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Trinity Methodist Church

The church shown here was established in 1899 at the corner of Park and McCallie Ave. It was designed by famed Chattanooga architect R. H. Hunt.

Part of the building collapsed in 2011, which led to the compete demolition and removal.

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Pruett's Dixie Super Market

For a time, Pruett's Food Towns represented the area's largest locally owned grocery store chain, with at least 16 stores operating in the region in the 1970s. This 1953 photo was taken by Free-Press Photographer Bob Sherrill of the Pruett's Dixie Super Market on East Third Street.

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Shapiro's Delicatessen

For most of the 20th century, Shapiro's was one of Chattanooga's most authentic New York-style delicatessens, featuring "half-done" pickles with no vinegar, pastrami sandwiches and "Coca-Cola cake." In the accompanying 1960 photo, Shapiro's Gift Pantry and Delicatessen, as it was known then, had just moved to 723 Cherry St. Before that, it had been on Broad Street.

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The TVA Office of Power

The million-square-foot TVA Office of Power in downtown Chattanooga opened in the summer of 1985. It was a pivotal point for the resurgence of the city. About 3,000 TVA workers are still assigned there, although COVID-19 restrictions have limited the number of people who work there to a fraction of that number on any given day, according to officials.

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Chattanooga Times photo by George Baker

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Clarence T. Jones Observatory - 1963

Three Chattanooga teachers tour the Clarence T. Jones Observatory in Brainerd. They are, from left, Ralph Olinger, L.H. Morgan and Myron S. McCay. The photographer was Bob Sherrill.

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Sidney Scott Tire - 1947

1947 photo by Delmont Wilson includes 6 young women, noted as employees of the Olan Mills portrait photography company. They're sitting in an iconic 1940s Buick Roadmaster. Location: Georgia Ave. at 7th Street.

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Lake Winnepesaukah - 1964

The photo, shot by newspaper photographer Bob Sherrill, was published in the Chattanooga News-Free Press on June 4, 1964 and shows an annual donation of season passes to representatives of the Chattanooga Big Brothers organization, a precursor to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga.

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Patten Motor Co.

In 1960, the Patten Motor Co. dealership at 1237 South Broad Street carried Studebaker, Renault and Mercedes-Benz automobiles.

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Home Plate

In the early morning hours of Dec. 1, 1953 one of Chattanooga’s landmark restaurants exploded into flames. The Home Plate, a cafeteria-style eatery at 7th and Cherry Streets that served court juries and downtown workers for much of the 20th century, was nearly destroyed by a gas fire.

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Harry's Place

Harry Koskos was a Greek immigrant who exemplified the American Dream. His restaurant across from the Patten Hotel featured a 'Town-Talk' sandwiches, an old fashioned Southern BBQ pit, 'Chili of the Town' and Western Steaks. Harry's ambition would be cut short with a fatal poisoning at age 42.

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The 2nd McCallie Tunnel

Completed in 1956, the 2nd tunnel was a much needed improvement. The original 'Missionary Ridge Tunnel' was built in 1913.

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Corner of Brainerd and Germantown roads - 1965

The property sits at a busy gateway to the densely populated Brainerd and East Ridge suburbs. With three retail stores, the shopping center showcased well-known brands: Kroger, F.W. Woolworth Co. and Eckerd Drugs. All three later left the market or were purchased by other companies.

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Furniture City

In the early 1960s, the Furniture City store on Rossville Boulevard was billed as the "South's Largest" single floor of home furnishings. Located near the intersection of Rossville Boulevard and 23rd Street, the store was said to have contained "2.5 acres of furniture on one floor."

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Onion Bottom

Some called it the 11th Street Farmers' Market, while others called it the Curb Market because farmers backed-up their vegetable-filled pickup trucks to the curb to sell their goods.

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Hugh Moore, Jr.

Rathskeller

A gathering spot for media, government workers and University of Chattanooga college students, among others, the Rathskeller specialized in German fare. Albert Schlickling, who immigrated from Germany in 1909, reopened the Rathskeller at 618 Cherry Street in 1933. "Old-timers around town can remember when (the walls) were covered with the words to German songs." This late 1972 photo shows the building prior to being leveled to become a parking garage...

