Index of Ridgefield postcards in collection of Jack Sanders

 

This is an index of the cards in our collection, arranged alphabetically by title. Index also lists the type of card, who published it, approximate date, and information about the card.

To search the index, use your browser’s search feature (Control-F in Windows; Option-F in Macs). Look for keywords, such as past owners of houses, names of businesses, churches, roads, etc. Try one-word searches first.

Scanned copies of these cards can be made. Please e-mail the collector.

 

Abbreviations used in the index

Alb. = Albertype Postcard Company        B = Dated by hand         BW = Black & white

CH = Chrome (modern glossy color)        CP = Color print (old lithography)

HC = hand-colored        PM = postmarked date         RP = real photograph

Last updated Dec. 12 2014

 

Questions? E-mail jackfsanders[at]yahoo.com

 

Title

Type

Publisher

Date

Description

Albert Stockli at Stonehenge

CH

Travel Literature Corp.

1960s?

Picture of Chef Stockli holding a platter of food, with Stonehenge Inn in the background.

Aldrich Museum

CH

Press House Inc.

1970s?

Shows sculpture garden and  rear, of museum before any additions were built on building.

Alibi, The

CH

Dexter

1960s

Two interior scenes of Route 7 restaurant that burned down in early 1970s.

“Aloha,” Summer home of James Bradley

RP

 

1912PM

House may be on NY line along West Lane

Altar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

HC?

H.D. Smith

1910

Shows interior of pre-1915 church.

Altnacraig, front view, residence of A. Barton Hepburn, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Newvochrome

1914PM

Front of mansion on High Ridge; matches “review view” card; see also Altnacraig cards under under Residence of

Altnacraig, rear view, residence of A. Barton Hepburn, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell, Newvochrome

Ca. 1914

The rear of the house; matches “front view” above.

“Another view of the Gaines Research Kennels…”

BW

Collotype

1950PM

Building that is now Belzoni’s Red Lion restaurant on Route 7

Bailey Inn

RP

Mignerey

1912?

RP card used by pharmacist George A. Mignerey to order new cards; shows rear wing of Bailey Inn that stood on Main Street.

Bailey Inn

 CP

Mignerey

1912?

Color card, made in Germany, from the above order.

Bailey Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith/Alb.

1913PM

The inn from Main Street

Bailey Inn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

??

1905?

Small image, undivided back card; picture is same, though cropped differently, as Bissell card credited to Koehler. Very old. Shows more of north side than most.

Bailey Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Bissell

1905?

Photo by Koehler; not very good printing. See above.

Bailey Inn, The

BW

??

1905?

Very early, 1/3 image card; same Koehler picture as above two, but smaller.

Bailey Inn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

Violet tint

?

Ca 1915

Same image as above, but larger

Bailey Inn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1914PM

View of front, with dog in driveway, carriage at steps.

Bailey Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

Green tint

Bissell

1906PM

Early view, with a little of the north side. No leaves on trees.

Bailey’s Inn

CP

Rotograph

1910

Shows chickens in yard; man in carriage at right (photographer?)

Bailey Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

HD Smith

1909D

Two women in front; owner of card dates lunch there at 1909.

Beacon Hill Cottage, Residence of Dr. Newton H. Shaffer, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1920s

House still stands at or around 314 Wilton Road West, but porches and 3 of 4 chimneys are now gone.

Benjamin Franklin Grammar School, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Simon

Ca 1920

Shows “old high school” northeasterly before any additions.

Bissell’s Drug Store…

CH

 

Early 60s

Color chrome card nicely shows Bissell’s, A&P and Ridgefield Savings Bank, with period cars.

Bluebird, The, Ridgefield, Conn

HC

Bissell/Alb

Ca 1920

The apartment building on West Lane, across from the West Lane Inn. A/k/a called West Lane Inn early on (see card)

Blue Bird Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

Brown tint

?

Ca 1915

Different angle from above.

Book Barn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

Buff tint

 

1938PM

“Old and new books. Tea is served.” Now a house on Wilton Road West at Wilton town line.

Book Barn, The, Ridgefield, Conn

Buff

 

1930s

Probably done at same time as above, but shows long view.

Book Barn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

Buff, glossy

 

1930s

Contemporary with above, this view shows dirt highway, and town line sign at left.

Book Barn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

 

1930s

This is a double-wide card, with close-up view of property – mostly greenery.

Book Barn, The

RP

 

1930s

Set of 3 glossy RPs, with two outside views, and one inside; interior shot shows many books on display, part of fireplace.

Branchville RR Station

BW

German

Ca 1905

Early view of station, looking east, with large house in background.

Branchville Railroad Station

RP

 

1986

Photo of station, made into postcard

Bridge across Norwalk River, Branchville, Conn.

CP

LC. Mead/ Newvochrome

1914PM

Beautiful view from what’s now Route 7 of lower bridge, and Peaceable Street in background. Shows tracks, but station out of sight. Bridge is still there.

Business Block, A, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Simon

1920s

Denton Block northward, including Joseph Roberts contractor and Walker’s Happy Shop, Hibbart’s market.

Business Block, A. Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Simon

1920s

Same as above, but lightly hand-colored.

Business Center, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Litho-chrome

1911PM

Looking north on Main St. from St. Stephen’s area; “laundry” sign in front of current Ridgefield Bank.

Business District, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1952 PM

In front of “Squash’s”; shows old parking arrangement. Town hall, Bedient block in background

Business Section, Branchville, Conn.

BW (buff)

Artvue

1920s?

Shows old Ancona’s Market, with lots of cars from the 20s.

Business Section, Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Howard D. Smith

1908PM

Looking south at east side of Main Street; show’s Gottlieb’s store, Adams & Keeler Real Estate, etc.; a later view is in “Main Street South from Ridgefield Pharmacy.

Business Section of Main Street as It Appeared before the Destructive Fire of 1895

HC & BW

HD Smith

1907PM

Both colored and black and white versions. Looks south from about where Roma Pizzeria is today. Shows old town hall, livery stable sign; fence at Methodist church. See also below.

Business Section of Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn., Looking North

BW

HD Smith

1908PM

Same series as above card; view is front in front of Squash’s looking toward Bedient block and beyond.

Camp Adventure, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

1960s

Dexter

View of docks, boats, kids on Great Pond (which card calls Arden Lake).

Camp Topstone, Branchville Conn., The Front Lawn

RP

??

??

View showing camp buildings. This was probably the same as Camp Adventure, above, also known as Arden Camp (q.v.), nowhere near Branchville.

Camp Topstone, Branchville Conn., The Swimming Pool

RP

??

??

View of dock-enclosed area of large pond. Very similar to aerial view of docks at Camp Adventure.

Campers off for a Tramp

BW

YMCA

1906PM

This card was postmarked from Ridgefield, but does not say the view is from Ridgefield. Shows kids walking down dirt road. May be from old Fresh Air Camp in Branchville.

Candle Shop

CH

Fred’s Studio/ Dexter

1960s

View of Route 7 store with oval inset showing interior

Candle Shop, the

CH

Wicks Studio

1970s?

View of the store

Candle Shop

CH

Stamford Photo/ Dexter

1961PM

Includes sign.

Cannon Ball House, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Rotograph

Ca 1910

Keeler Tavern; wonderful, warm coloring typical of Rotograph

“Casagmo” Residence of Geo. M. Olcott, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Lithochrome

1908

Main Street, looking toward entrance to Casagmo, with mansion looming in background. Shows old gatekeeper’s cottage.

“Casagmo,” Residence of Mr. Geo. M. Olcott

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1910s

Shows front of the house, obscured by shrubs.

Casagmo, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1910

Front of mansion – very similar to above shot, but a photo.

Casagmo, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Privately printed?

1930s?

Shows front of house, closer than above.

Casagmo, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Privately printed?

1930s?

Shows rear of house and gardens.

Casagmo Gardens, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1st Terrace

Rust tint

Privately printed?

1930s

Shows statue and fountain, with gate in background.

Casagmo Gardens, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 2d Terrace

BW

Privately printed?

1930s

Garden scene with chairs.

Casagmo Gardens, Ridgefield, Connecticut, Entrance

Rust tint

Privately printed

1930s?

Vertical card showing gate

[Casagmo]

RP

Privately produced?

1907PM

Real photo showing front of mansion from street near entrance

Cascade, Godfrey’s Woods, Branchville, Conn.

BW

A.M. Simon

Ca 1920

Falls, tiny pond, stream; location unknown.

Cass Gilbert Fountain, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

?

1931PM

Fountain looking west, with West Lane in background; at right is old car parking in front of corner store; antiques sign visible there. [See also under Fountain]

Cass Gilbert Fountain, West Lane, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1943PM

View toward southeast, with house in background. Tree in island.

Cass Gilbert Fountain & Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle

1947PM

View shows a mailbox and a tree in the fountain island.

Cass Gilbert Memorial Fountain and Cannonball House, Ridgefield, Connecticut

BW

Finch’s Cigar Store/ Dexter

1941PM

Odd view showing Keeler Tavern and “Hoyt” house in background; looks northeasterly

Cass Gilbert’s Memorial, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Simon

1930s

Brick house at 152 Main Street, originally built by Mrs. Cass Gilbert as museum for her husband’s work.

Catholic Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

?

ca 1905

Early card, undivided back, showing front straight on.

