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Looking north from Sylva, N. C.

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  • This undated postcard shows the main street of downtown Sylva in the foreground. On the back is stamped 33230 -- Pub By Geo. D. Sherrill, Waynesville, N. C. George Dexter Sherrill (1879–1931) was a commercial photographer in the first decades of the 20th century. Born in Dillsboro, North Carolina, Sherrill was related through marriage to glass-plate photographer, A. L. Ensley, a noted area portrait photographer. While still a child, Sherrill learned the mechanics of photography from Ensley and, later, put his skills to use. In 1902 Sherrill opened Sherrill’s Art Studio in Waynesville, where he produced images reproduced on postcards, did photo-finishing, and sold Eastman Kodak photo supplies. His work focused on local landmarks and genre scenes, rather than mountain landscapes that were so popular at the time. Except for a short time in the early 1920s when Sherrill opened a studio in Asheville, he lived and worked in his studio in Waynesville until his death in 1931.