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Picturing Augusta: Historic Postcards from the Collection of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System

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  • Coverage Dates: 1900-1914
  • Update Frequency: in process

Picturing Augusta: Historic Postcards from the Collection of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System consists of forty turn-of-the-twentieth century Augusta-related picture postcards selected from the collection Augusta and Environs: Picture Post Cards in Color held at the East Central Georgia Regional Library in Augusta, Georgia. The postcards in this collection depict the commercial development, economic prosperity, and social customs of Augusta and its inhabitants during the opening years of the twentieth century. Furthermore, the picture postcards 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.

The postcards, as collected byAugusta resident Ella C. Mayo Belz at the turn of the twentiethcentury through 1914, include images of notable Augusta landmarks suchas the Augusta Canal, Augusta Country Club, Bon Air Hotel, Lake Olmstead, Meadow Garden, Medical College of Georgia, and the Partridge Inn. Several postcards in the online collection 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. There are also many scenic postcards that depict views along the Savannah River and the commercial and residential streetscapes along both Broad and Greene Streets.

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