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David Melson

Picturing the Past 162: Mystery photo

Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 2:32 PM
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  • David, Regarding Dorothy Orr's photo, that's a great old photo. I may be way off base, but the fact that the two men are dressed to the nines and have 3-piece suits on, might indicate it's a bank, or maybe a city or county government office, or even a manufacturing concern. I could visualize it being from U.S. Rubber (aka Uniroyal) due to the vast amount of ledger books and other paper work. To me that would make it more likely to be from Shelbyville rather that Wheel or Farmington. Hopefully, someone will weigh in with more concrete information.

    Regarding the Cascade School oral project on the 1934 Courthouse fire, I recall seeing in recent years at the local history room of the library, a somewhat tattered compilation of the project. Initially it included photos, but they have long since gone missing. I was T-G editor at the time, but don't have any recollection why we only printed a Part I and called it a series. Maybe it turned out to be only one?

    David, I know there are still several people around, now in their eighties, that were children at the time and can tell of their memories of that tragedy. The ones I've talked to, all have vivid memories about certain specifics. A compilation of "their stories" should be captured and preserved before it's too late. Just a thought that would make a great project for the T-G.

    -- Posted by marnold1118 on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 10:21 AM
  • A closeup of the calendar shows it is Feb/Mar/Apr month page. If so, on this page Feb has 29 days and thus a leap year. The only leap years in this era that match the layout of this one are 1904 and 1932. Most likely this is from 1904.

    -- Posted by cfder on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 4:38 PM
  • See the horse outside...would that make it most likely 1904.

    cfder, you have a great eye. And what research!! This is the type of comments that make these blogs so much fun.

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 4:52 PM
  • The company name on the calendar appears to be Western Brass. A company by this name was founded in California in 1932, and remains in business today with the name being changed at some point in time to Storm Industries.(Storm was the name of the founder). Unless another business of the same name was in operation at the same time, I would guess that this photo was made in 1932 or later.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 7:47 PM
  • I believe the clothing worn in this picture would indicate a later time period than 1904.

    -- Posted by reilly on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 7:54 PM
  • I googled a 1904 typewriter and there is vast difference in the looks of it and the one in this picture. Maybe the picture was made in 1932. I sure wish someone would know where it was made. It sure catches one's interest

    -- Posted by cookie on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 8:14 PM
  • I was trying to make some sense of the calendar, the map on the wall, and the large book on the desk at far right. MArnold did good on the calendar (I vote for 1932--depression era can make things a bit more spartan, though all the players appear well-dressed!) The map appears to show Kentucky at top and Tennessee below, and the large book appears to have NESTOR LETTERS on the spine...and Google is not helping on that count!

    Good 'un, David!!

    -- Posted by dkd57 on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 10:19 PM
  • Also, that looks like a more modern light bulb than one from 1904.

    -- Posted by marnold1118 on Tue, Jun 12, 2012, at 11:24 AM
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