New social media accounts feature beautiful, memorable, historical photos of Charleston

17 C-17 jets fly over the Ravenel Bridge during a training mission on Dec. 20, 2005. By Alan Hawes/The Post and Courier.

What if I told you there was a social media account that posted nothing but awesome photos of Charleston and the Lowcountry each day?

Pretty cool, right?

Now what if I told you most of those photos were taken over the years by the talented photo staff of The Post and Courier?

Even better, right?

That's why we recently created the Charleston Photos account on Facebook, as well as Charleston Photo on Twitter and Charleston Photo on Instagram.

These accounts give us places to display beautiful, memorable and often historical photos that we really think you'll enjoy from both current and past Post and Courier photographers.

Sometimes you'll see a photo of a breathtaking sunrise or cool day-in-the-life photo shot on a recent day. Other times we'll dig into our archives and find awe-inspiring photos of a frozen John P. Grace Memorial Bridge or a powerful photo from a news story that happened exactly 10 years ago today.

You'll often get a glimpse at what a local building or attraction looked like years before and be able to compare them to what they look like now.

 

Shem Creek in April 2010. By Grace Beahm of the @postandcourier.

A photo posted by Charleston Photos (@charlestonphoto) on

So far the project, a joint effort by our photo and digital teams, has been as fun to research as it has been to view. We never know what we're going to find next.

Not only would we love it if you viewed and shared these photos on social media, we'd also like you to contribute your old Charleston photos. We will give you proper credit. Just send them to yourphotos@postandcourier.com with your name and a description of the photo. Also, please put “Charleston photo” in the subject so we can separate them from the other photos we receive.

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We recently started asking readers to send us their sunrise photos in the mornings to run with our daily weather reports on our website and on The Post and Courier's Facebook and Twitter accounts. These are a little trickier because we need your photo by 7:30 a.m. each day. Just send it to yourphotos@postandcourier.com.

 

Please don't forget to include your name and a little information about the photo.

We're a little more than a year into our weekly photo assignment project, which has been as much fun to look at as it has been a challenge to choose one picture to run in Friday's People section each week. We've seen hundreds of terrific photos from all corners of the Lowcountry so far and hope to see hundreds more.

Check the People section each week to see the previous topic's winner and to get your next assignment..

Keep up the great work!