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Determining Locations of Real-Photo Postcards: Wadesville, VA

November 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Opequon Creek Bridge Construction at Wadesville, Virginia

Sometimes, when location information isn’t inscribed into the negative of a real-photo postcard, the location can still be determined — or at least narrowed down — with information found on the back of the postcard. In this instance, there’s a penciled notation reading “Wadesville, Virginia” on the back of the unused c. 1904-1918 Azo Tri 1 real-photo postcard showing Opequon Creek bridge construction.

However, there’s also an Opequon Creek bridge in nearby Berkeley County, West Virginia. Based on our online research, we believe this postcard shows the Opequon bridge in Clarke County, Virginia. If you think this is actually the West Virginia bridge over Opequon Creek, let us know. While research into “mystery postcards” is fun, sometimes, only local collectors have the knowledge base required to recognize a local landmark which has inevitably changed over time. Postmarks are also helpful, especially if a postcard contains text referencing specific locations.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 omer middleton // Feb 13, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    this is the bridge at wadesville va. you are looking from the frederick county side .  the house on the hill in the back ground is in clarke county.  I lived less than a half a mile from this bridge.

  • 2 VintagePostcards // Feb 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you! I’ll review the text of the post and make any needed corrections. I appreciate your input :) From Northern Virginia myself, have always loved the Winchester area.

  • 3 john burleson // Sep 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I grew up 1/2 mile from this bridge on the frederick county side.My grandfather Joe Bragg told me his father helped build this bridge.He furnished 2 horse teams and was paid $12 dollars a day.There is a plaque on the bridge that reads 1917

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