Caroliniana Columns
Newsletter of the University South Caroliniana Society
Spring 20000
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Fourth Volume of South Carolina Postcards to Include Images of Lexington County, S.C.

South Caroliniana Library assistant director Dr. Thomas L. Johnson and retired USC art professor Howard Woody have begun work on the fourth book in their multi-volume photographic series being issued by British-owned Arcadia Publishing, whose main American offices are located in Charleston. The third volume, West Central Carolina: Aiken to Saluda, will be available in bookstores in the coming months. It covers the counties of Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, Greenwood, and Saluda.

Steel bridge over the Saluda River,
Wyses Ferry near Lexington, S.C.,
circa 1922.
Bridge at Wyses Ferry - 61314 Bytes

The landmark series, which is intended as a national model of its kind, began with the publication of South Carolina Postcards: Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties in 1997. South Carolina Postcards: Beaufort to Barnwell appeared in 1998. It presented early views of the seven-county area once called Southern Carolina: Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, Bamberg, Allendale, and Barnwell.

Hotel Lexington, 1905 - 68933 Bytes
Hotel Lexington, "Summerland," Batesburg, S.C.,
circa 1905.

The new volume in the project, which presents rare pre-1930s postcard images of South Carolina organized by county clusters, will focus on Lexington County.

In this publishing venture, Woody and Johnson have tried to select the most significant, rare, and unusual images from among private and public postcard collections throughout South Carolina. The subjects range from architectural images and individual and group portraits to documentation of events and occasions - and even disasters. Accompanying text provides as much history of the places, persons, events, and occasions depicted as space allows.

Opera House, Batesburg, S.C.,
circa 1909.
Batesburg Opera House, 1909 - 85516 Bytes

For their upcoming book on Lexington County, Johnson and Woody are particularly interested in locating rare postcard images made between 1900 and 1930, few of which seem to have survived. They would appreciate hearing from Society members and friends who may possess such items and who may be willing to have them reproduced in the fourth volume. Johnson can be reached at (803) 777-3132; Woody, at (803) 772-8827.

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