Historical Photos Of Henry Street In Roanoke VA (Parade)
Here is a set of some of the photos J.w. Holcomb has recently found (rescued) from a dilapidated home in NW Roanoke VA. These pictures show a rare view from above the Henry Street Parade in Roanoke VA.
Henry Street Historic District is a national historic district located at Roanoke, Virginia. It encompasses four contributing buildings constructed between 1917 and 1951. They were developed as the central business and entertainment district for the African-American neighborhood of Gainsboro in Northwest Roanoke. They are the Hotel Dumas (1917), The Strand Theatre (1923), Dr. Lylburn Downing office (c. 1945), and a commercial building (1951). It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.The buildings are also included in the Gainsboro Historic District. (Wikipedia)
Here is a snippet from TheRoanoker (TheRoanoker.com) magazine talking about Henry Street.
At its heart was Henry Street, known as “The Yard;” home to the Morocco (later called The Ebony Club), the 308, and the Dumas Hotel—all entertainment hot spots for folks living on “the other side of the tracks.”
From “Henry Street,” a 1980s Mill Mountain musical production:
“Henry Street…buzzed like a busy hive of bees; it blazed like a billion hearts on fire; it rocked as though eternity waited just around the corner. To Henry Street came plain folks, fancy folks, and all those in-between folks, in every conceivable shade of ebony, tan and ivory. Henry Street was their meeting ground, their courting ground, their stomping ground, their Harlem, their Beale Street, their Catfish Row…On Henry Street there was no shortage of soul food, soul talk or soul folks.”
Gambling Punch Boards
Punchboards were originally used in the 18th century for gambling purposes. A local tavern owner would construct a game board out of wood, drill small holes in it, and fill each hole with a small paper ticket or game piece. The holes were then typically covered with paper or foil. After a patron bought a chance at the punchboard, he would puncture one of the hole’s paper or foil covers with a nail and retrieve the ticket/game piece. If the game piece contained a winning number, the patron won the prize.
In the nineteenth century, board operators eventually drilled into their own holes (they knew where the big money was, because they made the board). The punchboard’s use started to decline.
In the late 1800s, a new type of punchboard was introduced. This one involved putting paper in both the front and back of the hole (to help prevent operators from cheating). These new punchboards became popular purchases at drugstores, and they were sold with a metal stylus. The punchboard soon became increasingly similar to today’s lottery tickets.
Soon, the punchboard became cheap and easy to assemble, and the industry flourished. Noted gambling author John Scarne estimates that 30 million punchboards were sold in the years between 1910 and 1915. He also estimates that 50 million punchboards were sold in 1939 alone, during the peak of their popularity.
Three of the more interesting “Vintage Gambling Punch Boards” we have found over the years. These 3 feature WW2 themes which 1 now considered insensitive or non PC (Sock The Jap) – One called “Sock The Jap” featuring an exaggerated Japanese Soldier Illustration, The Punch Hitler version showing Hitler with horns and red devilish eyes along with 4 soldiers, And another with Hitler and those 2 other communist leaders illustrated with Uncle SAM standing in. These types of ww2 punch boards are very rare and hard to find. The ones we found were not used “Punched” and had the original punch tool attached. Along with this trio we found over 150 other boards featuring pin-ups, cowboys, indians, cars, toys, and more. We foud all of them in a long-time hoarder/antique dealers estate.
One Of A Kind Photo Of Abraham Lincoln Discovered In Virginia
There are a little over 130 known photos of Abraham Lincoln that have been discovered but no one knows how many are actually out there in the world. A Virginia Man has discovered what is believed by many to be an unseen, unpublished, and amazing photo of Honest Abe Himself. The tintype photograph also known as a melainotype or ferrotype from the mid 1800s is very convincing and not only resembles Abraham Lincoln’s facial features, hair, hands, height, and clothing, it captures a likeness that is hard to dispute when you look at all the clues in the photograph.
The man that found the photograph is a long-time vintage and antique “picker” that has been buying, documenting, and brokering items from years past said that he has been studying the photo for over a year and has showed it to over 20 other collectors and colleagues that all concur that the photo is in fact a long lost photo of abraham lincoln most likely taken during his travels earlier in his political career.
One question that is common when looking at the Rare picture is where is his beard and in fact: Abraham Lincoln was a lifelong beardless man, and received a letter written by Grace Bedell, an 11-year-old girl from Westfield, New York. Written October 15th, 1860, the letter urged him to grow a beard. It was after this date that the beard and the most common portraits/photos of the President were taken and published.
With so many skeptics in the field of history and photographs of the kind there will certainly be resistance and acceptance of the newly found photograph but it is definitely worth looking at the comparisons below and making your own judgement. We invite you to post your comments and input about the photograph here and let us know what you think!
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Rare B&O Railroad Wreck Train Box
Here is a really cool historical transportation and railroad item that is truly hard to find. As a matter of fact this is the only one I have ever seen in real life or online that came off of the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad. It is a rather large tool chest with 3 removable sections. It is painted with the B&O Brand and says “Wreck Train” Garrett Ind. It even ha a very neat lid handle that is brass and has the B&O mark on it as well.
Nice Vintage light up Roanoke VA Garst Bros. Dairy clock
These clocks use to bring $600-$800 but with so many of them in the area (Roanoke VA), most of the main collectors already have one and the price has been dropping over the past 5-6 years. You can pick them up for about $200-$300 and even less from average people that have them in garages and basements. I saw one sell at a yard sale for $50 this past summer (which was a great deal!).
Virginian (VGN) RYco Railroad Switch Lock
Here is a find example of a VGN Railroad (Virginian) lock that we uncovered in a local estate. This lock is in GOOD condition from 1929 and complete with the original chain, switch plate cover, and VGN marked slaymaker lock switch key. The key alone is worth $60-$100 depending on the market. These VGN locks are worth $600-$1200 depending on the market you sell in and the condition and particulars of your lock. The lock you see photographed was sold for $655 for a fast sale, however it could have sold for $800 easily if more time was invested in the sale. This lock sold within 5 minutes of being listed online.