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Guide to the Lois Hirschy Trimble Postcard Collection

Accession Number: 98
Lois Hirschy Trimble Postcard Collection
Dates: c. 1900-1940; bulk 1913-1928
0.4 linear ft.
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Lois Hirschy Trimble collected these materials and donated them to Berea College in 1980. There are no restrictions placed on this collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation:

Lois Hirschy Trimble Postcard Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.


Scenes captured on these postcards include the last stagecoach in Kentucky, logging on the Kentucky River, coal mines, moonshine stills, court day in Lexington, multiple scenes of tobacco cultivation and hemp cultivation, Shaker dwellings, and many others. Most were never mailed.


Lois Hirschy (1904-2000) graduated from Berea College in 1924. A year later, she began teaching Latin and English in the Berea Academy (which later became the Foundation School). In 1928 she left the school and married Green Trimble; the couple made their home in Lexington, Kentucky. In the spring of 1966 Lois Hirschy Trimble was elected president of Lexington’s YWCA Board of Directors. She had previously served as chair of Personnel, Finance, Building Development, and as the First Vice President. In the spring of 1978, she was elected vice chair of the advisory councils of two Lexington health daycare centers for the elderly. “Lois Trimble Day” was declared by the mayor of Lexington to be December 16 in 1984. She was then a neighborhood ombudsman with the Bluegrass Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. In the summer of 1984, Lois Hirschy Trimble was inducted into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for “outstanding contributions to the community.”

Series Description
1 Manuscript Box

The majority of the postcards apparently pre-date 1930, and none come from the 1940s. Most come from three sources: McAdams and Morford of Lexington; Wrenn and King, also of Lexington; or Bagby and Howe Drug Company, of Louisville. The Bagby postcards and some of the Wrenn postcards bear numbers that indicate they were within the Curt Teich series printed between 1913 and 1928. At least four were printed between 1900 and 1908, judging by guidelines to dating Curt Teich postcards.* One card from Harrodsburg is labeled “CT American Art Colored” and numbered 3A229, which indicates it was published in 1933*; the number on another indicates 1936, the latest date identified for cards in the collection. Two postcards were printed in England, and one (of a mountain washday) in Germany.

*(, accessed 1-24-06)

Box 1

  1. Mountain Scenes (52)
  2. Miscellaneous Kentucky Scenes (75)

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