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Picturing the Past 33: South side squarePosted Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at 10:30 AM
The south side of the Shelbyville square from, probably, late summer or early fall 1958. (Central High Aquila photo)
Yearbooks are usually put together during the first half of the school year (Been there, done that...I was on the Aquila staff myself years later) and the trees above still carry their leaves, so I'd guess this photo was shot during September or October 1958.
Notable on the south side are The National Store, which has a second 'SHOES' sign above its main sign. Was that a shoe store or did they sell more?
Further up, going from west to east you'll see a Rexall drug store, a sign I can't read, Farrar's Hosiery and the Kuhn's store which we saw from 1963 a few weeks ago, looking the same five years earlier. I blew the photo up large on my office computer and still can't read any more of the signs.
The southern portion of the east side of the square is visible, including the Ben Franklin store, McKee's Department Store and the famous popcorn stand.
The cars' positions indicate traffic was still two-way in 1958. Look closely at the parked cars and you'll see someone's cool '57 Ford Fairlane convertible.
I've seen the actual '58-'59 Aquila which someone brought by the newsroom a few years ago, and someone did an outstanding job of editing. I particularly remember a tremendous color photo and just a overall well-done look throughout.
Yearbooks aren't copyrighted; do a search sometime and you'll find high school yearbook scans all over the Internet.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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