Main Streets and Historical Buildings
Dr. Wade Hall was an avid "postcard collector". He collected approximately 25,000 vintage postcards from all over the world during his travels. The quality and size of his collection is impressive because he built it at a time when good, historical postcards were scarce. The dates of these postcards range from the early 1900s to the 1960s. Hall donated his collection to the Troy University Archives on the Troy Campus. The Troy University Libraries and the Troy University Department of Art and Design have made part of his collection available through two traveling postcard exhibits.
The Main Streets exhibit features these cities: Albany (Decatur), Anniston, Athens, Birmingham, Brewton, Carbon Hill, Citronelle, Cullman, Decatur, Demopolis, Dothan, Enterprise, Eufaula, Eutaw, Evergreen, Fairfax (Valley), Foley, Gadsden, Greensboro, Hamilton, Hartselle, Huntsville, Jacksonville, Jasper, Luverne, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Ozark, Prattville, Red Bay, Selma, Silverhill, Sylacauga, Troy, Tuscaloosa, Union Springs, and Uniontown.
The Historical Buildings exhibit features these cities: Alexander City, Athens, Auburn, Bay Minette, Bessemer, Birmingham, Boaz, Brewton, Calera, Centre, Centreville, Dauphin Island, Dothan, Enterprise, Evergreen, Florence, Foley, Fort Rucker, Gadsden, Greenville, Guntersville, Huntsville, LaFayette, Livingston, Marion, Mobile, Montgomery, Point Clear, Selma, Scottsboro, Talladega, Tallassee, Troy, Tuscaloosa, Tuscumbia, Tuskegee, Union Springs, and Wetumpka.
The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours. For further information on the postcard collection, see Troy University’s webpage at: trojan.troy.edu/library/wadehall/index.html.
In addition to this exhibit, please be sure and check out the Postcard display at our Local History & Genealogy Division, 753 Government Street. For more information, please call 207-7097.