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Old 06-18-2013, 06:50 AM   #1
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Even though it is not a 1928-31 Model "A", we thought you would enjoy this photo taken in 1904 of Henry Ford’s first Model “A”s with a group of interesting looking characters in front of Pitzer’s Pool and Billiard Parlor and Sheppe’s Drug Store in Charlottesville, Virginia. As always we have a full and interesting post with many more photos and info about it to enjoy at The Old Motor.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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Today them 4 men in a A would get even more attention,even though could be first car seen by on-lookers
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Wow, what a photo. There is a dozen good stories in that shot. Look at the contrasts. Poor young boy, wealthy young boy beside each other, look at the mustache on the guy in the Drug Store doorway. And what do you suppose the follow is doing standing on the crate? A Barker? Snake oil salesman? That guy in the front passenger seat has a smug look of rising above the crowd on his face. Looks like he is a big frog in a small pond. Showing off to his buddies in the pool hall? Not the best end of town either. The driver looks a little like a Hired Driver. Interesting photo, one could write a novel around that photo.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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Great picture.

So, Colonel Sanders started out owning a pool hall?
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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Wow, what a photo. There is a dozen good stories in that shot. Look at the contrasts. Poor young boy, wealthy young boy beside each other, look at the mustache on the guy in the Drug Store doorway. And what do you suppose the follow is doing standing on the crate? A Barker? Snake oil salesman? That guy in the front passenger seat has a smug look of rising above the crowd on his face. Looks like he is a big frog in a small pond. Showing off to his buddies in the pool hall? Not the best end of town either. The driver looks a little like a Hired Driver. Interesting photo, one could write a novel around that photo.
Very well said! My wife is looking over my shoulder and I read to her what you wrote. She thinks the same way you do, and likes your observations of the photo.

What a cast of characters!
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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My guess... The old guy in the drugstore doorway is a Civil War vet. He's wearing his last pair of sky blue hand-stitched wool kersey Schuylkill arsenal trousers, issued at Gettysburg July, 1863.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #7
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What a great photo ! I'd bet that at least one of the gents in that photo are a relative...

Mom's folks are from Albemarle, Green, and Rockingham Counties.


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Old 06-18-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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Glad to see that you gents are enjoying this photo. It is so special and clear that we also split it up into three sections on The Old Motor so that you can see it in even better detail and also have full details about the car.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:24 PM   #9
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Looks like some of the places in Newark, Essex Co, NJ where I diddled away some of my misspent youth, But Not for long! But I do enjoy Pool!
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And everybody in long-sleeve shirts with ties and hats. It probably didn't get as routinely hot back then as it does now, but still, I wonder if people were uncomfortable dressed so formally
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:48 PM   #11
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Great picture.

So, Colonel Sanders started out owning a pool hall?
TOM! the guy at the drugstore has a mustache like you!!
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:02 PM   #12
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It is nice to see that even the first Model A leaked oil all ove rthe ground......

Great photo thanks for sharing
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:17 PM   #13
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If anybody is from Chrolletsville, and can do some research as to the exact spot as to where that photo was taken...how about a current photo...New Ford convertible (if there is such a thing) add some people as to what the shot was as it is now...

What a great photo and agree on the Civil War pants!

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What is the "Castorin" on the window?
What are those old guys thinking about the car?
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:02 AM   #15
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Interesting photo, Has anybody noticed that car is right hand drive
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[QUOTE=Bluebell;673385]What is the "Castorin" on the window?
What are those old guys thinking about the car?[/QUOTE
The old guys were probably thinking how irrisponsible youth are, driving around in those loud, smoky, smelly contraptions.

Castorin was (is) a powder made from Caster Oil. Probably was a preparation used as a Laxitive.?
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The crew in the car look like Pinkertons to me.
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You rarely see someone smiling in the old photos.
Maybe they didn't think the "good old days" were so good.
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You rarely see someone smiling in the old photos.
Maybe they didn't think the "good old days" were so good.
Plus, I think a lot probably had bad teeth.
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Heed the warning before it's too late!
Watch for the tell-tale sign of corruption!
The moment your son leaves the house,
Does he re-buckle his knickerbockers BELOW the knee?
Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger?
A dime novel hidden in the corn crib?
Is he starting to memorize jokes from Capt.
Billy's Whiz Bang?
Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like 'swell?"
And 'so's your old man?"
Well, if so my friends,
Ya got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "P"
And that stands for POOL.

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