Special Collection Treasures
Published in November–December 2006 by Jennifer Taylor

Below is an early photograph of Five Points on the southside of Birmingham. The photograph, taken by O.V. Hunt, was included in a collection of early Birmingham photographs given to Samford University by William H. Brantley.

Five Points Southside

Photograph, SCAV 1342, D-000032

Brantley described the photograph himself with this caption, “Five Points, looking North on 20th St. before the Medical Arts and other changes. Ice was delivered by double mule teams and traffic was comfortable.”


  • Atkins, Leah Rawls, The Valley and the Hills: An Illustrated History of Birmingham & Jefferson County. Windsor Publishing, Inc. 1981.
  • McMillan, Malcolm C., Yesterday's Birmingham, E. A. Seemann Publishing, Inc. 1975
  • Special Collection, Samford University Library, SCAV 1342 D-000032