In rural America at the beginning of the twentieth century, the worldwide postcard craze coincided with the spread of light, cheap photographic equipment. The result was the real-photo postcard, so-called because the cards were printed in darkrooms rather than on litho presses, usually in editions of a hundred or fewer, the work of amateurs and professionals alike.
What remains of the New Jersey Zinc Plant, Palmerton, PA, March 2010. The plant, which once employed hundreds but also caused significant environmental damage through pollution, was torn down shortly after I photographed it. Pennsylvania, like the rest of America’s “Rust Belt,” is dotted with abandoned industrial complexes. This one was more than a mile long and closed in 1980. The property will become office buildings. The area around it was designated a “Superfund” environmental man-made disaster, and is being tackled by the Environmental Protection Agency and local groups.