Far Southwest Virginia: A Postcard and Photographic Journey is a fascinating collection of coal camps, lumber camps, small towns, farming communities, railroad trains, and more. Coal scrip, Confederate-era county money, historic newspaper stories, and a few feature stories round out the publication.
This new book of old stuff comes in at 320 pages and over 1,000 images, many of them in full color. Everything is in an easily readable layout with descriptive captions and much less text than most history books. You can see a preview of the fascinating images from the book here.
Spiral Publishing and Frank Kilgore are also the publishers of watershed textbooks about the Clinch and Big Sandy rivers, an upcoming textbook covering the Clinch, Powell, and Holston rivers, Mountain Peeks Magazine.
Spiral Publishing also has a fiction line, including Songs in the Mountain, an Appalachian ghost story inspired by the postcard book.