On Sunday night after we got back from our trip to the Nolan House I was digging around online trying to be a detective and find some secret information about the place. Somehow I ended up at Georgia’s Digital Library, which in turn led me to the magical Vanishing Georgia archive. It has thousands of photos from Georgia’s history all scanned in and labeled, and going through it is pretty much heaven for history nerds.
There are photos from as early as the antebellum times, but my favorites are these from the ’20s and ’30s, if only because they remind me of settings for Carson McCullers novels and Flannery O’Connor short stories, complete with dusty old downtowns, crooked and abandoned shacks, cotton fields, barbecues, and river baptisms . . . .