Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Carriage House, a New York historic estate located in the Bronx

Wish You Were Here - Vintage Postcards of Pelham Bay and City Island

June 3 - August 18, 2016

Vintage Postcards of Pelham Bay and City Island

Before email and social media there were postcards! Tour bygone places and spaces of the east Bronx through postcards dating to the turn of the 19th century. Views of historic inns, beaches, street scenes, military camps, sports, and Prohibition-era speakeasies—all from the collection of local historian Thomas X. Casey - offer insight into changes in landscapes and lifestyles over the past century.

Thomas X. Casey’s collection includes more than 6,000 vintage Bronx postcards dating from the last 19th century through the mid-20th century. Casey is co-author of Northwest Bronx and Bronx Views, and a founding member of the East Bronx History Forum. He has lectured at the Bronx County Historical Society, Kingsbridge Historical Society, Westchester Genealogical Society, New York Public Library, City Island Historical Society and local public schools.

Gaston Lachaise Peacocks


Peacock (Short-tailed), 1920
Peacock (Long-tailed), 1928
Bronze with gilding, cast in 2002 at the Modern Art Foundry, New York

The agricultural industrialist James Deering commissioned Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935) to create the short-tailed peacock in 1920 for Vizcaya, his country estate south of Miami. Architect Philip Goodwin commissioned the long-tailed peacock in 1928 for a fountain at his estate in Syosset, Long Island. Both are on loan to the museum courtesy of the Lachaise Foundation and in cooperation with the public art program of the New York City Parks Department.