Roseberry Returns: 2/13/14

Roseberry Poster #4UPDATE: Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT! If you have reserved your tickets by emailing me, please pay as per instructions in the reply email.  Thanks to everyone who has already completed the purchase.

Ed Roseberry will once again join C’ville Images at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street in Charlottesville. The show will be on Thursday, February 13th, at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10/ea.

We have decided to sell tickets in advance so we can know ahead of time how many guests we’ll have and so we can limit the number of tickets, allowing for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

This program is a narrated slideshow and will feature some of Ed’s classic photos as well as many new images from deep in his archives.  Ed will join Steve Trumbull in hosting the program.  You will hear some of the great stories behind these fascinating photographs. So, even if you have joined us for previous shows featuring his work, this one will be special.  You won’t want to miss it!

Proceeds go to both Ed Roseberry and to C’ville Images to help us continue our work digitizing vintage Charlottesville photos.

Winter Wonderland

Here are a few selections from our digital library of vintage photographs of Charlottesville (along with some others we have found in other libraries) that all capture the allure of freshly fallen snow. While few of us like to shovel it, work in it, or drive in it, it is hard to deny the beauty and pleasure of just looking at it!

So, snuggle-up with your warm laptop computer, put some holiday music on your iPod, and enjoy these hand-picked images of C’ville!

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This outstanding composition was taken by photographer Ed Roseberry early in his professional career at the Academical Village at UVA.

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Another from Ed Roseberry, this photograph shows a young UVA student waiting for his date outside McKim Hall at UVA.  Taken on a snowy evening in 1949.

This photograph from the Daily Progress in 1960 shows Beck’s Hill, where High Street meets Preston Avenue. On the hill to the left you can see the upper floors of the Altamont Apartments. In the upper right you can just barely make out the steeple of the First United Methodist Church and the belfry of Christ Episcopal Church.

Another image from the Daily Progress shows two women enjoying the heavy snowfall by building an igloo and snowman. C’ville Images has yet to determine the exact location of this photo but it was possibly taken in North Downtown Charlottesville. Dates to the 1959.  UPDATE: (12/26/13) Wandering the streets east of downtown Charlottesville, we were able to pinpoint this location in the 1100 block of E. Market Street. (See Google Street View image below).
E. Market St. housesThe house on the far right is where the women are in the above B&W image. The house seen in the middle here is the house most visible behind them. The properties were identified by elevation and by architectural details that are still intact 54 years later.

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An earlier photo, this one from the Holsinger Collection, shows the Lawn at UVA with the Rotunda in the distance and the Homer statue in the foreground. (An edited image. The original is in Special Collections, UVA Library)

Another photograph courtesy Special Collections at UVA Library, this one was taken from the front porch of the historic home of Birdwood which still stands west of Charlottesville, just off Rt. 250.  Today, the Birdwood golf course surrounds this grand estate.

JC26FEB1950ChapelThis “winter wonderland” photograph was taken by law student James Crewdson, circa 1949-50. A Nitro, WV native, Crewdson captured a number of photographs during his time at the University of Virginia.  We are pleased to have his work in our digital library courtesy his granddaughter, Heather Griffith.

Crewdson took several, now-rare photos including this wintry view of some of the temporary homes at Copeley Hill.  These trailers and other structures were used at the university to house World War II veterans and their young families.

Another classic photo from Crewdson, this one shows Memorial Gym at UVA on a cold winter day.  The black smoke is from the coal-burning furnace.  In the middle-ground you can make out the reflecting pool that once sat on the east side of the building.  Part of the original design of Mem Gym, the pool would freeze over on cold winter days like this one, providing students and visitors with an ice rink.

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This photo shows The Dolley Madison Inn that once sat on West Main Street.  A newly- constructed high rise now stands on this spot. (Courtesy Preston Coiner)

One last winter image from Ed Roseberry, taken from Montalto looking north toward the Southwest Mountains (which actually sit northeast of Charlottesville).  Monticello and the surrounding gardens can be seen here long before Interstate 64 cuts across the middle of this landscape.

img750Once a regular Christmas tradition in Lee Park, this creche had live animals and statues for the human figures. Local memories differ on whether this was always the arrangement although many remember the great excitement of the animals escaping the fenced in area and/or biting unsuspecting on-lookers.  Nevertheless, this was an annual holiday highlight for those C’ville citizens who recall the era.

The Roseberry photographs can be purchased through C’ville Images.  See more of the “Roseberry Collection” by linking through the navigation bar above. All other photos are used with permission.  All work copyrighted.  Please do not reproduce.

