Holsinger At 100: February 26, 1914

In our continuing series called “Holsinger At 100” we feature selections from the outstanding Holsinger Collection at University of Virginia Library exactly 100 years to the day after they were taken by Charlottesville photographer Rufus Holsinger.

getStaticImage-5This photograph, taken February 26, 1914, shows members of the UVA track team posing on a wooden track in the fields behind Madison Hall. This area, later to be known as “Mad Bowl,” also contained tennis courts and other athletic facilities.

getStaticImage-5 2Madison Hall was originally built as a Y.M.C.A.

DSC_3535Fayerweather Hall, directly across Rugby Road, was the university’s indoor sports facility 100 years ago. This building is now part of the Art Department. More about Fayerweather  in this recent post.

IMG_3063Mad Bowl, though still used for recreational sports, no longer has the track and tennis courts. Madison Hall is partially seen here on the left and Fayerweather Hall partially seen through the trees on the right. Rugby Road is just over the stone wall in this photograph. Despite the seemingly logical connection, the road was not named after the sport.  Find out what it is named for in this post from our Charlottesville Then and Now archives.

 Black and white photos courtesy Holsinger Collection, Special Collections, UVA Library.
Color photographs by Steve Trumbull, ©2010-2014


2014 Season Begins!

Our 2014 season of photo presentations kicked off Monday night with a slideshow of some of Ed Roseberry’s “rare and remarkable” photographs.

A full house at C’ville Coffee was treated to many images from deep in the Roseberry archives with a few of his classics included as well.

Because of the overwhelming demand we have decided to repeat this same program for our March 13th show and tickets again will be limited. You can save your spot by simply emailing Steve Trumbull and let tell him how many you would like. First come, first served. Steve will reply to you, confirming you are on the guest list and provide you with instructions on how to pay for the tickets which are $10 each. That’s Thursday, March 13th, 7 pm.

img821  Lawn Chowder and Marching Society under Beta Bridge at UVA, 1970s.

The Snow and The Show

img919Snow expected in Charlottesville the next 48 hours…

For the moment our C’ville Coffee show with Ed Roseberry this Thursday is STILL ON. It is a SOLD OUT event so it’s only open to people already on the guest list.  If the impending snowstorm forces us to postpone the show, everyone on the list will be notified by email about the new date/time. But for now the show is ON. (Photo taken near UVA, circa 1950, by Ed Roseberry)

UPDATE: All paid guests were notified by directly email about the rescheduling of this event.

All The Latest

DSC_2854As most of you probably already know, the February 13th show with Ed Roseberry at C’ville Coffee is SOLD OUT.  However, Ed and I have decided to do an encore showing of the same program for our next showing on Thursday, March 13th.  That show will also be at 7 pm.  We will announce details on how to get tickets later this week.  Please note that tickets for ALL of this season’s shows will be sold in advance so that we can better prepare the venue for guests. If you did not get tickets for this month, please join us in March!
EPSON MFP imageMeanwhile, there is a lot of other great stuff to see from C’ville Images.
Henry Martin UVACheck out all the latest posts here at www.cvilleimages.com. There’s much more besides Roseberry’s work including our recent post on Henry Martin, the long time UVA employee born at Monticello the day Thomas Jefferson died. Much more on the website so budget a few hours and enjoy! A great way to spend a long winter’s afternoon…
img857However, If you want to specifically see the work of Ed Roseberry, just type in “Roseberry” in the search box at the top of this page and you’ll see all the posts with Ed’s photographs.  Also, please consider supporting C’ville Images by purchasing prints from us or by making a small donation to help us keep our work going.
IMG_4011If you haven’t already, “like” us on Facebook at “Trumbull Photography- C’ville Images.”  There are many photos, new and old, to see there and you can add your comments as well.
Finally, check out this month’s issue of Albemarle Magazine. C’ville Images has put together a great selection of Roseberry photos and the excellent design and editing team at Albemarle Magazine has produced a nice spread.  Get your copy at select news stands now!
If you are not on our email list and would like to be, email Steve Trumbull at : steve@cvillimages.com  This is the best way to get notices on upcoming events.  We never share or sell email addresses and we try to limit what we send.
Thanks again for your support!


