September

As we wrap up our September shows we are looking ahead to some great fall projects.  A few dozen folks (both regulars and newcomers) joined us for the two shows at C’ville Coffee that featured some rare photographs from our collection along with some great century-old images from other area sources. Guests saw color photographs from Vinegar Hill neighborhood from the 1950s, some portraits from 100 years back, newly-found photographs of Free Bridge, and learned the history of the Third Street Entrance to the Paramount Theater. We also showed some rarely seen images of Lambeth Field at UVA and the historic Queen Charlotte Hotel on West Main Street. Below are just a handful of the highlights:

getStaticImage-17 This wedding portrait was taken by Rufus Holsinger (courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library)at a private home on Rugby Road that once stood where Westminster Presbyterian church stands today. This is Eugenia Davis, the great-granddaughter of UVA professor John A. G. Davis, who was infamously shot and killed on the Lawn at UVA in the 1840s. Miss Davis married John Harris of Galveston, Texas on June 14, 1917. Her grandson and great-granddaughter joined us this month for the showing of this remarkable portrait.

 

63430001 This photograph from Ed Roseberry gives us a rare (in color) look at the residential parts of the Vinegar Hill neighborhood that disappeared with the “urban renewal” program in the 1960s. We collected color images from Mr. Roseberry and a few other sources to provide a vivid, close-up look at this neighborhood toward the end of its existence.

 

c. 1964 Paramount Auditorium This striking image (courtesy Paramount Theater and Sandy DeKay) shows the separation of black and white patrons in the seating when segregation was the law in Virginia.

 

Bite-O-Bit (this is before my father renamed it)This photograph from the Coiner Collection at CHIL shows the restaurant that once stood at the corner of High Street and Long Street at the west end of Free Bridge.

 

If you missed these shows, some of the photographs are bound to appear in upcoming posts on this website, but don’t missed our next two (October and November) because some of the most remarkable photographs are yet to come!

It has been a busy first half of the month with some private shows on the schedule as well. If you would like to hire us for a private show at your home or for your group, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We will be spending the rest of September working on several upcoming projects so check back here often for news about more exciting things to come at C’ville Images.

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