Saturday, August 15, 2015
It's time for more "Then and Now" fun, featuring two vintage images, along with contemporary views of the same locations.
This first one is was a mystery to me, although I knew it was from 1946, and very likely from Virginia (based on the license plate in the lower right). Luckily it did not take long to ID the location - a quick search for "Kidwell's Foodland" (the store to our left) yielded results right away! This is Bowling Green, Virginia - we're looking south on what was "Virginia Route 2" (now part of U.S. Route 301).
It's not the most exciting photo in the world, but it is still a great look at a typical sleepy small town, with some bitchin' old cars! Pay no attention to that man near "Annie's Ready to Wear".
According to Wikipedia, one of the first stage lines in America used this road regularly; Bowling Green was originally called "New Hope", named after the New Hope Tavern.
Here's a Google Maps image; you can see the same hip-roofed building to the far right in both pictures. According to Bowling Green's web page, you can, "...Take a walk along our tree-lined streets. Stroll through the historic district and see the Colonial and Victorian homes. Visit the Civil War Trails sites and view Sidney King's Union Occupation Mural on the lawn of the 1835 Jeffersonian Courthouse. Dine at one of the restaurants, shop with the merchants, and spend the night at one of the inns." Don't mind if I do!
This next one was unlabeled too, but it wasn't hard to recognize the famous Mormon Temple in the distance, with its pointy towers. The slide has the year "1955" written on it, so that's helpful. The photo was actually taken very near the Utah State Capitol, near the intersection of 300 North and North Main Street. The large white building that appears to be across the street from the Temple is Joseph Smith Memorial Building, formerly known as the "Hotel Utah", one of the finest buildings in the city.
As is so often the case, trees now obscure much of the vista, including the Temple. But, try as I might, I can't stay mad at trees!
I hope you have enjoyed today's "Then and Now" selections.