Catholic Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

Blue tint

?

Ca 1910

View of St. Mary’s looking from High Ridge toward north, few trees and no leaves on them. Clubhouse at right.

Catholic Church and Rectory, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Simon

1930s?

View from Catoonah Street, looking northeasterly, with rectory in foreground.

“Catholic Church and Parish” Ridgefield, Ct.

CP

Moore and Gibson Co.

Pre-1910

Church and rectory – unusual title.

Circle F Ranch, Ridgefield, Conn.

Green tint

 

1943PM

Collection of seven small views of dude ranch for kids, somewhere in town (old Downesbury Manor?)

Circle Luncheonette, U.S. Route 7, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Picto-Cards

1955B

Front of restaurant. Matches card below.

Circle Luncheonette, U.S. Route 7, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Picto-cards

1955B

Interior of restaurant, showing tables, knotty pine walls, pinball machine, Polo Club sign.

Cocktail Lounge and Bar, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1940s?

Walls show large scenes, including picture of Gaines Research  Kennels, exact view that’s on postcard of that name (q.v.). Floor had a map, much more clearly seen in “Tap Room, Outpost Inn” below.

Colonial Dining Room, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Albertype

1940s?

View of elegant dining room, with fireplace.

Colonial Steak House

CH

Mench /Dexter

1957B

View of building and sign; this was originally Outpost Kennels (see Cocktail Lounge above), then Gaines Research Kennels (q.v.)

Comfort Lodge

RP

?

1909 PM

Picture of a house at a country intersection with signpost; “Comfort Lodge” printed under picture; PM is Ridgefield, but was it here?

Community Center

CH

D&S Distributors

1990s

Card has big red “Ridgefield” on front and shows front of Community Center; erroneously says it was built “in the 1900s.” Photo by J. Nahabedian. Rare “modern” postcard of Ridgefield.

Congregational Church and West Lane, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Bissell / Koehler

1904PM

One of the earliest cards; also fairly common; shows fountain triangle before the fountain existed, and West Lane extending off with church at left and Ingersoll house at right; bit of Corner Store visible. [See also cards listed under First Congregational Church.]

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Garraway Co.

1911PM

View to southwest of church from intersection; clubhouse partially visible in background.

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith

1913PM

View to southwest, with much of intersection in foreground. No fountain.

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Morris Berman

1924PM

View to southwest; fountain in image. Roads are still dirt

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

Green tint

Bissell

1906PM

Cancelled on “Danbury & S. Norwalk RPO” (aboard train); undivided back. Shows church only

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

HE Smith

1908PM?

Printed in Great Britain. Shows church from more WSW.

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn. (handwritten)

BW

?

Before 1903?

This is a “private mailing card,” a type published from 1898 to 1903. Perhaps earliest Ridgefield postcard. Looks SW; tree at left in triangle, which is much larger than now; fence of Corner Store at right.

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Freese Photo Co., Norwalk

1944PM

Unusual view looking south at church from across West Lane; poor quality image

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Rotograph

1908PM

Looking SW; little of roads.

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

HD Smith

1907PM ?

Early card, looking SW; image takes up upper left of card front.

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1938PM

Close-up, looking SW

Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

Ca 1940?

View from in front of Keeler Tavern shows old sign post that was on Main Street just north of West Lane until 1980s; mailbox near church.

[Congregational Church]

RP

 

Ca 1905

Photo looks west from Main across triangle down West Lane; triangle has fire hydrant, tree; no utility poles visible in image.

Constant Creativity – Lahey Studios

CH

Eston Photo Reproductions

1970PM

Advertising card for Lahey Studios, Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, showing five images of bronzes, statues, etc.

Cornen’s Brook, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

 

Ca 1903

Shows swampy brook, probably where Recreation Center site is today.

Cottage, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Treadway/ Alb.

1930s

This building is also shown in background of “Tennis courts, Outpost Inn”

Country Club, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb.

1920s

Shows building on old Ridgefield golf course grounds off Peaceable Street and Golf Lane; later moved to Grove St. as goat barn, then incorporated into New England Institute for Medical Research. Burned in early 1980s.

Country Club, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1920s?

Different angle from above, showing old car and people in front. People look like kids – caddies?

Danbury Road, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

 

1905PM

Shows rutted, dirt road on a curve. Virtually unidentifiable except for curve. Just vegetation on roadsides. Ugly card. 2 copies, another 1907PM

Dining Room, Landlord Smith’s Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1910

Shows fireplace at Smith Tavern. Since tavern was razed to make way for library in 1900, image is probably a photo of a photo; card sent to Benjamin N. Smith of Sohne, Mich. By “Evelyn” (see also Fireplace in Dining Room…”

Dr. Lowe’s Office, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

??

1921PM??

Might be 1931

Clear but tree shrouded view of Lowe’s, later Yanity home, 531 Main St.

Dr. Roberts Place, Ridgefield, Ct [handwritten on front]

BW

“JA”

1922PM

View of house through gate from street. This is the old Wiggin place on Peaceable Street (see “Residence of Albert H. Wiggin”)

Drive-in and Walk-up Building, Ridgefield Savings Bank

CH

Ridgefield Photo Shop / Dexter

Ca 1960

Photo by C.F. Korker

Duck Pond, Casagmo, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith / Alb

1920s

Ducks on a pond; bridge, dam? In background

Dunrovin, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

NEG

Artvue

1940s?

Mansion at West Lane and Country Club Road that burned in late 1970s; once home of Melbert B. Carey, candidate for governor.

Negative and proof in collection.

East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith/ Alb

1910s?

Probably based on early 1900s photo; shows four Ridge houses, Veterans Park fields, Governor Street. Looks southeasterly

East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Bissell

1906PM

Similar SE view, but more trees. Small image on undivided back card.

East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Mignerey / Alb

?

SE view showing Gov. St., lots of trees.

East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Brundage & Benedict

1908PM

Wonderful view of family. Looks east along Governor Street dirt sidewalk, with current police station in back, old Lounsbury house (now Donnelly offices) at left; man, woman, two young girls, may be Rockwells. WEB

East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Litho-Chrome

1908PM

Beautiful, sweeping SE view, as above, but with apple trees in bloom. WEB

East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1920s

View ESE with Ridge houses barely visible behind trees; close to Governor Street.

East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Bissell

1905

Early card, poor quality printing, shows houses with Governor St. in foreground. View same as on some other cards.

Egleston House, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1930s?

The house just south of Jesse Lee Methodist Church on Main St.

Egleston House

RP

?

1910s??

Photo of house at 181 Main St, identified in pencil on back as Egleston – “our house”

Elizabeth K. Morris Memorial Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

HE Smith

1907B

The library, showing strolling garden out back. View looks northeasterly from Main and Prospect.

Elizabeth W. Morris Memorial Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith/ Alb.

1914PM

Looks like same image as above, only hand-colored and with correct name.

Elizabeth W. Morris Memorial Library

BW

H.D. Smith/Alb.

1905

The above card, uncolored.

Elm Shade Cottage, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Souvenir Post Card Co.

1907PM

View of Elms Inn complex, looking northeasterly; leaves on trees obscures some.

Elm Shade Cottages, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Moore & Gibson

1906PM

Two-thirds image. No leaves on trees so buildings more visible than above; northeasterly view.

Elm Shade Cottages, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

 

1903

Very early, thick card; small image, less than half the card.

Elm Shade Cottages

BW

Bissell

1905

An early view of compound

Elms, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1920s

Looking southeasterly; 1920s car in driveway; shows restaurant and building to north, plus a bit of the annex.

Elms, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1911B

Looking northeasterly, good view of annex and restaurant.

Elms, The, Ridgefield, Conn

CP

?

?

Looking northeasterly; possibly a German litho card. Lots of leaves on trees.

Elms, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/

1920s?

Just the restaurant; closeup.

Elms, The

HC

?

1920s

Same as the car-in-driveway view above, but cheap reproduction and poor coloring. BW version also in collection.

Elms Inn and Cottages, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW NEG

?

Ca 1930

Dark shot of compound, looking southeasterly, from across Main Street. Old cars parked along curb. Proof card and negative.

Elms Inn and Cottages, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Lumitone

1932PM

Same photo as above, but with white-backed label on front; colored lightly.

Elms Inn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1910

View from middle of Gilbert Street, looking toward complete. Picture shows a tree in the middle of intersection of Gilbert and Main Streets.

Elms Inn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1920s?

Just the restaurant, looking ENE.

Elms Inn, The

CH

Color Studio

1972PM

Collage of three pictures, one outside, two inside (dining room and tap room)

Elms Inn, The

CH

H.J. Benanti Advertising

1960s?

Restaurant and annex, looking northeasterly.

Elms Inn, The

CH

Danbury Advertising Agency

1956 PM

Front view of the inn; “John C. Scala, proprietor,” on back

Entrance Hall, original Spiral Staircase, built in 1812, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells / Collotype

1930s

Nice interior shot of Outpost Inn interior; there are both horizontal and vertical versions of this card. (See “Original Spiral Staircase…”)

Entrance to F.E. Lewis Res. From West Lane, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Garraway

1912PM

Showing the stone gates

Entrance to Residence of Mrs. A. L. Thomas, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1921PM

Gate and driveway of house that still exists on Golf Lane (brick mansion). However, house not visible in card, and no card of house has ever been found. Tall, slender trees shown are gone, replaced by maples.

