Buffalo Olmsted Parks Postcards & Stereoviews
"A park is a work of art, designed to produce certain effects upon the minds of men."
—Frederick Law Olmsted
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) has made available 418 postcards, photographs, and stereoviews of the Buffalo Park System designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. At 1,200 acres, these parks and parkways comprise the largest park system in the United States. The Buffalo Park System is the first park and parkway system designed and built in the U.S. and is considered Olmsted's best work. The majority of the images included in this digital collection are from retired librarian and BOPC archives volunteer Jim Mendola's collection of pre-1923 public domain postcards and stereoviews of the parks in Buffalo. For 88 items, Mr. Mendola has also taken recent photographs of the places pictured in the postcards, so the user can see "before" and "after" shots.
History of the Buffalo Park System
To browse images of specific parks in the Buffalo Park System, click on one of the following links:
Collection owner: Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy