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Monday, October 31, 2011

Cloverleaf Mall - 1970s

After reading this story of the beginning of Cloverleaf Mall's demise the other day, I dug up a few photos from it's heyday in the 1970s.

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Photos from the book Richmond: Her Triumphs, Tragedies & Growth

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Ramones at the VCU Gym - 1978

33 years ago tonight the Ramones rocked the VCU gym:

Here's a few pics of the crowd from that night. Coneheads, Unknown Comic, Rocky Horror, "Punk Rock," very fitting costumes for the late 70s:


And here's a short article from the week after the concert. Although there's a few pics from the VCU concert, there's surprisingly almost no mention at all of the actual concert. Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Photo courtesy of VCU Libraries

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Richmond Skyline from across the James - 1907

From the pamphlet for the 1907 Richmond United Confederate Veterans Reunion comes this early shot of the Richmond skyline from across the James.

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Photo from the 1907 United Confederate Veterans Reunion pamphlet

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1950 Carytown Singer Sewing Center Store Window

Today's image is another great one from PLCjr on Flickr. His description:
"This was the early 1950's store window display at the Singer Sewing Center in Carytown at 3104 W. Cary St., Richmond, Virginia. My father-in-law managed the store at the time. The space is now occupied by The One Eyed Jacques."
So, before people stayed up late playing board games in One Eyed Jacques, they may have stayed up late sewing?

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Friday, October 21, 2011

War & Ohio Players at the Richmond Coliseum - 1973

Continuing on the theme from yesterday...38 years ago today War played the Richmond Coliseum with the Ohio Players.

Today's ad comes from the October 11th, 1973 issue of the University of Richmond's newspaper The Collegian.


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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Richmond Coliseum Grand Opening - 1971

In 1971 we were 750,000 entertainment starved people...40 years later we're 1.2 million entertainment starved people. Love the info on the renovated Mosque as well.

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Photo courtesy of Billboard magazine

Friday, October 14, 2011

I-95 and Main Street Station - 1976

Mike Robbins provides us with today's great image of Main Street Station across I-95 from June of 1976. Love the billboard! I'll let him describe it:

"Main Street Station in a view across I-95 in downtown Richmond, Virginia, June 1976. You may note that there is passenger equipment located on the platform tracks beneath the train shed. This station was originally built for the SAL and C&O. The station was out of service for many years, due to the James River flood damage from Hurricane Agnes, plus there was a couple of fires at the station too with damage. In 1975 the Staples Mill Road Amtrak Station, located 9.1 miles away to the north, was opened by Amtrak to replace this damaged facility. This station has been restored and is in use today for Amtrak Regional Service with more services to come hopefully in the future. Check out the Jive Cadillac or Kitty with the full size white wall tires and fender skirts rolling along the highway."
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Photo courtesy of Mike Robbins

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tina Turner & Steel Mill at The Mosque - 1970

41 years ago today Bruce Springsteen and his band Steel Mill opened for Ike & Tina Turner at The Mosque (now The Landmark Theater).

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Richmond grocery store circa 1924

Today's pic comes from Flickr user PLCjr. I'll let him explain it:
"Not sure of the exact date but it is my wife's dad in knickers pictured at his job. This may be a Sanitary store in Richmond's Fan. Items on the rack next to him are marked Virginia. (There's a ton of detail in the original size picture.)

My wife can't remember where the store may have been. She remembers her dad telling her it was near Monroe Park. It may have been the old Style building at 1301 Main Street (which I worked in) or somewhere on the 1400 block of Main.

It was "Sanitary Grocery" because everything was out of customers reach and a clerk would retrieve your goods. A very hygienic clerk I guess :-)."
Make sure you check out the high resolution image, there's some amazing detail in this photo!

Monday, October 3, 2011

2210 East Broad Street - Before and After

In April of 1975, 2210 East Broad Street in Church Hill looked like many old houses still look today in Richmond. Thankfully, someone had the foresight to not only save this house, but renovate back to what it must have looked like when it was first built. See below for what this house looks like today.

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Top photo courtesy of VCU Libraries