Monthly Archives: March 2017

Dogwood along Natchez Trace, Mississippi

This image shows the highway known at the Natchez Trace, and a flowering Dogwood tree in the foreground, a common tree throughout the southern United States.

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The description states:

NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY, DOGWOOD

Along the Parkway dogwoods and other plants bloom profusely in the Spring. Trees, shrubs and other flowers are protected at all times, so that visitors may enjoy their picturesque beauty. Administered by the National Park Service, U. S. Department of Interior.

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–The dogwood in this image is most likely the widely distributed Cornus florida, based on the appearance of the flowers. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a two lane road following the old Natchez Trace trail from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.

Invasive Kudzu Along a Mississippi Highway

This image shows the dramatic growth and detrimental impact of the fast growing invasive species of vine known as Kudzu, as seen in Mississippi along a rural highway.

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The description states:

KUDZU ALONG THE HIGHWAY

An oriental legume, whose runners grow from 20 to 50 feet in a single season, ha been used in Mississippi since 1936 to prevent erosion. In addition, Kudzu’s large, dark green leaves make a picturesque covering for rough road banks and hillsides along Mississippi’s paved highways.

–The positive tone of this postcard, describing Kudzu as a beneficial and positive addition to the ecology of Mississippi, has changed 180 degrees over the decades as Kudzu has proven to be enormously destructive and difficult to control, which is seen even in this photo. The tall ‘bushes’ looking almost like topiary are native trees and bushes that have been smothered and killed by Kudzu.

This postcard likely dates from the 1950s.

Beauvoir Lagoon, Biloxi, Mississippi

This image shows the lagoon formed by construction long after it was owned by Jefferson Davis.

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The description states:

LAGOON AT BEAUVOIR, JEFFERSON DAVIS SHRINE, BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI

…was an oyster bayou before the Gulf Coast Seawall was built and closed if off from the Mississippi Sound.

–The Gulf Coast Seawall was built along much of the Mississippi coastline to stabilize beaches and shorelines from erosion and subsidence.

This card was used and is dated 9 May 1964.