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Picturing the Past 99: South Side SquarePosted Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 1:35 PM
Shelbyville Times-Gazette carriers just off the southwest side of the square in October 1950. Behind them is the square's south side. From left are Davis Trolinger, Freddie Prosser, Charles Eddlemon, Joe Wayne Reed, Charles Williamson and Lillard Brown. (T-G file photo)
Take a look and you'll see, at far right, a "Billiards" sign for a basement-level pool room. Look at the side of that building today and you'll see a green-painted area with an old awning and the steps leading to where the pool room was. Look at "114 South Spring St." on Google Street View.
Most of the signs are easily visible, but who owned the store with the partially-hidden "radio television sales service" in the background? It's on the other side of the Hale's Shoes sign, so it couldn't have been part of Ed Craig Furniture's line.
Whoever ran that store was probably doing a lot of business at the time: Middle Tennessee had just gotten its first TV signal a few days earlier. Channel 4, then known as WSM-TV, signed on Sept. 30, 1950.
And there were two drug stores within a few doors of each other: Note the Rexall sign and, partially hidden behind the Bedford Theater sign, Fly's Drug Store.
Behind the carriers is a Bell Telephone truck. Were they painted the putrid green color in 1950 that Bell vehicles carried in the 1960s?
The bicycle Charles Eddlemon (third from left) is on looks different from the others, with its smaller tires. Is it actually a motorized scooter?
OFF THE AIR: People who were around in the late 1940s and early 1950s have mentioned Teddy Barnes, who worked on the old WHAL-1400 at that time and later hosted a TV dance party-type show in rock music's early days on the old WSIX-TV in Nashville.
According to The Elk Valley Times, Barnes, 82, died Jan. 28 at a Fayetteville health care facility. He later worked in the insurance business in Nashville for years before "retiring" to his native Lincoln County, where he spent many years as morning drive host on WYTM-FM until within the past couple of years.
He once boasted to a Tullahoma newspaper reporter that he still played his music --- country oldies -- off vinyl discs even when CDs and MP3s had become common.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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