The Hearts of Arkansas Cities and Towns—as Portrayed
in Postcards and Photographs
Ray and Steven Hanley
A postcard and photographic tour of every section of Arkansas
“Every corner of the state is included . . . a real
treasure for travelers and celebrants of Arkansas and American
—Bill Worthen, director, Historic Arkansas Museum
In this visual history—the Hanley brothers’ most
extensive book yet—readers will trace many towns’
humble beginnings, with wooden-frame structures lining rutted
dirt streets teeming with wagons, horses, and mules. The evolution
of towns such as Walnut Ridge, Bentonville, Little Rock, and
Lake Village, as well as tiny hamlets such as Black Rock and
Ponca, unfolds before readers’ eyes. Scenes from the
1950s feature stores such as Ben Franklin, OTASCO, and Western
Auto. Success stories of Main Street preservation and revitalization
in El Dorado, Siloam Springs, Conway, and Harrison show how
local elders have set an example for other towns.
Ray and Steven Hanley have published extensively
from their research of Arkansas history as told through postcards.
Traveling thousands of miles to collect and authenticate postcards,
as well as take comparative photos, they are the undisputed
authorities on historical postcards from Arkansas. The Hanley
brothers live in Little Rock.
978-1-935106-13-5 | ISBN 1-935106-13-9
978-1-935106-12-8 | 1-935106-12-0
224 pages, 8.5 x 10, index
233 b/w photos, many never before published
Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.