Potter Louisville Postcard Collection, ca. 1904-1952

Descriptive Summary

Title
Potter Louisville Postcard Collection, ca. 1904-1952
Creator
Potter, R.G., 1901-1987
Extent
ca. 13,700 photographs
Finding Aid Author
Myle Tran and Sherrill
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Richard Gilbert Potter was a salesman and sometime photographer who collected local history photographs from the period 1880 to 1930. Potter then copied and he peddled the images for use as decoration in many Louisville businesses, hotels, and restaurants. In addition to thousands of photographs made or collected by Potter, the collection also contains large-format black and white negatives made by the Walter Fischer Studio (active from 1927 to 1945) which Potter purchased in 1945 and operated until 1950. The photographs document Louisville street scenes, historic buildings, Louisville mayors, the Potter family, Louisville celebrities, sporting events, including horse racing at Churchill Downs, and local professional and amateur baseball. In addition over two hundred 7x20 negatives in the unusual banquet camera format are included in the collection.
Scope and Content
This body of illustrations of Louisville and Kentucky sites and scenes was the gift of Col. R. G. Potter, a local photographer, photographic collector and publicist. It consists of more than 1300 color and black-and-white postcards and a handful of photographic negatives and colored slides. Most of the postcards document Louisville, while a smaller number illustrate other Kentucky cities and rural sites.
The dated cards were mailed from 1904 through 1952; many are undated. The collection occupies.5 linear feet. There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
The collection was donated in 1986 and processed by Myle Tran under the supervision of Sherrill Redmon.

Contents of the Collection

Postcards:

Louisville Sites and Scenes

Aerial Views (21)

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Airports (8)

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Armory (8)

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Banks (9)

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Baseball Stadium (1)

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Bridges Over Ohio (30)

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Bus Station (4)

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Canals/Locks (32)

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Cave Hill Cemetery (9)

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Churches (77)

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City Hall (13)

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Clubs (23)

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Confederate Home (4)

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Courier-Journal Building (5)

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Courthouse (4)

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Factories/Plants (2)

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Fire Department (10)

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Flood 1937 (25)

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Historic Homes (8)

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Hospitals (9)

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Hotels (53)

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Kentucky School for the Blind (12)

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Libraries (8)

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Louisville (generic) (11)

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L & N Railroad (25)

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Louisville Water Company (8)

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Masonic Widows and Orphans Home (11)

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Monuments (30)

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Ohio River Scenes (30)

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Office Buildings (26)

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Parks

-Baxter Square (2)

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-Central Park (27)

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-Cherokee Park (169)

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-Fountain Ferry Park (4)

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-Iroquois Park (15)

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-Seneca Park (2)

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-Shawnee Park (34)

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-Shelby Park (2)

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Racetracks (28)

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Schools (41)

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Seventh Street Station (4)

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Shops/Restaurants (4)

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Social Institutions, Misc. (11)

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State Fair (18)

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Streets (74)

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Theatres (19)

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Theological Seminaries (28)

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Tobacco (13)

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University of Louisville (29)

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U.S. Customs House (16)

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Waterfront (14)

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White City (6)

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Y.M.C.A., Y.W.C.A., and Y.M.H.A. (7)

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Kentucky Outside of Louisville

Ashland (5)

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Auburn (2)

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Bluegrass (5)

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Bowling Green (2)

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Cave City (3)

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Frankfort (3)

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Harrodsburg (2)

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Hodgenville (3)

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High Bridge (10)

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Kentucky (generic) (10)

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Lexington (12)

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Mammoth Cave (12)

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Miscellaneous Kentucky Locations (6)

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Mountains (8)

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Natural Bridge (6)

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Northern Kentucky (5)

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Paducah (5)

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Richmond (2)

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Oversize Louisville, KY. and Others (93)

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Sites and Scenes Outside Kentucky (20)

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Baseball (9)

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Other (7)

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Slides (continue)

Broadway East from Fifth (2)

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Canal (2)

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Cherokee Park Entrance (2)

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Cherokee Park Snow Scene (2)

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Churchhill Downs (clubhouse) (1)

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Churchhill Downs infield (2)

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Churchhill Downs Clubhouse at Turn of Century (1)

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Churchhill Downs (spares) at Turn of Century (2)

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Country Club (Louisville) (2)

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Fourth Street (aerial view) (2)

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National Theatre (Fifth and Walnut) (2)

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Post Office (Fourth and Chesnut) (2)

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Negatives

Boat "Columbia"

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Broadway (east from Fifth)

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Broadway (west from Second)

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Broadway at Fourth (Brown Hotel)

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Broadway at Third

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Broadway at Second (2)

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Central Park (Buggies)

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Central Park (Snow) 1917

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Cherokee Park Entrance

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Cherokee Park Snow Scene

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Churchill Downs

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Ford Family

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Ford Family Using Ford Cars

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Ford Motor Company (letter)

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Fourth Street (north from Walnut) 1908

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Fourth Street 1914

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Fourth Street (south of Green)

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R.G. Potter and Paul Beattie 1917

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Weissinger Gaulbert Apartments

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White City

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Y.M.H.A.

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Y.W.C.A.

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Photograph

Harry Dole

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