From the USC Digital Library Collection...
Atlas of the State of South Carolina by Robert Mills
About the Atlas
The 1825 publication of Robert Mills’ Atlas of the State of South Carolina marked an American cartographic first. This volume is the first systematic atlas of any state in the union. Remarkably, too, no other state atlas of South Carolina was published for the next century and a half.
Nationally noted architect and engineer, South Carolina native Robert Mills received on December 23, 1823 a “sanctioned” (ratified) provisional contract from the General Assembly of South Carolina to publish and sell maps of each of the state’s twenty-eight political divisions known as districts. The agreement authorized Mills’ utilization of state-owned district surveys as a base and in return, the State was to receive free of charge twelve bound editions of the Atlas. In addition, the Superintendent of Public Works was obligated to purchase another fifty copies for $600.00. From 1822 through 1825, Mills redrew the base surveys, converting the larger scales to the atlas standard of two miles to an inch. He added a legend to each map denoting the “geological position,” the bearing and distance from Columbia, longitude and latitude of each county seat, deleted and/or inserted place names and topological features, and standardized the cartographic conventions and typography. The legend of each map bears the original surveyor’s name and notes the map was “improved for Mills’ Atlas, 1825.”
Engraved and printed in Philadelphia by H. S. Tanner & Assistants, the Atlas was presented to the South Carolina Senate on September 29, 1826. The Senate commended the volume as being a “fine specimen of American Science and Art.” Touted as being better than comparable European publications by the American Farmer, the Atlas and its accompanying volume, Statistics of South Carolina, are still in constant use by historians, ecologists, lawyers and genealogists as invaluable research tools.
The Atlas was reprinted in 1938 in a Limited Edition. A new introduction by Francis Marion Hutson of the South Carolina Historical Commission was added as well as hand coloring of the maps by Dan Millsaps, Jr. The digital copy available by the South Carolina Digital Library is copy number 94 of the 1938 edition.
Collection of 32 antique stereograph cards from the H. C. White Company. These were copyrighted in 1905, and contain scenes from Cuba, the Phillipines, as well as other locations and staged scenes.
The cards were converted to 3D cyan-red anaglyphs using Adobe Photoshop.
Celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of William Walker, the singing was held at Wofford College in Spartanburg. In the morning we sang from The Sacred Harp, and in the afternoon we sang from The Southern Harmony.
Tracy (Wilhemina Lump Lump), Eric (RestedTraveler), and James (James Wellman) and I gathered for a photo walk in downtown Greenville near the Falls Park and River Place areas. We had a blast practicing panning shots and long exposures.
These are old screen captures from a Canon Xapshot video still camera, a pre-cursor to today's digital cameras.
My brother Houston and I found an old Cadillac hearse that had been cut down as a convertible, and had a bathtub installed in the back. The used car lot foolishly let us take it for a test drive.
This is the second part of our Lowcountry Unfiltered paddling trip on the Edisto. In July we ran the section from Mars Old Field Landing to Givhans Ferry State Park. This month we ran the upper portion from Colleton State Park to Stokes Bridge.
The wedding of Karen Buckmueller and Herman Holt on July 5, 2008 at the Crest Center in Asheville, NC.
Disclaimer - Photos were taken with a Nikon S50 point-n-shoot. I was there to dance and didn't want to be bogged down with a big camera. Someone else was being paid to take good photos ;-)
Shots that I think might make a nice addition to my calendar collection. Once a shot is actually used in a calendar, it will be removed from this set and moved to the actual calendar collection for that year.
Photos for this set are somewhat seasonal, and must be in landscape orientation.
In June of 2004 we drove from Greenville, SC to the San Juan Islands north of Seattle Washington in our convertible. The trip took 17 days, and roughly followed the path of Lewis and Clark on the Centeniary of their expedition.
This photos are altered to mimic tilt-shift photography using Adobe Photoshop. The images appear to be of models. Portions of the image are blurred to narrow the depth of field, similar to what one would see in macro model photography. Color and lighting are thrown out of whack to enhance the "unreal" appearance.
These images are of Greenville, South Carolina. The pictures were given to me by a former employee of Graham Photo, in Greenville.
The person who passed these along did not know the original owners, nor had copyright information. Some are obviously postcards. If any of these are in violation of copyright, please contact me for removal.