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There are many millions of postal cards used in the United States every year, and it will surprise the majority of people to learn that the centre of the postal cards industry—the only place, in fact, where they are made—is a little village in the mountains of West Virginia. The town is Piedmont, and here, six days in every week, an army is busily at work making the little oblong sheets of cardboard on which so many messages of all sorts and kinds are written by all conditions of people. Here the cardboard is made from the fresh, sweet spruce-trees; here it is cut into the requisite sizes, and here the cards are printed, packed, and shipped, eventually finding their way into every state, city, town, and hamlet in the country, and to Cuba, Porto Rico. Hawaii, and the Philippine Islands.

Piedmont, as the name indicates, is at the "foot of the mountains," and the range is the well-known Appalachian. It is also the commencement of the famous seventeen-mile grade on the main line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to Altamont, in Garret County, Md. The elevation of Piedmont above tidewater is nine hundred and thirty feet.

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