Tommy Thompson has recorded for posterity the main streets of small town America. The owner of Village Prints of Florence, Alabama, has more than 35 years experience in art, photography, printing, and marketing. The native Mississippian studied art at Mississippi State University, where he also supervised the art and photography division of the Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station. Thompson began his unique business in 1984, and since that time he and his daughters Michelle and Melanie have drawn more than 300 towns in 12 states across the South. Struck by the pride of older Americans in the heritage of their towns, Thompson has transformed glimpses of the past found in old, faded photographs and memories into composite drawings, which are then printed as limited editions. Collectors of Thompsons prints sometimes find it difficult to locate someone who is willing to part with their prints once all the prints of a particular town are sold, which sometimes occurs in a week or two. Because these art prints are limited editions, they represent an investment that increases in value with time.