Holsinger at 100: Henry Martin

getStaticImage-6Resuming our “Holsinger at 100” series from last year, this photograph was taken exactly 100 years ago by Charlottesville photographer Rufus Holsinger.   The photo shows Henry Martin, an employee at the University of Virginia, posing at the age of 87 in his familiar role as a bell ringer.  Martin served as a waiter, janitor, and for more than 50 years, a bell ringer of the college bell in both the Rotunda and the Chapel at UVA.  According to the Holsinger ledger at Special Collections, UVA Library, Holsinger took this portrait on February 8th, 1914, although Mr. Martin was likely retired by the time of the photo.

getStaticImage-5This second photograph, also with the same date, shows Martin posing with a bell, the one presumably salvaged from the 1895 fire that destroyed the Rotunda and the Annex.  An African-American, Henry Martin was born into slavery at Monticello on the same day Thomas Jefferson died.  Sharing the height, build, and longevity of the third President, Martin claimed Jefferson was his grandfather, although, according to historians at Monticello, it is not known for certain who Henry’s parents were.

getStaticImage-29In an oral history with a UVA professor late in his life, Martin remembered tending to Confederate soldiers being cared for at the University.  He recalled the silence in the Rotunda as wounded soldiers laid still and quiet, despite the wide range of injuries they had suffered, staring upward into the dome of the Rotunda. Martin was a free man well before the Civil War and continued to work at UVA into his old age. Martin is believed to have had 3 different wives and as many as 20 children.

img708Henry Martin was likely on duty the morning in October of 1895 when an electrical surge from a mile down West Main Street started the fire in the Annex that spread to the Rotunda. Martin escaped harm and went on to serve for two more decades as UVA’s bell ringer. He was known to sit in on lectures at the University and retained a thirst for knowledge although he never learned to read or write.

getStaticImage-26This very early image of the Chapel at UVA shows the countryside and mountains to the West of Charlottesville.

getStaticImage-5 2Martin would ring the bell in the Chapel tower on the hour throughout the morning, giving  rhythm and order to academic life at UVA.

Henry Martin UVAThis photograph, most likely taken later that spring in 1914, may very well be the last known image of Henry Martin. He died the following year at age 89.


All photographs courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library, except the Rotunda fire image. That photo, very possibly taken by Holsinger, was reproduced from a print in the Roseberry Family collection. It is not known if the original negative still exists.


Albemarle Magazine: February/March Issue

158_cover_smallWorking with Alison Dickie, editor, and Michael Fitts, art director, we have put together a selection of some of Ed Roseberry’s rare and remarkable photographs in the latest issue, now on select newsstands.  The spread contains a number of Roseberry’s photos from deep in his archives and serves as a sneak-peek into our upcoming sold out show at C’ville Coffee.  Check back here for news about a possible encore showing, but meanwhile go grab a copy of the magazine.  You’ll be glad you did!


Downtown C’ville from West Main, 1972

ERMar1972Looking EastFromWestMainLeading up to our Roseberry show at C’ville Coffee and we want to share a few more of the rare and remarkable photos from Ed’s archives. This image, taken in 1972 from a rooftop on West Main Street gives a fascinating perspective of downtown Charlottesville. The American station seen in the middle of the view is about where the Lewis and Clark Condominiums stand today. Many other things to see here, some familiar, some gone (the latest being the Olds dealership building in the foreground). You can even see a relatively undeveloped Pantops Mountain in the distance.

Football Legend “Bullet Bill” Dudley

getStaticImage-24 - Version 2On this football Sunday, I thought we’d look back at a football legend who played his college ball at the University of Virginia.

Bill Dudley was just 16 years old when he started playing football at UVA.  Known as “Bullet Bill,” he played the positions of running back, punter, place-kicker, and even defensive back. He is seen in this photograph from the UVA Library, #35, carrying the ball for the Cavaliers.

In 1942 he would be drafted into the NFL, playing 9 seasons in total for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, and Washington Redskins, taking time out of that career to serve his country in WWII.  Dudley made the Pro Bowl in all 9 of his professional football seasons. He is credited with scoring in almost every way you can score in football:  kick returns, rushing and receiving touchdowns, as well as place-kicking.

Bill Dudley died 4 years ago this week, at age 88.

getStaticImage-19Bill Dudley, circa 1941, as a local celebrity, escorts Hollywood actress Ruth Hussey to a film showing at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. The buildings seen behind the crowd in this photo include what are today CVS Drugstore and Citizen Burger Bar.

getStaticImage-38News of Dudley’s football heroics for the Virginia Cavaliers is displayed in the window at The Corner Shop on University Avenue in this photograph from Dudley’s time at UVA.

Scott Stadium UVAScott Stadium how it looked during the Dudley era, with a capacity of over 20,000.

All photographs courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library, except Scott Stadium photo taken from a uncredited postcard image in the digital collection at Cv’ille Images.