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The 1890 photographs were taken by an unnamed photographer from Chicago who had been touring the Southeast at the time.

Photo of Jack Steele John Carson Hay ("Jack") Steele, was born in faculty quarters on the campus of Porter Military Academy in Charleston June 30, 1920, to Carson and Lena St. Clair Steele. He attended Porter and received a BS in Civil Engineering from the Citadel in 1941. He served in the Army in World War II in Panama and later in Europe, reaching the rank of Captain. While in the Panama Canal Zone, he met his beloved wife Jane Stevens and they were married at St. Philips Church in Charleston in 1943. After the war he moved to North Augusta, where he had a long career with E. I. DuPont as a mechanical engineer at the Savannah River Plant and where he was an active member of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. After retirement he returned to his beloved Charleston, where he was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church, the Carolina Yacht Club, the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Society of First Families of South Carolina. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and served actively in the Clan Hay Society. He and his wfe Jane had two sons, John C. Hay Steele, Jr. and Peter Wallace Hay Steele. Besides family, his loves were sailing, history, genealogy and Charleston. He and James Rhett III published the first edition of Charleston Then and Now in 1974, He updated and republished The Family of Hay, Book II, in 1986, and with Robert Pinckney Rhett published the second edition of Charleston Then and Now in 1996. Jack passed away in 2009.

Photo of Jim Rhett James Moore ("Jim") Rhett III, was born in Beaufort in 1917 and attended St. Helena's Episcopal Church where the Reverend Mr. Hay was rector for many years. During World War II he served in the Army in the Pacific and attained the rank of Major. He married the former Nell Flood of St. Andrews Parish, Charleston and they settled in Columbia where he worked as an electrical contractor for many years, was active in St. Timothy Episcopal Church and pursued photography as an avocation, photographing many weddings over the years and participating in the Columbia Photographic Society. He and Nell had two sons, James M. Rhett IV and Robert P. Rhett. Jim passed away in 1977

Photo of Bob Rhett Robert Pinckney ("Bob") Rhett was born in Columbia in 1955. He attended Columbia High School and the University of South Carolina and worked for many years in engineering with Allied Chemical, Hoechst Celanese, and Bayer Corp. He presently works as Manager of Information Systems for a manufacturing company near Charleston and resides in Pinopolis with his wife, the former Kimberly Dunbar of Columbia. They have one daughter, Taylor R. Rhett. His interests include music, woodworking and photography. As a teen Bob grew to love the city of Charleston as he accompanied his father, James M. Rhett, III, on many trips to create the 1970s photographs that appear in both the first and second editions of Charleston Then and Now.