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Picturing the Past 38: Safe driver on the squarePosted Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at 11:38 AM
Shelbyville's "Most Courteous Driver" is honored in October 1952 in front of the old Shelbyville Fire Department headquarters. (T-G file photo)
The background of this photo is of particular interest; it shows Shelbyville Fire Department when it and City Hall and also Hoover Furniture Co. next door, were where today's Regions Bank building is located. The fire department moved to Lane Parkway in, I think, 1965. One of my earliest memories is of standing just inside the doorway of that old building.
Back to the photo (in those days married women were only identified by their husbands' first names, as if they lost their identity with marriage): From left are Mrs. B.E. Shearin; Mrs. Olin Sanders presenting flowers to Mrs. Ragan (not sure which one is which, original caption wasn't clear - but I'll guess some of you know, so please specify); Mrs. Richard Yell and Police Chief Buford Richardson.
A few other interesting items from the Oct. 6, 1952 Times-Gazette:
* Commenters have mentioned Shelbyville auto dealers from the 1950s previously. How about this one: Cook Motor Co., 110 W. Lane St., a Willys dealer?
* Insurance agent J.B. Kyle was advertising polio insurance. I'd never heard you could obtain that.
* A large cigarette ad proclaimed, "Nose, throat and accessory organs are not adversely affected by smoking Chesterfield" along with alleged doctors' claims of a 6-month study.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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