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Bess T. & Will Shepherd at Engel Stadium - 1946

At the Lookouts season opener in 1946, attendees included movers and shakers like Bess Trimby Shepherd, and her husband Will. They purchased the Hamilton County Herald in 1919. Bess T. Shepherd Elementary is named for Mrs. Shepherd - a beloved teacher and member of the school board.

Their famous faces were picked up and re-confirmed by facial recognition software. Will Shepherd is identified here with his Chattanooga High School graduating class of 1899.

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Hugh Moore, Jr.

Summer of '59

A view that will bring back memories for many, including my own parents, who frequented this popular recreation area while dating. One can almost hear the sounds of Ricky Nelson emanating from AM radio.

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Snow on Market Street

1962

Hugh J. Moore Jr. was 17 years old, and a senior at McCallie when he took these photos. Brilliant colors of Kodachrome slides capture the busy downtown scenes after a late season snowfall.

LEFT: View north on Market St. from 9th St.
RIGHT: 11th and Market, also looking north.

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Hugh Moore, Jr.

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Mexican President Miguel Alemán at Chickamauga Dam

In this May 1947 photo, Alemán is shown visiting Chickamauga Dam to observe the wonders of hydroelectric power. The dam had opened a few years earlier.

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How Boy Scout Road got its name

This 1947 newspaper photo features Boy Scouts swimming in the chilly waters of Chickamauga Creek in Hixson after activities at the Camp Tsatanugi scout camp.

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The Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus - 1963

This 1963 photo shows two young girls watching the set-up of the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus in Chattanooga's Warner Park. Clyde Beatty was a circus mogul and big-cat "tamer" who appeared in several movies. A scan of archives turned up no evidence that this particular photo appeared in the Chattanooga newspaper, but was nonetheless filed away by a photographer.

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Haverty's Furniture at 619 Market St. - 1948

Haverty's store at 619 Market St. in Chattanooga was part of the downtown retailing scene for 54 years before closing in 1982.

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30.9¢ per gallon - 1952

Taken at the Cities Service gas station at the corner of Broad & Main Streets, this photo promoted a Community Chest United Way charity drive. Pictured left to right, T.M. Lasnier, station operator; W.E. Brock Jr., then-president of the Community Chest; Bill Pettway, then-president of Pettway Oil Company; Ben Johnson, operator and W.S. Keese Jr., then-chairman of Community Chest campaign.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the inflation adjusted price per gallon in April 2022 dollars would be $3.35.

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Dixie Manufacturers' Saw Shop on Rossville Ave.

This photo from June 1949 was taken by Chattanooga News-Free Press photographer Delmont Wilson. It features a retail outlet offering power-saw and saw-blade sales and service, the South Chattanooga store featured Simonds and McCullouch saws and products made by the Dixie Saw Manufacturers Company.

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Helen Jones School of Dance, 1965

Students in the photo are, front row left to right, Gail Bidwell, Bonnie Cain, Marilyn Frank, Barbara Cain and Rose Ann Davis. Second row, from left, Doris Effron, Ann Austin, Grace Moore, Linda Morris, Linda Zimmerman and Rosa Wright.

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First Corvette sold in Chattanooga - 1953

This 1953 photograph shows Wilburn C. Hailey, president of Hailey Chevrolet, presenting the keys to a new Chevrolet Corvette convertible to Gordon P. Street, president of the Wheland Company

The medium format negative was salvaged from a box labeled 'trash' and scanned by the Chattanooga History Center prior to its closing in 2016. Sadly, there have been no additional News Free Press negatives scanned since.

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White Oak School, 1965

This photo of White Oak Elementary School students and teachers was published in the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Monday, Oct. 11, 1965.

The children in the photo are, first row, from left, Robin Mathews, Virginia McColl, Mitzie Clinton, Debbie Norris, Becky Handley, Sandy Hall; second row, Cathy Windham, Darlene Anderson, Darlene Crane, Janet Hixson, Paula Milleirons; third row, Marie Wesley, Donna Hargrove, Jane Maxwell, Debbie Gass, Joel Mason, Benny Carden; fourth row, Larry Burton, Pete Mitchell, Sharon Long, Bobbie Lewis and Nancy McCurdy.

