Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Kirby: All my postcards are worth keeping

  • Follow Metro

There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.

Video: Kirby's Augusta
Loading the player...

Beverly Sills

I welcome questions almost every time I speak to public groups, and the most common one (not concerning my little white dogs) is this: “What do you do with all those postcards?”

Twenty-plus years of collecting your summer vacation postcards has resulted in thousands of them, that I have packed away in boxes and stacked in a backroom closet. I still have them all, minus a few requested by a grade school class trying to collect one from each state, and missing a Montana or Mississippi. They don’t take up much room, and I hate to throw them away because … well, you all sent them.

Maybe one day they’ll be even more enjoyable because of what they show. I say that because Nancy Albert shared this Web site (www.cardcow.com/c/65786/georgia-augusta/), which has a large and delightful selection of historical cards showing scenes around Augusta. Old buildings, old gardens. There’s even a postcard showing President Taft and his family on a 1908 Christmas visit.

I particularly liked the old roadside tourist parks south of town on U.S. 1. I have seen the old sign of the Cardinal Motel for years, and one shows what it looked like in its prime.

MORE POSTCARDS: My longtime friend Jack Maffett (OK, he’s everybody’s friend) in Sandersville, Ga., spent several days on the Outer Banks and sent a couple of cards.

Brian and Mary Ellen Sartori send a card from Cape Cod (“Two days, no rain!”) Ray and Evelyn Hatton and Barbara Naugle, all of Martinez, say it “rains every day in Ohio.” But they’re having a great time. They also sent a card from Kentucky.

Winston and Cheryl Williams are still on their cruise to Alaska and send two more cards. Connie Wendt sends a card showing 16 highlights from Michigan and says, “I wish I had time to visit all the neat places.” She later added two more including a funny look at a “Michigan vacation.”

Don and Linda Smith say the weather is cool in Ketchikan, Alaska, salmon capital of the world.

TODAY’S JOKE: A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of wheat on the road. The farmer that lived nearby came to investigate.

“Hey, Willis,” he called out, “forget your troubles for a while and come and have dinner with us. Then I’ll help you overturn the wagon.”

“That’s very nice of you,” Willis answered, “but I don’t think Dad would like me to.”

“Aw, come on, son!” the farmer insisted.

“OK,” the boy agreed, “but Dad won’t like it.”

After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked the host. “I feel a lot better now, but I know Dad’s going to be real upset.”

“Don’t be silly!” the neighbor said. “By the way, where is he?”

“Under the wagon,” Willis replied.


Top headlines

More Americans traveling this holiday season

You might want to get a head start to Grandma's house this year. It appears more Americans - 98.6 million - will be traveling this holiday season than ever.
Search Augusta jobs