MYSTERY PHOTO:  The remains of a day

The remains of this building have a place in area history, but what was it?  (Hint:  It could be related to something mentioned in this issue.) Send your best guess – plus your name and hometown – to  In the subject line, write: “Mystery Photo guess.”

Last issue’s mystery

The Dec. 18 mystery, contributed by Hanahan photographer Chuck Boyd, shows the postal museum at the U.S. Post Office at the corner of Meeting and Broad streets in Charleston – one of the infamous Four Corners of Law.

Hats off to several alert readers who correctly identified the display:  Michael Kaynard, J.J. Anderson and Kristina Wheeler of Charleston; Chris Brooks of Mount Pleasant; former James Island resident Tom Brown of Jacksonville, Fla.; Judy Roumillat of North Charleston; George Graf of Palmyra, Va.; and Archie Burkel of James Island.

Graf wrote that the postal museum photo was much easier to identify than Boyd’s last photo, which was a sign painted on the side of a trailer near Holly Hill.

He writes, “According to, in 1896, the existing post office moved to the new Post Office Building, erected over the ruins of the old police station, destroyed in the earthquake of 1886. The building at Meeting and Broad streets is the oldest continuously operated post office in the Carolinas.”

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