Charleston, SC Time Machine – Photographs From the Past

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Hampton Park Zoo - 1950's

Once again, we have dug into the archives of Charleston, South Carolina’s history and uncovered a photographic time capsule.? Some of these memories are subtle family moments, some of the historic significance and some will just have you smiling remembering a different time in Charleston.? Kick back and take in each photograph.? See what memory it brings back to you.

Welcome to the Charleston, SC Time Machine.? Get comfortable.

Charleston Archive Photos

Morris Island Lighthouse before the erosion

Charleston, SC Firefighters taken between 1855 – 1865

Sullivan’s Island, S.C. Lieutenant Comdr. Edward Barrett and Lieutenant Cornelius N. Schoonmaker

Folly Beach – 1946

Confederate Currency

Morris Island Beach 1863

Gullah Geechee Civil Rights Leader Septima P. Clark Founder Citizenship Schools on historic Johns Island

Group of African Americans in Charleston, SC – 1860

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The Battery – Post Civil War

Charleston RiverDogs Playing Card

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1960’s Charleston families waving goodbye

Ashley Plaza Advertisement

Bus in Charleston, SC – 1960’s

North Charleston Burger King – 1960’s

Children Fishing at Colonial Lake

The Citadel – 1950’s

You have to admit, that was a fun ride.

Back to the time machine to the present day.? We hope you continue to remember the past fondly in our Charleston, SC home.

Fourth of July Vintage Postcards and Quotes

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Here is a unique way to ring in Independence Day.? We took a step back in time and found some vintage Fourth of July themed postcards to share along with some patriotic quotes.

We hope this puts you all in a very festive and celebratory mood as we take this day to remember our Independence Day.

To our forefathers, settlers, dedicated citizens across the land, this day is for you.? For the farmers, mothers, soldiers, sailors, builders, singers, poets and the dreamers, this is the day we reflect and remember all those, in the spirit of freedom, gave us a beautiful place to call home.

Happy Independence Day

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

 

"Our Glorious Fourth." Designed by G. Howard Hilder
“Our Glorious Fourth.” Designed by G. Howard Hilder

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

Postcard of boy standing next to box of "Fire Works." Symbolizes the availability of fireworks for small children. Artist is Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Manufacturer is the International Art Publishing Company; printed in Germany. Approx. 1912
Postcard of boy standing next to box of “Fire Works.” Symbolizes the availability of fireworks for small children. Artist is Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Manufacturer is the International Art Publishing Company; printed in Germany. Approx. 1912

 

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison

 

Small boy holding rockets with toy cannon underneath
Small boy holding rockets with toy cannon underneath

 

“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” – Rosa Parks

 

Circa 1909
Circa 1909

 

“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams

 

This "4th of July greeting" displays in one unit shield, eagle, and firecrackers
This “4th of July greeting” displays in one unit shield, eagle, and firecrackers

 

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln

 

Youth with fireworks
Youth with fireworks

 

“Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D. Brandeis

 

Uncle Sam and Thomas Jefferson
Uncle Sam and Thomas Jefferson

 

“True freedom is the capacity for acting according to one’s true character, to be altogether one’s self, to be self-determined and not subject to outside coercion.” – Corliss Lamont

 

Circa 1908
Circa 1908

 

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” – Susan B. Anthony

 

Hurrah 1776, July 4th
Hurrah 1776, July 4th

 

“Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.” – Maya Angelou

 

Sailor Boys
Sailor Boys

 

“Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.” – Davy Crockett

 

Fireworks, wheel, gun and accessories
Fireworks, wheel, gun and accessories

 

“The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.” – Henry Cabot Lodge

 

Girl running from firecracker
Girl running from firecracker

 

“A declaration of the independence of America, and the sovereignty of the United States was drawn by the ingenious and philosophic pen of Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, a delegate from the state of Virginia.” – Mercy Otis Warren

 

Design by E. Nash
Design by E. Nash

 

“The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.” – Eddie Rickenbacker

 

Designed by Ellen H. Clapsaddle
Designed by Ellen H. Clapsaddle

 

Decoratively dressed for the holiday
Decoratively dressed for the holiday

 

 

 

 

Charleston Memories: Photographic Archive of Vintage Charleston, SC

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Charleston Harbor - Late 1800's

We have loved to take a step back in time and see how generations before us lived their lives in Charleston, SC.? The evolution of our country and the Southeast has taken on so many dimensions, so it is exciting to see images of the past come to life and remind us of the long journey this area has led.? We are thrilled to share more captivating imagery of Charleston, South Carolina’s yesteryear.

