Natchez: Landmarks, Lifestyles, and Leisure

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Afascinating people of diverse ancestry, the early residents of Natchez are the mesmerizing subject of this photographic history. Here, they are seen at work and at play, often posing in lavish costumes or lounging outside of stately homes. These scenes were captured as early photographers ventured outside of the city's main thoroughfares to document life in suburban neighborhoods and the countryside. Natchez: Landmarks, Lifestyles, and Leisure includes residents of all ages and social backgrounds living in the area around the turn of the century. View descendants of wealthy cotton barons posing in front of once-grand houses—fallen into disrepair as a result of the Civil War. Some posed on horses or in fancy carriages; others remained inside while their homes were photographed. These images reflect the spirit of early Natchez in a way that words cannot; they symbolize what the Old South had been for a privileged few. Culled from the collections of three early photographers—Henry D. Gurney, Henry C. Norman, and his son, Earl Norman—this book illustrates a town and a people that basked in the glory of prosperity, crumbled under the hardships of the Civil War, and endured through a slow but steadyrecovery period.
ISBN: 9780738503240
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Mississippi
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dr. Thomas H. Gandy has spent the last four decades working with the thousands of glass-plate negatives these legendary photographers left behind. The result is a collection that he and his wife, Joan W. Gandy, have showcased the world round. A writer, editor, and publisher for more than 25 years, Joan W. Gandy brings the stories behind these images to life in an engaging narrative. Together with its companion volume, Natchez: City Streets Revisited, this book is a must-read and a must-see for Natchez residents, fans of early American photography, and anyone captivated by the nostalgia of yesteryear.
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