The Ridgefield History Shop
Modern postcards with century-old scenes. See below
For many years, we have collected items related to Ridgefield history. Often, we pick up duplicates. We offer some here so that others might share in the history of the town (and help support the RidgefieldHistory.com Website!).
New items will be added to this page periodically. If you are interested in Ridgefield history, please check back.
Note that we also have items related to area and regional
history, especially old postcards.
(We also publish new versions of old postcards, available
by mail or at Books on the Common at 404 Main Street.)
All items can be mailed. However, because almost all items are "used" -- and most are old -- we prefer that prospective buyers inspect them in person before buying. In the case of Bedini's Ridgefield in Review, we often have more than one copy, and allow the buyer to select from among those available.
To ask a question or to set up an appointment, typically on a weekend, email me.
To order by mail, sent to:
© 2010 Jack Sanders
Ridgefield in Review
Aerial view of village of Ridgefield in 1950s. Fascinating look at a half century ago -- when Methodist Church was in center, before Balducci and CVS shopping centers were built, etc. B&W. Unused. $20
Bailey Inn. Early view of inn that stood across from Christian Science church on Main Street. Razed in 1920s. Ca. 1905. Unused. BW. $10
Business Section of Main Street, "as it appeared before the destructive fire of 1895." A ca. 1910 postcard with a pre-1895 picture looking south from about Planet Pizza. BW. Unused. $10
Casagmo. Black and white picture of the house as it overlooked the gardens. 1930s. Unused. Good condition. $12
Casagmo Gardens. Showing gate with datestone saddle. Unused. Black and white. 1930s. $10.
Casagmo Gardens, First Terrace., showing the fountain and part of gate. Unused. Black and white. 1930s. $10
Cass Gilbert Fountain. Hand-colored view of what fountain looked like in 1920s and 30s. Shows house on Main Street in background (#94?). $15.
Colonial Steak House. The old Outpost kennel that became Red Lion (now apartment complex) Dated 1957. Color. Unused. $5.
Congregational Church, unused color card from around 1905; beautiful. $10
Congregational Church, showing the Cass Gilbert Fountain. 1930s card. Black and white. Unused, Good condition. $6.
East Ridge. Hand-colored view from around 1920 showing dirt Governor Street, and what's now Veterans Park field and the police station. Unused. $10.
Elm Shade Cottage. Postmarked 1907 view of current Elms Inn complex on Main Street. Color. $12.
First National Bank & Trust Company of Ridgefield. 1950s view of front of what is now Wachovia. Unused. Glossy color. $4.
Fountain. Hand-colored view of Cass Gilbert Fountain looking due east, with house at 114 Main Street prominently in background. Unused from 1920s, $20.
Fox Hill Inn. Unusual rear view of Fox Hill Inn, the old Outpost Farm mansion, torn down in 1970s. Now Bennett's Pond State Park. Tree in center of picture, surrounded on three sides by building, still stands today at top of hill in park Unused. Late 1940s B&W. $12.
Fox Hill Inn. Impressive view of front of Conley family's old Outpost mansion after it became noted restaurant. Pool in foreground. Terracing and steps can still be seen today at Bennett's Pond State Park. Glossy color. 1950s. Unused. $10.
Gardens of 'Upagenstit,' Residence of Mrs. F.E. Lewis. Hand-colored card showing gardens in foreground, mansion in background (now Ridgefield Manor Estates off West Lane). Hand-colored. Unused. ca. 1920. $20.
Hermit and Hermitage. Famous color card of George Washington Gilbert, seated next to his collapsing house. Published ca. 1913. Unused, $15; used $12.
Inn at Ridgefield (now Bernard's) in 1950s, when outdoor dining patio existed where current main dining room is. Glossy color. Unused. $5
Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, color picture of new building, unused, ca. 1968. $3.
Lahey Studios. Advertising card from 1960s showing sculpture. Studio was on Ridgebury Road. $5.
Landlord Smith's Tavern. View of house/tavern at corner of Main and Prospect, razed to make way for Ridgefield Library. Picture from late 1800s, card from 1910. B&W. Unused. $10
Little Red Schoolhouse. Color card from 1970s. Unused. $2.
Main Street. View of the southern street in Rockwell Road area, with horse and buggies, postmarked 1910. Color. $8.
Main Street. Hand-colored view from in front of library, looking north. Shows mostly the tree-lined, concrete roadway in front of Ballard park. Unused. $5.
Main Street. View taken from center of road, looking north, from in front of Ridgefield Bank. Shows old parking arrangement in front of Ridgefield Hardware block. Around 1962. Glossy color. Unused. $5.
Main Street, Business Section. View from around 1915 looking north from Governor St. Shows today's Wachovia, the building existing before Ridgefield Bank was erected, Old Bissell building, Kid with bicycle. Main St. is a dirt road. Unused. B&W. $15.
Main Street, Looking North from Old Hundred. A view from the middle of the street in front of today's Aldrich Museum. Mostly tree-lined road, ca. 1905. Color. Unused. $5.
Main Street, Looking North to Battle-Ground. Color view from 1910 of Main Street from in front of library looking toward Casagmo. Unused. $10.
Main Street, Looking South from Branchville Road. Real photo view of dirt road, with Crehan house in background. Postmarked 1905. $12; unused. $17.