Shops of Main Street

img072This photo, taken by Ed Roseberry in the 1960s, shows several of the shops along Main Street in Charlottesville, what today is the Downtown Mall. The buildings to the left were destroyed by fire in 1973.  In 1974, the Paramount would go dark and stay closed for 3 decades. In the distance you can see the neon sign on the side of the Miller & Rhoads building. Just beyond that, there is another neon sign above the street level.  Though not legible in this photo, that is the sign for WINA, the AM station at 1400 on the radio dial and located downtown at the time.

img066Another photo by Roseberry, this one looks at the same section of Main Street from the other view, looking west. W.T. Grant is now the location of Vivian’s and Rapture on the Downtown Mall.  The cars have been replaced with trees and the shops have changed but most of the buildings seen here still stand.

img054Holiday shoppers in 1954 along the 200 block of East Main Street. This photograph is from the Daily Progress.

img046Another Daily Progress photo from the same shopping season, a little further east. Note Timberlake Drug Store and Charlottesville Hardware Store in the background.

img671A customer shops for gifts at Kaufman’s, a men’s apparel shop that sat on the corner of Third and E. Main Streets. (Daily Progress, 1954)

img673Another holiday scene from 1954, this one includes a Salvation Army booth equipped with loud speakers to encourage charitable giving. The store front seen on the right belongs to the McCrory’s store, a five-and-dime that sat next to the Paramount Theater but was lost to fire in 1973.  The photographer appears to have taken the shot from atop the theater’s marque. (Daily Progress)

img236This is Kaufman’s display window in a night time photo by Ed Roseberry from the same era. The holiday display featured chimneys with presents and decorations perched on top.

DSC_2240The old Kaufman’s store (later Lee’s Hallmark and later still William’s Corner) looked like this on Christmas Eve, 2012. (Steve Trumbull)

DP 11DEC1954One last image from the Daily Progress, this one shows some of the shops along Main Street and a stunning sampling of automobiles from the period.  Main Street was a drivable road until the pedestrian mall was constructed in the mid 1970s. At different times in history Main Street was a one-way street but in 1954 traffic flowed in both directions.

27300005This color photograph from the early 1970s shows the 200 block of East Main.  The Lee’s Hallmark shop on the right was the same building that housed Kaufman’s for most of the first half of the 20th Century. (Coiner Collection at C’ville Images)

21430002This final shot shows the west end of the downtown mall after the Omni Hotel was built in the mid 80s. The exact year of this image is not certain but it is obviously holiday time.  It took many years as a pedestrian mall for Main Street to regain some of the economic vitality it had in earlier years. (Coiner Collection)

DSC_2215 - Version 2Same part of the mall Christmas Eve, 2012 (Steve Trumbull)

Thanks, Everyone!!

ERJan1960Aerial#1C’ville Images would like to thank everyone who has contributed to us this year.  We’ve received 100s of great photographs from individuals, families, and businesses to add to our digital collection.  A number of you have volunteered your time and talents to help us out.

And, of course we couldn’t do this without some financial support as well.  We recently installed donate buttons on the website to make it easy for the folks that enjoy this ever-growing website to give a few dollars to support it.  Thanks to all of you who have already used it!

We do more to photo-document Charlottesville architecture and streetscapes than any other organization we know of and our digital library of Charlottesville images has grown to over 25,000, far surpassing even the local historical society.  No other group or individual is presenting Charlottesville photos and history the way we do. We get NO public funding so we do this all with financial contributions and volunteer help from private citizens and businesses.

We do raise some money through our local history/photo programs (like the very successful C’ville Coffee slideshow series) and we also sell a few prints (check out the “Roseberry Collection”) but we really need more generous support from individuals in the community who can contribute and help us grow and continue to bring great C’ville Images for all to enjoy. Thank you, everyone!

                                         -Steve Trumbull, C’ville Images

Photo by Ed Roseberry, circa 1962, of the Belmont Bridge, Belmont, and the mountains to the southeast of Charlottesville. Photo taken from the roof of the Monticello Hotel.

Downtown Fire: 12/15/13

_DSC9373 Just one block from First and Main in Downtown Charlottesville, this building was destroyed by fire earlier today.  Once the home of Snow’s, a century-old nursery and florist business, it was currently being used by the city’s parks and rec. department and the city market for office space.  At the time that C’ville Images got these photos, the investigation into the cause was still underway.  You’ll want to check local news sources for the full story, but another downtown fire has taken another of C’ville’s  old buildings.

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“Flash” is Back!

img156 - Version 2We are pleased to announce that Ed “Flash” Roseberry will help us kick off the 2014 season of C’ville Images with a slideshow on Thursday, February 13th.  It’s less than two months away so, mark your calendars and plan to join us at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street at 7 pm.


