A dozen penny postcards of
Downtown Exeter, New Hampshire is as charming today as it was at the turn of the century when a postcard home required only a one cent stamp. Sprawled along the lazy Exeter River, the short strip of shops leads you past the bandstand up Main Street which runs through the center of the campus of "The Academy."
When these early postcards were created, Phillips Exeter was already more than 100 years old, its alumni including Daniel Webster and Robert Todd Lincoln. Founded in 1781, PEA remains one of the most prestigious secondary schools with students attending from around the world.
These images are from the collection of Sharon Stephan. If you have images relating to Phillips Exeter Academy Ms. Stephan would love to hear from you. (click here)
For More Information
Herbert, Ernest. "Greetings from New England: A Glimpse at the Past Through Postcards". Portland, OR: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, 1988.
McCulloch, Lou W. "Paper Americana: A Collector's Guide". San Diego & New York: A. S. Barnes & Company, Inc.,1980.
Nicholson, Susan Brown. "The Encyclopedia of Antique Postcards". Radnor, PA: Wallace-Homestead Book Company, 1994.
Willoughby, Martin. "A History of Postcards". London: Bracken Books, 1994.
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