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Ridgedale Turnip

The February 7, 1953 caption read: "Harvey Palmer, 17, of Ridgedale, holds up a 13-pound turnip grown by Elbert Freeman, who lives on Johnson Road, six miles from Rossville, Georgia. Palmer is a News-Free Press carrier and Freeman is a friend of Palmer's father."

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Remarkable colorization technology

While not a replacement for human skills and interpretation, AI software makes colorizing old photos easy and available online. Auto-colorization and enhancement algorithms paired with object recognition create impressive results. The example here was generated from one the best free tools online. DeOldify is exclusively available at MyHeritage.

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Clemons Dining Room

Years before Soddy & Daisy merged to one hyphenated community, family restaurants like Clemons served 25¢ hamburgers and 6¢ sodas. It likely operated from the early 1950s through the early '60s.

Steve Smith, who operates the Soddy, Daisy and Montlake Historical Association, placed the former restaurant near the intersection of Montlake Road and Dayton Pike. That would put it near the current location of Citizens Tri-County Bank at 8575 Dayton Pike.

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Kelley's Raiders

2am, September 12, 1967. The freight train carrying the General trundled into the Wauhatchie yards. A spotter plan circling overhead alerted the mayor and his men. "Tell the police to block the tracks."

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End of the line (for cabooses)

A late 1980s photo taken by my father, Parks Hall. He is among the last generation of Americans who remember the golden era of train travel. "When I was a kid, I had every Lionel train that was made," he said. "I had a huge layout at my grandmother's house in Chickamauga, Georgia. I traveled with my grandmother in the '40s and '50s on some of the grand trains of the era, back in the final heydays of passenger trains."

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S. Parks Hall

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Totten Discount Furniture

Chattanoogans may remember the tagline from the store's television commercials. Totten, who died in 2002, would end his TV spots with the line, "Where we mark it up, just a little bit."

According to John Totten's obituary in the Times Free Press in 2002, he operated the furniture store for 37 years. An active musician, he was known as "Slim Totten" in gospel music circles."

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Farmers' Market - 1981

Roger Dotson, former owner of Peden's/Specialty Produce and later the Farmers' Market, shared some snapshots from 1981.

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Riverfront '89

An estate sale find - photo appeared in the News Free Press with the caption: "Sunny skies, warm temperatures and a gentle breeze often lure thousands of avid area fishermen to the water to wet their lines. This lone angler enjoys a quiet spring outing at Ross's Landing near the Chief John Ross, Walnut Street and Veterans bridges."

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Dr. Shock

Dr. Shock (also known as Tommy Reynolds) was a pop culture icon here in the 1960s and 1970s as host of a weekly late-night showing of B-Grade horror films on WTVC NewsChannel 9. His sidekick 'Dingbat' (a puppet voiced by Dan East) and Nurse Goodbody (Patricia Abney) provided commentary during commercial breaks on the Saturday night program called "Shock Theater."

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Pro-Re-Bona Day Nursery
1959

In late August of 1959 these graduates of the Pro Re Bona Day Nursery Vacation Bible School were photographed outside the nursery in East Chattanooga. They are, front row, left to right, Sheron Nolan, Debra Lewis, Denine Taylor, Jo Williams, Mark Bennett, Beverly Gentry, Debra Gilley, Sandra Bettis, Carmen Hale and Bridgett Ballew. Second row: Keith Alley, Mark Hale, Sherry Hale, Joel Walker, Michael Taylor, Jonathan Walker, Kenneth Byrd, Gary Farrell, Stanley Segers, Danny Ware and David Goodner. Third row: Diane May, Anthony Hullender, Ricky Burris, Rebecca Gainer, Randy Bearfield, Richard May, Mike Bennett and Viva Williams. Fourth row: Janet Clingam, Elaine Stoner, Jennifer Segors and Brenda Broadrick. Back row: Walter Row, Johnny Miller, Mike Walker, Stanley Ray and Bruce Broadrick.

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Standard Coosa Thatcher

The Standard-Coosa-Thatcher textile mill was one of Chattanooga's major employers. This photo is one of a number of images salvaged from a dumpster at the plant. The negatives, found bound in notebooks, date from 1947-1949.