Entrance to Upagenstit, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1915

Shot from across West Lane toward gate. Both mansion and greenhouses are visible.

Entrance to “Upagenstit,” Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Probably Alb.

1919PM

A reproduction of the above photo card image.

E.P. Dutton and C.A. Hamilton residence, High Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/Litho-Chrome

Ca 1910

View shows two residences, looking southwesterly from road, with Dutton place in foreground. Hamilton house moved across road.

E.W. Morris Memorial Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Simon

1944PM

Cheap hand-colored card, showing library from the front; also BW version by Nomis (Simon backward)

E.W. Morris Memorial Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1920s?

Front of library, looking northeasterly

E.W. Morris Memorial Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1940s?

Front, looking northeasterly, close-up.

Fire House, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Simon

1920s?

View of firehouse with no additions, just two bays in front.

Firemen’s Fair

RP

 

1905

Photo of George H. Becker, chief, with handwriting promoting fair Sept. 28-30, 1905

Fireplace in Dining Room of Landlord Smith’s Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Alb.

1910s?

Printed view of RP card, “Dining Room, Landlord Smith’s Tavern,” above.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

CH

Endacom

1960s

Card lists times of services.

First Class Limousine Service

CH

??

1970s?

Card shows stretch Cadillac of 1970s vintage; gives rates, etc. says office is 52 Danbury Road, 438-9900.

First Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Litho-Chrome

1908PM

SW view, similar to others (see under Congregational Church)

[First Congregational Church]

BW

?

1906PM

Early card, SW view.

First National Bank, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

Before 1910

Bank building looking SE. This is now the front portion of First Union at Main and Governor Streets.

First National Bank, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1910

View almost due east shows old library and Loder apartments in background left, and a bit of the house-turned-offices on other side of Governor Street at right.

First National Bank and Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1920s

Before Ridgefield Savings Bank was built. View looks now, showing three men chatting. Two may be chauffeurs of cars visible in shot; Francis D. Martin maintained he was the man in the straw hat. Wonderful view. WEB

First National Bank and Trust Co. of Ridgefield, Ridgefield, Conn., Est. 1900

CH

Mench

1960s?

Close-up of bank front. Vertical.

First National Bank and Trust Company of Ridgefield, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

?

1957

This is a calendar postcard, with view of front of bank on top half, and 1957 calendar on bottom half.

First National Bank and Savings Bank, Ridgefield, Conn.

Sepia

Freese Photo/ Collotype

1930s

Shows both banks, looking northeasterly.

Flower Garden and Green-houses of Mr. F.E. Lewis, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

Ca 1910

Good view of the huge greenhouse complex on Upagenstit estate, West Lane (now Ridgefield Manor Estates) See also under “Greenhouses, Upagenstit”

Flower Garden of Mrs. George G. Shelton, The Orchard, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1913PM

Most of this estate was on West Lane in town of Lewisboro, N.Y., but a portion was in Ridgefield.

Formal Garden – Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1940s?

Not very exciting view of shrubs, etc., on north side of inn.

Fountain, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1920s

Fountain from West Lane, looking due east, with Hoyt house in background. Main Street has been colored green so it’s hard to see it’s there. [See also Cass Gilbert Fountain]

Fox Hill, Route 7, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW NEG

Artvue

Late 1940s

The old Outpost mansion-turned-inn, standard view looking north at front, with pool in foreground. Card proof and card negative in collection.

Fox Hill, Route 7, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW NEG

Artvue

Late 1940s

Looking south from mansion across pool to vista toward town Card proof and card negative in collection.

Fox Hill, Route 7, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW NEG

Artvue

Late 1940s

Shows rear of Fox Hill Inn mansion complex. Card proof and card negative in collection.

Fox Hill Restaurant and Inn, John Yervant’s

CH

Lance Litho

1960s

Shows four views of inside and outside of inn, with a fox logo. Many of these were distributed.

Fox Hill…an Inn

CH

Hannan Color Productions

1960s

Shows front of inn, with pool in foreground; back of card has long description of inn and how to get there.

Front and Rear Views of Stebbins Place, Facing Site of Revolutionary Engagement, April 27, 1777

BW

HD Smith

Alb

This saltbox was torn down in early 1890s to make way for Casagmo mansion. This card was produced 10 or 15 years later.

Front and Rear Views of Stebbins Place, Facing Site of Revolutionary Engagement, April 27, 1777

CP

Mignerey

1913PM

This color version of the above has the words set in different type on very white, thick stock.

Front Terrace, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Treadway /Alb

1930s?

Shows lawn, wall, and statue. See also Garden at Outpost Inn, below.

Gaeta Shopping Center

CH

Mench/ Dexter

Ca 1960

Looking south toward Cortina Shop; back says “Something new in shopping pleasure.”

Gaeta Shopping Center

CH

Mench / Dexter

Ca 1960

Shows center’s directory, which lists: Rodier Flowers, Children’s Wear by Cortina, Dr. N. Gross Chiropodist, Roselli Women’s Alteration Shop, December’s Dance Studio, The Yardag Shop, Lou’s Package Store, Baldwin Radio & TV, Angelo’s Restaurant, Gaeta Plumbing & Heating Company.

Gaines Research Kennels, Ridgefield, Connecticut, view of the, as seen from the Danbury-Ridgefield Road.

BW

Collotype

1940s

The old Outpost Nurseries office building, still standing on Route 7 as part of Stonehouse Commons. Looking south. Back says: Research studies in dog nutrition and genetics are carried on in this building and adjoining kennels.” Kennels, now Belzoni’s Red Lion restaurant, are south of this building.

Garden at Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells/ Collotype

1940s

Same scene as “Front Terrace,” above, but lower angle.

Garden Scene, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells/ Collotype

1940s

This shows inn buildings much more than gardens.

Gardens at “Upagenstit” Ridgefield, Conn

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1920s?

Magnificently hand-colored view of the gardens, with the mansion in background.

Geo. Werfelman Seasonal Cabins, Ridgefield, Conn., near Route 7

BW

Dexter

1950s

Actually on Picketts Ridge Road in Redding; shows log cabin.

Geraldine Farrar, Traviata

PR

German

1905PM

A photo portrait of opera star who lived most of her life in Ridgefield. (See postcards of her house in this list.)

Geraldine Farrar als Traviata

PR

German

1906PM

Another picture of above, showing full length gown.

Glass Enclosed Swimming Pool, Ridgefield Resort, Home of the JFPO, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

?

1951

This is the natatorium for F.E. Lewis’s Upagenstit estate. It stood on Lewis Drive in what is now the side yard of a house (the building’s foundation is still visible). JPFO stands for Jewish People’s Fraternal Organization, the owner, which was once investigated for communist ties.

Glass Enclosed Swimming Pool and Tennis Courts, Ridgefield Country Club, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle Post Card View Co.

Ca 1950

View of people playing tennis, with natatorium (above) in background. Card notes club is “a former 3 million dollar estate.” Scene is now homelot on Lewis Drive. (#78?)

Gordon Walsh Agency

CH

C.F. Korker and Dexter

Early 1970s?

Shows front of agency, with second and third floors of Masonic Hall removed photographically. “Leading Realtor firm, suburbly equipped to assist you in purchasing, trading or building your home in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the loveliest truly New England town in the commuting area…”

Governor Lounsbury Home in Veterans Memorial Park Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

Ca 1946

Close-up of front of Community Center, looking southeasterly. See also under Grovelawn.

Graeloe, Residence of Mrs. L. H. Biglow, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

Ca 1910

Front view of the house that stood in Ballard Park

Graeloe, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb.

1920s?

View with lots of trees

Graeloe, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

?

Ca 1910s?

Another view of front

Grammar School, Ridgefield, Conn

BW

Morris Berman

1917PM

The “old high school,” now Richard E. Venus Municipal Building, shortly after it was built and before its many additions. Front, looking due east.

Gray Court College, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW NEG

Artvue

1941B

Three girls standing out behind the mansion that was F.E. Lewis’s Upagenstit. Negative and proof card in collection. See also under Grey Court…

Great Pond Holding Corporation Bathing Beach

CH

Stamford Photo Studio/ Dexter

1960s

The beach that is now Martin Park, back when it was privately held.

Green Doors, The

BW

National Press

1954B

Picture of sign in front of Ridgefield’s only motel, which stood on Route 7 just south of Route 35. Torn down in mid-1980s.

Green Doors, The

BW

Newton Studios

1950s

Picture of a pond. Back says: “Swimming pool at Green Doors, Ridgefield, Conn. Route 7. Rates reasaonble. All rooms with private baths. Phone ahead for reservations. Idlewood 8-6766. Open all year. All knotty pine paneled rooms. Television. Family units.”

Green Doors, Route 7, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

National Press

1950s

View of one of the knotty pined rooms, with bed and lamp.

Greenhouse, The

BW

??

1970s?

Drawing of Ballard Greenhouse, sponsored by Ridgefield and Caudatowa Garden Clubs.

Greenhouses, Upagenstit, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb

1913PM

More distant view than in “Flower Garden and Green-houses of Mr. F.E. Lewis…” House beyond is probably place on Shadow Lane, between High Ridge and Lewis Drive.

Greetings from Ridgefield Conn.

CP

American News Co.

?

