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    Bird's Eye View of Waynesville, N.C. / View of Plott's Balsam

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    Early postcards illustrated life and scenery in western North Carolina. This “Bird’s Eye View of Waynesville” was made from an original photograph by Herbert W. Pelton (1879-1961). Pelton was active as a photographer in Asheville in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. He produced landscapes of the region including panoramic shots, a rather rare format at the time. He partnered with photographer George Masa to operate their Photo-Craft Shop in the 1920s but, within a decade, moved to Washington, D.C

    Jackson Hardware Company, Sylva, N.C.

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    It is rare to have a photograph taken of the interior of a store since such a place was not commonly thought to be of exceptional visual interest. Its rarity makes this 1918 image of Jackson Hardware Company all the more valuable. Located in Sylva, North Carolina, store shelves are loaded with useful items, such as knives, spools of thread, clocks, ceramic jugs, and bed warmers

    Martha Washington Hall, Blue Ridge, N.C.

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    Early postcards illustrated life and scenery in western North Carolina. This card was made by the Southern Post Card Company, located in Asheville, North Carolina. The company was founded in the first decades of the 20th century by Lamar Campbell Le Compte, who ran the company until his death in 1977. At the time of its closing, the company inventory numbered into the millions

    View looking North from Dillsboro, N.C.

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    George Dexter Sherrill (1879–1931) was a commercial photographer in the first decades of the 20th century. Born in Dillsboro, North Carolina, Sherrill was related through marriage to glass-plate photographer, A.L. Ensley, a noted area portrait photographer. While still a child, Sherrill learned the mechanics of photography from Ensley and, later, put his skills to use. In 1902 Sherrill opened Sherrill’s Art Studio in Waynesville, where he produced images reproduced on postcards, did photo-finishing, and sold Eastman Kodak photo supplies. His work focused on local landmarks and genre scenes, rather than mountain landscapes that were so popular at the time. Except for a short time in the early 1920s when Sherrill opened a studio in Asheville, he lived and worked in his studio in Waynesville until his death in 1931

    Train entering Cowee Tunnel Just Below Dillsboro, N.C.

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    George Dexter Sherrill (1879–1931) was a commercial photographer in the first decades of the 20th century. Born in Dillsboro, North Carolina, Sherrill was related through marriage to glass-plate photographer, A.L. Ensley, a noted area portrait photographer. While still a child, Sherrill learned the mechanics of photography from Ensley and, later, put his skills to use. In 1902 Sherrill opened Sherrill’s Art Studio in Waynesville, where he produced images reproduced on postcards, did photo-finishing, and sold Eastman Kodak photo supplies. His work focused on local landmarks and genre scenes, rather than mountain landscapes that were so popular at the time. Except for a short time in the early 1920s when Sherrill opened a studio in Asheville, he lived and worked in his studio in Waynesville until his death in 1931

    Asheville, N.C.

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    During the first decades of the 20th century, Hackney & Moale Co. was a publishing and printing firm with locations in Asheville, North Carolina. Banners on the front of their brick building advertised printing and binding services as well as publishing. As early as 1903, Hackney & Moale were in business, having printed a report for the Peabody Fund that year. Apparently still in business in 1919, Hackney & Moale published a rhyming book. In 1906, they published a directory of Haywood County that included an advertisement describing their printing and bindery operation, as well as a related retail operation that sold stationary and typewriters

    Biltmore, N.C., Crescent Street

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    During the first decades of the 20th century, Hackney & Moale Co. was a publishing and printing firm with locations in Asheville, North Carolina. Banners on the front of their brick building advertised printing and binding services as well as publishing. As early as 1903, Hackney & Moale were in business, having printed a report for the Peabody Fund that year. Apparently still in business in 1919, Hackney & Moale published a rhyming book. In 1906, they published a directory of Haywood County that included an advertisement describing their printing and bindery operation, as well as a related retail operation that sold stationary and typewriters

    Evening View over Asheville, N.C. from Sunset Drive

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    Edwin Brown was listed as a bookstore manager for the printers Hackney & Moale in the 1907-1908 Asheville City Directory. A few years later, he was working for himself, having founded the Brown Book Company. Along with numerous postcards produced in the first decades of the 20th century, in 1909, Brown Book Company published the “Brownie Pocket Map of Asheville, North Carolina.” By 1912, the company was located on Chestnut Street

    Former governor Hardman house, Sautee Nacoochee Valley

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    Reinfried Armstrong Romanes (April 4, 1896-1978), more often known as R. A. Romanes or simply as Romanes, was born and raised in Europe. In 1919, he emigrated to America and, through family and political connections, settled in Alto, Georgia, where he remained for the rest of his life. It wasn’t until 1925 that Romanes became interested in photography, but after that time, photography became his passion. He made pictures of farming families in and around his adopted hometown in northeast Georgia and took landscape shots in Georgia, South Carolina, and western North Carolina. Most of the photographs in this collection were made in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s and many are labeled as to where they were taken

    Cantrell girl with dog

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    Reinfried Armstrong Romanes (April 4, 1896-1978), more often known as R. A. Romanes or simply as Romanes, was born and raised in Europe. In 1919, he emigrated to America and, through family and political connections, settled in Alto, Georgia, where he remained for the rest of his life. It wasn’t until 1925 that Romanes became interested in photography, but after that time, photography became his passion. He made pictures of farming families in and around his adopted hometown in northeast Georgia and took landscape shots in Georgia, South Carolina, and western North Carolina. Most of the photographs in this collection were made in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s and many are labeled as to where they were taken
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