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Picturing the Past 131: Past in its place

Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at 12:24 PM

This photo actually has no relation to the text below, but it so totally reflects Bedford County. All we know about it is that it appears to be members of a baseball team meeting horses on a farm. This was shot by the T-G sometime in the 1970s and was among several photos stuffed within an old newspaper we found in the office.
A while back I wondered in this blog if Google street views would be archived so years later people could virtually ride the streets of various locations -- and thought about what it would be like if we could see street views of years past.

Enter www.whatwasthere.com. Thanks to Steve Mallard of Tennessee Technology Center of Shelbyville for posting this site's link to his blog.

This new website allows users to post old photos matched to today's Google street views. Photo posters manipulate the old photo over the street view and What Was There does the rest; viewers can watch the old photos fade into the new ones and vice versa.

I've added a couple to the site already and so did detective Pat Mathis of the police department. I'm planning to add any street views I've posted to this blog and any others I run across.

Picturing the Past is featured regularly in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.

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David: I played with this link a few minutes and it is very intriguing, to say the least. If I can find the time, I have a huge bunch of photos that would add to it.

Meanwhile, I want to comment on the previous PTP. The only thing we know for sure about the grocery store photo is that it's from the 40's and is the Dennis and Sons grocery.

The only thing I have from the 40's is the 1949 Shelbyville telephone directory. Would you believe that the yellow pages section listing grocery stores has 46 in Shelbyville. There is no Dennis & Sons listed, but it does list the United Super Market at 604 Madison, which we all know was operated by H.F. Dennis and his sons.

If anyone has a phone directory from earlier in the 40's we might be able to pin it down, otherwise it's like hunting for a needle in a haystack!

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 12:52 PM

I carpooled with Floyd Dennis(schs class 1947) in about 1949 to classes at MTSU. And their store was on Madison at that time. I was very saddened when I read the Obit of George Tittsworth the other day in the TG. His sister Dot was married to one of the Dennis boys and sister Elizabeth was married to Deery Eakin. I quess the sisters are deceased. Sometimes it's heartbreaking to see old pictures and find out about those from the past.

-- Posted by Grits on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 2:40 PM

David thanks for this site. I have already uploaded a few photos and plan to do some more as I have time to do so.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 6:54 PM

Grits, just a correction- please. Elizabeth Tittsworth was married to Floyd Dennis. Ruth Tittsworth was married to Deery Eakin. Dolly is married to Jack Jolly.

Of the 11 Tittsworth siblings only: Lucille -Longview, TX- Dolly- Murfreesboro, and Anne- Rosewell, GA are still living.


-- Posted by Mi on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 11:12 AM

MI: Thank you for the info about the Tittsworth family. I get mixed up on long ago names, but I do remember the wonderful pair of RUTH and Deery. Everybody loved both of them. I sure wish they in my world today.

-- Posted by Grits on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 8:39 PM

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