The King of Clubs, in March 1953. (T-G File Photo)
Here's a March 1953 look at the outside of the King of Clubs, an infamous Shelbyville bar which was still in business, I think, as late as the mid-1970s.
If I''m not mistaken, this was on 231 North where Whiteside Market is now; at least the 1970s version was. Seems like I remember hearing years ago that the building pictured burned at some point.
Where were some of Shelbyville's other bars over the years?
I heard so many tales over the years about the shenanigans, and more serious troubles, in various bars, especially those in the 1970s such as Sam''s Place, on Depot Street, and Sticky's, on Madison Street even after it was surrounded by the KMart and Kroger parking lot before being demolished about 30 years ago.
I attempted to scan an inside shot of the building, which came out a little too light. I'm scanning negatives, not actual photos, and it's hit-and-miss as to usability. Some look great to the eye but, upon scanning, are too light with too many scratches for Photoshop software to remove. For example, I found a great 1950s shot of the old Evans Street city swimming pool, filled with people on a summer afternoon. The scan proved unusable.
But I'm finding plenty that do print well, like today's. And the reader comments are as fun to read as the photos.
Picturing the Past is a Tuesday feature of this blog.