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Picturing the past 3: Square in 1940sPosted Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 11:01 AM
Part of Shelbyville's square as Doyle Landers saw it in the late 1940s.
Thanks to Doyle Landers, of Knoxville, for e-mailing some photos he made of downtown Shelbyville in the late 1940s with a "box camera."
Here's one, a portion of the east side of the Shelbyville square. I'll post another one next week.
Doyle pointed out that it appeared the old Parks-Belk store was under construction. note the large opening where windows and doors would be. And, again today, there's a large empty space there -- the old Belk building's gone. Only a modern frame remains.
As a child, I was fascinated by Parks-Belk's pneumatic tubes in which money was transported from one floor to another.
Pope's Cafe was operating then, but note that the neon sign in front is similar -- but smaller -- from the one which exists today. The building then housing Simmons Jewelry is now filled with the old fixtures from Nashville's old Vandyland Soda Shop, which were moved to Shelbyville in 2006 but used for a short time if at all.
The two still-existing buildings pictured are now empty or being used for storage.
See 'Picturing the past' in this blog each Tuesday.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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