Lettering is in gold – could be hand-lettered. Shows a flower, maybe a Mountain Laurel, and leaves.

Greetings from Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Tichnor

1952PM

Generic non-Ridgefield scene of road by water.

Grey Court College, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

Early 1940s

View of the old Upagenstit mansion. There is also a BW version of this in the collection.

Grounds and Drive, Ridgefield Health Resort, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

Ca 1951

The driveway of Upagenstit estate, later Grey Court College, and then the resort (see under “Glass Enclosed Swimming Pool,” above). The view is of today’s Manor Road, looking toward West Lane. Some trees still standing.

“Grovellen,” Residence of Mr. Chas. Holt, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

Ca 1910

Brick mansion at corner of Peaceable Street and High Ridge.

“Grovellen,” Residence of Mr. Charles Holt, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1910s

Slightly different angle from above.

Grovelawn, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb

1910s

View of front, northeasterly, with trees in front; from Mary Ingersoll, who lives across street and says gardener invites her to gardens there; family in Maine for summer

Grovelawn, Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

?

1913 / 15 or 17 PM

View of south side of Governor Phineas Lounsbury’s mansion.

Guest House, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle

1940s?

House with stone foundation at the Outpost complex. Another edition of this card gives Geo. A. Mignerey as publisher. Maybe that edition is from 1930s.

Guest House Annex, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Photo-Tone/ Eagle

1940s?

Another view of the above building.

Hawley Cottage, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Litho-Chrome

Ca. 1910

The mansion that stands behind the Jesse Lee Memorial Methodist Church today, and used for church and nursery school functions. In this early image, house is covered in shingles. Soon after, it was turned into the Tudor style it is today – see “Residence of Mrs. E.M. Ziegler” and Wesley Hall.

Hawley House

CH

Dexter/ Natco

1960s

Photo by Clarence F. Korker of the Hauley House at Main Street and Branchville Road. Two versions of this card, with and without Korker credit. Another, later (1980s?) version has frame and “Connecticut” superimposed on the Korker image.

[Hawley House]

CH

??

1960s??

View of Hawley House, 236 Main St., in snow; vertical orientation; no printing on back except for number 79429

Hearthstone Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Alb.

1930s?

View of the side of the inn plus outbuildings; lot of lawn. This card is same view as “Outpost Inn” except this has yellow umbrellas instead of pink ones.

Hearthstone Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1940s

Front of inn with dining room.

Hearthstone Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells/ Collotype

1951PM

View of inn complex, from across Outpost Pond (glossy photo of this shot, used to create various editions of this card, is in the collection; see under Outpost Inn.)

Hermit and Hermitage, George Washington Gilbert, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

Ca 1910

A very popular card, so weird it was mailed to many people, who saved it. Shows Gilbert sitting cross-legged in a chair outside his 1700s saltbox, which has almost completely collapsed. Yet he lived in it. WEB See also “Home of George Washington Gilbert”

Hidden Barn Gift Shop

CH

Gramatan Art Co.

1956PM

This barn existed north of where CVS (old Grand Union) is today  Store owned by Herman and Carolyn Kuch also sold antiques. Building later became Ski Hut. Burned down in 1970s in fire of suspicious origin.

High Ridge Avenue Looking North, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb.

1910s

View as described in title is from about midpoint between West Lane and Peaceable Street; shows mostly trees, sidewalk, and road.

High Ridge Avenue, Looking South, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Al;b

1913PM

From near Peaceable; E.P. Dutton’s house can be seen prominently at right side.

High Ridge Avenue, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1920s?

View from near southern end, looking NNE; shows some small houses, or outbuildings, plus stonewall, road, sidewalk.

High Ridge, sectional view of,

BW

Bissell

1905

Shows 3 houses, including E.P. Dutton place and Hamilton mansion.

High School, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

Gramaton

1960s?

Ridgefield High School on East Ridge, looking northeasterly from East Ridge and Governor intersection.

Hillaire, Ridgefield, Conn.

Brown tint

?

1937PM

Side view of house. See below.

Hillaire, Residence of Joseph Conron, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1920s?

Front view of mansion. This house was torn down by Jimmy Doubleday in the 1940s and a new one built. Much of the estate was subdivided in the 1980s into Doubleday Lane and Sharp Hill Lane.

Holy Ghost Novitiate, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1925PM

This was a very popular card, mailed often. Shows bunch of priests/novices on porch of the building that later became school board headquarters and is now part of the Congregate Housing complex. Stone house originally built in 1889 by Cheesman family. Holy Ghost fathers stopped using it around 1970.

Home of Geraldine Farrar, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Bissell/ Eagle

1942 PM

House on West Lane owned by the Metropolitan Opera star still stands. Earlier view of this place are under “Northoline” and “Residence of Mrs. L.L. Dempsey.”

Home of George Washington Gilbert, Hermit, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1910

Nice shot of Gilbert with his house in even more collapsed condition than in “Hermit and Hermitage.” Uncommon card.

Homestead of V. Britting, Branchville, Conn.

CP

Published by Britting

Ca 1910

House still exists on east side of Florida Road, on curve, just north of Kenhonen, east of old tracks. Unusual in that it’s a modest house that the owner had a postcard of, printed in Germany.

[House]

RP

?

1910s?

Shows house on east side of Main Street a little south of Keeler Tavern

[House]

RP

?

?

Shows former Carnall house at the south end of Main Street, in the junction of Wilton Roads East and West

[House]

RP

?

Ca 1910

Shows a house on Prospect Street, just east of East Ridge. Back says in pencil: “Brown, Ridgefield, Conn.” This was C. F. Brown house in early 20th Century.

[House]

RP

?

1906PM

Early, undivided back card, show what is probably the Nash Apartments, between Elms Inn and library. Writer, Alice, says she lives there.

[House]

aka “Howes Lodge”

RP

?

1906B

Card showing house in Ridgefield, sent by owner, “C.[?] M. Howe, Mrs. A [?].M. Howe.” House and location unknown, but it has unusual windows cut into two front corners.

[House]

RP

?

1910?

Small Greek-revival mansion, with “Anna’s summer home in Ridgefield, Conn.” written on back

I. Grossfelt, Ltd.

CH

C.F. Korker and Dexter

Late 1970s?

Shows interior of men’s clothing store in Carnall building, 405 Main St.; card used to promote private sales.

“Ingleside,” Residence of Mr. George Pratt Ingersoll, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb

Ca 1915

This building is now the Bernard’s Inn at Ridgefield. View from West Lane looking WNW and showing mostly east side of house.

Ice cutting, ca. 1905

BW

Julianna Hand

1977

This bears a reproduction of a 1905 photograph, supposedly from Ridgefield Press, showing ice cutting on unknown pond,

“Ingleside,” Residence of George Pratt Ingersoll, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb

1910s?

Same image as above, but slightly different cropping and different title. Sender has modified owner’s name to John S. Griffith.

Inn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

Green tint

Bissell

1907PM

Shows the Ridgefield Inn on east side of lower Main Street; view looks northeasterly.

Inn, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Bissell/ Koehler

Ca 1905

View of north side of building. Poor quality printing.

Inn at Ridgefield, The,

CH

Wells/ Dexter

1960s

A dining room at the restaurant on West Lane. Back says: “For dining – lunch, dinner. French cuisine. Guests accommodated. Just 52 miles on the Merritt Parkway to Route 7, north to Route 33, turn left at Fountain in Ridgefield. Pheasants, venison, frog legs, and steaks a favorite. Walter K. Tode, prop.”

Inn at Ridgefield, The

CH

Wells/Dexter

1960s

Same text on the back as above, but different dining area pictured

Inn at Ridgefield, The

CH

Wells/ Dexter

1960s

The front of the inn before dining room was added on west side. See also Tode’s Inn and Kane Inn.

Inn at Ridgefield, The

BW

Wells/ Collotype

early 1940s

View looking northeasterly from end of driveway.

Interior, Congregational Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith/ Alb.

1914PM

Looking toward altar

Interior. St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1910s

Altar view from organ loft.

Interior of St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

After 1915

Altar view from choir loft. This is the new church. For view of altar in previous building, see “Altar of St. Stephen’s”

Italian Garden, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Mignerey/ Eagle

1930s?

View of lawns, hedges, trees.

Jensen’s Hill Top Service Station

CH

Natural Color/ Dexter

1950s?

Old gas station and country store on Wilton Road West near town line. Back says: For friendly service. Christian Jensen, prop. Route 33 between Wilton and Ridgefield, Conn. Mobilgas, tires. Batteries, Accessories. A typical country service station.” Torn down in early 70s to make way for current (empty) gas station.

Jesse Lee Memorial M.E. Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Freese Photo / Collotype

1940s?

Front view of church at Main and Catoonah Streets.

Jesse Lee Memorial Methodist Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1930s?

Front view.

Jesse Lee Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Mignerey/ Eagle

1930s?

View of altar, looking straight up center aisle.

Jesse Lee Memorial, Methodist Episcopal Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle/ “Photo-Tone”

1942PM

Like above, only photo taken from the rear right, angling across pews toward altar.

Jesse Lee Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1920s?

Magnificent view of the church complex, including rectory, looking northwesterly front around the front of town hall.

