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.


Many postcards were, and still are, made from photographs. Early postcards were black and white so companies started the practice of colorization to make them more attractive. Colorization is the process of sending the postcard photograph to another country to enliven with color. India and Italy were often chosen because they specialized in using exotic colors which caught the eye of the common person. Colorization has a major effect on a picture. It could make an ordinary scene look beautiful or idyllic. Many of the postcards in this collection are examples of colorized sights in Alabama.