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Friday, December 2, 2011

Richmond skyline - 1968

Today I've got a great shot of the Richmond skyline from across the James in 1968, another amazing picture from VCU's archives. I love the Chesterfield and Marlboro signs. In the foreground is the original Lee Bridge, the old factories that still operated on Belle Isle, and just a hint of the old train yard that was at the South end of the Lee Bridge.

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Photo courtesy of VCU Libraries

7 comments:

  1. Gosh, what a view! I remember it from WRVA Channel 12's wallboard for the news programs!

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  2. Great picture. I even love the smoke which seems just as out of place as the Chesterfield and Marlboro signs. The smokestack is I think on Brown's Island, not Belle Isle.

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  3. Good stuff, would be really interested to see a modern pic of this along with it.

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  4. Great photo. None of the buildings I work in today even existed then. Downtown looks quite different now. I'm struck by the working factories and how visible MCV is in this photo.

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  5. I think this was taken from the roof of river towers apt building

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  6. I see the Hotel John Marshall & MCV....... definitely taken from the apartment towers on Riverside

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  7. The factories on Belle Isle are indeed visible, in the lower-left corner behind the old Lee Bridge. The first time I saw this picture, I thought there was some kind of fire. I guess that much pollution is just incredible, but I'm sure it was far worse in the 19th century.

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