Sets of postcard scenes of “Old Ridgefield” by Jack Sanders are being offered for sale to benefit the Ridgefield Historical Society.
The cards are glossy, enhanced reproductions of actual postcards published more than a century ago. The back of each card gives a brief explanation of the scene.
Each set contains the eight cards described below, plus a ninth scene of your choice. The cost is $10 for the set of nine cards, postage included.
The eight cards are:
- The Hermit of Ridgefield (George Washington Gilbert) and his decaying house.
- The town hall with two ladies and a carriage.
- St. Mary’s Church and Rectory (the latter no longer exists).
- A scene of the northern business district of Main Street.
- The Ridgefield firehouse, about 1910.
- The West Lane schoolhouse around 1905 with a horse and buggy.
- The Cass Gilbert Fountain not long after it was installed in 1915.
- The Keeler Tavern, now a museum.
The ninth card could be:
- The Community Center/Lounsbury House, when it was still owned by the Lounsbury family and wasn’t painted white.
- A scene of the southern Main Street business district circa 1905.
- The village train station on Prospect Street.
- The First Congregational Church.
Orders should note a preference and second choice on the ninth card (supplies of each are limited).
Twenty-five percent of the sales will go to the Historical Society, which, like many non-profits, is experiencing reduced income during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To order a set of cards, send $10 to Jack Sanders, 91 Olmstead Lane, Ridgefield CT 06877. You may also use Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way, be sure to include your mailing address.