Jesse Lee Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Mignerey / Eagle

1950PM

Looks northwesterly from Main Street and shows, at left, a bit of Scott/Addessi block housing Lorna Doone restaurant

Jessie Lee Memorial M.E. Church and Parsonage, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

HD Smith/ Alb

Ca 1905

Early view, looking northeasterly from Bailey Avenue area. 2/3 image card. Undivided back. Name misspelled.

Jessie Lee Memorial M.E. Church and Parsonage, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith/ Alb

ca 1905

This is a full-frame, hand-colored version of above; a tree has been removed by touch-up.

[J.H. Perry, Ridgefield]

RP

Solio

1900?

Faded photo shows horse-drawn delivery truck of Perry’s meat market. Man in white outfit, looking like a butcher, is standing by horse.

Johnny Johnston’s Charcoal Room

BW

 

1962

Restaurant in old Ridgefield Motor Inn [Days Inn], owned by actor/singer of that name.

Kane Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1942PM

Precursor of Tode’s Inn and the Inn at Ridgefield on West Lane. View looks northwesterly from across West Lane near church.

Keeler Tavern, The

CH

Dexter/ Natco

1960s

Looking northeasterly from Main Street.

Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Modern Postcard

1999

Looking northeasterly; the card is a painting by Melissa Witty Verdier of Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

?

1960s

Looking northeasterly; pen and ink drawing by “Parker”

Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield

CH

M. Lab Inc., Bethel

1980s?

Looking northeasterly; photo by Marilyn Waters is copyright 1985.

“Kenhonen,” Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Connery Brothers/ Newvochrome

1916PM

Shows house overlooking hilly vista. Location unknown, possibly Florida Road.

“King Homestead,” residence of Mrs. J. Howard King, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1913PM

Mansion still standing on Main Street, corner of King Lane. View is WNW.

King Neptune Seafood Restaurant

CH

Dick Millais/ Dexter

1966PM

Dining room with fireplace; Back information includes: “Specializing in quality seafood since 1955. Open every day all year…A meat menu can be provided.”

King Neptune Seafood Restaurant

CH

William Rhyins/

1970s?

View of cocktail lounge with bar in the background. Brick walls.

King Neptune Seafood Restaurant, Route U.S. 7, Danbury Road, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

JJ Schott, NYC/ Dexter

Early 1960s

View of restaurant from across Route 7, looking northwesterly.

La Bretagne Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells/ Collotype

1940s

This inn at corner of West and Olmstead Lanes burned down in 1960. Back says: “An hour’s drive from New York, you will find a Brittany atmosphere where your favorite French dish will be served at reasonable price. Order in advance. Telephone Ridgefield 899.”

Lahey Studios

CH

Eston Photo Reproductions

1960s?

Statue of man (Christ?) and boy; card advertising sculpture studio on Ridgebury Road, with details on what they produce.

Lake, the,

Ridgefield Health Resort

Green tint mono glossy

No name

Early 1950s

Part of the old Lewis estate, Upagenstit; pond was later part of Jack Ward’s Ward Acres, and called Ward’s Pond.

Lake Mamanasco, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

Early 1910s

View from near north end of lake looking south; Manresa and Schenck mansions at south end barely visible.

Lake Mamanasco, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1913PM

Looking down lake from north end, with cliffs prominent at left; in foreground is a boathouse.

Lake Mamanasco, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW and HC

Mignerey/ Alb

1910s

Looking easterly across lake from Old Sib Road area; shows lake, cliffs, and Richardson mansion; both colored and non-colored versions in collection.

Lake Mamanasco from Tea House Road, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

1910s

View looks southeasterly across lake, showing island and in distance, Manresa house.

Lake Mamanasco, Burt’s Pond, Ridgefield, Conn., near North Salem, N.Y.

BW

Rotograph

1910s

From north end looking south; shows the cliffs.

Lake Riffowam near Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Souvenir Post Card Co.

1910s

View of Lake Rippowam in Lewisboro, N.Y. Example of misspelled card label.

Lake View from Mamanasco Lake Lodge, Ridgefield. Conn.

BW

Eagle

1944PM

View from south end of Lake Mamanasco, looking north, with dock and some boats in foreground. See also cards under Mamanasco Lake Lodge.

Lake Waccabuc from Channel, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1910s

View of water in Lewisboro, N.Y., mislabeled Ridgefield, probably because Bissell is in Ridgefield.

Lake Waccabuc, Rippowam and Oscaleta, near Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1910PM

While the view shows three lakes in Lewisboro, N.Y., the camera was probably in Ridgefield, on West Mountain.

Landlord Smith’s Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

1910s

Probably a photo of a photo, since the tavern was torn down around 1900. Picture is identical to one issued for printed cards – such as next. View looks northeasterly at corner of Main and Prospect, which library is now.

Landlord Smith’s Tavern, Main Street, site now occupied by library, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW and HC

HD Smith/ Alb

1906PM on BW

Same picture as above, only printed. Both BW and HC forms. Card was mailed to Mrs. J.B. St. John of Stamford by “A.D.S.” Might that have been Amos D. Smith, who was Landlord Smith or a descendant?

Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Rotograph

1910PM

View looking northeasterly from Main, showing trees on Prospect as saplings. Sidewalk very pronounced.

Life’s Farm, Branchville, Conn.

CP

Curt Teich & Co., Chicago

1913PM

Shows main building – mansard-roofed house – at old camp on site of today’s Branchville Elementary School. Camp was sponsored by Life magazine, published by John Ames Mitchell of West Lane (see card under residence).

[Lions Club Project]

Color

Ridgefield Lions Club

2008

Set of 4 cards with photos by Emelie Howard, to be sent to troops overseas; hot dog man, fountain, horse & carriage at Holiday Stroll, sunset on Fox Hill Pond.

Little Red Schoolhouse

CH

Dexter/ Natco

1985PM

Vertical card showing front of schoolhouse on West Lane, includes brief history of school and Peter Parley. Photo by C.F. Korker. Various editions exist.

Lovers Lane, Ridgefield Lakes, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle

1940PM

Unusual, rare card showing rut road along water’s edge before Lakes were heavily developed. Might be Lakeside Drive.

Lower Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

H.D. Smith/ prob. Alb.

Before 1910

Charming view looking north from south end of dirt-topped street, with two women riding horses sidesaddle. Ridgefield Inn is at right.

Mahonri Young and Branchville

BW

Weir Farm

1999

Card issued in connection with art exhibit shows collage of sketches of life at J. Alden Weir’s farm by his son-in-law.

Main Dining Room, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells/ Collotype

1940s

Shows long lines of tables and chairs.

Main Dining Room, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW slight tint

Mignerey/ Eagle

1930s?

Slightly different view of above, possibly earlier

Main Entrance to the Manor House, Ridgefield Health Resort

Tinted green

?

1950s

Straight-on, close-up view of the tower portion of front of Upagenstit, old Lewis mansion on West Lane. See also Manor House, Glass Enclosed Swimming Pool, and Grounds and Drive.

[Main Street]

RP

Azo

Before 1910

View looking south from around Elms Inn; shows horse and buggy in distance.

[Main Street]

BW

?

Before 1925

Shows Main Street from Prospect north. Odd card, printed on cardboard, with nothing on back.

Main Street and Business Section, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

Early 1930s?

Main Street, paved, from around banks; showing Bissell building on right and Scott block and Methodist church steeple at left. See also “Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.” variant

Main Street and Hawley Homestead, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1910s?

Looking north, with Hauley house at right, end view; Old Hundred is visible in background.

Main Street and Wars Memorial, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1930s?

1943PM

Looking south from around Branchville Road.

Main Street, Branchville, Conn.

BW

Simon

1910s

View looking south of what is now called West Branchville Road, east of station. This was the old main highway, and view is before current Route 7 was built on the west side of station. Buildings shown were still standing in 2002.

Main Street, Business Section, Ridgefield, Conn

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1929PM

Fascinating and crisp view of Main Street, similar to position of “Main Street and Business Section,” above, but this shows very clearly the Central Garage Socony gas station that existed in what is now Gail’s Station House restaurant. Gas pump clearly visible, many signs.

Main Street, Business Section, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1920PM

View looks south from street at north end of current CVS shopping center lot. Shows Biglow building (Roma) at right, and Gottlieb’s store (Raveis) at left. Kids standing, looking at photographer. Shows jog in width of Main Street at Biglow. Both cars and horses in picture.

Main Street – Business Section, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb.

1910s?

Similar to above, except angle is more to southeast and camera is up on grass at west side of road. Side of Gottlieb building is painted with advertising for his store.

Main Street, Business Section, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Mignerey/ Alb.

Late 1910s?

Shows Main Street north from Governor, with brick bank at right, then house, then Bissell building. Kid with bike in middle of Main Street.

Main Street, from Business Centre, Looking North from Photo Taken Before Fire of Dec. 12, 1895

BW

HD Smith/ Alb.

Ca 1905

Title is misleading. Nothing in picture was destroyed in the fire. View shows, amid magnificent trees, the pillars of Odd Fellows Hall at left and Tuppence, the old house later moved to the sound end of Main Street at #23.

Main Street, from Depot Corner, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

HD Smith /Alb

1907PM

Small view on undivided-back car showing Main Street, looking south from Prospect. 2 copies.

Main Street, from Elm Shade Cottages, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith

1910s?

View emphasizes trees, not road. Looks south from north of inn.

Main Street, Looking north from Branchville Road, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey

1927PM

Fence at Hauley house at right.

