A Promenade on Mount Penn Boulevard – Oley, PA (1909)

It is not hard to find early postcard photographs of the boulevard that winds up the side of Mount Penn in Reading, Pennsylvania.

This is the first view that I have seen of a promenade along the route.

The postcard illustration was published by the Hugh C. Leighton Company of Portland, Maine; the postcard was printed in Germany.

Miss Annie Lee lived in Oley, a census-designated place in eastern Berks County.

The community, on the Little Manatawney Creek, first had a Post Office (established as “Oley Furnace”) in 1828.

In 1836, the name was changed to Oley.

The community is sometimes called Friedensburg, although there was never a post office by that name.

Today, the entire community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

(On-line, one can find images of some beautiful buildings of stone and of brick in Oley.)

In June of 1908, Miss Annie received this postcard from Laura(?).

The sender lived nearby as the postcard was mailed from Oley.

A pair of gentlemen and a trio of ladies, all wearing summer hats, are engaged in a leisurely walk on Mount Penn Boulevard.

In the background, a figure has stopped to converse with the occupants of an open carriage.

One hopes that all the travelers on the Boulevard enjoyed their summer excursion.


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