Scott Stadium, Then & Now

getStaticImage-9Perhaps the oldest known photograph of Scott Stadium, this was taken by Ralph Holsinger in February of 1931 while the UVA football stadium was still under construction.

IMG_3054This aerial photograph from recent years shows Scott Stadium after many expansions and renovations over the years.

Holsinger photo courtesy Special collections, UVA Library.
Aerial by Steve Trumbull © Trumbull Photography

Charlottesville Then and Now: The Paramount Theater

First opening in 1931, The Paramount, a downtown theater for movies and live performances in Charlottesville, closed after more than 4 decades in operation.

ER7Dec1974ParamountThis photograph was taken by Ed Roseberry in 1974 just after the theater went out of business.

After 3 decades of standing empty and an $18 million renovation in the early 2000s, the Paramount reopened and has been a draw in downtown Charlottesville for the past 10 years, with music and films and many other attractions.

IMG_8103This photograph by Steve Trumbull shows the renovated theater in 2011.

Roseberry and Trumbull will soon be announcing a talk they will do together at the Paramount in September.  Check back for details.

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This photo was taken by C’ville Images supporter Scott Bandy (aka Blue Spade) at Ed’s Alumni Hall exhibit at UVA earlier this year.  Scott got a photo of Steve taking a photo of Ed in front of photos that Ed took around UVA.

Classic Autos and Vintage Photos

C’ville Images is putting together a slideshow presentation for this Monday at the Hilton Doubletree in Charlottesville for the Piedmont Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.  The show will feature images from Ed Roseberry of Charlottesville, Virginia in the 1940s through 1980s and focus, of course, on automobiles.

EPSON MFP imageEd has taken many photos of street scenes around town that include period automobiles as well as photos of the club’s car shows held here in C’ville over the years.  This photo of Main Street was taken circa 1962.

EPSON MFP imageOne of Ed’s first jobs after graduating from UVA in 1949 was working at Charlottesville Tire Service as an accounts manager. He took this night shot of the store which sat where City Hall is today.

EPSON MFP imageThis photo shows the Belmont Bridge in October of 1952 during a parade for the Apple Harvest Festival.  Ed is shooting from the roof of East End Gulf, a service station that sat on Main Street very close to where the Intelos Pavilion is today.

EPSON MFP imageThe Belmont Bridge was replaced in 1962 with a new bridge designed to cross the vast rail yard that Charlottesville had at the time. An assortment of period cars can be seen in this photo taken by Roseberry from the top of the Monticello Hotel. Also note the ample downtown parking at the time.

EPSON MFP imageThis next image shows Roseberry’s 1965 Cadillac (taken in 1967) at the drive-thru teller and the Charlottesville National Bank Building at Second and E. Main Streets.  This view is looking from the Market Street side.  Formerly the home of Charlottesville Presbyterian Church, this city location has been a parking lot since the 1950s although the drive-thru teller’s booth is long gone.

ERApr1970Carshow7A 1948 Chevrolet in a 1970 AACA carshow at one of the indoor practice facilities at UVA.

ERApr1973Car9A 1940 Chevrolet at another AACA car show.  This one was held at the old McIntire High School in 1973.

Monday’s show at the Hilton Doubletree is a private show, but if it goes well we may do this presentation at a future C’ville Images show open to the public.  We’ve got hundreds of C’ville images that include vintage autos in our collection.  Deciding which ones to include is always the hardest part!

All photos © Edwin S. Roseberry.  All work on this website is © C’ville Images and Trumbull Photography.  Nothing here can be used for any purpose without permission.

“Signs of C’ville” This September

EPSON MFP imageOne of our more popular C’ville Images shows from 2013 featured signage and storefronts from Charlottesville over the past 100 years. We have reworked the program to include many new images that we have gathered over the past year and a half since we first did the show. This new program will be shown at C’ville Coffee on Thursday, September 11 at 7 pm.. Ticket are $10 and are on sale now.  Reserve yours by contacting Steve Trumbull.

This is the first of our series of slideshows at C’ville Coffee for this fall. We do a monthly program (occasionally taking a month or two off), showing vintage photographs of Charlottesville, each month with a different theme, subject, or guest speaker.  If you have joined us in the past, you know they are well-attended and that the tickets usually sell-out quickly.

These are original programs, produced by C’ville Images, and include many photographs you will not see elsewhere. The $10 admission helps to support the work we do collecting, digitizing, and showing vintage C’ville images. You can also help us keep C’ville Images going by making a small donation or by purchasing prints from us. We’ve greatly appreciated all the support over the last few years and are very grateful for the overwhelming attendance at our programs.

So, join us in September for “Signs of C’ville,” presented by Steve Trumbull.  Nothing will transport you back in time quite the way these photographs of old (and often familiar) signs and shops will. Light on history, heavy on visuals. You won’t want to miss this one!

