CHARLESTON THEN AND NOW
Contemporary photographs by
Pinckney Rhett and James Moore Rhett, III
Text by John Carson Hay Steele, Sr.
A photographic record of the changes
brought about over the last one hundred years in and near the city of
Charleston. These archival images photographed in the 1890s were
photographed again in the 1970s and published as the first edition of
CHARLESTON THEN AND NOW. This updated edition includes new photos from
the 1990s. The pictures, old and new, are arranged side-by-side,
proceeding northward from the Battery in a tour sequence. The photos are
black and white to remain consistent with those of 1890 and to yield a
better comparison of then and now. Included are scenes from the South
Battery to the Citadel, and from roof tops and sailing ships in the
harbor viewed from St. Michael's steeple. Beyond the Ashley River are
scenes of St. Andrew's Church, Drayton Hall, Magnolia and Middleton
Gardens, Ft. Dorchester, the Tea farm, and Pine Forest Inn, while across
the Cooper are views of Ft. Moultrie. This volume reveals the remarkable
preservation of one of America's oldest cities.
From the book:
Charleston Then (1890s).....The photographer who arrived in Charleston
one winter day during the 1890s had a specific mission__to locate and
photograph places of interest in and near Charleston. Traveling by
horse and buggy he toured the city, photographing houses and hotels,
railyards and rooftops, mills and monuments, from Ashley to Cooper, from
Battery to Wragg Mall. And beyond, from Fort Moultrie to Drayton
Hall, and north to Summerville's Tea Farm....
Now (1990s)....Certainly a comparison of old and new photographs herein
confirms its ability to make time a friend. Even so great a
misfortune as the 1989 hurricane that devastated the Charleston area
proved only a temporary challenge. The city swept away the debris,
repaired the damage, and has become more beautiful than ever. The
current photographs by Bob Rhett show a city lovingly cared for and
complement his father's pictures taken for the first edition two decades
130 pages. Black and white
photographs. (1974). 1996.
0-87844-129-8/ ISBN 13: 978-0-87844-129-7
John Carson Hay ("Jack") Steele, a native of Charleston, received
a BS in civil engineering from The Citadel. A retired E. I. DuPont
engineer, Mr. Steele and his wife Jane divide their time between their
homes in Charleston and North Augusta. They have two sons, John C. Hay
Steele, Jr. and Peter Wallace Hay Steele. Mr. Steele is author of two
previous volumes: Charleston Then and Now, the first edition
published in 1974 and The Family of Hay, Book Two, published in
1986. His interests include history and sailing.
Robert Pinckney ("Bob") Rhett is a native of Columbia, South
Carolina. He studied music at USC and was at one time a professional
musician. He presently works as an engineer with Bayer Corporation and
resides in Moncks Corner with his wife Kim and their daughter Taylor.
His interests include music and photography. Bob's father, James Moore
Rhett, III, created the 1970s photographs that appear in both the first
and second editions of Charleston Then and Now.
The 1890 photographs were taken by a photographer from Chicago who had
been touring the Southeast at the time.
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