Tag Archives: South Georgia Postcards

Picnic on the St. Marys River, St. George, 1909

Georgia’s southernmost town, St. George, is located within the “Georgia Bend” of the St. Marys River. This historic postcard, mailed from St. George, illustrates a picnic held along the river in February 1909. I have no idea what occasion warranted such a photograph. It must have been a really mild winter, though, as a few of the boys are standing in the river.

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T. A. Cheatham House, Adrian

This was the home of one of Adrian’s most prominent early businessmen, T. A. Cheatham. The vintage postcard (below) was published by the City Drug Store circa 1910.

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Filed under --JOHNSON COUNTY GA--, Adrian GA

Corporal C. S. Meadows House, Normantown

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Adam Underhill writes: I believe this was the residence of my great-great-grandfather, Cannie Swain Meadows, a Confederate veteran. I believe he is correct in his assertion. According to the listing on Find A Grave, where this circa 19100 postcard was shared by Olivia Williamson Braddy originates, Meadows (8 March 1843-15 August 1923) was a Corporal with Company H, 49th Georgia Infanty. He owned a dry goods store and hotel, as well as Tiger Springs, a recreational attraction on Tiger Creek. Cannie, as he was known, had 13 children, all but one of whom lived to adulthood; several lived well into their nineties.

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Filed under --TOOMBS COUNTY GA--, Normantown GA

Toby’s Motel & Grill, Alapaha

Alapaha GA Tobys Motel Grill Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Built to lure travelers off busy US Highway 82 (likely in the 1940s), Toby Powell’s Motel & Grill is still relatively intact. The eclectic architecture of the office/restaurant at first appears to be a crumbling facade, but it was built that way! For a time after its original use was supplanted, it served as a grocery store and Virginia’s Beauty Lounge.

Alapaha GA Tobys Motel Grill Abandoned Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Below is a contemporary postcard view.

Tobys Motel Grill Alapaha GA Postcard 1950s Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Filed under --BERRIEN COUNTY GA--, Alapaha GA

Crystal Lake, Irwin County

Crystal Lake Irwin County GA Beach Scene 1980s Postcard Photograph

These photographs are from a postcard dating to the late 1980s and show Crystal Lake at the height of its popularity.

Crystal Lake Irwin County GA Beach 1980s Postcard Photograph

Cutoff denim shorts were a common sight on the beach at the time.

Crystal Lake Irwin County GA Swimmers 1980s Postcard Photograph

The lake was always popular, but when features like the Slippery Dip waterslide (below) were added, the park took on a new dimension of popularity.

Crystal Lake Irwin County GA Slippery Dip Waterslide Late 1980s Postcard Photograph

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Tom Darby & Jimmie Tarlton’s “Columbus Stockade Blues”

Columbus Stockade Blues Tom Darby Jimmie Tarlton Early Georgia Roots Musicians Real Photo Postcard Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014Tom Darby (l) & Jimmie Tarlton. Real Photo Promotional Postcard, 1927. Collection of Brian Brown.

This postcard came into my possession through the estate of a cousin, who was a great niece of Tom Darby. Largely forgotten today, Thomas P. (Tom) Darby [1892-1971] and James J. (Jimmie) Tarlton [1892-1979] were considered not only legendary bluesmen but pioneers of country music as well. They’ve been called the first country musicians to employ the steel guitar. Their most famous work, “Columbus Stockade Blues”, has been covered by artists ranging from Doc Watson and Willie Nelson to Bill Monroe, Jimmie Davis, and Bob Dylan. When they made the recording for Columbia in Atlanta in November 1927 Tom Darby pressed for a flat payment of $150 but Jimmie Tarlton wanted royalties. The song took off and sold over 200,000 copies in a short time and though the duo recorded 63 more songs dating to 1933, hostilities over lost royalties finally drove them apart. They reunited in 1965 for a symphony appearance in Columbus but no further collaborative recordings were made. Tarlton, always considered the standout of the duo, did make solo recordings in the 1960s. Search Amazon for compilations, which are available and provide valuable insight into the birth of American popular music.

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Filed under --MUSCOGEE COUNTY GA--, Columbus GA

Cordele Public School Photos, Circa 1911-1912

Cordele Public School GA Circa 1912 2nd Grade Itinerant Photographer Real Photo Postcard Circa 1911 Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 20141B Grade-Cordele Public School, Unknown Photographer, Circa 1911

These real photo postcards, made by an itinerant traveling photographer, provide a nice portrait of South Georgia schoolchildren in the early 20th century. They were acquired through the estate of a cousin, whose husband is identified in a couple of the cards. These are important social documents as they bear witness to the early days of the concept of government-funded public schools. They were still a relatively new concept in America, especially in the rural South at this time.

Cordele Public School GA Circa 1912 2nd Grade Itinerant Photographer Real Photo Postcard Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 20142B Grade-Cordele Public School, Unknown Photographer, Circa 1912

I’m not sure why there are two different views of the second grade class; perhaps they were made in different seasons. Somewhat odd to me is that the teacher is only pictured in one of the images (below).Cordele Public School GA Circa 1912 2nd Grade Itinerant Photographer Real Photo Postcard Circa 1912 Teacher Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 20142B Grade-Cordele Public School, Unknown Photographer, Circa 1912

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