These Vintage Postcards Show What Life Was Like in Cincinnati a Century Ago

From our stunning centuries-old architecture and landmarks to long-standing attractions and transportation stations, the Queen City is rich with history. These moments were frozen in time through series of postcards and images curated in the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's Greater Cincinnati Memories Project. These vintage postcards offer an opportunity to step back in time and experience life in the city from a different era.  
Photos by From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

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Fountain Square
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Fountain Square

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Roebling Suspension Bridge
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Roebling Suspension Bridge

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The Suit and Dress Department at Albert I. Straus Co., 411-413 Race St., Cincinnati
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The Suit and Dress Department at Albert I. Straus Co., 411-413 Race St., Cincinnati

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Glimpse of the Miami Canal and Cincinnati Hospital
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Glimpse of the Miami Canal and Cincinnati Hospital

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Cincinnati City Hall
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Cincinnati City Hall

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Cincinnati Observatory in Mount Lookout
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Cincinnati Observatory in Mount Lookout

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Interior of Dixie Terminal in downtown Cincinnati
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From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Interior of Dixie Terminal in downtown Cincinnati

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Mayor's Office, Cincinnati City Hall
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Mayor's Office, Cincinnati City Hall

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At the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

At the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Officers' Row, Fort Thomas
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Officers' Row, Fort Thomas

Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County