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Contributed photo: Jonathan Coulter Trundle, MTSU

Contributed photo: Jerry Parker

East Lake Junior High
1967

East Lake Park in the foreground and the former East Lake Junior High School in the background.

The park, in the foreground, has an even longer history than the school. East Lake, one of Chattanooga's first neighborhoods, was developed in the late 19th century by Chattanooga millionaire Charles E. James, who was thought to be the first person in the city to amass a seven-figure net worth.

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Holsum Bakery Co.

Holsum Bakery Co. was established here in 1946. By the 1970s, the bread factory here had at least 85 hourly workers and produced 7,000 pounds of white bread and 5,000 pounds of rolls per day.

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Thank you to Steve Smith for identifying the man in the background as Arvil Stafford. Smith worked with him at TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

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Bicentennial Beauty
Miss Chattanooga 1976, Melanie Howle

Those who remember the mid-1970s may recall a surge of patriotism around the bicentennial unmatched since the end of the world wars earlier in the 20th century.

Miss Chattanooga 1976 Melanie Howle (now Melanie Gaston Underwood),is a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Tennessee. Before retirement, she was public relations director at the former Bradley Memorial Hospital. Today, she is a business owner with two children and three grandchildren.

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Dairy Gold of 'Valdeau'

Located in the area nostalgically known as 'Valdeau', it was also conveniently adjacent to a Red Food Store, making it a perfect meal or snack destination after grocery shopping. Circa 1980s

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Sam Hall

Putt Putt Golf - Hixson

How can over 40 years have passed since I took this photo? This Highway 153 location provided abundant family and date night entertainment.

Ironically, it is 'recent' photos like these that are in short supply. If you have similar shots around town, please contact me.

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Saddle Capital of the World

The Scholze Tannery was a Scenic City institution that operated for more than 100 years, bridging three centuries (1873-2001). In 2020, I met with Gene Carter, who worked at the tannery for over 45 years starting in 1962. He retired as Vice President and wished to share photos of a once vibrant industry here.

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Remembering Drue Smith, one of Tennessee's most admired journalists.

Smith, who died in 2001 at age 86, entered journalism at a time when there were few female reporters in Tennessee newsrooms. She was inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame in 2015 alongside two other legends of Chattanooga journalism, Chattanooga News-Free Press publisher Roy McDonald and former New York Times reporter and Chattanooga Times editor, John N. Popham.

Also historic, this photo was likely taken in the first months of operations at WDEF-TV in 1954.

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Wonderful Twins

Jean and Jane Cunningham, identical twins, sit in the back of a Chevrolet convertible in this 1947 photo preserved at ChattanoogaHistory.com. The sisters had just returned from competing in the 1947 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

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A canyon of streetlights and neon in the Summer of 1964

Facing south on Market Street from Sixth Street, such landmarks at the old Martin Theater, the Hotel Patten, and the Planter's Peanuts Store can be seen.

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Market Street Bridge 1953

On Feb. 12, 1953, a large dredge passing under the Market Street Bridge was the focus of a photo on the front page of the Chattanooga News-Free Press. The report noted the dredge was owned by the Dixie Sand and Gravel Co. and that it was headed to the Hiwassee Island area to dig for raw materials to be used by the Bowater Southern Paper Corp.

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Lookout Mountain celebrated Labor Day 1975 with a Bicentennial-themed parade

News-Free Press writer Helen McDonald Exum described the scene: "The newly renovated shopping center on Lookout Mountain was ready to be dedicated. There was a tent for the barbecue over by the Baptist church. The band was tuning up their brass in the bandstand. There were huge American flags lining the streets."

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Chunkin' Pumpkins on Walden's Ridge

October, 1975

The photo, by newspaper photographer Robin Hood, shows young men from the Shepard's Lane Boys Ranch loading pumpkins into a trailer pulled by a tractor on the property of land-owner John Wooden.

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1975 News Free Press Archive

1975 News Free Press Archive

Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Jazz at UTC

On the night of Oct. 16, 1975, a near-capacity crowd of 4,177 packed UTC's Maclellan Gym to watch the NBA's Atlanta Hawks take on the New Orleans Jazz in an exhibition basketball game.

