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.
Postcards and social history:
Photographs can depict social history without words. The postcards in the Wade Hall collection demonstrate that fact. Most of these are known as "view cards" and they document a certain place in time. They give historical references to buildings, streets, and even towns which may no longer exist or that have changed significantly. By looking at the front of these cards, we can learn about the history of an area, including early forms of travel, architectural styles of the time, the beginning of power and telegraph/telephone lines, and monuments that may or may not be there now. The messages on the backs can provide a "snapshot" of the moment since the sender often refers to the weather, travel experiences, and their relationship to the recipient.