (Translation by Christina Deustch)

School No. 5, Paterson, N.J., 1910 – Dear Emma, I guess you will think I have forgotten you, but I have been very busy house cleaning and everything is upside down. Was very glad to hear from you. We (…) home alright (…) raining by the time we got to Paterson. (…) doing fine. Love from May.

Post Office, Paterson, N.J., 1911 – Dear Edith! Come over on Sun Mar 12th, 1911. Now don’t make no excuse, because I am invited you a week a head of time. Your loving friend, Virginia Iandoli, 56 Sassafras St.

Passaic County Courthouse, Paterson, N.J., 1909

Barnert Temple, Paterson, N.J., 1904 – Dear Julia, If Bennie only knew I went here, he might have loved me ten days that week. You say you are good at the table. See that you are not too good to be true. Yours etc., Edith

Barnett (sic) Temple, Paterson, N.J., 1910 – Dear Folks, This is a dead town. 125,000 people & you would think it had about 3,000. Now for N.Y. 4:30 Wed. P.M.

Memorial (Barnert) Temple, Paterson, N.J., 1908(?) – Dear Auntie and Uncle, Our trip has been nice. We send our greeting for all and hope you are all doing well. Best wishes and kisses from all of us. Your nieces and nephews, Ida. (Translation by Christina Deustch)

Public School No. 1, Paterson, N.J., undated

Bird’s Eye View of Passaic, N.J., 1906 – This is the place where we live . Come and see us and I will take you (…) was to Scranton on the 34 & 5. How did the folks enjoy themselves. Good Bye.

Passaic River, N.J., 1907 – Like your card very much. Thanks. All scenery is for city(?). (Donated by Lou Mechanic)

In Eastside Park, Paterson, N.J., 1907 (Donated by Lou Mechanic)

Eastside Park, Paterson, N.J., 1905 – A good place for lovers. F&M. Katrina. (Donated by Lou Mechanic)