While many cities and townsÂ celebrate their monuments and display their charming vistas on postcards today, the practice was more common in the first half of the twentieth century.
In recent weeks, I have been posting prisitne views of American places that were displayed on linen postcards circa 1930-1950.
The latest postcard of Vintage America features Ironton, Ohio.
Ironton was named for the iron-making industries around which this Ohio River city developed.
Here is the opening paragraph from the city's website:
"The city of Ironton was founded in 1849 and was built in the heart of Hanging Rock Region, once the largest center of pig iron in the world. As a terminal on the Iron Railroad and as a shipping port on the Ohio River, Ironton grew rapidly, becoming the county seat of Lawrence County, Ohio, in 1851."
Additional history can be found at the Wiki site:
I love the specific historic details that are oftern noted in Wiki entries:
"Between 1850 and 1890, Ironton was one of the foremost producers of iron in the world. England, France, and Russia all purchased iron for warships from here due to the quality; iron produced in Ironton and surrounding areas was used for the USS Monitor, the United States' first ironclad ship."
The Wiki entry also notes that, as it became a wealthy city, Â Ironton had a relaxed attitude toward "sin", and was the home of numerous brothels and saloons, and a racetrack.
As an Ohio-river community, it also was an important link in the Underground Railroad, which was supported by many leading citizens.
Ironton is one of the fascinating cities in this country that was larger in 1900 than it is today.Â (There are quite a few places like this - as industries change and Â population centers shift.)
ManyÂ interesting photographs can be found on the official website of the city:
From the city's website, I learned that a fund-raising appeal has been made to restore a dilapidated city landmark, Memorial Hall.Â I hope the effort is successful; too many cities have lost their architectural heritage.Â