About My Book "Postcard History: Tyler"

Title: Tyler
Author: Robert E. Reed Jr.
ISBN-10: 0738571784
ISBN-13: 9780738571782
# of Pages: 128
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release Date: September 28, 2009
List Price: $21.99

Excerpt from Back Cover: In the early 1900s, the golden age of postcards was just beginning. Millions of cards were mailed across America and many still survive today in archives and private collections. Through these snapshots of history, Tyler's evolution can be traced. While fruit and cotton production was king into the early 20th century, a floral beauty soon brought Tyler new royalty - the Rose Queen. The discovery of oil in the city's backyard supplied a security blanket during the Great Depression's uncertain days, and Tyler benefitted with commercial and population growth. This book contains more than 200 vintage postcards that chronicle Tyler's social, educational, and medical history and its place in the heart of East Texas.

Author Robert E. Reed Jr., a lifelong Tyler resident, is a graduate of Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler. He is the current president of the Smith County Historical Society and a member of the Tyler Tap Chapter of the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society. His vast Tyler memorabilia collection supplied the majority of the postcard images included in this book. Reed's previous works include Images of America: Tyler, also by Arcadia Publishing.

Personal Comments: The book contains 226 vintage postcard images, most from the author's personal collection, covering Tyler's history during the first seven decades of the twentieth century. They are separated into nine chapters: Street Scenes and Buildings; Courthouses and the Public Square; Public Buildings; Education; Religion; Residences; Festivals, Fairs, and Parades; Businesses; and Recreation and Organizations.

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