12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

New York City was a different place in the 1940s. It was a time before video billboards and LED lights, and skyscrapers were still a source of city-wide awe and pride. Everyone who lived in this glamorous city (and everyone who visited) wanted to show those architectural marvels off—and postcards were a perfect medium.

Remember postcards? Back in the days before camera phones and Instagram, these pocket-sized snapshots were a great way to document your travels. And nothing made Sue down the street more jealous than a postmark from the Empire State Building. Luckily, not all of these artifacts ended up in the trash heap after they'd fallen off the fridge.

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World

Images via Flickr / DominusVobiscum / Boston Public Library