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Hixson High School Color Guard

1975

The caption accompanying this photo set, which was taken by news photographer George Moody outside the school system's administrative offices on West 40th Street, notes that this event marked the kickoff of the school district's bicentennial celebrations during the 1975-76 school year.

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1975 News Free Press Archive

1975 News Free Press Archive

Bill Battle
1975

In this 1975 photo, a young Bill Battle was the head coach of the University of Tennessee football team.

Despite a 59-22-2 cumulative record at UT (1970-76) and three national Top 10 finishes, Battle was forced out as coach of the Volunteers after the 1976 season to make way for Tennessee favorite son Johnny Majors, who had just coached the University of Pittsburgh Panthers to a national championship.

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Miller Park

Sept. 3, 1975

This 1975 Chattanooga News-Free Press photo shows former Chattanooga mayor Robert Kirk Walker holding a sketch of the downtown park (later named Miller Park) which opened the following year.

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1975 News Free Press Archive

1975 News Free Press Archive

UTC Cheerleaders
1975

It was discovered in a box of color slides found recently at the Chattanooga Times Free Press offices on East 11th Street, but we were unable to find evidence that the image was ever published in the newspaper.

UPDATE: Several alert readers were able to document the names of the cheerleaders pictured in this photo. Pictured at the UTC football stadium, from left, are Susan Eady, Mark Shanks, Gale Cary, Janet Wandell, Leslie Bridwell, Hans Humberger and Melia Brooks. The photo was by Walter Strickland.

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Pity the poor opossum stuck on Opossum Creek

Oct. 18, 1975

This photo of an unfortunate opossum was shot at the intersection of Big Opossum Creek and Highway 27 near Bakewell. The caption says the opossum "took refuge on a tree astride the Highway 27 Bridge."

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(Robin Hood) 1975 News Free Press Archive

1975 News Free Press Archive

Eastgate Mall
1975

Photo taken in 1975, when Eastgate was at or near the height of its popularity as a retail destination. Some of its anchor tenants in the 1970s were Miller Brothers and J.C. Penney department stores and a Morrison's Cafeteria.

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Julia Belle Swain

The Julia Belle Swain was a popular stern-wheeler — a replica of a mid-19th century American steamboat.

For five years in the 1970s, it was the toast of Chattanooga. Built in 1971 by Dubuque (Iowa) Boat and Boiler Works, it was docked in Chattanooga from 1972 to 1977.

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1975 News Free Press Archive

1975 News Free Press Archive

Jackie Mitchell

These 1975 archive newspaper photos show a 63-year-old Beatrice "Jackie" Mitchell Gilbert. On April 2, 1931, then a 17-year-old Chattanooga school girl, took the mound for the Chattanooga Lookouts in an exhibition game against the visiting New York Yankees — one of the world's most famous sports teams — and struck out baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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1975 Fire at Rogers Theater

From a box of Ektachrome color-positive film recently found at the Times Free Press offices on East 11th Street. Firefighters are seen in action after a popcorn machine caught fire.

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Ridgedale
1962

In 1962, the intersection of E. Main Street and Dodds Avenue was part of a busy commercial district in Ridgedale, a section of the city at the base of Missionary Ridge.

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1975 - History in Color
Bicentennial Library under construction

This photo, recovered recently from a box of newspaper negatives found at the Times Free Press, shows the five-story building under construction at 1001 Broad St., between 10th and 11th streets.

The library, which replaced the former public library on McCallie Avenue, was a focus of community pride when it was completed in 1976, America's bicentennial year.

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Big 4 Bike Shop
1930s-1980s

Big 4 Bike Shop was an enthusiasts' paradise, but nothing in the newspaper record explains the name: "Big 4." Do you know what it means?

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Photo by: Delmont Wilson

Photos of Chattanooga's lost neighborhood uncovered

A newly discovered batch of historic photos shows the once-proud homes of Cameron Hill before the west-side neighborhood was flattened by progress in the late 1950s.

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Southland Volkswagen - 1965
5915 Brainerd Rd.

Visible behind the showroom glass are a Beetle, a VW Transporter (bus) and a Karmann Ghia, an Italian-influenced car with VW components.

