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From early hand-colored cards printed in Germany to photographic views in both color and black and white, Mary Boyer's extensive collection of postcards yields a unique glimpse of Charlotte, North Carolina, during the time of extraordinary growth that underpins today's dynamic city.
The postcardsmany of them rare and valuableportray people, hotels, parks, city and street views, residences, schools, sports venues, government buildings, churches, theaters, and more. Many of the buildings portrayed in the cards were subsequently demolished to make way for larger, more modern structures. The extensive captions go well beyond simply describing the scene on each postcard, offering little-known details of Charlotte's diverse social history and lore.
The resulting pictorial history forms a charming visual record of a Charlotte that has largely vanished, one that will be treasured by long-term and new residents of the city and welcomed by the legions of postcard collectors all over the world.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.55(d)|
About the Author
Charlottean Mary Kratt is an award-winning author of twelve books of history, biography, and poetry, including Charlotte: Spirit of the New South and Legacy: The Myers Park Story. She has taught English and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Mary Manning Boyer has been collecting postcards for decades, and her collection, on which this book is based, numbers about eight hundred. Boyer has been recognized by the Mint Museum of Art and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission for her contributions to local historic preservation. She lives in Cornelius.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1.||Around Town: City and Street Views||11|
|Chapter 2.||Where We Lived: Residences and Neighborhoods||27|
|Chapter 3.||Leisure Time: Entertainment, Clubs, Recreation, Parks, Sports||45|
|Chapter 4.||Governmental Business: Courthouses, City Halls, Public Buildings||63|
|Chapter 5.||Visiting in Town: Hotels and Restaurants||71|
|Chapter 6.||Where We Worshipped: Churches||81|
|Chapter 7.||Doing Business: Commercial, Industry, Textiles||91|
|Chapter 8.||Treating the Sick: Hospitals||117|
|Chapter 9.||Getting There: Transportation||123|
|Chapter 10.||Places of Learning: Schools and Colleges||131|
|Chapter 11.||Soldiers and Heroes: Military, Parades, and Monuments||141|
|Chapter 12.||Messages: Novelty Cards||153|
What People are Saying About This
[These] postcard images reflect the pride, energy, and immense change that transformed Charlotte into what [the authors] call 'an extraordinary New South city.' . . . A fascinating visual record of a Charlotte that has largely vanished, one that will be treasured by long-time residents as well as newcomers to the Queen City.Our State
This is a handsome book, based on an inspired idea given a quite satisfying treatment. . . . As is absolutely crucial in a book of this sort, the production values are very good indeed. The paper is heavy, the reproductions of the cards beautifully done. One could be sitting in the parlor of a handsome old DAR, going through a scrapbook meticulously kept of a time in the New South no longer so new anymore. . . . A lovely book.Virginia Quarterly Review
Charlotte emerged as the New South 'Queen City of the Piedmont' amidst the golden era of local postcard publishing in America. Filled with colorful images and nuggets of local history, Remembering Charlotte is a postcard from the past, recalling the energy and elegance of bygone days in the booming business capital of the Carolinas. Every Charlottean, oldtimer or newcomer, will find treats in this book.Catherine Bishir, author of North Carolina Architecture
History buffs and postcard fans alike will adore this volume. The reproductions are clear, crisp and mostly in color, and the history is conversational and well researched. But even if you aren't a history or postcard aficionado, this book is a fun way to experience a bit of our city's past. . . . Postcards are often 'snapshots' of the past and this collection offers a wonderful glimpse of Charlotte's history.Creative Loafing
A charming visual record of a Charlotte that has largely vanished, one that will be treasured by long term and new residents of the city and welcomed by the legions of postcard collectors all over the world.North Carolina Traveler
Towns are like peopleyou can't truly know them until you know who they used to be, where they came from. Mary Kratt and Mary Manning Boyer have done that for Charlotte, giving us a unique and intriguing look at the city's past. You read the text, look at the postcards, and say, 'Ah hah, so that's how it came to be.' It's all there.Robert Inman, author of Dairy Queen Days
The postcards are so different from present day Charlotte, they are like a visit to your grandmother's attic or something from a long-buried time capsule.Jack Claiborne, author of The Charlotte Observer: Its Time and Place, 1869-1986