Enjoy this expose:

Meeting Street - 1908
Meeting Street – 1908

 

Snow in Charleston (The Battery) – Circa 1899

 

King Street Christmas Eve 1937
King Street Christmas Eve 1937

 

 

King Street 1960
King Street 1960

 

Construction of Cooper River Bridge 1929
Construction of Cooper River Bridge 1929

 

Rainbow Row 1920's
Rainbow Row 1920’s

 

Charleston, SC 1910
Charleston, SC 1910

 

Broad Street 1910
Broad Street 1910

 

Old Market House 1865
Old Market House 1865

 

Civil War soldier
Civil War soldier

 

Slave Family on SC Plantation
Slave Family on SC Plantation

 

Vintage Folly Beach Postcard
Vintage Folly Beach Postcard

 

Charleston Evening Post 1913
Charleston Evening Post 1913

 

Orpheum Theater 1892
Orpheum Theater 1892

 

Photo by Hank Walker 1956 Charleston Bus
Photo by Hank Walker 1956 Charleston Bus

 

Broad Street, Circa 1930's
Broad Street, Charleston, SC

 

Gullah woman, Johns Island, 1950's
Gullah woman, Johns Island, 1950’s

 

Race Track Clubhouse, Charleston 1865
Race Track Clubhouse, Charleston 1865

 

Francis Marion Hotel - Circa 1960's
Francis Marion Hotel – Circa 1960’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a Charleston Minute – Sangria, Fashion, Art and New Friends

Story by Mark A. Leon / Photo by Amy Rose Walter instagram @redrosevintageshop
Story by Mark A. Leon / Photo by Amy Rose Walter instagram @redrosevintageshop

“I kinda wish I was cool….Well If you’re looking for an answer it’s gonna be found on your own.? And if you’re looking for disaster you’ll find it not being alone” Johnny Delaware – Charleston Singer/Songwriter

Hidden behind the Southern class, slow spinning fans cooling the hot humid air, historic cobblestone roads and plantation mansions, pleasant palmetto landscape, whispering sails on the harbor and traditional polite demeanor lies a part of Charleston sweating in color and life.? It is a canvas of creativity, individualism and an expressive independence you might find in the urban havens of New York and Los Angeles.? It is a place where fashion reigns high, sangria flows into the soul and social and economic status have no place.? This is the part of Charleston you need to know about.

In a Charleston minute, you will feel something rich and rewarding.? In a Charleston minute, you will find a friend in a corner you never thought to look.? In a Charleston minute, you will share a story with a homeless man and forget they will be sleeping under the stars later on.

This is one of those stories.

It was a perfect autumn?Saturday?in Charleston.? Spring Street was alive with its eccentric population.? Still considered taboo by some and a thriving cultural awakening to others, you can always count on a unique sighting at each street corner.? From Wild Flour bakery to Sweet Radish to cans of malt liquor and cigarettes, Spring Street has an iconic feel no matter what side you are on.? On this morning, Red Rose Vintage Clothing, who shares a space with Wine Awesomeness, was hosting a Sangria and Vintage Clothing Sale.? At?9:30?in the morning, what better time to discover yourself in outfits that transcend the ticking clock and indulge in a fruity alcoholic delight.

Several outfits later behind a single black curtain and slimming mirror and a number of toasts to warm weather, wonderful friends and moments you never want to end, we had to depart.? Not without a smile and gracious thank you for the owner Amy Rose.

I returned several hours later, at the request of Amy Rose to share more sangria.? It was refreshing and the sun was still shining.

As I returned, I saw two girls leaning against the brick wall, with their trendy sunglasses, shirts and leggings and a look that screamed, “It will be alright.? It will all be alright.”? Kayleigh, with her tights, short skirt, hat, glasses, short hair and freckles stole the introduction as if she walked straight off the set of Perks of Being a Wallflower.? It didn’t take more than a few minutes to determine we would be BFF’s and eternal intellectual enemies for life.? As the best friend of Amy Rose, the two perpetrated the perfect odd ball relationship with one as the conservative business woman knee deep in business best practice books and the other the self proclaimed wild girl.? The third was a new addition to girls gone wine.? Lucia was found on the street wearing long black leggings and at that point enjoying a number of cocktails.? She was very proud of her boyfriend, local singer/songwriter Johnny Delaware as well as being a talented keyboardist.? After she changed and prettied herself up, she pranced out the door to Spring Street in her 3 inch heels and happily walked home.? We are sure later on she would lay in bed and be serenaded by her boyfriend and an acoustic guitar.

While taking in the sun in the outdoor patio area with a slight elevation made perfect for the setting of a band and dance party, we were greeted by an artist who designs and sketches names in 3D.? Whether he was homeless would not be determined.? We offered the gift of wine and company.? He declined as he had no money, but money would not be accepted here.? While he showed his works to Amy Rose, I examined Elton John vinyl and discussed the virtues of music, clothing and dreams.