A Window into America's Past
Post Card Greetings
from Old Louisville

(Click on a picture to open a series of vintage post card views of the present Old Louisville Historic District)

      When Louisville was a century younger, the relatively new "Southern Extension,"  the area presently known as Old Louisville, was one of the most prestigious areas of the city.  A district of mansions, the homes of some of the city's most prominent residents, parks, churches, public buildings and monuments, between downtown and Churchill Downs, the area was a favorite subject for post card views in the early 1900s.  We bring you many of these views, courtesy of the folks at Old Louisville's historic Samuel Culbertson Mansion who have shared some of their collection with us. 

Masonic Widows' and Orphans' Home

Second Street in Old Louisville

Third Avenue in Old Louisville
(18+ Views)

Fourth Avenue in Old Louisville
(14+ Views)

Entrance to St James Court ca 1905

St. James Court

Central Park

The Confederate Monument

St Paul's Episcopal

Old Louisville Churches

ColvinSchool.jpg (45595 bytes)

Neighborhood Schools


Old Louisville Hotels

The Great Flood of 1937
MrsWiggs.jpg (42868 bytes) ETC.  (Places  not in 'Old Louisville', but that belong on this page.)
(vintage cards showing the rest of Louisville, mostly the central downtown area are also being assembled.  The section is incomplete, but you're invited to take a peek)

Post Cards in these sections are first displayed as thumbnails which are hyperlinked to pages that show them approximately "life-size" at a screen resolution of 1024x768.  Those pages are then link to enlarged images that allow you to see details that could easily be missed on the smaller versions.

Vintage Postcard Views of Louisville

Old Louisville 
     Second Street  
     Third Avenue  
     Fourth Avenue  
     St James Court  
     Central Park  
     The Confederate Monument  
     The 1937 Flood  

Louisville (the rest of the city)
     Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby  
     The Old Court House  
     City Hall
     East to West along Broadway 
     The Seelbach Hotel  
     Railroad Stations   
     Without extended descriptions:
     Fourth Street   
     The Armory  
     The Old Post Office and Customs House    
     City Parks   


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