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Tobacco Row 1956

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This October 1956 image shows Tobacco Row at Dock Street, where many cigarette manufacturers were located. Tobacco planters and shippers started building facilities in Richmond in the 1600s. The brick buildings that stand there today were built in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The tobacco companies had moved out by the late 1980s, and today the old buildings have been converted mainly to retail and residential space.Continue Reading [→]

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Gov Price and family 1938

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In April 1938, Virginia Gov. James H. Price and wife Lillian (center) left the Executive Mansion for a church service. Accompanying them were their son, James Jr., and the governor’s niece, Elizabeth Martin, who was visiting from Mount Airy, N.C.Continue Reading [→]

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New Philip Morris Factory 1953

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This April 1953 image shows the Philip Morris tobacco processing factory under construction in South Richmond. The project was part of a burst of new and expanding industry across Virginia in the postwar years. That month, the state Chamber of Commerce arranged for a 16-page supplement to be published with the New York Times to tout Virginia as a business-friendly state.Continue Reading [→]

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Queen Mother 1954

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In November 1954, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited Richmond on a U.S. tour. Before a crowd of about 6,000 people at Capitol Square, Gov. Thomas B. Stanley escorted her into the Capitol for a tour. Continue Reading [→]

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Central National Bank West End Drive-Through 1962

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This November 1962 image shows the drive-in teller stations at the Central National Bank branch at West Broad and Thompson streets in Richmond. The West End branch first opened at Broad near the Boulevard in 1948 and moved to the Thompson Street location in 1957 to accommodate increased business. The branch was about to expand again, adding more of the “mushroom” teller stations and expanding the parking lot.Continue Reading [→]