Carnegie Libraries of New Jersey

Cities E - Z

1935 Curt Teich linen finish, multiview card features the three 'Orange' libraries. What an optimistic, celebratory postcard!

East Orange
E. Orange, NJ Carnegie library (Main)

Two 1900 Carnegie grants, which might have been necessary for this huge building. It's a magnificent fan-stack library; exceptionally broad and deep, maximizing its corner lot. According to the Library, its architects were Kent, Jardine, and Kent.



According to Wikipedia (sorry), it's now the East Orange Municipal Court. Much better than leaving it to rot.

Since this interior shows arched windows, I believe this card to be the interior of the main, Carnegie-funded library. Its back is evenly divided, making it highly unlikely that its image is of the previous building. 

It's a fabulous view, meticulously tinted.

Interior of the E. Orange main library, hand tinted, with a huge fern in the foreground.
Elmwood Branch
Elmwood Branch Carnegie Library, E. Orange, NJ

This stern-looking brick building appears to date from the 1907 grant. It was built in 1912, according to the library history page.

The postcard was mailed the same year. Oddly, it was printed in Luxemburg but strongly resembles the Albertype postcards.

Franklin Branch (Dodd St.)
Franklin Branch Library, East Orange, NJ

According to the Library's history, this was funded by a 1907 (by calculation from context) grant. It was built in 1909, and is still being used as a branch library.


The E.G. Temme Card was mailed in 1910.

Elizabeth, NJ Carnegie library

Mayrose 'Local View' brand card. Rather a nifty nitty gritty winter scene.

Elizabeth, NJ Carnegie library
1933 Curt Teich linen finish postcard of the Elizabeth Carnegie Library.

Now you see me.

Now you don't.

Three 1900 Carnegie grants. Three Carnegie libraries. All three are standing, but only this location contains an active public library.

Liberty Square Branch Library

Built in 1912 from a design by architect C. Godfrey Poggi, according to Elizabeth, New Jersey Then And Now: Second Edition 2015.

The postcard was by Line & Co., and mailed in 1913.

Liberty Square Branch (Carnegie) Library

Built in 1903: still in use, despite its remarkably small size.

Freehold, NJ Carnegie library

(L) Litho-chrome brand card, never mailed. 
(R) Freehold Photo Supply card, ironically artistic in its rendering. Originally printed as a New York card. The N.Y. was struck out, and N.J. added, in a gothic sort of font. Mailed in 1906.

Freehold, NJ Carnegie library
Little Falls

This was another, 1917 Carnegie building that no one thought highly about. It has been demolished.

The postcard was printed by the Collotype Company. Its images are distinguished by clarity, and by being photographed before spring's releafing.

Little Falls, NJ Carnegie library
Long Branch
Long Branch, NJ postcard with city hall on the top half, and the Carnegie library on the bottom.

1945 Curt Teich linen-finish postcard with the Carnegie library shown on the bottom, and the Long Branch City Hall shown on top.


The 1917 Carnegie library is still in use. It received the last Carnegie grant in New Jersey.

Montclair, NJ Carnegie library, on a corner lot.

Its first location was in a tavern, which was torn down to yield the corner lot on which this building was built in 1904. That $40,000 1902 Carnegie grant was put to exceptionally good use here, although the awning looks like somebody's fitted sheet.
The library building, replaced in 1954, is now a Unitarian Church, but the Carnegie branch is still in use!

According to an ad in the 1901 Public Libraries, this used Library Bureau patented steel stacks, along with Orange's Free Public Library. Dare we hope for the fan-stack arrangement?

The only clue to the card's identity is the number P-26154, with a B in a circle. It was never mailed, but has an evenly divided back.

New Brunswick

1902 grant. Built in 1903; expanded in 1990, and still in use!


This is another unattributable card, but its back is essentially identical to that of the Montclair card above.

New Brunswick, NJ Carnegie library
Perth Amboy

First (01 March 1901) Carnegie grant received by a New Jersey Library.
The library's history is on the city's 
web site, which states that the library's speedy growth needed a second (1914) grant. At one time, a children's library was built, but after a 1977 fire, it was reincorporated into the Carnegie building.

The postcard was published by the New Jersey Post Card Company.

Perth Amboy, NJ Carnegie library

1909 grant. Opened in 1911. Demolished and replaced in 1964.What a shame that some type of reuse wasn't made.

Tiny Romanesque Carnegie library of Summit, NJ

It bore a resemblance to the Clyde, Ohio Carnegie building.


F.E. Temme card, mailed in the summer of 1909. Unless the illustration is the world's most accurate architectural drawing, it appears that there was a nearly two year gap between its completion and its opening.

Vineland, NJ Carnegie library

Curt Teich card, never mailed, dating from 1916. The reverse states that at this point, the Library comprised 8,000 volumes. It was built in 1904, and another statistic given is the citizen contribution of land and $2,500.


1903 Carnegie grant of $12,000. Still standing according to Wikipedia, in use as a senior center, but I have no confirmation.

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