Main Street, Looking North from Old Hundred, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Souvenir Post Card Co.

Pre-1910

Looking north from street in front of Aldrich Museum. Also BW version (below)

Main Street, Looking North from Old Hundred, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

J. Koehler, NY

1905

Same photo as above, but includes Koehler name in picture

Main Street, Looking North, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1910

Photograph from in front of St. Stephen’s, looking at business district, with brick bank on right, horse and buggy in front of it. Couple of autos also visible.

Main Street, Looking North, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

Curteich Color, Gramatan Art Co.

Early 1950s

An early chrome card, showing east side of Main Street, starting with Ridgefield Savings Bank. Lots of 40s and early 50s cars.

Main Street (Looking North), Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

A. Tucoulat, Hillsdale NJ,

 

1920s

From St. Stephen’s; shows bank on corner Governor St.; rare card, printed in France!

Main Street, Looking North to Battle-ground, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

HE Smith / Printed in Great Britain

Ca 1910

Middle-of-road view from in front of library. Emphasizes trees; Elms visible in distance.

Main Street Looking South, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1910

This may be a view of Main Street from area of Community Center looking south; mostly trees, just one house barely visible.

Main Street Looking South, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Mignerey & Bissell / Eagle

1940s?

Oddly view difficult to identify, showing mostly driveways connecting with Main Street; no houses; maybe near St. Stephen’s, maybe south of Fountain. 2 versions.

Main Street, Looking South, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

Ca 1910

Photograph showing Prospect Street at left, Osborne house very visible (razed in 1970s to make way for Yankee Ridge shopping center)

Main Street, Looking South, Ridgefield, Conn.

Tinted brown

SK Simon

1941PM

Location unclear, maybe from in front of Community Center area. Mostly just trees, concrete pavements, and 30 miles per hour speed limit sign.

Main Street, Looking South, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Brundage & Benedict

1908PM

View from near Prospect Street, on east sidewalk. Shows white-bearded man staring at camera and horse and buggy in street. Back hand-written note says: “This is a snap-shot of Uncle John. He does not know who took it nor when.” Signed by Estella J. and mailed to Mrs. Jerome Nichols in Stepny.

Main Street Looking South from Branchville Road, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Bissell

1905PM

This view shows intersection, plus house at 181 Main Street. This picture was used for subsequent color and BW printed cards.

Main Street Looking South from Branchville Road, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Souvenir Post Card Co.

Pre-1910

Same picture as above. Undivided back.

Main Street, Looking South from Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

Green Tint

Bissell

Ca 1905

Emphasizes east side of Main, south of Prospect. Undivided back.

Main Street Looking South from Old Stebbins Place, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Bissell

1906PM

View from east sidewalk at Casagmo, southward. Shows mostly trees, road and fencing, front of a house at right. Photo used as basis for some printed cards.

Main Street, Looking South, from Revolutionary Battle Ground (1777), Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

HD Smith

1908PM

A popular card. Slightly different camera position from above.

Main Street, Looking South, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Morris Berman

1910s

View from street in front of 426 Main. Shows garage and gas pump near Bedient’s at left, also barber shop; Tudor Biglow building at right. Several early autos.

Main Street, North, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/Newvochrome

Ca 1910

From south end of business district; shows Scott & Lewis garage in Bissell bldg; plus Bissell’s; very early car at left, with license C7923; super crisp card.

Main Street, North from Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

Ca 1910

At far right, this card shows old Sheehan house, torn down by library in 1980s for its expansion. Next building is Nash Apartments, once a private school.

Main Street, north from Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith/Alb.

Ca 1915

View is actually from south of library; shows Prospect St. intersection, library, woman near sidewalk in front of library.

Main Street, North from the Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

1910s

Similar position to above, but view more to the west side in front of today’s Ballard Park – less seen of houses.

Main Street, North from the Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Litho-chrome

Ca 1910

Similar to above two. Bit seen of houses at right.

Main Street, north from Old Hundred, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith/Alb

1914PM

House at 293 Main barely visible; horse and buggy on street

Main Street, North from Old Hundred, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

HD Smith

1907PM

View includes house at 293 Main Street, just north of Bailey Inn, plus road, fencing on east side. Small, early view.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Mignerey / Eagle

Late 1930s?

View of center from in front of brick bank, camera in sidewalk looking NNE. Cars from 30s. This is probably the original version of the card, also called “Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.” That has no border, no mention of Mignerey, and that was published by Collotype. Example in collection is 1945PM.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1940s?

Same view as in front. Poorer reproduction. Label atop image.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell / Alb.

1935PM

Looking north from in front of library. Concrete highway. Mostly trees.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells

Ca 1955

Looking northeasterly, showing much of Scott Block, with Methodist steeple in background. Shows lots of cars parallel parking southward in front of Scott Block.  Stores include Cugene Electric, A&P Liquors, and restaurant, possibly Alex Santini’s.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

Dexter / Natco

1966PM

Card, probably from about 1960, shows center, with Bissell sign at right edge and cars in front of Scott Block at left. Looks like a late 50s Studebaker in front of Bissell’s.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

?

1935PM

Lots of 1920s cars parking on Main Street in front of town hall and Scott Block. No publisher, but numbered 1860; poor quality HC. See also “1891” below.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

?

1930PM

Card, numbered “1891,” shows full Scott Block, with post office where Addessi Jewelers is today. Also visible is big United Cigars sign. From cars in front, it is clear this picture was taken at same time as #1860 above. Poor HC.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

American News Co. / Litho-chrome

1907PM

Wonderful view looking north from St. Stephen’s complex. Loads of horse and buggies, no autos.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell / American News / Litho-chrome

1908PM

1910PM

This probably was done the same time as above. Shows lower Main Street, looking north, with Rockwell Road running off at right. House at left visible. Horse and buggies in road.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Rotograph

1908PM

Looking north from St. Stephen’s area; similar to American News / Litho-chrome above, but many fewer horse and buggies. Looks like very early view.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1933PM

Looking north from in front of brick bank area; paved street; This is a variant of “Main Street and Business Section,” and has better coloring.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Ridgefield Hardware/ Eagle

Late 30s?

Splendid, crisp card showing Main Street looking north, with Ridgefield Hardware when it was on the east side of Main Street at what’s now 384 Main Street. Just to its left is A&P.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey / Alb.

1937PM

Looks like early 30s view looking north from about opposite Governor Street – Ridgefield Savings Bank is shown at right plus steps to brick bank.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

Gramatan / Curteich

Late 50s?

Shows Main Street north from about in front of St. Stephen’s, with brick bank at right corner.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn., Looking South from Old Hundred

BW

Koehler

1904B

Undivided back card, showing mostly the trees. Signed by Mr. George Leboutillier, who had a house on Olmstead Lane.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn., Looking North from “Old Keeler Tavern”

BW

Koehler

1904PM

Same type as above. Shows tavern at left and some houses at right, but mostly they are obscured by trees.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn., Looking South from Old Hundred

CP

“Made in Germany”

1905PM

Title on card is incorrect; it is Main Street south from Branchville Road, and is based on the real photo card, “Main Street Looking South from Branchville Road.”

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn., Looking South from Old Keeler Tavern

HC and BW

HD Smith / Alb.

Ca 1910

View of triangle at Main and West Lane, before fountain. Both HC and BW versions in collection.

Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn., Looking South from Old Stebbins Place

CP

“Made in Germany

1905PM

Color version of real photo “Main Street Looking South from Old Stebbins Place”

Main Street, Showing Battleground, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey / Alb.

1915PM

View looks north from about 100 feet south of Casagmo entrance, near battle monument in wall. Also shows gatehouse at Casagmo on right.

Main Street, Site of Revolutionary Engagement 1777, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey / Alb.

1910s?

Looks north from sidewalk on west side of street, showing stone walls at Casagmo on east and at Pierrepont/Coffey house on west side.

Main Street, South from King’s Lane, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey / Alb.

1910s

Shows Hauley house at left, from north side. King Lane is not visible.

Main St., S. from Library Cor., Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Garraway Co. Rutherford N.J.

1911PM

Unusual real photo card, in that it has title overlaid on front. Card was cent by C. Winifred Osborn, who, I believe, lived in the house on the corner, shown at left.

Main Street, South from Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell / Litho-chrome

1911PM

Incorrect title; it’s King Lane, not Peaceable. Camera is in King Lane island looking south. View includes Hauley House.

Main Street, South from Ridgefield Pharmacy, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Probably Mignerey /Alb

1911PM

Shows east side of Main Street, from Gottleib’s store north to town hall, looking SSE. Old car, kid prominent. An earlier view of this scene is in “Business Section, Main Street.”

Main Street – The Elms, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey

1917PM

Unusual oval-shaped image. The complex, looking northeasterly from road in front of Ballard Park.

Main Street Where Revolutionary Battle Was Fought, 1777, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood

1910?

View showing Casagmo mansion and street, looking north from near Casey homestead.

Mamanasco Lake Lodge, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW NEG

Artvue

1942B

Aerial photo of Manresa/St. Ignatius house. Image credit, “N.Y. Daily News Photo,” suggests it was taken a year or two before, when this was the home of mobster George Scalise. The building is at the south end of Lake Mamanasco and is the “twin” of Henry Schenck’s place (see under Residence of H deB. Schenck.)

