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Winter Postcard of the Rogers Memorial Library (early 20th century)

This is a postcard depicting a winter scene at the Rogers Memorial Library. The snow is abundant along the roof, tree branches, steps, sidewalk and street. The children standing on the sidewalk add to the cold scene being depicted, wearing winter attire and with one child holding onto a sled. The production of this postcard renders almost all the visible objects with a thick outline, as well as all visible surfaces that aren't hit by light or snow being rendered incredibly dark. The text on this postcard reads:


"The Rogers Memorial Library in Winter. Southampton, L.I."

"No. 1724 Moore & Gibson Co., New York, Germany"


The Rogers Memorial Library was founded in 1893 following the death of Harriet Jones Rogers, who passed away the year previous to the founding. Ms. Rogers left both $10,000 and a plot of land on the corner of Jobs Lane and Main Street to be used for constructing the library, in dedication to her mother Clarissa Rogers. The first incarnation was designed by R.H. Robertson in 1895, opened to the public the next year. This Victorian Gothic building was capable of holding 250 people and over 20,000 books, including 400 of those donated by William Pelletreau in memory of his mother. After the collection outgrew the building, Grosvenor Atterbury designed an addition to the library which was completed in 1915. To this day, the RML serves as an educational and cultural center for the Southampton community.

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