But the collecting urge soon overwhelmed geography, so now the collection contains cards, photographs, stereoviews, magic lantern slides, and pamphlets. And the views are not just of Ossining (once called Sing Sing, and from which the prison took its name) but now also Maryknoll and Briarcliff Manor (Scarborough). This portion of the collection is exhaustive - we collect anything we can find on these communities.
-- Croton-on-Hudson (including Harmon, Croton Point Park, and Croton Dam), Millwood, Peekskill, Indian Point (both the amusement park and the nuclear power plant), Valhalla, Tarrytown and North Tarrytown, Elmsford, Thornwood, Pocantico Hills, and Pleasantville.
-- the railroad stations on the Hudson, the Palisades, Hudson and East River bridges north of midtown and all the tunnels, and Grand Central itself and its neighborhood.
Jackson Heights, N.Y. (where Mary grew up and where we lived for 11 years before coming to Ossining), parts of the East and West Sides of Manhattan (where we lived singly before moving to Queens), the Financial District and midtown (where we have worked most of our lives), the Bronx Zoo (where Mary formed much of her understanding of human behavior by studying the monkeys), Brooklyn's St. George Hotel, Haverstraw, N.Y. (where Bill once worked), Bear Mountain Park and Bridge, and some other views that we just like.
Major topics now include Playland Park (and its predecessors, Rye Beach Amusement Park and Paradise Park) and the Grasslands complex (whith includes the old Grasslands Hospital, the County Jail and Prison, and other facilities).
We collect every view we can find of the residential parks and the Police Recreation Center at Haines Falls and Tannersville, in Greene County, N.Y. (where we spent several happy summers) and selectively of Harrisburg, Pa. (where Bill grew up), Dartmouth College and Yale University (where Bill went to college), and Charles County and Gibson Island (Anne Arundel County), Maryland.
As we get new cards, we will scan them and add them to the site. We will be happy to make high-quality scans of these cards for $5 each, on request and pre-payment. If you have a card that you think we would like to add to the collection, please let us know. We respond quickly and will pay postage both ways if you send cards on approval.