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Picturing the Past 82: What's going on here?Posted Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 10:58 AM
An undetermined event at Bedford County Courthouse in what appears to be the 1920s. (Photo submitted by Cindy Stephenson)
Thanks to Cindy Stephenson of Shelbyville for this postcard photo of a special event on the Shelbyville square taken, I'm guessing, sometime in the early to mid 1920s.
Cindy is curious about what particular event is taking place -- and what year. My guess is that it's a July 4 celebration in the late 1920s. Look closely in bottom center and you'll see one of the cars has a flag flying from it, which leads me to believe this is July 4. And, based on the trees, it's obviously summer. Too bad the license plates on the cars can't be read for a year.
We can tell that it was made before 1934 because it's the old courthouse clock and columns. Note that most, if not all, of the cars have soft tops. By the 1930s most cars had steel roofs.
It's interesting how many horse-and-buggies are on the square.
Cindy and I, with a magnifier, took a close look at the flags which appear to be hanging from a line and couldn't discern what exactly is on them. We also think there's a band playing under the tent on the courthouse lawn.
There's a little more to this photo than what we're posting; the original is blown up portrait-size and is larger than our scanner. Note also that someone in past years colorized the sky.
This blog has sharp-eyed readers. See what you can deduce from this photo.
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