Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

Until I looked at their photos of Main Street before the mall was built, I had no idea how fascinating the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society's website is.

It currently features two photo collections about downtown, one that is also currently on exhibit at the Sage Moon Gallery and the other John Shepherd's photos taken in 1976, just before the mall was built. There are several other online photo collections - including one that I found very appealing, on "Ghost Signs and Vestige Billboards", a photo essay on the fading signs painted on our buildings. There is a list of previous exhibits at the Historical Society, most of which are available on loan. And there is a fabulous page of links, including one to the the Holsinger Studio Collection (9,000 images of turn-of-the-century Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia).

A great community resource.


Blogger Waldo Jaquith said...

I love the vestige billboards one. A couple of years ago I spent a day walking around downtown and taking pictures of those before they disappear. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with an interest in them.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Dan Kachur said...

You know, cause it seems all the cool kids are former mayors.

All in good fun, of course.

8:57 PM  

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