Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Re-discovering St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the Theising Collection

Postcard image of St. Paul's Episcopal Church from the Theising Collection

Earlier today, in preparation for a project with Digital East St. Louis, I was in the Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center looking over postcards from our university's Andrew J. Theising Research Collection. Theising amassed an incredible assortment of images focusing on East St. Louis going back decades and decades.

The postcards showed wonderful images of schools, churches, and hospitals. I was particularly intrigued by an image of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, which I've noticed and photographed in East St. Louis on previous occasions. I was pleased to see an image of the building during a much earlier phase.  

I photographed St. Paul's Episcopal Church back in 2013. The building has deteriorated over the years. Yet, you still get the sense of the church's majesty.   

A photograph of  St. Paul's Episcopal Church from 2013
Postcard image source: File 7, Record Carton 26, Theising Files 1686-1999, Library & Information Services, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois.

Thanks to Anthony Wilcox for alerting me to the image. 

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