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Picturing the Past 34: Simon Warner's cafePosted Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at 10:19 AM
A crowd fills the Country Kitchen/City Cafe during its "Big Opening" 57 years ago today. (T-G file photo)
Here are two photos from what's listed on the negatives' envelope as the "Country Kitchen/City Cafe - Simon Warner" from Nov. 10, 1952 -- exactly (this was unplanned!) 57 years ago today. This was a "commercial order" photographed for the cafe owner and not published in the newspaper. So we don't have names, or any idea where this was located.
A temporary sign painted on the front window reads "Big Opening."
But look at this photo of the cafe's staff. Is the man on the left Warner? Look very closely at the photo of the cafe customers and you'll see the same man (directly in front of the waitress) holding out a box offering a cigar to a customer.
An advertising sign at the top of this photo mentions Red Rose Ice Cream. Anyone remember it?
Chero-Cola's comeback: Since the old Parks-Belk building was demolished a very old advertisement for Chero-Cola has been visible on the side of the Pope's Cafe building on the east side of the Shelbyville square.
Now remodeling on the square in Winchester has exposed an old sign for "Chero-Cola Bottling Co.", according to the Nov. 3 edition of The Herald-Chronicle of Winchester.
A historian quoted Winchester newspaper files indicating the Chero-Cola plant there opened in February 1917, managed by H.F. Blue of Shelbyville. The name had been changed from Blue Seal Bottling Works, the newspaper said.
That may provide a clue to the age of the Chero-Cola sign in Shelbyville.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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