Greetings from Alabama: A Pictorial History in Vintage Postcards: From the Wade Hall Collection of Historical Picture Postcards from Alabama

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NewSouth Books, Sep 1, 2016 - History - 224 pages

Although he was a native of Bullock County, Alabama, Wade Hall -- teacher, writer, poet, critic, interviewer, folklorist, and documentarian -- spent most of his fifty-year career in Kentucky. But he was never emotionally far from his home as evidenced by his passion for collecting vintage Alabama postcards. In his lifetime he amassed 10,000, which he then graciously gave to the University of Alabama Libraries and Troy University in a large joint bequest that also included rare books, quilts, folk art, letters and more. 

These postcards date from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century and offer a fascinating and diverse picture of the state. The meaning of postcards that could be purchased as a travel souvenir is largely forgotten today when cameras are commonplace. But the value of Hall's stunning collection cannot be missed. The some 400 cards featured in Greetings from Alabama are revealing of scenes familiar and rare. From Birmingham's Vulcan to Mobile's Bellingrath Gardens, from Enterprise's boll weevil monument to Huntsville's rockets, from Helen Keller's home to William Rufus King's resting place, the scenes offer captivating glimpses of Alabama history.



A note on organization 2
baldwin County 19
dale County 37
montgomery County 53
lee County 69
tuscaloosa County 85
Central Alabama 99
Jefferson County 121
Calhoun County 139
etowah County 153
morgan County 167
north Alabama 183
index 203

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About the author (2016)

Wade H. Hall taught at colleges and universities in Florida and Kentucky, and was the author of many books, monographs, poems, and plays about the South and its people. He held degrees from Troy State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Illinois. A  native of rural Alabama, he lived and worked in Louisville, Kentucky, from 1962 to 2006, when he moved back to his family homeplace at Hall’s Crossroads in Bullock County, Alabama, south of Union Springs, Alabama. He died in 2015. 

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