Tourists have been drawn to Charleston, South Carolina, for centuries, lured by her reputation as a famously beautiful seaside town. Visitors delight in her maze of streets, each lined with architectural and historical treasures and festooned with fantastic botanical displays. The beautiful waterfront location is a bonus, as the town is located on a peninsula where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. Here the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Fort Sumter, stately mansions, the gardens at Magnolia Plantation, and the beautiful beaches are among the many attractions. Over 300 historic, hand-tinted postcards depict these and other diverse places that have made Charleston renowned. Accompanying text helps to illuminate her history. A value guide will aid collectors in their search for these and other historic postcard treasures.
Mary Martin heads Mary Martin Postcards, a three-generation family business that is the largest postcard operation in the world. In addition to a warehouse facility in Perryville, Maryland, the company is a presence at postcard shows worldwide and produces many shows, including the United State's largest postcard show in York, Pennsylvania, in November. Nathaniel Wolfgang-Price is a "Jack of all trades" who aspires to be a Great American Poet.