Guide to the Young’s Bicycle Shop Postcard Collection, circa 1910–1942

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Summary

The Young’s Bicycle Shop Postcard Collection is a collection of postcards of various Nantucket, Mass., scenes acquired by Roger A. Young of Young’s Bicycle Shop in Nantucket, Mass. Roger Young acquired these postcards from the widow of postcard publisher H. Marshall Gardiner, for the purpose of selling them at the bicycle shop.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
PH176
Title:
Young’s Bicycle Shop Postcard Collection
Date(s):
circa 1910 – 1942
Creator:
Young’s Bicycle Shop (Nantucket, Mass.)
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association Research Library
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Young’s Bicycle Shop Postcard Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

RL2018.27. Gift of Harvey S. Young in 2018.

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Gardiner, H. Marshall, 1884-1942.
  • Corporate Name
    • Young’s Bicycle Shop, (Nantucket, Mass.).
  • Topical Term
    • Postcards--Massachusetts--Nantucket Island--20th century.

Biographical Information

Harvey A. Young (1891-1980) opened Young’s Bicycle Shop in 1931. He rented bicycles to customers from the backyard of his family’s Nantucket, Mass., home on the corner of Hussey Street.

Since 1938, the shop has been located at 6 Broad Street.

In 1958, Harvey’s son, Roger A. Young (1924-1998), took over the family business. In 1979, the shop began offering vehicle rentals.

In the early 1980s, Roger’s sons Robert A., and Stephen A., took over the management of the business. In 2011, the shop was sold to their brother, Harvey S. Young.

Scope and Content

The Young’s Bicycle Shop Postcard Collection is a collection of postcards of various Nantucket, Mass., scenes acquired by Roger A. Young of Young’s Bicycle Shop in Nantucket, Mass. Roger Young acquired these postcards from the widow of postcard publisher H. Marshall Gardiner, for the purpose of selling them at the bicycle shop. This collection is a sampling of the postcards that were for sale. Postcards depict various subjects and scenes related to Nantucket.

Series one is comprised of color postcards that were developed using the Nantuckrome process. The Nantuckrome was published by H. Marshall Gardiner of Nantucket, Mass., and printed by the Photochrome Process Company. The cards were printed after 1935 and reproduced many of the scenes that were originally printed by the Detroit Publishing Company.

Series two is comprised of color postcards that were developed using the Phostint process. The postcards using this process were published by H. Marshall Gardiner under the Detroit Publishing Company.

Series three and four are comprised of black and white postcards published under H. Marshall Gardiner and of postcards developed under other processes and publishers, respectively.

Contents

Organization

I.Nantuckromes
II.Phostints
III.Black and white postcards
IV.Other processes

Series I: Nantuckromes

About 20 items.
Arrangement: By subject.

This series is comprised of color postcards that were developed using the Nantuckrome process and published by H. Marshall Gardiner and printed by the Photochrome Process Company.

Subjects include streets, wharves, Brant Point, Siasconset, NHA properties, Skipper Restaurant, Great Point Light, ponds, birds, and sailboats (Rainbow Fleet).

Series II: Phostints

About 85 items.
Arrangement: By subject.

This series is comprised of color postcards that were developed using the Phostint process and published by H. Marshall Gardiner under the Detroit Publishing Company. Includes three oversized panorama Phostints (OP-P-176/1-3).

Subjects include streets, wharves, out of town areas, Siasconset, NHA Properties, Skipper Restaurant, North Shore, beaches, hotels, ponds, clubs, doorways, and interiors.

Series III: Black and white postcards

About 50 items.
Arrangement: By subject.

This series is comprised of black and white postcards published by H. Marshall Gardiner.

Subjects include streets, wharves, out of town areas, including Brant Point, and Wauwinet, as well as Siasconset, NHA properties, Skipper Restaurant, North Shore, churches, ponds, clubs, doorways, interiors, and lifesaving.

Series IV: Other processes

About 85 items.
Arrangement: By subject.

This series is comprised of postcards developed under a variety of other processes and publishers. Includes one separated item (OP-PC-176/1).

Subjects include streets, wharves, Brant Point, Quidnet, Wauwinet, Siasconset, NHA properties, places, including restaurants, the Atheneum, beaches, churches, hotels, lighthouses, and steamships, as well as general subjects, including, baseball, birds, clubs, doorways, general views, lifesaving, Rainbow Fleet, people, and souvenir postcards.

Items Separated

  • OP-P-176/1-3
  • OP-PC-176/1

Processing Information

Processed by Kerry H. McAuliffe, December 2019.
Finding aid by Kerry H. McAuliffe, December 2019.

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