Louisville, KY (Postcard History Series)

Louisville, KY (Postcard History Series)

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by John E. Findling
     
 

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Founded in 1778 as a portage point on the lower Ohio River, Louisville was closely tied to river commerce for a century. In the 1880s, the Southern Exposition and the growth of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad did much to establish the city as an important commercial link between the North and South. By 1900, Louisville was the 18th largest city in America,

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Founded in 1778 as a portage point on the lower Ohio River, Louisville was closely tied to river commerce for a century. In the 1880s, the Southern Exposition and the growth of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad did much to establish the city as an important commercial link between the North and South. By 1900, Louisville was the 18th largest city in America, with a population of just over 200,000. The city had a vibrant downtown with elegant office buildings and hotels and one of the finest park systems in the country, designed by the Olmsted brothers in the 1890s. In Louisville, more than 200 postcards present a visual record of the institutions, prosperity, and charm of the river city.

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Title: Authors offer looks at Louisville history

Author: Martha Elson

Publisher: Courier Journal

Date: 11/11/09

In the early part of the last century, sending penny postcards was a cheap and popular way to communicate among friends and family members.

Mail was picked up and delivered twice a day, and dinner guests might send a postcard in the morning to say they would arrive at 6 o'clock, said John Findling of Riedlonn, who has a new book out about the history of postcards in Louisville.

“Phone service was expensive and undependable, and a letter cost two or three times as much,” he said. “Phone service was minimal until the late 1920s.” Postcards were today's equivalent of a digital photo attached to an e-mail, he said.

His book, which reproduces more than 200 postcard images, is the “Louisville” entry in the “Postcard History Series” published by Arcadia Publishing, which has offices in Chicago; San Francisco; Charleston, S.C.; and Portsmouth, N.H.

Findling, a retired Indiana University Southeast history professor and stamp and postcard dealer who co-owns Collector's Stamps LTD in St. Matthews, will autograph copies Saturday at Carmichael's Bookstore in Crescent Hill.

He'll be joined by architect Steve Wiser, also of Riedlonn, who will autograph his latest history book, “Louisville Tapestry: People & Places Who Helped Create America's ‘Most Livable City,'” published by the new Louisville Heritage Publications and printed by the local Merrick Printing Co.

The publishing entity was started by Wiser, with support from the Louisville Historical League, to issue modestly priced local history books such as his, which is $14.95.

Both Riedlonn authors are members of the league, but they say it's happenstance that they released their Louisville history books at the same time.

Findling's book serves to chronicle the history of the city and main towns in Southern Indiana from about 1905 to 1940.

Findling's shop, in a building at 4912 DuPont Circle, has a separate room from the stamp area with about 1,200 historical postcards.

Picture postcards came out in the 1890s, he said.

Findling also has co-edited two other books, a dictionary of the Olympics that became “Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement” and “Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions.”

Wiser's other books include “Louisville Sites to See by DESIGN” and “Illustrated History of St. Frances of Rome Parish” in Clifton, a collaboration.

Among the “Louisville Tapestry” topics are the Olmsted Parks system, Abraham Lincoln's visit to Farmington, sculptors Enid Yandell (Hogan's Fountain) and Barney Bright, and street names.

The book is an outgrowth of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' recognition of Louisville as the “Most Livable Big City in America” in 2008.

“There are a lot of great things here,” Wiser said, characterizing the city as having both a “big town” and “small town” feel.

Reporter Martha Elson can be reached at (502) 582-7061.

In this addition to a popular Arcadia series, retired history professor John E. Findling uses more than 200 vintage postcards to unfold the dramatic story of Louisville's development. As in other Postcard History volumes, these images of striking change and surprising continuity reveal more about the city than mere words could convey.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738567884
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Postcard History Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
1,176,193
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Author John E. Findling is professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Southeast and lives in Louisville. He has written extensively on world’s fairs and expositions and on the modern Olympic movement. In retirement, he is a partner in a stamp and vintage postcard business, Collectors’ Stamps, Ltd., the source for most of the postcards in this book.

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