Interior of Reynolds-Zink Hardware Store on East Main Street in C’ville in the 1910s. It was located on the bottom floor of the old Monticello Bank Building at the corner of 4th and E. Main. The shelves to the left are for bargain items, mostly 5 cents. A poster on the front of the counter advertises a “Summer School Lyceum Course”, an adult education/lecture series popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Monticello Bank Building was built in the 1850s but was only used as a bank for a small portion of its 100 year history. Next to the hardware store in this photo is Keller and George, the jeweler that has had various locations over the past century but is still in business today. Main Street in this era was paved with bricks and had an electric trolley running down the center. Both motor vehicles and horses were common. With two other hardware stores within a couple of blocks on Main Street, Reynolds-Zink would be out of business within a few years of this image. The building would be demolished in the 1950s and replaced with Miller and Rhoads, a department store. Today, the same location houses Five Guys Burgers on the Downtown Mall.
(Photographs courtesy Holsinger Collection, Special Collections, UVA Library)