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Monday, April 25, 2011

Eric Clapton at The Mosque - April 25th, 1979

From the March 29th, 1979 issue of the University of Richmond's newspaper The Collegian comes this ad for Eric Clapton at The Mosque with opener the Muddy Waters Blues Band...32 years ago today!


Photo courtesy of the University of Richmond's Boatwright Library/Digital Initiatives

Friday, April 22, 2011

3001 West Grace Street - 1960

From April 4th, 1960 comes this shot of the 3000 block of West Grace Street in The Museum District. Other than the great cars, this looks like it could have been taken a few months ago. Nice to see these buildings still standing, although in The Fan and the Museum District, that's kind of a given. Unless the houses/buildings are near VCU...I'll save that subject for some future posts.

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Photo courtesy of The Library of Virginia's Adolph B. Rice Studio collection

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Willow Lawn Shopping Center - 1960s

Today we take another look at Willow Lawn Shopping Center. The first two images below are from the out of print book "Richmond: Her Triumphs, Tragedies & Growth." I'll be posting more from this book in the future.

The first picture seems to be from the late 1950s judging by the cars. The aerial shot is probably from 1966, because the accompanying text mentions Willow Lawn's 10th anniversary, and because the Markel Building is there. I LOVE the original Willow Lawn sign, anyone know when it was replaced?

The third picture is an architectural drawing of what Willow Lawn will look like next year, after the enclosed mall that was added in 1986 is torn down.

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Top two photos from the book Richmond: Her Triumphs, Tragedies & Growth

Monday, April 18, 2011

Broad Street - 1905

Today I give you another great shot of Broad Street from the early 20th century. Today's image is taken from roughly the same area (and maybe on the same day?) as the picture in this post. Except that instead of looking South, here we're looking East towards Church Hill. Note "Old" City Hall on the right in the distance.

There's so much going on in this picture that I split the most interesting scenes up into five different images. Enjoy!

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Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dave Matthews Band at William & Mary Hall - 1993

Not quite Richmond, but pretty close: Eighteen years ago today little known Dave Matthews Band opened up for Toad the Wet Sprocket at William & Mary Hall in Williamsburg. The ad below comes from the March 18, 1993 issue of the University of Richmond's newspaper The Collegian.

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Photo courtesy of the University of Richmond's Boatwright Library/Digital Initiatives

Monday, April 11, 2011

View of the burned district and the Capitol across the Canal Basin - 1865

Another Civil War era photo to commemorate the (almost) 150th anniversary of the beginning of the war. This picture was taken sometime between April and June of 1865 looking across the old canal basin.

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Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Avail at The Flood Zone - 1995

It wouldn't be a blog about Richmond without mentioning the great Avail. So today we take a trip back 16 years for an Avail, Screw 32 and Glazeride show at The Flood Zone in Shockoe Bottom from April 7th, 1995.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

1809-1811 East Grace Street - 1974 and today

Today we take a look at another before and after shot that has a happy ending. 1809 and 1811 East Grace St were looking pretty rough in September of 1974. I'm sure a lot of houses that were in similar shape are long gone.

1974...Click the photo for the high resolution image.

Here are the houses 36 years later in 2011. Click the photo for the high resolution image:


Top photo courtesy of VCU Libraries

Friday, April 1, 2011

VCU Rams - 1979

The VCU Rams have a big game coming up tomorrow, their first ever Final Four game. What better way to get psyched than this great shot of the Rams playing William and Mary from the 1979 VCU application booklet?

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