We have worked extensively with Ed over the last couple of years with exhibits, slideshows, and even private parties featuring his work. Mr. Roseberry has been taking photos around Charlottesville and  UVA since the late 1940s and we have digitized a massive number of his photographic negatives, especially those from the late 40s through the 70s. Many of these digital scans have been used in publications, in posts here on C’ville Images, and in the shows and exhibits we’ve done.

This latest project will be different from what we’ve put together before, so you won’t want to miss it.  Details will be forthcoming on this site over the next several weeks.


Meanwhile, you can explore the “Roseberry Collection” and purchase your favorites while helping to support both C’ville Images and Ed Roseberry!  For even more on Roseberry simply type “Roseberry” in the search box above.


C’ville Christmas Past

As we head into the holidays we thought we would post a few vintage images of C’ville Christmas past. We will update this post occasionally over the next couple of weeks.

img454This is downtown Charlottesville, mid-20th Century, decorated for the holidays. This view looks east from Second and W. Main Street. The Young Men’s Shop seen on the right is now Christians Pizza on today’s Downtown Mall.

getStaticImage-13This one from nearly 100 years ago shows a selection of toys for sale at a shop downtown. The store was located in the Leterman Building near First and Main just to the right of where Miller’s is today. Interestingly, the country was at war at the time and contemporary soldiers and cannons are among the toys seen here.  Photograph courtesy the Holsinger Collection in Special Collections at UVA Library.

getStaticImage-15This next seasonal photo show a Christmas tree and winter scene decorated with electric lights.  Although strands of electric Christmas tree lights were invented in the late 19th Century and popularized in the 1910s, this photograph is more likely from the 1930s, taken by Ralph Holsinger. Courtesy Holsinger Collection, Special Collections, UVA Library

getStaticImage-15 2This photograph, taken on Christmas Day, 1916, shows the local Salvation Army with Christmas baskets prepared for needy families. This particular Christmas was probably less than joyous as the country was in the middle of the Great War which produced many orphans and widows back home. The location is uncertain but was most likely in Downtown Charlottesville; we know the local Salvation Army Hall  in the early 20th Century was located about where the Omni Hotel sits today.  Courtesy Holsinger Collection, Special Collections, UVA Library

getStaticImage-21This stunning winter scene, taken 100 years ago, shows the north side of the Rotunda at UVA as seen from the steps of Madison Hall looking across University Avenue. It was taken by Rufus Holsinger who would sometimes scratch his initials on the glass plate negative. Click on this image for a larger view and you’ll be able to spot “© RWH” in the snow just beyond the wall along the street.  Courtesy Holsinger Collection, Special Collections, UVA Library

ERJan1960Aerial#3This photograph, taken by Ed Roseberry just after the holidays in January of 1960, is a color image of the view from the Monticello Hotel looking northwest over Court Square.  The statue of Stonewall Jackson on his horse can be seen in the foreground.  On the corner of Fourth and East High Streets (just below the center of the photo), the groundbreaking has begun on what will become the Charlottesville Circuit Court.  The Altamont Apartments can be seen a few blocks away in the upper left.

Scan (1)This classic photograph from Ed Roseberry was taken in December of 1959 and captures that era in the late 1950s.  Eisenhower was winding down his second term in the White House.  The Paramount was still showing films, Main Street was open to car traffic, and  “Urban Renewal” had yet to take Vinegar Hill.  Although Barracks Road Shopping Center had just opened on Emmet Street, Downtown Charlottesville was still the place for Christmas shopping and holiday festivities. This photograph is available for purchase through our “Roseberry Collection”.

ERJan1960Aerial#1Another photograph from Roseberry from the early 1960s.  Again, Ed is shooting from the roof of the Monticello Hotel, this time looking southeast, toward Belmont.  The newly built Belmont bridge is seen here and Montalto is visible in the upper left.

img050This E. Main Street store front was decorated for the holidays 60 years ago. The shop sold women’s apparel back then and today is the location of Angelo, a jewelry store (and currently housing an art exhibit of local artist, Michael Fitts). According to the City Directory the store was “Helen Eastham” circa 1950 and The Colonnade Shop by 1955. The building seen reflected in the window was across the street and Second and Main, NE and was destroyed by fire in 1973. This photo comes to us courtesy The Daily Progress.

img439The same women’s clothing store seen again here was in the 200 Block of East Main a few doors down from Standard Drug and next door to Kaufman’s (a men’s clothing store) part of which can be seen to the left of this photo.  Keller & George was also in the same block. These Christmas shoppers in December 1954 were limited to downtown shopping since there were no malls or significant shopping centers anywhere else in Charlottesville.  Barracks Road Shopping Center wouldn’t be built for another 5 years. Courtesy Daily Progress

