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Vintage Andalusia Postcard

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Restoring this vintage Andalusia postcard was a special task for me. My grandfather, Charles Wilson, worked for over 40 years of his life as a rural mail carrier. From 1941 until his retirement in 1965, he worked out of this Post Office in Andalusia. Coincidentally, 1965 was also the year a new post office opened to replace the one where he worked all those years.

The old post office pictured in this vintage Andalusia postcard opened its doors in 1926 and ended its life as a post office in 1965. The building on South Three Notch Street, though, will be familiar to later residents of Andalusia. The Andalusia public library moved into this building following its closure as a post office. And the library is housed there to this day. So this simple brick building has a long history in Andalusia as a public building to benefit the residents of this south Alabama town.

This restored vintage Andalusia postcard was originally published by Curt Teich & Company, a Chicago publisher of postcards that was open from 1898 until 1978. The postcards they published are a true slice of Americana across much of the 20th century. These color postcards were created from black and white photographs that were converted to halftone. Printing was done in a lithographic process. The color plates were designed by artists for each color postcard. They were truly an art form in their own right.

This particular vintage Andalusia postcard was published in 1941. The number in the bottom right corner indicates this particular postcard was a reprint of that 1941 postcard. I’ve worked to remove any damage and fading but to otherwise retain the spirit of the vintage postcard. In fact, if you choose to purchase a reproduction print at larger sizes than the original, viewed up close, you’ll be able to see the halftone and paper pattern from the original printed card.

I would love to hear what brought you here. Do you also have roots in Andalusia? Or maybe you are a current resident and love local history? Please stop and share what attracted you to this particular piece of vintage art.

Note: Downtown Andalusia including the old post office is part of a designated United States National Historic District.

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