Collection Facts

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Historical Context

The Sayville Library serves the communities of Sayville and West Sayville, which are located on the South Shore of Long Island within the county of Suffolk and the Town of Islip. They are situated along the Great South Bay and were a popular vacation destination in the early 1900s. Sayville and West Sayville are also known for their rich maritime history, which includes oystering, boat building, and ferry service to nearby Fire Island.

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of approximately 300 postcards dating from the early 1900’s through the 1990’s. The majority contain black and white images of Sayville and surrounding areas. There are occasionally cards that are colorized or are from color photographs. The images on the cards include businesses, residences, people, events, houses of worship, schools, parks, maritime activity and more. The messages sent on the cards often describe life in Sayville at the time, usually from the viewpoint of vacationers or local residents.