Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Old Asheville, II

If we get enough bitterly cold weather this winter I might scan a bunch of vintage postcards. As it is, I have about fifty cards of Asheville alone, not including Biltmore, that are finally scanned and up on Flickr.


Pack Square, Vance Monument, Jackson Building

Practically all these cards are from the first half of the twentieth century. After hitting play, the box at the lower right (with four arrows pointing outward) provides a full-screen view, which I would recommend:






I have yet to scan all the Biltmore cards printed in Switzerland. These might be the finest cards I've found - photography, printing and cardstock are all especially nice:

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There are some good (online) repositories of regional postcards, including Macon County Historical Society and the library at UNC-Asheville. But the first choice would be UNC's North Carolina Collection, which has more than 3000 vintage cards online. It's fun to get lost there.
http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/nc_post/index.php

More from the Durwood Barbour collection later...

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