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Picturing the Past 100: More of the squarePosted Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 12:03 PM
The south side of the Shelbyville square in the early 1950s. (Photo provided by Monte Arnold)
Thanks to Monte Arnold, we have a better shot of that area from approximately the same time period, the early 1950s. The period can be pinpointed by a sign advertising television sales and service and a high antenna in the background, plus the ages of the cars, the newest of which appear to be early 1950s models.
Of note is Joe Katz Department Store next to the Bedford Theater. I remember as a child seeing the name 'Joe Katz' inset into the floor at the entrance of one of the jewelry stores on the east side of the square.
Many of those stores, such as Nina's, The Fair Store, Fly's Drugs and Castner Knott, survived well into the 1970s. I saw those Fly's, NIna's, Standard Rexall Drugs and Castner Knott signs so many times as a child in the 1950s and 1960s that I remember them.
This photo is like looking at the past and the present at the same time. The cars, signs, and most of the people are different, but all of those buildings still stand.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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