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The village of Lancaster became the state of Nebraska’s first capital city in 1867, renamed Lincoln. Not everyone predicted its success. One early observer noted: “There are no roads leading to it now. It has no commerce and there is scarcely a wagon load of produce raised annually within ten, perhaps twenty miles of it.” These postcards from the authors’ collections tell a different story in 200-plus images of a city that not only survived but thrived. Most of these images are from postcards’ heyday in the first quarter of the 20th century. Many show buildings and places still recognizable a century later, while some depict less familiar scenes now lost.
ISBN: 9781467108188
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nebraska
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 210
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Edward Zimmer is an architectural historian who served for 35 years as Lincoln’s historic preservation planner. James McKee has published widely on local history and numismatics, including over 1,500 weekly newspaper columns on Nebraska history. He is an independent bookseller and publisher and Lincoln’s recognized city historian. Together they coauthored Lincoln’s Early Architecture (2014), and Zimmer coauthored Lincoln in Black & White (2010).
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