Providence, Rhode Island
Providence is the capital city of the US State of Rhode Island. It is situated at the mouth of the
Providence River, at the head of Narragansett Bay.  Rhode Island is the smallest of the states
of the USA, and is not really an island, the name having derived from the original settlements on
Aquidneck Island which includes the towns of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth. The state
is located on either side of Narragansett Bay on the east coast of the USA.
Providence, RI, Westminster Street
"Westminster Mall, the first pedestrian Mall in New
England, created by closing a busy downtown
street, brings new enthusiasm to the central
business district of Providence". This is a 1960s
postcard - I wonder what it's like there now.
Old Postcard, Providence, Rhode Island
Weybosset Street, Providence.  "One of Providence's most heavily
traveled downtown streets. Heart of the shopping district."
Providence, RI - Post Office
"Project Turnkey" The World's first fully automatic Post Office. Built at
a cost of almost $20,000,000 and dedicated on October 20, 1960.
Located off
Route 146 (Charles St.), Providence, Rhode Island. Only
two blocks from US Route 1." A postcard from the mid-1960s.
Providenc Fire Department
No date for this Fire Department postcard.
Providence, RI, Messer Street
No date for this postcard of the Messer Street School  in Providence.
Providence, RI
Thanks to Jeff in Canada for this great view of the Providence River.
City Hall, Providence RI
This image of Providence City Hall also came to us from Canada.
Public Library, Providence RI
Providence Public Library.
Exchange Place, Providence RI
Exchange Place, Providence - a 1910 postcard.    
Providence Station, RI
Providence Journal, RI
An undated view of the Providence Journal Building.   
Do you remember Narragansett Lager Beer with
that famous straight from the barrel taste ? And
their funny TV commercials ?
Did You Know......that Roger Williams, One of the founders
of Rhode island, went to
Pembroke College, Cambridge ?
Providence, Railway Tunnel
"West Entrance of New Tunnel".    
Ladd Observatory, Providence RI
The Ladd Observatory in Providence.    
Westminster Street, Providence, RI
An undated view of Westminster Street in Providence.  
Weybosset Street, Providence RI
A good view of Weybosset Street, Providence,  posted in 1909.
Roger Williams Park, Providence RI
A 1930 postcard of the Lovers' Retreat in Roger Williams Park.
Providence RI, Roger Williams Park, Vintage Postcard
This postcard was mailed in 1945.
Union Station, Providence.
Roger Williams Park, Providence RI, Old Vintage Postcard
A 1911 postcard of Roger Williams Park.
Casino, Roger Williams Park, RI
The Casino in the Park - a 1912 postcard.
Betsy Williams Cottage, Providence RI
Betsy Williams' Cottage in Roger Williams Park in Providence - a 1906
postcard.
Roger Williams Park, Providence RI
The gateway to Roger Williams Park - this one is dated 1908.
State Normal School, Providence RI
The State Normal School in Providence - a postcard from 1912.
Providence RI, Old Postcard
Shops on the corner of Elwood and Potter Avenue, Providence. A bit
of a mystery as I can't recall or find an Elwood Avenue. Should it be
Elmwood ? - but then where is Potter Avenue ? Can you help ?
Thanks to Nest for the following entry to our Guest Book - "The
postcard is on the corner of Elmwood and Potters Ave on the south
side of Providence.  The main building you see is gone but the one in
the back has been demolished halfway leaving only the brick portion
standing which is currently a beauty parlor surrounded by gas stations
and Chinese restaurants."
You can see the area on Google Earth Street View.
Head of the River, Providence
The Head of the Providence River.
Dorr Mansion, Providence RI
Dorr Mansion.
Did You Know......that Nelson Eddy, the singer
and movie star, was born in Providence in 1901 ?
And Did You Know......that Bobby Hackett the jazz
musician was also born in Providence, in 1915 ?
Rhode Island, Brown University, Providence
The gates to Brown University.
Field's Point.
State Capitol, Providence, RI
Rhode Island State Capitol.
Turks Head Building, Providence RI
Providence Rhode Island
The "new" Turk's Head Building in
Providence.  
A "Multiview" postcard from the early 1900s.
Convent, Providence RI
St Francis Xavier's Convent and Academy.
Exchange St, Providence, RI
Exchange Street.
YMCA, Providence RI
The YMCA, Providence .  

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Brown University, Providence, RI
Brown University.  
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Providence, RI
Market Square.
Providence, RI
The Biltmore Hotel, venue for many Speidel Christmas Parties in the
1960s !
Providence Post Office and Fire Station.
Providence, RI
The Civic Centre.
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