Louise Goes to Binghamton – Binghamton, N.Y. (1910)

Miss Annie Evans lived in Scranton, the booming industrial city in northeast Pennsylvania.

(We looked recently at another postcard related to Scranton – the “Electric City” that pioneered street lights and electric trolley cars.

In October of 1910, Annie received a postcard from Louise who was visiting Binghamton – the transportation hub that grew up at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers in southern New York State.

In 1910, Binghamton, and the adjacent villages of Endicott and Johnson, saw the growth of shoe manufacturing and the capitalist welfare system of the benevolent industrialists.

The postcard, published by Valentine & Sons, bears a photograph of the handsome Library in Binghamton.

Alas, this building has been replaced.

Louise notes that “we’re staying at the Bennet”.

The Bennett Hotel was the city’s first great hotel.

On line, one can find numerous postcard photographs of the Bennett Hotel.

This hotel, constructed in 1877 by the first mayor of Binghamton, was torn down in the 1960’s.

One hopes that Annie was pleased by the photograph from Binghamton and that Louise enjoyed her visit to the city.


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