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Market St. View 1963

View from 5th St. looking north recalls several car dealers occupied this stretch of a busy retail zone including Newton Chevrolet, Buehler's Food Market, Jack's Army Store and Smith-Owens Rambler.

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Photo Credit: EPB Archives

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The Golden Gateway

This January 1965 photo shows the Zayre department store and Red Food Store shopping center in Golden Gateway, part of a sprawling mid-century "urban renewal" project west of downtown.

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RED FOOD STORE

The photo is dated June 1964, and according to newspaper ads that month large watermelons were 89 cents each at Red Food Stores, ice cream sold for 59 cents a half-gallon and saltine crackers were 19 cents a box. Spam (spiced ham) and "potted meat" were also listed prominently in a full-page newspaper ad, which may say something about changing consumer tastes in the last 50-plus years.

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History in color - Nov. 17, 1959

Mayor Olgiati, is pictured at the dedication ceremony of the Olgiati Bridge, which was tagged with his name while he was still in office. That day, Olgiati remarked, "I guess that an honor like this only comes to a man once in a lifetime. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."...

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Photo Credit: Pat St. Charles Jr.

The 'Downtown Sears'

Sears had occupied space on Sixth Street since the late 1920s, according to previous news reports, and would continue to operate downtown until 1988....

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Schroeder's Garden Center 1959

Located near the McCallie Avenue viaduct in Chattanooga: "Good landscaping doesn't just happen, it's planned and planted properly."...

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Shared view of Glass Street

...the snapshot was found in a small envelope of photographs given to her about 25 years ago by a church friend.

Also found, an electric street car on the Boyce Line - click the photo to see them both.

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Arlene Rogers

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Trinity-Woodmore Methodist Church

Trinity Methodist Church dated to 1899 when two smaller congregations merged into a new church building 'on the southwest corner of McCallie Avenue and Park Avenue in the thickly settled residential area.' By 1964 there were 344 members on the church's rolls...

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Chattanooga Neon & Electric Co.

The 1966 photo features Chattanooga Neon & Electric Co., a sign and wiring business then located at 801 North Market Street. William A. Jewell started his company in 1913, then called St. Elmo Electric...

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May Pole dancers - 1964

It took some digging but we discovered that this 1964 Chattanooga News-Free Press photo was taken at the May Day celebration at Chattanooga Central High School, then located on Dodds Avenue...

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Dairy Gold - Brainerd

The Dairy Gold restaurant, near the corner of Brainerd and Moore roads, was a favorite cruising spot for teens in 1963, the year this photo appeared in the Chattanooga News-Free Press. The address, 4903 Brainerd Road, is now the site of a Waffle House restaurant...

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Andy Trotter

"For more than 20 years, beginning in the 1950s, Trotter-family car dealerships here made yearly gifts of vehicles to the United Cerebral Palsy Evaluation Center..."

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Uncle Herman's Chattanooga Shoe Store

For much of its run from late 1920s until the early 1980s, the shoe store in the 800 block of Market Street revolutionized off-price retailing...

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Miniature Museum

"The mini-museum photo reveals a lot about Chattanooga in the mid-1960s — including the fact that children from Sunnyside School would swarm a history exhibit housed in a trailer."

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The Read House

Read House historian says the spirit in Room 311 takes up a lot of oxygen for a ghost

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Fire Safety!

This photograph from 1953 was part of a blitz of media coverage for Fire Prevention Week, which was supported wholeheartedly by mid-century public officials, civic leaders and ordinary citizens alike.

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LeGrand Jewelry Co. - 604 Market St.

"Buy the sterling silver you have always wanted at an amazingly low price. First time ever offered on sale!"

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Signal Crest UMC 1964

A 1964 photograph from the Chattanooga Free Press shows a building addition nearing completion at Signal Crest United Methodist Church on Ridgeway Ave. on Signal Mountain.

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1966 - 8.4" snowfall.

In late January, a snow storm dumped more than 8 inches of snow on the city. The next day temperatures dipped below zero.

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Fountain of Youth

In a burst of late-summer bliss, children in 1947 streamed into the intersection of Douglas and East Eighth streets in Chattanooga after a water main was accidentally punctured by a worker.

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Thanks for the memories!

Shared photos in 2020

See photo selections from people who shared historic Chattanooga area photos over the past year.

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