Archive for December, 2012
The Fairhope Public Library in Fairhope, AL has an interesting history which I learned about after acquiring the unusual postcard shown above. Fairhope was created as a Single Tax Colony in 1894. When Marie Howland joined the Colony in 1899 she established a library in her home. That library was later moved to the building shown on the postcard above. The postcard is a Real Photo Postcard (RPPC) depicting the Fairhope Public Library circa 1909. The postcard was evidently enclosed in a Christmas card. The message on the back of the card reads in part: " I am sending this card to wish you all a Merry Christmas but I address it to Flora as I think she was 'once upon a time' collecting visions of libraries but I hardly think she has a vision of this one." As I have indicated previously on this blog I value postcards with messages and I am especially interested in messages that point to a fellow collector of postcards. With the assistance of Norman D. Stevens I have created lists of past and current collectors of library postcards.
The library system will be down Thursday December 20 for about 2 hours–from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. During this time the library catalog will not be available nor will remote access to library databases. The downtime is necessary in order to upgrade one of the servers. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.