Photo of Main Street, Charlottesville by Ed Roseberry, 1960

Rotunda, UVA, circa 1954 on Infrared Film

img024The latest edition to the Roseberry Collection here at C’ville Images is one of the hidden gems from Ed’s archives. This photograph of the Rotunda and Lawn at the University of Virginia is certainly one of his finest. Originally undated, we have worked with Ed to determine it was taken, most likely, in 1954.

Roseberry was experimenting with black and white infrared film at the time and took several shots around Grounds and around Charlottesville using this type of film.  Using special filters on his Graflex 4×5 Speed Graphic camera, the exposure has filtered out most of the “visible” light, leaving infrared light to create an image that is other-worldly. Things that are blue (the sky, for example) appear nearly black and perhaps most dramatically, greens (such as lawn and tree foliage) appear nearly white, as that color reflects infrared light the way snow reflects visible light. The end result is a fantastical and surreal view of one of Charlottesville’s iconic landmarks.

Ed has not published or shared this image before and C’ville Images is now offering it as a “Special Edition” print.  The print is 11×14 in size with borders and a matte-lustre finish making the print ideal for framing. The print you purchase WILL NOT have the watermark seen above.

The print comes with a signature card, signed by Ed in his classic, stylized signature that he has been using on his work since the 1940s. It also comes with an information sheet about the photograph. The cost is $60 for this special edition print (plus sales tax and shipping).  You can order yours by contacting Steve Trumbull at C’ville Images.  Quantities are limited. Proceeds go directly to the artist, Ed Roseberry, and to C’ville Images to help fund our continued scanning and research of the Roseberry archives. This print makes a great gift for anyone with a connection to UVA.

_DSC5898Properly matted and framed, the image is even more stunning.  For customers who plan to frame the print, we are including with the package a $35 discount coupon off the cost of framing at The Great Frame-Up, located in Rio Hill Shopping Center.  Stop by and see Jen, Mike, or Dale for high-quality framing services to display this Roseberry original in your home or office.

DSC_2857Ed Roseberry poses in this current day photo with the camera he used to create the Rotunda photograph 60 years ago. Many other Roseberry photos can be purchased from the Roseberry Collection here at C’ville Images.

What’s Next at C’ville Images

We are currently working on many projects and ideas for the year ahead here at C’ville Images.

We will resume our regular monthly shows this autumn at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street and are working right now to put these programs together. We are pleased and grateful for the wonderful following our photo presentations have had over the past couple of years and look forward to seeing all of you in the months ahead.

img516One of our programs will include guest speaker (and former Charlottesville mayor) Dave Norris discussing his extensive collection of photo post cards that go back more than a century.  The collection, now housed at C’ville Images and in the process of being scanned and digitized, is an amazing visual history of Charlottesville as well as a fascinating peek into the correspondence of local citizens and visitors to the city. Many of the images from these postcards are not found elsewhere. Dates and times to be announced.

ER U Hall 1965C’ville Images is also working on at least two photo exhibits that will be shown in venues around Charlottesville.  Since these exhibits will be more costly to produce than our other programs we will be raising money and looking for sponsors as we begin assembling the exhibit. Please contact us if you or your business would like to contribute.

ERJan1960Aerial#2In the months ahead we will be continuing the long process of scanning and digitizing prints, slides, and negatives from Ed Roseberry’s archives. There are thousands of photos from the 1940s through the 1980s that we are looking at and helping to date and identify. From Ed’s archives (nearly 180,000 images) we hope to select some more of his finest work, restore and clean up the photos, and add them to the Roseberry Collection at C’ville Images, making these photographs available to the public to purchase as prints.  Proceeds go to both Ed Roseberry and to C’ville Images. We will be adding a few each month to the collection so please check back frequently and thanks for supporting Ed and us by buying some of these classic prints for your home, business or office.

mall c 1974Mr. Roseberry’s archives aren’t the only photographs we are working on.  Over the past year C’ville Images has received more than 2000 photographs from private sources that have not been seen before by the general public.  We are working hard to get these inventoried and digitized so that we can continue to do new and fascinating projects in the months and years ahead.  Thanks to all our contributors!

West Main constructionAnd lastly, C’ville Images will continue to document Charlottesville and surrounding areas.  Our website and Facebook posts will continue.  We also hope to continue our work with other photographers and area institutions that are also dedicated to collecting and preserving the photographic record of our town. We cannot do it without your support.  Please donate today!

Top image from the Norris Collection at C’ville Images. Second and third images are by Ed Roseberry. Fourth image courtesy Haden Family.  Final image by Steve Trumbull.  All work on this website is copyrighted and should not be used without permission.

