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 and we are making it available for viewing in various forms: this website, traveling postcard exhibits, and AlabamaMosaic. This website showcases a small sampling of Wade Hall Postcard Collection featuring Streets and Historical Buildings throughout the
state of Alabama.
Dr. Wade Hall was a deltiologist, the formal name for a postcard collector. The quality and size of his collection is impressive because he built it at a time when good, historical postcards were scarce. This exhibit is a small sampling of the historical postcards which Hall donated to the Troy University Archives on the Troy Campus. Hall grew up near Union Springs, attended the small Inverness Consolidated School and Troy State Teachers College. After teaching in Opp and serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Hall taught English at the University of Florida, Kentucky Southern College, and Bellarmine University. Hall collected these postcards during his travels around the country.