It Came from the Archives: TROY in the 1950s

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column shows a photo collection of Troy University in the mid-1950s.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column shows a photo collection of Troy University in the mid-1950s.

“Selected Views of Troy State College” – An Artvue Post Card Co. Souvenir Booklet

In the mid-1950s, Artvue Post Card Company of New York published a booklet depicting ten buildings on the Troy University Campus. Artvue was founded in 1936, and in 1952 purchased the Albertype Company, which allowed it to publish Baseball Hall of Fame trading cards until 1963.

Artvue’s forte was black-and-white photographic “view cards” about the size of post cards but on lighter weight paper. Souvenir booklets contained multiple view cards printed on a single sheet accordion-folded into a cover. The idea was to mail the entire booklet – this one called for 2 cents of postage “without message.”

The inside cover advertised Troy State College, on today’s campus, with an enrollment of 1,200 students who paid $520 per year for tuition and fees, room and board, and books (that’s worth between $4,700 and $6,500 in 2017 dollars).

This booklet comes from the Michael Matthews Collection, Record Group 180. A guide to the collection is available here: https://www.troy.edu/wiregrassarchives/inventories/180.html.

Here are the images

Bibb Graves Hall, Administrative Building

 Shackelford Hall, Women’s Dormitory

The Student Center

McCatha Hall, The College Library

Cowart Hall, Men’s Dormitory

Pace Hall, Men’s Dormitory

Wilkinson Observatory has Two Telescopes, one 10 inches and one 3 inches

Wright Hall, P.E. Department and Gymnasium

Memorial Stadium

Kilby Hall.  Training School for Six Elementary Grades

It Came from the Archives is an ongoing series spotlighting the fascinating collections at the Wiregrass Archives. To find out more, visit online at https://www.troy.edu/wiregrassarchives or in person in Everett Hall on the Dothan Campus.