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During my recent trip to Hoboken I was excited to find out about the new show at the local Historical Museum, a tiny charming museum North of the city, just across the river from Manhattan.

The show comprises over 700 historic postcards from 12 cities and towns of Hudson County in New Jersey. Most of the postcards date from the Golden Age of postcards, the 1900s – 1920s, showing parks, street scenes, scenic views and important municipal buildings, churches, schools and factories, when they were brand new and the pride of Hudson County.

Aerial map of Hoboken on the wall of the museum
The exhibition is divided into 12 areas showcasing postcards with the views from each of the 12 counties
Postcards from Jersey City
Bringing the exhibit into the present is an augmented reality app that will enable visitors to compare current views to the historic images. Curated by Stevens professor Christopher Manzione, the app allows visitors to hold an iPad in front of a postcard to see how the same street view looks today.

Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, NJ (View in map)

Tuesday – Thursday 2 to 7 pm
Friday 1 to 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12 to 5 pm

Admission: $4

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