A vintage postcard of Central Park in the 1950s

It’s a beautiful view of what looks like Harlem Meer at the North end of the park. Or is it supposed to be the reservoir, since there’s a fence around it?

This postcard look a little, well, off—with patchy trees and strangely blocky apartment buildings on the Fifth Avenue side.

The postmark is stamped 1952—almost 60 years ago.

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8 Responses to “A vintage postcard of Central Park in the 1950s”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    But in the early 60’s there was no fence around the reservoir, just the rocks. It was very peaceful and nice. I remember a man in a white uniform selling ice cream and the kids around him. I sat on the rocks and at the ice cream.

  2. petey Says:

    the perspective seems very off: the gatehouses are the north ones, they wouldn’t align that way with 5th avenue, but that is 5th avenue. ps – in the small version of the picture i thought that mark in the middle was a crane.

  3. Dynd Says:

    Been reading your blog alot, keep em up! 😀

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    Thank you!

  5. Liza Says:

    I’m sure that’s not Central Park. More like central casting.

  6. BR Says:

    The Meer has an island in the middle and rocky hills behind it, although this is an idealized picture, I think it must be the reservoir.

  7. David Says:

    I know this is an old post so it’s probably weird that I’m leaving a comment now, but that is definitely the reservoir and not Harlem Meer. It’s taken from an off-angle but you see West Drive in the foreground as well as the bridle path. The two buildings with the red roofs on the left are the north pumphouses. You can also make out the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center along 5th Avenue towards the top left.

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