Tag Archives: Wiregrass Archives

It Came from the Archives: Vintage Christmas cards

December 19, 2018

The Wiregrass Archives has just received a “found collection” (scavenged from the curb) that contains a number of Christmas cards dating from 1924 to 1958, all sent to the same Alabama resident.  With just a little bit of experience, you can see that they are fairly specific to the artwork common to their era, and…

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It Came from the Archives: Tom Solomon’s Railroad Romance

October 31, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

A resident of Headland, Alabama, from his birth in 1915 until his death in 1988, Thomas W. (Tom) Solomon had a love affair with railroads. He worked as a draftsman for the Atlantic Coast Line then with the Florida East Coast Railroad, but his real passion was photographing and painting railroad machinery and other scenes…

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It Came from the Archives: The Alabama Bicentennial and You

September 21, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Alabama will celebrate the bicentennial of its admission to the Union on Dec. 14, 2019. Such anniversary celebrations often lead to an uptick in interest in history.

This happened at the national level in 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, with many states funding historians to travel to colonial archives to copy…

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