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Have a Coke

An iconic look back from October, 1953. Do you recognize anyone in this photo?

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UPDATE:

All 7 people identified.

    Left to right:

  • ■  Eugene Trotter, Esq.
  • ■  Gail Williams Poe
  • ■  Patsy Davenport Lemmons
  • ■  Burlee Lackey Malone
  • ■  Louise Moore Picklesimer
  • ■  Margie Hatfield Harris
  • ■  Ernest Bacon

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Rogers Theater

919 Market Street

When it opened in 1951, it was promoted as “The South’s finest, ultra-modern motion picture theater."

The theater closed in 1976 and was demolished in 1980.

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Loveman's 1960

A downtown building still bears the name of a retailer who served Chattanooga for over 113 years.

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Furlow-Cate Ford

315 Broad Street

Before Forrest Cate Ford, there was Furlow Cate-Ford

Auto dealer ancestry...

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Army Day Parade, 1947

From 1929 until 1949, April 6th was celebrated as 'Army Day' - the anniversary date of the United States' entry into World War I.

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Fowler Brothers Co.

701 Broad Street

Fowler Brothers Company began in 1885 by James G Sterchi. He started selling goods door to door out of a horse drawn buggy. He and is brother, John Calvin Sterchi, and his son in law, John O Fowler, opened Sterchi Brothers and Fowler, located in downtown Chattanooga, in 1911.

The first Chattanooga store was located next to the Tivoli Theatre at Seventh and Broad Streets.

SOURCE: ThePatioShop.com

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Down by the River

The Gordon C. Greene was built as "Cape Girardeau" in 1923 and was renamed several times.

It appeared in several movies including Gone with the Wind. By 1964 it was renamed as "River Queen" and moved to St. Louis (MO) and used as restaurant.

On the morning of 3 December 1967, the River Queen sank at her moorings.

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Brainerd Cleaners

3105-7 Brainerd Road

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Nearby Businesses, 1946

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Soap Box Derby

1949 Soap Box Derby winner Y.L. Coker Jr. is pictured with his proud mother, Dollie.

His father owned a grocery store on Brainerd Rd. That store can be seen on this page.

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A different Chattanooga...

A view of downtown as it was in the late 1950s. Many buildings are gone, yet many still remain.

Special thanks to Perry Mayo for sharing original medium format negatives taken by the Chattanooga Public Works Dept.

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North Market at Frazier

Despite many changes, it's still a very recognizable view of 5 o'clock traffic at this busy intersection.

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