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Picturing the Past 75: Rubber Mill 1935

Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 11:25 AM

Going from left to right, the first of six portions of a long photo of the U.S. Rubber Co. first shift from 1935. The other five portions are below. (Submitted photo)
Earlier this year one of our contributors (who I'll gladly credit if they'll remind me, I think it was Jerry Cook but am not sure) brought in a large photo, literally 2 or 3 feet wide, of the first shift at U.S. Rubber Co. from 1935.

Bo Melson's blog from last week about the old "Rubber Mill" and Shelbyville Mills area reminded me that we had this photo, which had to be scanned in two halves. And that would still be too wide for a blog without extreme reduction, so I've split it into six relatively-equal portions (cut where I could find gaps between faces) for ease of viewing. The top photo is a little smaller because of how our website's set up.






Hopefully you'll recognize some of the hundreds of folks here. This photo will also be in Wednesday's print edition of the Times-Gazette.

What's left of the "mill village" is still recognizable despite the fact new development has arisen among and around it within the past 10 years or so. Today's Cedar River Road still has many of the old duplexes and the old single-family homes line the east side of Shelbyville Mills Road. It's far different, though, from when the Mill community had its own school and post office.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog and each Wednesday in the print edition of the Times-Gazette. Reader submissions are welcome.

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Sorry David--it was not me (Jerry Cook) who brought the photos of Shelbyville Mills to you.

-- Posted by Highway64 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 12:41 PM

Photo is owned by Gary Waters of Ky.

-- Posted by threedogfamily on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 1:23 PM

Thanks for the clarifications.

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 2:41 PM

How about a blog on the old jail - it's design..origin off rocks etc?

-- Posted by Clari on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 10:29 PM

We did'nt move to the mill village until 1940, but I sure wish the names of the workers in the picture was available.

Thanks David, sure enjoyed the pics.

-- Posted by Grits on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 2:06 PM

Does anyone know why so many of the women seem to have on uniforms?

-- Posted by nanato5 on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 11:02 PM

If they had a cafeteria at that time, the uniformed women may have worked in it. But I'm just guessing.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Aug 26, 2010, at 7:27 AM

that was the dress code then

-- Posted by silver on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 3:39 PM

I don't think the women were wearing uniforms. As it was said before, that was the way they dressed back then. Homemade dresses, probally made from flour sacks.

-- Posted by beenthinking on Sat, Oct 16, 2010, at 10:46 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.