Seeing the past in the present. The overlooked take on new lives. The no- longer-needed takes center stage. The study and celebration of the remnants.
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This is a picture of a wardrobe on the mezzanine of today’s Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway, South Carolina. The building was built in 1911 originally used as The Thomas Companies mercantile store. When the building was still a mercantile store this wardrobe would hold men’s suits. It was a built in wardrobe with all glass sliding doors, hooks, and a mirror in the middle. Now it is used for decoration in the tea room. (Haynes, H18)
This is what remains of a window that used to on the side of a house in Ardsley Park in Savannah, GA. In the south once cars were popularized families could being to move further from the hustle and bustle and possible danger of the city. Ardsley Park, created in 1910 was one of the first suburban neighborhoods in Savannah. This makes sense given it's close proximity to downtown. By 1930, there were houses built from the city to 55th street, and by the 50's they had built all the way up to what is now Derenne Avenue. This house, originally built in the late 1940's was remodeled in the 1990's but some of the original house remained. Near this window there is also the outline of a door and steps.
K, Grafton History 2001H
The orginal cast iron farm bell at Ottawa Farm General Store in Bloomingdale, Georgia since 1878. Not in current use.
The farm cast iron dinner bell is an old American tradition. It is used to be rung to announce that dinner has been served. Most of the cast iron bells were made in Ohio before the civil war. (Le, GAHIST18)
This is a hand cranked pencil sharpener I found installed to the wall In the science center. While the brand is not visible the majority of these type of pencil sharpeners were made by Boston which was founded in 1899. These pencil sharpeners have become almost obsolete with the invention of the mechanical pencil, where the pencil can dispense the graphite when the tip breaks and also with the growing number of electronic notebooks becoming favored over the traditional paper and pencil, the traditional pencil sharpener has become just a memory of the time where you would have to stand up in class to go sharpen your pencil. (L, Cases. HIST 2001H S2018) #remnantology #savannah
This remnant was found in my parent's house. The house was built in 1969 in Kennesaw, Georgia. I asked my father what this was used for, and his best guess was it was connected to the front door's bell. Before spending the entirety of my childhood in this house, it was my grandparents and where my father lived during his childhood. I asked my grandmother if she could remember the purpose of this box, and she could not. She came up with a similar guess of it being connected to the doorbell. While researching this object, I could not find any further information on it. It sits high on the wall, and aesthetically fits into the rest of the room by belonging in the same color scheme. This makes it clear that it was built into the house from the start. The open cover with a cheesecloth texture allows one to see a inner circle which is the reason the main guess is a speaker Whatever purpose this box once had, it has not been used in decades.
(E Lewis. HIST 2001H S2018)
This is an old overhead projector found in the science center on campus. The overhead projector started being used often in schools around 1960. These projectors were far less digital and clear than the current projectors that hang on classroom ceilings. Current projectors can project images off a computer while the overhead projector had to be written on or a transparent printed copy of an image had to be used. This represents the advances in technology within schools. (H, Meuninck. H18)
This is what is left from the tightrope walk completed by The Great Wallenda on July 18th, 1970. What you see in the picture are the support frames for the wire that was stretched across Tallulah Gorge in Rabun County Georgia. The Great Wallenda was just trying to recreate the walk of Professor Leon from July 24, 1886. Professor Leon broke the record for the highest and longest tightrope walk ever attempted. During his walk, Professor Leon experienced a snap in one of the guide wires. He had to regain his balance and wait for the wire to be repaired before he could finish the walk. In Wallenda’s walk he traveled 1,000 feet on a cable in 18 minutes. As shown in videos, The Great Wallenda performed two headstands as a salute to Vietnam War soldiers. To put this into perspective, it takes the average person five minutes to walk the same distance regularly. (E. Kimbrell HIST 2001H S2018) #remnantology #Tallulah Falls
This remnant is all that is left of an old mill spillway located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Cornelia, Georgia. The land was cleared of all settlement to make it a preservation area for the national forest in July of 1936. In doing this, all of the houses and mills in the area were wiped out. It is now home to Lake Russell and the Nancytown Campground in Northeast Georgia. History has shown that in the area corn and syrup water mills were common. The structures utilized a large water turbine, or wheel, to drive the mechanical processing of corn into flour. A spillway is usually used in a mill to provide a controlled release of water from the mill into a downstream area such as a lake, river, or creek. In this particular area of Georgia, there are plenty of creeks and brooks that allow for spillways to be utilized. (E. Kimbrell. HIST 2001H S2018) #remnantology #Cornielia
The above photo was taken in the kitchen of the house my father and his siblings grew up in. The family home was originally built with a back porch that attached to the kitchen on one side of the house, allowing for more porch space. However, in 1986, my father took off the side portion of the porch and enclosed the kitchen entrance to convert it into a pantry. The bricks pictured are what’s remaining of the original exterior siding of the house.
(M, Schandolph. HIST2001H S2018)
One of several very old microfilm machines in the Lane Library. While they very rarely still see occasional use they truly are remnants of a pastime as microfilm is a century+ old technology that was once effective but has since been superseded. The microfilm machines sit sadly in the corner of the second floor of the library, while the bottom floor is filled with rows of new computers, reminding us of a time before digital technology revolutionized learning.
Robert Carpenter, HIST 2001H S2018 #remantology #Savannah GA
This is a hole in the wall of my grandmas house built around 1955. It leads out of the roof of the house and was used to filter the smoke from an old wood heater. Wood heaters were often used in homes before the addition of central heating and air. (L, Hutto. HIST 2001H S2018) #remnantology #Bogue,NC
This picture was taken in downtown Savannah outside of the popular destination of Club 309 West. At the bottom of the stairs is West River Street, and connecting at the top of the stairs is Williamson Street. As you can see, new brick beside the staircase has been placed over pre-existing brick and cement that was crumbling. This brick structure was used to connect city-height stories of warehouses (now shops and restaurants) to the river level below. I assume the original brick was remodeled and added on to due to the evidence of newer bricks and cement. (Noell, H18)
The Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) was founded in 1912 to facilitate the Americanization of the Jewish community in Savannah. In 1955, the JEA built its second building on 5111 Abercorn St. This photo captures an old racquetball door still in use in the JEA's racquetball court on Abercorn St. (Le,GAHIST18,Pirok)
This is a picture of an old ladder in today’s Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway, South Carolina. This building was built in 1911 and was the second location of The Thomas Company that began in 1865. In the 1990’s the mercantile store closed and soon after Carol Allen opened a tea room in the building. This ladder was probably used to climb up and get things off the higher shelf’s of the mercantile store, now it just sits as a memory of what the building once was. (Haynes, H18)