Postcard Collection

Old Postcards of Rochester have provided a lucid window into our history. Many show old buildings that have since been torn down, or bare hillsides that have now become wooded. The messages written on the backs of them provide a capsule of how people lived their lives and communicated a century ago. Rich photography is often accompanied by hand-painted elements.

Here is a small sampling of Rochester, Vermont postcards from the extensive postcard collection of Nancy Woolley. The postmarks date back to as early as 1908, when a stamp cost a penny.