Mamanasco Lake Lodge, Ridgefield, Conn

Green tint

Eagle

1950PM

View of front of Manresa mansion. Back of card: “A beautiful country estate converted into a vacation paradise. Fifth miles from New York City, in the foothills of the Berkshires. Open all year.”

Manor House, Ridgefield Country Club, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle

Early 1950s

View of side of tower front to resort, which had been Upagenstit, the Lewis mansion, on West Lane. Back says: “Ridgefield Country Club, a former 3 million dollar estate – now your vacation resort. Only 51 miles from New York City, on Route 35.”

Manor House, Ridgefield Health Resort

Tinted green

?

1951B

Text on back: “Home of the JPFO, Ridgefield, Conn. Beautiful, 70-acre estate; private park, rolling lawns, landscaped woodlands. Open all year ‘round. Only 51 miles from New York City on Route 35.” See also Glass Enclosed Swimming Pool.

Maplewood Hotel in Sugar Hollow, between Ridgefield and Danbury, Conn.

CP

American News / Litho-chrome

1907PM

Just north of Ridgefield line on Route 7; now the complex of shops and a flower stand, by Maplewood Pond. Road into Ridgefield opposite pond was called Maplewood Road until 1980s, when selectmen changed it to Bennett’s Farm Road.

Mary Linda Bradley

RP

 

1926PM

Picture of Ridgefield resident in Arizona with horse, “Bird.”

Master Bedroom, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

LG Treadway /Alb.

1930s?

View of a bedroom!

M.E. Church and Parsonage, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell / Litho-chrome

1911PM

Methodist church, looking due west from in front of parsonage, now shops and offices on Main Street.

M.E. Church and Rectory, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell / Alb

1910?

Very early view shows the old watering trough in the middle of Main Street, with church and parsonage in back. Before Tudor Biglow building was erected. Looks NW.

Memorial Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Souvenir Post Card Co.

1908PM

View of library looking NE and showing strolling garden in back.

Methodist Church and Parsonage, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

?

1915PM

View of church, parsonage and the watering trough in middle of Main Street; looks NW

Methodist Church and Parsonage, Third M.E. Church Established in New England, Ridgefield, Conn.

Green tint

Bissell

1906 or 1908

Undivided back. Looking northeasterly.

Mill River Hotel, near Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell / Litho-chrome

1909/11PM

Two copies. Perhaps on Route 7 opposite Bennett’s Farm Road; old Maplewood?

Miracle Studio

BW

?

1930s

Artist-drawn pen-and-ink   card, showing ranch-style building on a hill, advertising “everything in hand loom weaving.” This was on the west side of Route 7, north of New Road and south of Stonehenge Road, in the 1930s – card says “exactly three miles north of Branchville.” A color versions exists, but is not in collection.

Moonlight on Lake Mamanasco, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell / Newvochrome

Ca 1910

Unusual nighttime view; from Old Sib Road area looking down on lake. “Moonlight” cards were a popular type in the early days.

Morris Memorial Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1946PM

View of front, looking northeasterly.

Mrs. Burdette’s, Branchville, Conn.

RP

?

1910s?

Shows house along Old Branchville Road near corner of Nod Hill Road.

NH Depot 1970 Branchville, Conn.

RP

?

1970

A real photo card, probably intended for train buffs. Shows station from across tracks, looking northwesterly at its south side. Semaphore still in place.

“Nook, The,” Residence of Mrs. E.F. Holmes, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell / Alb

1920s?

The back is surcharged: “The Nook, Authentic Antiques, Norwalk & Danbury Road, Ridgefield, Conn., at Holmes Corner. 4 miles from Ridgefield, 7 miles from Danbury, 12 miles from Norwalk, 50 miles from New York City, open all year, Mrs. Lydia S. Holmes, Te. 24.” She was not in the 1940 telephone book. This house later became Stonehenge Inn.

North Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

?

?

View looking NNE, from around opposite Gilbert, Yanity house at left

“Northoline,” Residence of LL Dempsey, West Lane, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell / Litho-chrome

1910PM

View of house, later home of Geraldine Farrar, who called it Fairhaven, with virtually no trees or shrubs of any size. (Today, you barely see the house from the road.)

Norwalk River, Branchville, Conn.

CP

L.C. Mead & Co. Brancvhille/ Newvochrome

Pre 1910

View looking south, showing bridge south of station, with freight car to left on track near station. Same bridge is in “Bridge across Norwalk River” card.

[Odd Fellows Hall]

RP

?

Ca 1950

Scene showing front of Odd Fellows Hall, now part of Gaeta/Addessi shopping center, after snowstorm. Cars indicate about 1950.

Old Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn., Containing Cannon Ball Fired by the British, April 27, 1777

BW

Koehler

Ca 1905

Nice crisp shot, glossy, showing tavern from across street, with horse and buggy in front. Another version lacks Koehler’s name on front.

Old Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn., Containing Cannon Ball fired by the British, April 27th 1777

CP

?

Ca 1905

Undivided back card showing tavern looking NE from around West Lane intersection.

Old Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn., Containing Cannon Ball fired by the British, April 27th 1777

HC

Bissell / Alb

1910s

View from opposite tavern driveway, looking almost due east at complex. A 1937PM seen on this card, but not in collection.

Old Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield, Conn. Containing cannon ball Fired by British in the Revolutionary War April 27 1777

CP

Souvenir Post Card

1907PM

View is more NNE than most.

Old Keeler Tavern, The, Ridgefield, Conn

CP

American News / Litho-chrome

Ca 1905

Nice crisp close-up view, looking northeasterly. Both undivided and divided back versions; the later has 1908PM and was Bissell

Old Mill Bridge, Limestone District, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

HE Smith

1907PM

The location of this odd shot, showing a wooded stream and a   bridge, with maybe a building in background, has not been identified. Printed in Great Britain.

Old Stebbins House, Ridgefield, Conn., and Revolutionary Battleground, April 27, 1777

BW

Bissell

Ca 1905

This early postcard (undivided back) is based on a much earlier photo, perhaps from the 1870s or 1880s, showing two people about to cross Main Street. Shot taken looking north from around Elms Inn.

One of the Oldest Colonial Residences, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell / Alb

1943PM

Despite PM, this is probably an earlier card. Shows front of Hauley House ENE, from across street.

[Olmstead House]

RP

?

Pre 1910

The house at 91 Olmstead Lane – former Olmstead home. Serendipitously reunited with its home in 1998 by this writer, who lives in the house and who found the card in the collection of a Michigan dealer.

Original Spiral Staircase Built in 1812, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle

1940s?

Vertical card; See also “Entrance Hall, original Spiral Staircase”, a horizontal view of this.

Oscaleta Lake, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Albertype

1920s

Lake is actually in Lewisboro, N.Y.

Outpost Farm, Residence of Col. L.D. Conley, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell / Alb.

1920s

The house that was later Fox Hill Inn. Straight-on view, with pool in lower foreground.

Outpost Inn from Highway, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Finch’s Cigar Store / Dexter

1942PM

View across pond from Route 35 – crude color card, “Aquarelle Process,” with deckled edge.

Outpost Inn from Highway Looking Across Lake, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle

1930s?

This card very nicely shows positions of the inn buildings with respect to the “island” at Outpost Pond.

Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells / Collotype

1940s

A crisp and somewhat different view of the inn – house and dining room; shows some of the detailing on the old house.

Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey / Alb

Early 30s?

Straight-on view of front of house/dining wing.

Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey / Alb

1930s

View looking southeasterly at north side of inn, and outbuilding. Same as Hearthstone Outpost Inn card, except color of umbrellas is orange here, and yellow there.

Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Treadway / Alb.

1930s

Straight-on view shows main building before dining room wing was added to south side. Outbuilding seen in background at north. Deckled edge

Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle

1940s?

Dining room end, looking northerly.

Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

Wells / Eagle

1954PM

View of dining room, looking northerly, like above. Back says: “The Outpost Inn Since 1928, Route 35, Ridgefield, a picturesque inn in traditional New England, charming rooms by day or week. American and European Plan.”

Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1940s?

Rare but not revealing card showing main house.

Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn., Built 1812

BW

Mignerey /Eagle

1930s?

Shows house, looking southeasterly, after dining room added.

Outpost Inn – Route 35 – Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Collotype

1940s.

View with pond in front. Original photograph by Edward Wells in collection. Photo existed by 1946 when it was used by JW Mangler, the manager, to order business card. This picture was also used for the Hearthstone Outpost Inn card.

Ovens, The, “Lake Waccabuc,” Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell /Litho-chrome

1913PM

This view is in Lewisboro, N.Y., not Ridgefield.

[Parade]

RP

?

1914

This real photo cards was shot at a parade on July 4, 1914 on the occasion of the laying of the cornerstone for the new high school. View shows an automobile, decorated in banners, passing in front of Methodist Church. Car is labeled Wyoming 1869. Another banner says: “We prepare children for the world. Let us help prepare the world for children.”

[Parade]

RP

?

1914

Real photo shows Ridgefield Grange float and marchers. Note on back says “July 4 1914 corner stone laying of new East Ridge School.” This was the the parade in the morning (there was another later). Methodist church rectory and Tudor Biglow building in background.

[Parade]

RP

?

1914

Another view of July 4, 1914 school parade. Sign on the float in the picture says, “We are on our way to the new school,”  and marching behind it are scads of school children, carrying flags. Background is same as above.