Main Street, looking south. BW Unused. 1930s. $4.
Main Street, South from King's Lane. Shows Hauley House prominently on left side. Main St. is dirt surfaced. Ca. 1920. Unused. Hand-colored. $15.
Mamanasco Lodge. This is an old mansion that is now used by the St. Ignatius retreat house. When Jesuits owned the place, it was called Manresa. This view from ca 1940 shows when it was a popular resort. B&W. Unused. $10
Manor House. Ridgefield Country Club. The main entrance of the former F.E. Lewis mansion (Lewis Dr., Manor Rd.) when it was a club said to be run by communists. Early 1950s.Unused. BW .$15.
Methodist Church and Parsonage. Old Main Street church. B&W. Card mailed in 1906. $7.
Methodist Episcopal Church and Parsonage. This ca 1908 color card shows mostly the parsonage -- still standing on Main Street just south of Planet Pizza -- and its many-picketed fence. Unused, but a small stain. $10
The Novitiate. Holy Ghost Fathers. Hand-colored view of old stone house that is now the front of the Congregate Housing on Prospect Ridge. Shows novices on the porch. From the 1920s. Unused. $15.
Old Keeler Tavern. Color view from ca. 1905, printed in Germany. Unused, but small stain on non-picture area. $10.
Old Keeler Tavern, "containing cannon ball fired by the British, April 27th, 1777,: beautiful, unused, hand-colored view, ca 1915. $10.
Outpost Inn. Exterior view of main building, 1940s. Now site of Fox Hill condos. B&W, unused but has imperfections. $3.
Outpost Inn. Exterior view of main building that shows the main dining room wing. B&W. 1940s. Unused. $7
Outpost Inn. Exterior front view with 1930s car in front. B&W. Unused. $7
Outpost Inn, Colonial Dining Room. The formal dining room as opposed to where the masses ate. B&W 1940s. Unused, but tiny tear. $4
Outpost Inn. Cottage near main building, with view of gardens. Hand-colored, unused, ca 1930. $12.
Outpost Inn. Entrance hall of main building, built 1812. Was on site of Fox Hill condos until 1968. B&W. 1940s. Unused. $6.
Outpost Inn, Italian Gardens. B&W. 1940s. Unused. $5.
Outpost Inn. Main dining room. View of the rows of tables with lots of windows. B&W. 1940s. Unused. $7.
Outpost Inn, Master Bedroom. Outfitted colonially. B&W, unused, 1940s. $6
Outpost Inn. Tennis courts and grounds. With inn in background. Now Fox Hill condos. B&W. 1940s. Unused. $5.
Oupost Inn. Tap Room. Very cool bar room with map of Conn. on floor and murals of Outpost Nurseries scenes on walls. 1940s. B&W, Unused. $10.
Peter Parley Place. The homestead on lower High Ridge. ca. 1910. C G U $5
Red Lion Restaurant. Three-view color card from 1970s. Razed in 2007 to build apartments. Color. Used. $4.
Residence of Anson Phelps Stokes. Now #54 Main Street. Hand-colored, 1930s. Used. $5.
Residence of Frederick E. Lewis. The mansion that was center of what is now Manor Estates off West Lane. Color. One corner chipped. Postmarked 1909. $6.
Ridgefield Library. Earliest view of new library. Postmarked 1905, but image is earlier. B&W. $5
Ridgefield Library. 1970s glossy color card by Clarence Korker. Unused. $3.
Ridgefield Playhouse. 1950s view of what was, until recently, Webster Bank on Prospect St. Glossy color. Unused. $8
Ridgefield Savings Bank. 1950s view of front of bank on Main Street, by Korker. Unused. Glossy color. $5.
Ridgefield School. Full-color view of school on south Main Street that, in summer, was Ridgefield Inn. Postmarked 1909. Good condition. $10
Ridgefield School. Black-and-white view of the then-new boys school at north end of Lake Mamanasco. ca 1920s. Unused. $5.
St. Stephen's Protestant Episcopal Church. Hand-colored view postmarked 1944. Condition: average. $3
St. Stephen's Protestant
Episcopal Church Interior ca. 1920s view of altar, pews.
Hand-colored. Unused. Good condition. SOLD
South Main Street. Hand-colored, unused card ca. 1920 shows houses at 127 and 139 Main St. (opposite Keeler Tavern), with Main St. as dirt road plus sidewalk. View looks north. Beautiful card. $15.
Stonehenge Inn. The original inn before it burned down. Glossy color card from 1970s or 80s. Unused. $5.
Tode's Inn. (now Bernard's) 1960s view after patio converted to dining room. Glossy color. Unused. $4.
Town Hall. View of front and north side around 1905. Postmarked 1911. Green tint. $5
West Lane, from "Parley Street," showing area of West Lane Inn and Bernard's. Ca 1920. Hand-colored. Back has some damage. $5.
War of the Revolution Monument, in the wall in front of Casagmo. ca 1930. BW $5
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Bridgeport Collection: 11 different Bridgeport scenes, all 100 or so years old. Mostly used. $10.
New York City Collection: 77 postcards, almost all 100 or more years old, with scenes of New York City, including buildings, bridges, streets, subways. Fascinating look at the city a century ago! Most used. $75
OTHER CARDS: Here's a list of other non-Ridgefield postcards for sale. Click here.