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Picturing the Past 147 UPDATED: 1940s in color

Posted Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 3:41 PM

Shelbyville's East Side School in the 1940s. (Photo by William Horsley, contributed by Donna Farrar)
Updated from an earlier version.

The building above is one of the earlier versions of Shelbyville's East Side School on Elliott Street, where so many buildings on its campus have been built and torn down over the years.

Thanks to readers for answering an earlier question from me as to whether I had the color slide reversed on this photo.

Go here for the big view.

This is one of quite a few color slides of Shelbyville shot by William Horsley in, apparently, the late 1940s and brought in last week by Donna Farrar. We've now posted the full gallery of 12 photos.

Go here to see the others, then come back here to comment. A few notes from me:

* Where was the Shelbyville Poultry-Egg Co.?

* As I noted in the gallery, a yellow stop sign is pictured next to the Coca-Cola plant. I remember seeing a few of those left as late as the 1970s. When did the city change to red signs?

* The blue car at right in the Shelbyville Gazette photo has the hand-lettered sign 'CAB' chalked on the windshield. Unfortunately, the date on its license plate is unreadable, even when blown up on my computer in Photoshop.

I'm guessing these photos are probably from 1946-47 because one is of the Shelbyville Gazette office before the 1948 merger with the Times.

Donna also brought in a lot of black and white photos of a January 1949 flood. I've heard of the major 1948 flood but was unaware of this one. The photos include a lot of street scenes which we'll post from time to time over the next few months. And we'll keep posting plenty of newer photos from the 1960s and 1970s or beyond. Thanks for the contributions, Donna!

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

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I went to Junior High at the Bryant Street School building in 1966. In 1967 we were moved to the old Harris School on Elm and Morton Street.

-- Posted by cordell on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 10:26 AM

Wow! A great big thanks is owed to Donna Farrar for these great pictures. I am very much looking forward to her other pictures in the coming weeks and months ahead.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sun, Feb 26, 2012, at 6:23 AM

What a shame that building with this kind of structure were not saved. A building like this today would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to build. And notice, a lot of the materials used are being used today in the new "old style" architecture. What a treasure gone forever.

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Thu, Feb 23, 2012, at 10:08 AM

Thanks David for yet another great photo. Yes, it is exactly as I remember it.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Feb 22, 2012, at 6:58 AM

Thank you David. I look foward to the old pictures you post. It is like a step back in time. I do not remember this school at all; However I am interested in the area. We had cousins that lived on Moody St which use to connect to Elliott St.

-- Posted by Union on Wed, Feb 22, 2012, at 5:51 AM

David this is a Classic Photo I never expected to exist...I studied there from 1944 to 1950...The wing on the right was the Auditorium and there was another classroom wing to the right of that...The Cafeteria was in the basement of the main building...I concur that this photo is mid-1940's since a big Merry-Go-Round was added after the War that should have been in view... Many of us got caught climbing up the Chute for a "slide" and I remember the Fire Drills...

-- Posted by FlaDon on Tue, Feb 21, 2012, at 8:24 PM

You definitely have it scanned correctly. I've slid down that old sucker a few times.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Feb 21, 2012, at 5:51 PM

I was in the 4th grade at the school in 1940 and the chute was a fire escape from the 2nd floor.

I'm almost sure that the picture is not reversed. I walked down Elliott street to the front of the school(to the left side in the pic). We moved in the summer of 40 and I did'nt go there again. Kind of a shock to notice, after all these years, what a beautiful building it was.

We had a few fire drills and I was always afraid that one of the hugh fat kids would jump in the chute behind me. We always avoided the chute on Halloween, because of a rumor that ghosts were hiding in the chute.

-- Posted by Grits on Tue, Feb 21, 2012, at 3:03 PM

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