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LUNCH WITH BOOKS: Wheeling in Real Photo Postcards

November 09, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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In 1907 Kodak introduced an inexpensive process enabling people to make a postcard from any photograph. This allowed amateurs photographers to capture a disaster, fire, flood, or other event while it was happening. In his book, Tony Paree presents an array of amazing early views of Wheeling that might never have existed but for this revolutionary process. In addition to real photo postcards from Tony's own collection, his book features RPPCs from the Museums of Oglebay Institute and our very own Ohio County Public Library Archives

In addition to being in-person in the Library auditorium, this program will be available to watch live on Facebook Live, on YouTube, and on the OCPL website's LWB Livestream page Log into your Facebook or YouTube account during the program to leave questions for Tony in the comments box. He will answer them during the live broadcast. 

Tuesday  |  November 9 , 2021  at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Wheeling in Real Photo Postcards

PRESENTER BIO: Tony Paree spent 45 years working at Crone’s men’s store in Wheeling and became a passionate collector of Wheeling memorabilia. He is the author of Victorian Trade Cards of Wheeling, West Virginia and Real Photo Postcards of Wheeling, WV.

FEATURED BOOK: Real Photo Postcards of Wheeling, WV by Tony Paree (Dec. 2019). Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the program. [Purchase a copy online at]

Book CoverIn 1907 Kodak introduced a process where people could make a postcard from any picture that they took. Imagine the opportunities that real photo postcards created. Now in a second, you personally could capture a disaster, fire, flood, while it was happening. The public was thrilled! Take a look at the photo history of Wheeling, WV that this collection provides. Enjoy the images that you might remember and those you may have never seen. Enjoy the vintage trains, retail stores and even horse & buggies captured in these Real Photo Postcards.

Author's note: "This book was created to share my love of real photo postcards... There is a lot of local Wheeling history contained inside this book with scenes that were once common place but now no longer exist. They have been indefinitely captured on these postcards and I truly hope that you will find a photograph somewhere in this paperback that will make you think, "WOW!" It may be a train, automobile, a family, an event, or simply a memory but whatever it is, please enjoy."

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"Lunch With Books" is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. These lunchtime programs feature authors, poets, musicians, historians, and more every Tuesday at noon. Bring lunch (to your computer), feed your brain!

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