Picturing Augusta: Historic Postcards Online

September 26, 2005 – 10:23 PM

The Digital Library of Georgia and the East Central Georgia Regional Library System are pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: Picturing Augusta: Historic Postcards from the Collection of the East Central Georgia Regional Library at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/picturingaugusta.

The web site features forty turn-of-the-twentieth century Augusta-related picture postcards selected from the collection of Augusta and Environs: Picture Post Cards in Color held at the East Central Georgia Regional Library in Augusta, Georgia. The postcards depict the commercial development, economic prosperity, and social customs of Augusta and its inhabitants during the opening years of the twentieth century. Furthermore, they document the interplay between Augusta, Georgia, North Augusta, South Carolina, and Summerville, Georgia before and immediately following Summerville’s incorporation into the city of Augusta in 1912. Collected by Augusta resident Ella C. Mayo Belz at the turn of the twentieth century through 1914, the postcards include images of notable Augusta landmarks such as the Augusta Canal, Augusta Country Club, Bon Air Hotel, Lake Olmstead, Meadow Garden, Medical College of Georgia, and the Partridge Inn. Several relate specifically to Augusta’s position as the second largest inland cotton market in the United States. These postcards show cotton fields, harvested bales, mills, and other scenes of production associated with the cotton industry in Augusta. Many of the scenic postcards depict views along the Savannah River and the commercial and residential streetscapes along both Broad and Greene Streets.

Picturing Augusta is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia in association with the East Central Regional Library as part of Georgia HomePLACE. the project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

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