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…

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It Came from the Archives: Vintage Christmas cards

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column examines a collection of Christmas cards dating to 1924.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column examines a collection of Christmas cards dating to 1924.

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

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column focuses on the evolution of the railroad industry in the Wiregrass.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column focuses on the evolution of the railroad industry in the Wiregrass.

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

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column turns its attention to Alabama's upcoming bicentennial and how current residents can preserve their history.

Dr. Marty Olliff's monthly column turns its attention to Alabama's upcoming bicentennial and how current residents can preserve their history.

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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