Stars and Stripes

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The Stars and Stripes hang from Saunders Bridge over Rt. 53 at Monticello. On Friday, the 52nd annual naturalization ceremony will take place at Monticello, where dozens of new Americans will earn their U.S. citizenship. This is the view they will have as they arrive at Thomas Jefferson’s historic home near Charlottesville. A safe and happy 4th to all of our C’ville Images followers!

What We’ve Been Up To…

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Since we started in 2010, C’ville Images has been engaged in projects to inform and enlighten through photographs. We have collected vintage images from a wide range of sources and continue to gather and scan photographs, most offered to us by private citizens.  These digitized images are used in publications, exhibits, live programs, and web projects. (Above image from the Coiner Collection at C’ville Images)

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We have also done extensive research of existing collections including those at the University of Virginia, Library of Congress, and other museum collections and repositories. In some cases, our research has led to new discoveries and the amending of historical record. (Above photo courtesy Library of Congress)

EPSON MFP imageIn addition to the posts on our website and Facebook page we recently began running a feature on Dave McNair’s DTM website. The website covers news and events connected with downtown Charlottesville.  The C’ville Images feature, called “Vintage DTM,” shows old photographs of Main Street and Charlottesville’s historic downtown mall. (Above photo by Ed Roseberry, 1963)

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C’ville Images is also dedicated to doing current day documentation of buildings, landmarks, and construction projects so there might be a collected record of the current day for future generations.

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C’ville Images is supported by Steve Trumbull’s photography business and Karyn Trumbull’s real estate business along with the donations and volunteer time of friends and supporters.

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A small amount of funding comes through our slideshow presentations and sales of select prints such as those in the Roseberry Collection at C’ville Images. We have worked extensively with Mr. Roseberry for the last few years digitizing his archives and working to ensure his legacy. Both Ed Roseberry and C’ville Images make money from your support of our work together. (Photo above was taken by Ed’s brother, Bill Roseberry in the early 1960s at Humpback Rocks in the Blue Ridge Mountains)

We have worked for, and have cooperative relations with, the City of Charlottesville, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, and many area non-profits. However, we feel it is important to note that we have NO AFFILIATION WHATSOEVER with the ACHS under it’s current management.

We are an independent, not-for-profit, operation supported by private funds.  We know of no other groups or individuals doing so much with so little for local history in Charlottesville and surrounding areas.  Thanks to all of you who contribute to C’ville Images!

Above photos credited individually with the exception of the two color images by Steve Trumbull of C’ville Images.  All work copyrighted.

 

Main Street, Circa 1900

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A brick-paved Main Street without motor vehicles wasn’t just the 1960-70s vision of today’s Downtown Pedestrian Mall, it was a reality well more than 100 years ago.  This image taken circa 1900 shows Main Street in Charlottesville was first paved with bricks changing the old unpaved, dirt road into a more user-friendly surface, especially in wet weather. Horses, mule-drawn carts, carriages, pedestrians, and pets all made for a bustling downtown business district.

Trolleys ran along the tracks down the center of Main Street, first powered by mules, and later by electricity. (An elderly guest at one of our recent slideshows told us his father could remember extra mules being added to the team to pull the trolleys up Vinegar Hill, the steepest part of Main Street).

Several of the buildings in this photograph, particularly on the left (north) side of Main Street still stand today, although the businesses have all changed.  Note the dome (actually there were two) on the Leterman Building on the left at First and Main Streets. Those ornamental domes are long gone but most of that building still stands at First and Main. A bank replaced the east end of the Leterman Building in 1914 and is now the location of Hamilton’s.

We know for certain that this image pre-dates 1909 when a fire destroyed several of the buildings seen here in the distance on the south side of Main.

This part of town would remain the principle business and shopping district in Charlottesville until 1959 when Barracks Road Shopping Center would be built, luring businesses and their patrons with easy access and acres of parking.

The old photo appears to have been taken from the roof that sat at the base of Vinegar Hill.  That building stood where the Omni Hotel is today.  This second photograph shows today’s view in the same direction from the roof of the hotel (several stories higher, of course):

View from Omni

 The photographer of the early twentieth century image is not known for certain.  The photo posted here was from a scan of an old print donated to C’ville Images. Current day photo by Steve Trumbull, © C’ville Images.

Encore for “Charlottesville Then and Now with Ed Roseberry”

Then and Now poster June 2014 Carriage HillAfter two showings of “Charlottesville Then and Now with Ed Roseberry” on Wednesday night, we are up for one more before summer break.

Next Thursday, June 19th, we will have an encore showing of this month’s presentation.  It will be held at the clubhouse at Carriage Hill on Pantops.  Show time is 8:15 and light refreshments (wine, etc.) will be served starting at 7:30.  Tickets are $10.  Seats can be reserved by contacting Steve Trumbull.