Saturday, January 2, 2010

Old Asheville, I

Maybe I'll get a few more of these images scanned this year. Several vintage postcards of Asheville as it was:

Haywood Street, Looking North, Asheville, N.C.

Airplane View of Pritchard Park and Patton Ave. Looking East, Asheville, N. C.

View of the Plaza and Asheville, N. C. from City Hall

And a slightly later view, captured on Kodachrome!

Patton Avenue Looking West, Asheville, N. C.


Sharon said...

I so love these old pictures of Asheville. I was born there in the fifties and spent a lot of time there with my grandmother as a kid and shopping in town with my mom, back in the days when people dressed up to go shopping and it was a big deal. Those are such wonderful memories for me. These pictures are older but still bring back lots of thoughts in my own head, plus my mom shares a lot of stories of growing up in Asheville and West Asheville and how life was back then. I can't get enough of them. I still have many relatives there and Asheville will always hold a special place in my head and my heart.....I think of it almost as much as a state of mind as it is a place. Thank you!

GULAHIYI said...

More where that came from. Asheville has some interesting architecture. That old Northwestern Bank building was unfortunate, but the view from the top is pretty nice.

Asheville Now said...

Wow! These are great. It would be interesting to see more. It would be great to see shots of these perspectives from today. Maybe even posting them along with the cards here. It's nice to take a peek at our city's past like this.

GULAHIYI said...

There's a good group on Flickr that features then-and-now shots based on old NC postcards:

Also, Kevin Adams did a fine book, North Carolina Then and Now, based on old NC photos.