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Before 1907, the U.S. Post Office did not permit writing a message on the address side of postcards.  For that reason, many U.S. picture postcards mailed before then had messages written across their fronts.  Postcards with a divided back finally were permitted in the U.S. in March 1907; addresses were to be written on the postcard's right side, and messages on the left.  At that point in American history, the postcard hobby quickly became a public addiction, and publishers produced millions of cards in this era.  Photographers like Scottsville's William Burgess earned a good living by photographing local scenes and people to be printed as postcards via a lithographic process.  Burgess traveled all over Central Virginia to take such photographs and to sell his postcards to local stores.  When Burgess died in 1935, his estate contained over 485,000 postcards of various Virginia scenes and people.  Some of these extant Burgess postcards are shown below and can be distinguished from other photographers' work on this webpage by the 'W.E. Burgess' or 'Idylwood Studio' markings that Burgess usually put on the front of his postcards.

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Idylwood

Idylwood Image Number:  B53acdB16


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Scottsville Bridge

Scottsville Bridge

Image Number:  B53bcdB16


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Horse Shoe Bend, Scottsville

Horse Shoe Bend, Scottsville

Image Number:  WP03cdWP01


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Valley Street in Scottsville, 1907

Valley Street in Scottsville, 1907

Image Number:  H136cdME04


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Scottsville High School on West Main

Scottsville High School on West Main

Image Number:  B53ccdB16


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Horseshoe Bend and Valley Street, Scottsville

Horseshoe Bend and Valley Street, Scottsville

Image Number:  B53dcdB16


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Valley Street in Scottsville

Valley Street, Scottsville Image Number:  B111cdB17


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Valley Street, Scottsville

Valley Street, Scottsville

Image Number:  Roll8Neg24A


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Scottsville's 'School on the Hill'

Scottsville's 'School on the Hill'

Image Number:  B54bcdB16


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Scottsville Flour Mills and C&O Depot

Scottsville Flour Mills and C&O Depot

Image Number:  B54dcdB16


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Birdseye View of Scottsville

Birdseye View of Scottsville Image Number:  B56dcdB16


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A View of Scottsville from Drever's Hill

A View of Scottsville from Drever's Hill Image Number:  WP05cdWP01


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Birdseye View of Scottsville Over a Mammoth Potato Patch

Birdseye View of Scottsville Over a Mammoth Potato Patch Image Number:  B57acdB16


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Pine Knot, Hunting Lodge of Theodore Roosevelt

Pine Knot, Hunting Lodge of Theodore Roosevelt Image Number:  B68acdB16


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Moore's Pond

Moore's Pond Image Number:  Roll8Neg4


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Confederate Reunion in Scottsville, 1908

Confederate Reunion in Scottsville, 1908 Image Number:  B73cdB17


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Confederate Reunion in Scottsville, 1908

Confederate Reunion in Scottsville, 1908 Image Number:  J87cdE6


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Horse Shoe Bend of the James River, Scottsville

Horse Shoe Bend of the James River, Scottsville Image Number:  B112cdB17


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Cars on Parade

Cars on Parade Image Number:  B51bcdB16


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Crossing of C&O Seaboard and Southern Railways, Richmond

Crossing of C&O Seaboard and Southern Railways, Richmond Image Number:  WP09cdWP01


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C&O Railway Bridge, Bremo, VA

C&O Railway Bridge, Bremo, VA Image Number:  WP07cdWP01


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