[Parade ?]

RP

 

1909 PM

Highly decorated Oldsmobile, possibly a 1908. Cannot place background; maybe Main St, but might be other town. Card sent to Miss E.M. Fillow of Ridgefield from aboard a Pittsfield train (which used to come through Ridgefield).

Peace on Earth

Blue glossy

??

1970s?

Drawing by Frank Lischke of St. Stephen’s Church in snow; bit of history on back; probably used as a Christmas card.

Peter Parley House, East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

HD Smith / Alb

1910s

Note error: House is on High Ridge, not East Ridge. Close-up of front.

Peter Parley Place

HC

Bissell / Alb.

1936PM

Front view of house, shuttered and somewhat obscured by trees. Hand-written note on back says: “This is a view of our house taken in the spring before it was open.” Signature appears to be “May.”

Peter Parley Place, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell / Newvochrome

1910s

Another view, a big north of the house.

Playhouse, The, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Ridgefield Hardware / Eagle

1940s

View of the playhouse, now a bank building on Prospect Street, looking northeasterly, with west side prominent.

Playhouse, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Mignerey /Eagle

1940s

Shows front of building, looking NNW.

Playhouse, Ridgefield, Conn.

CH

Gramatan Art / Curteich

1970s

Front of playhouses, looking northeasterly.

Playhouse of Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Wells / Collotype

1940

View of west side and front, looking northeasterly. Sign says movie playing was Torrid Zone, which was released in 1940, the same year the playhouse opened.

Pond at Mill River Hotel, near Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1912PM

Pond on Route 7 just north of Ridgefield line.

Port of Missing Men, Ye, North Salem, Conn.

BW

Ess and Ess

ca 1920

Typical view showing side and front; note state error; restaurant was on NY extension of Old Sib Road, just over the line

Port of Missing Men, North Salem, near Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood & Underwood

ca 1910

Same view as above. While in North Salem, the place was owned and operated by Ridgefielders.

Port of Missing Men, Ye, Titicus Mountain, near Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

ca 1910

Same view as above.

Port of Missing Men, Ye, Titicus Mountain, near Ridgefield, Conn

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

Ca 1910

Essentially same as above, but camera is a little farther away from building.

Port of Missing Men, Ye, Tea House, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

ca 1910

Shows restaurant at left and parking lot full of “old” cars at right.

Post Office and Ridgefield Savings Bank, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

A.M. Simon

1923? PM

Shows Scott block, where now (2003) Addessi and Ridgefield Office Supply are, and a house where Ridgefield Hardware is now.

Private Lake on Estate of Mr. H.B. Anderson, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1912PM

Shows horse and buggy crossing stone causeway by pond; maybe in North Salem.

Public Library, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Brundage & Benedict

1908 PM

View shows woman on Main Street sidewalk.

Public School, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Geo. A. Mignerey/ Alb.

ca 1915

Northeasterly view of new Benjamin Franklin Grammar School, now “old high school.” Card was sent to child Winifred Osborn, later author Winifred Osborn Carriere, by “chum” Dorcas Baker.

Public School, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb.

1917? PM

Southeasterly view of the above.

R.R. Station, Branchville, Conn.

BW

A.M. Simon

1930s?

View from on track, looking south at station. Some sheds at right.

R.R. Station, Branchville, Conn.

RP

 

1905PM

Small photo image of main station building, about 50% of card; rare.

Railroad Station and Vicinity, Ridgefield, Conn.

Green tint

Bissell

1907 PM

A view down Prospect Street from Main Street, showing the station (barely) in the distance.

Railroad Station, Branchville, Conn.

CP

L.C. Mead & Company

1910 PM

Station and long platform, looking northeasterly from across the river.

Railroad Station, Branchville, Conn.

BW

A.M. Simon

1920s

View from track, looking south, with old car, station, buildings at right edge.

Reading Room – Guest House, Outpost Inn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Eagle

1940s?

Picture of a cozy knotty pine room with fireplace, chairs, but not a lot of books

Rear ent. to F.E. Lewis Residence from Golf Lane, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Garraway

1913 PM

A very weird card, showing two stone gateposts (that still exist) for the service entrance to the estate, Upagenstit (q.v.) This is now the intersection of Lewis Drive with Golf Lane. But why a real photo card of this?

Red Lion Restaurant

CH

Color Studio

1971 PM

A three-view picture of what is now (2003) Belzoni’s Red Lion Inn, which had been Gaines Research Kennel (q.v)

Red Petticoat, The

BW

?

Ca 1990s

Card showing drawing by Jack Grasso of antiques dealership on West Lane. Old house and shop.

Res. of Mrs. L.H. Biglow, Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Garraway

1912 PM

View from Main Street nicely shows how house was positioned on what is today’s Ballard Park

Residence and Gardens of Mr. A.B. Hepburn, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Geo. A. Mignerey/ Alb.

1913 PM

Taken from the swimming pool of Altnacraig estate, looking uphill at back of mansion. (Grecian pool house still exists, restored.)

Residenoe [sic] and Gardens, Upagenstit, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Mignerey/ Alb.

1914 PM

View of gardens in foreground and mansion; “residence” spelled incorrectly.

Residence of A.B. Hepburn, High Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Probably Alb.

1911 PM

Front of Altnacraig mansion, looking southwesterly.

Residence of A.B. Hepburn, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Morris Berman

1920 PM

Straight-on view of the front of the Altnacraig mansion. More views below under Residence of Mr. A.B. Hepburn.

Residence of A.H. Storer, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Litho-Chrome

1910 PM

Actually, a view looking south on Main Street, from about Branchville Road. Storer house is barely visible at left.

Residence of Dr. A.L. Northrop, West Lane, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Litho-Chrome

1909 PM

View from middle of West Lane, looking West, with Parley Lane off to right. House barely visible.

Residence of Albert H. Wiggin, Ridgefield, Conn.

HC

Bissell/ Alb

ca 1920

Long mansion, much shorter today, off Peaceable Street. Wiggin was head of Chase Bank and a scoundrel. See also Dr. Roberts Place.

Residence of E.P. Dutton, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood & Underwood

1913 PM

Picture of the book publisher’s house on High Ridge.

Residence of Ex. Gov. P.C. Lounsbury, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Newvochrome

1913 PM

Beautiful view of front of Community Center, looking southeasterly.

Residence of Frederick E. Lewis, West Lane, Ridgefield, Conn.

CP

Bissell/ Litho-chrome

1909 PM

Odd, distant view of mansion, possibly looking from the south. Lot of lawn, little of house visible.

Residence of Geo. Doubleday, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Morris Berman

1930s?

The mansion at Westmoreland, now the home of Temple Shearith Israel. Doubleday once had one of the highest salaries in the nation.

Residence of H. deB Schenck, Ridgefield, Conn.

RP

Underwood & Underwood

ca 1910

Mansion on Christopher Road, overlooking Lake Mamanasco. Mate to old Manresa; see Mamanasco Lake Lodge.

Residence of H. deB. Schenck, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

 

ca 1915

This is a clear litho card of above house. Hardly any trees.

Residence of J.H. King, Ridgefield, Conn.

BW

Morris Berman

1930s

Front of mansion at Main and King Lane; with awnings out.

Residence of J.H. Lynch, Ridgefield, Conn.

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Bissell/ Alb.

ca 1915

A view of the front of the long house, looking southwesterly. This is now (2003) retirement home for Congregation of Notre Dame sisters. See also Residence of Mr. J.H. Lynch.

Residence of James Stokes, Ridgefield, Conn.

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Ess and Ess

ca 1920?

Called Sunset Hall. Stokes was a U.S. ambassador. House still stands on Old West Mountain Road, overlooking Round Pond. See view under Residence of Mr. James… Brother Anson Stokes lived on Main Street, below.

Residence of Mr. A.B. Hepburn, Ridgefield, Conn.

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Geo A. Mignerey/ Alb

1922 PM

Nice front view of Altnacraig, which burned down in 1994.

Residence of Mr. A.B. Hepburn, Ridgefield, Conn.

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Bissell/ Alb

1917 PM

Front view, looking southwesterly. This image of Altnacraig is based on the same photo as below.

Residence of Mr. A.B. Hepburn

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A M Simon

1920s?

Same source image as above, but poorer reproduction.

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. [Van] Allen Shields, Ridgefield, Conn.

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Bissell/ Alb.

1920s?

View of south side of house at corner of Main and Market Streets. “Van” written in by hand to correct printer’s error. Laura Curie Allee Shields was an active  suffragist.

Residence of Mr. Anson Phelps Stokes, Ridgefield, Conn.

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Bissell/ Alb.

1917? PM

House on east side of Main Street, a bit south of Branchville Road; Anson was brother of James, above and below.

Residence of Mr. C.A. Hamilton, Ridgefield, Conn.

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Bissell/ Alb

ca 1920

Mansion on west side of High Ridge, south of E.P. Dutton, torn down by order of Mrs. Hamilton’s will.

Residence of Mr. James Stokes, Ridgefield, Conn.

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Bissell/ Alb

1916 PM

Magnificent view of west side of house, called Sunset Hall. that overlooks Round Pond. This was once considered for UN headquarters.

Residence of Mr. J.H. Lynch, Ridgefield, Conn.

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