Postcards of Vanished Asheville

Kenilworth Center – March 21, 2018 – 5:30 pm

by Kieta Osteen-Cochrane

Photo credit: NC collection Pack Memorial Public Library

The period from the 1900’s  through the 1950’s was the golden age of the postcard.  Postcards were an inexpensive and colorful means of communication.  Everyone bought them as souvenirs or to mail while on vacation.   Vintage postcards are fascinating footnotes  documenting the social and cultural history of our city, state and country.  Terry Taylor will present “Vanished Asheville”, a look at Asheville and Buncombe County through postcard images gleaned from his personal collection and the NC collection at Pack Library.  Terry’s love of this medium began as a child and he still has the first postcard he received when he was three years old.   Hear and learn a bit about the history of the postcard and see a “Vanished Asheville” you may never have seen before!   

Terry Taylor is as close to a local  native as one can be without being born in Buncombe County.   His parents and grandparents hail from the Billy Cove in Candler and the Big Sandy Mush community. Terry lived in different states and countries as he traveled with his Air Force family.  He’s lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since 1964 except for a decade in Durham county’s rolling  piedmont.   After careers in special education and craft publishing Terry’s interests cover not only history but arts and crafts .   He works  in mixed media and his artistic interests grow and  include creating jewelry having completed the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College .  He recently exhibited a large selection of collage and stitched real photo postcards and is currently working  on grouping collaged and stitched linen-era postcards for an early summer exhibit in 2018.

Suggested donation of $10.00 help support the  local preservation mission to preserve our rich visual history and heritage that supports and contributes to  the local economy and quality of life.