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Collecting Early Tweets

The Roanoke Times recently highlighted the vintage postcard collection of Robert F. Stauffer, a 1965 graduate of Washington and Lee who retired in 2008 after 25 years on the faculty of Roanoke College. The Times article quoted Stauffer as calling these postcards “the tweets of the early 20th century” and reproduced 12 of the cards, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Roanoke Valley. You can see all of the cards at this link but here’s a sample: