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Postcard Greetings from Old Louisville


"Along Third Avenue, Louisville" 
Shows part of the west side of Third Avenue
between Magnolia and Hill Street
Post card mailed June 1906

Most of these homes are all still standing, the exception being the fourth.  It burned during the late 1970s. 

Old Louisville residents may notice that across the street, many of the houses still have not been built in this view which actually dates to the late 1890s.  The land on the north part of the east side of the block had been a dairy farm until the mid 1890s, and some of the present houses from that part of the block were not built until the late 1890s to early 1900s.

This card is from the Saturday Evening Post series.  To get this card, the instructions were: "To get them cut a post card coupon from the want page of The Evening Post, for each coupon you get one post card.  Without coupon, price is one cent for each card."



This is now the 1400 block, but before the renumbering of the street in 1908/9, the 1600 block.  From left to right (based on the 1902 Caron's City Directory):

  • 1628, the residence of William Matthews of WS Matthews & Sons

  • 1624, the residence of the capitalist and future president of Churchill Downs, Samuel A. Culbertson

  • 1620, the home of David A. Walton of CJ Walton & Son

  • 1618, the residence of capitalist Charles U. Shreve

  • 1616, the home of Bernard Bernheim of Bernheim Bros. Distillery (stone tower)

  • Not clearly visible further on, 1614 (F.M. Sackett), 1612 (J. W. Green), 1606 (Mary J. Voris) and 1600 (S. R. Chambers)



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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