Historic postcards depicting towns throughout Connecticut will be on display at a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, March 30.
The reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Petrini Gallery, located in the former G. Fox department store building at 960 Main Street. The event is sponsored by the gallery and the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society.
On display will be postcards from the collection of Raymond Cable, a Milford resident who owned about 12,000 images, including albums, loose cards, and a dozen boxes of glass-plate negatives of Connecticut landmarks dating primarily from 1870 to 1920. The collection is a rich source of illustrations for authors, publishers, educators, and researchers. All 169 Connecticut cities and towns are represented in his postcards. (Shown here is a postcard depicting Hartford's Bushnell Park at a time when the Park River remained exposed.)
According to A&LS, the reception "will be an opportunity to order your personal landmark image. It could be the place where you were born or your parents lived all their lives; it could be a building which doesn’t exist anymore or your favorite place in Connecticut. Do not miss this unique chance to view, to mingle, to cherish, to acquire a keepsake which will last for ever!"
The full Cable Postcard Collection is available for viewers by appointment at A&L’s headquarters at 255 Main Street, 4th floor, Hartford, CT 06106, call (860) 247-8996, ext.12 or visit www.hartnet.org/als.
Petrini Gallery specializes in quality custom framing and has been serving the Hartford area since 1970. The gallery is open to the public Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call (860) 241-1099.
The Antiquarian & Landmarks Society is a statewide cultural organization that operates a network of historic house museums. It promotes interest in Connecticut's special places by preserving properties and collections of historic, scenic, and artistic value