Wade Hall Postcards: Historical Scenes of Alabama

Royal Street
GMO Building
Cochrane Bridge


The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new exhibit entitled, “Wade Hall Postcards: Historical Scenes of Alabama”. Dr. Wade Hall was an avid "postcard collector". He collected approximately 25,000 vintage postcards from all over the world during his travels. The quality and size of his collection is impressive because he built it at a time when good, historical postcards were scarce. The dates of these postcards range from the early
1900s to the 1960s. Hall donated his collection to the Troy University Archives on the Troy Campus. The Troy University Libraries and the Troy University Department of Art and Design have made part of his collection available through two traveling postcard exhibits.

The Marx Library will be exhibiting these two traveling exhibits entitled, “Main Streets” and “Historical Buildings”. 

The Main Streets exhibit features these cities: Albany (Decatur), Anniston, Athens, Birmingham, Brewton, Carbon Hill, Citronelle, Cullman, Decatur, Demopolis, Dothan, Enterprise, Eufaula, Eutaw, Evergreen, Fairfax (Valley), Foley, Gadsden, Greensboro, Hamilton, Hartselle, Huntsville, Jacksonville, Jasper, Luverne, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Ozark, Prattville, Red Bay, Selma, Silverhill, Sylacauga, Troy, Tuscaloosa, Union Springs, and Uniontown.

The Historical Buildings exhibit features these cities: Alexander City, Athens, Auburn, Bay Minette, Bessemer, Birmingham, Boaz, Brewton, Calera, Centre, Centreville, Dauphin Island, Dothan, Enterprise, Evergreen, Florence, Foley, Fort Rucker, Gadsden, Greenville, Guntersville, Huntsville, LaFayette, Livingston, Marion, Mobile, Montgomery, Point Clear, Selma, Scottsboro, Talladega, Tallassee, Troy, Tuscaloosa, Tuscumbia, Tuskegee, Union Springs, and Wetumpka.

The exhibit will be on display May 1 – June 28, 2018, in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the 3rd floor of the Marx Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

For further information on the postcard collection, see Troy University’s webpage at: https://trojan.troy.edu/library/wadehall/index.html