ERDate??KaufmansKaufman’s sat on the corner of Third and East Main Street. In this photo from the early 1950s, The display windows of this mens apparel store are decorated for the holidays.

img032This interior scene of Kaufman’s from the time shows Christmas shoppers purchasing gifts. Today, the building is the downtown branch of Virginia National Bank. This location has also been Lee’s Hallmark and Williams Corner Bookstore over the years.

img236This nighttime photo by Roseberry shows the Christmas display in the window and the lighted sign that used to hang over the sidewalk.

img665This photo looking west on Main Street from about where the Paramount is shows a bustling Main Street at the holidays in the 1950s. The buildings look familiar today but most of the businesses have changed. This was THE place to do your Christmas shopping with stores like Robinson’s, Legget’s, and Sears. While you were downtown you could stop in for a bite to eat at the Candy Kitchen or take in a movie at one of the three movie theaters on Main Street that were open at this time. Courtesy Daily Progress.

img750 Another photo from the 1950s.  It was a Christmastime tradition in Charlottesville during this era to have a Nativity scene set up in Lee Park.  In this creche, the animals are real while the human figures are not.  In the distance to the right, you can spot the historic home once called “Social Hall”.  Just behind the manger, the steeple from the First United Methodist Church lines up closely with the star mounted on the manger.

EPSON MFP imageThis wider angle show the Nativity scene in context in Lee Park.  Ed Roseberry took this one from the Charlottesville National Bank building in the 1950s. The First Baptist Church on the corner of Second and Jefferson Streets, NE was still standing at the time but would be destroyed by fire in 1977. Note that the traffic flowed north on Second Street instead of one-way, south as it does today. This part of Second Street is now known as Preston Coiner Street in honor of a great citizen who helped tremendously to preserve local history.

getStaticImage-21 2For this next photo, we’re going back at least 118 years to this view of the Rotunda at UVA.  Possibly one of the earliest images of Jefferson’s Academical Village in a snowy setting, this photograph pre-dates the Rotunda fire of 1895.

JC26FEB1950MadHallNot nearly as old, but a cool vintage image nevertheless, this photograph was taken by law student, James Crewdson in the winter of 1949-50. The older model car makes the photo seem even earlier. The building we see here is Madison Hall on University Avenue.  Mr. Crewdson took a number of fascinating photos around the grounds at the University and we are pleased to have added them to our collection here at C’ville Images through the thoughtful contribution of his granddaughter.

7 Ways

IMG_8257People often ask me how they can help us out at C’ville Images.

There are many ways…7 to be exact!

1. Tell friends and family about us. “Like” us on Facebook and encourage friends to do the same. Send links to our posts to anyone you think would enjoy them. Please don’t poach images from the site, but feel free to send the links.

2.  Purchase Prints.  Our Roseberry Collection has a great selection of prints for sale.  They make great gifts. Or frame them for your home or office to show off your appreciation for C’ville history! But the Roseberry Collection is only part of what’s available.  Any image on our website that we have permission to print and sell is available.  Contact us!

3. Help us build the digital collection of C’ville images.  Your family, business, or colleagues probably have old photos of Charlottesville. Whether it’s hanging on the wall or stored away in the attic, we’d like the opportunity to scan it.  We are interested in any old photos of homes, buildings, street scenes, and events in C’ville and the surrounding area.  We’ve collected and scanned 1000s in the last couple of years, always returning the original to the owner.  Help us make contact with friends and family members who might have old photos to share. We love meeting with and hearing stories from folks around town, especially the older citizens of C’ville who have so much to share.

4. If you are a writer or researcher you can contribute your writing to C’ville Images.  If you have a local history subject you would like to write about, we can provide the photos for the piece you write.  Your name will be on the post along with a link to your website. Writing for C’ville Images can help build exposure for your work.  Contact me to discuss your idea.

5. Hire us!  Hire C’ville Images for photo presentations. See the link in the navigation bar for details. Hire Trumbull Photography.  Trumbull Photography is my for-profit business, so the work I do for hire allows me to give time and resources to C’ville Images. I do real estate photography, aerial photography, and historical documentation.  Hire my wife, Karyn Trumbull, for your real estate needs.  Karyn has built an excellent business with Nest Realty and has had great success in the last few years helping both buyers and sellers in Charlottesville.  Karyn is C’ville Images’ single biggest financial supporter.

6. Come on out!  Attend our monthly C’ville Coffee slideshows and other events.  Keep up with all the happenings on our Facebook page and on our “Posts” page right here!

7. Donate. We now have donate buttons on the website including on the “Contact and Contribute” page in the navigation bar at the top.  You can easily donate a few dollars with your credit card.  If you’ve enjoyed this site, please consider pitching in!


-Steve Trumbull, C’ville Images