Beware Curators with Cookies

Sign on Richland Ave 10-26-2013My Road Warriorettes have been coming through in a big way. A big box of cookies from Curator Jessica from the Athens County Historical Society and Museum arrived last week. This week it was a package of the best peanut brittle in the world that Anne Rodgers picked up on her way through Marianna, FL., on her move to Texas.

I got a text from Jessica this afternoon: “Awake?” She knows that I am a frequent napper, so she always checks before calling. When I gave her the OK, she made some small talk, then said, “OK, now for the bad news.”

I wondered if she was going to tell me that this sign was for her. I wasn’t looking forward to breaking in a new Curator Jessica. No, it wasn’t that.

 No chance to take it easy

Athens Train Depot c 1968Then, I figured we had been turned down for a grant we had applied for. Nope, No news on that front.

“We’re taking down your Friends on Robinson Road exhibit on Monday, and we hoped you had something that we could replace it with.”

The first time I met Curator Jessica, I was about three hours out of Athens when she called to ask if I could pull off a major exhibit on Martin Luther King’s National Day of Mourning in three weeks. I liked her spirit, and we did it.

Three weeks is doable, but three days is stretching it, cookies or no cookies.

A tailor in 1968

F.R. Richey - Tailor - 12-21-1968We agreed that one that focused on Athens downtown landmarks, particularly where I could contrast photos from the late ’60s and early ’70s with contemporary pictures would be something quick to pull off. That’s why you get to see tailor Frank Richey looking our over Court street on December 21, 1968.

Frank’s building in 2013

Court Street 02-27-2013Frank is long gone, but the building his shop was in survives.

So, instead of a normal post, you’re going to see a huge data dump of the photos we’re considering. We figure the 100-plus photos here will cut down to about 30 when all is said and done. Not shown are two panoramas I shot last fall. They are going to be almost four feet wide by about 10 inches tall.

Waiting for Anne to call

Peanut brittle from Anne Rodgers 06-16-2014_6439If I see Anne’s Caller ID show up on my phone, I’m going to be slow to pick up. No telling what she’s going to want me to do for my package of peanut brittle.

Athens, Ohio, photo gallery

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12 Replies to “Beware Curators with Cookies”

  1. Yeah! The days of Main Street economy. I lived in Columbus, Waverly, and Portsmouth Ohio through those 50s & 60s years.

  2. Yeah! The days of Main Street economy. I lived in Columbus, Waverly, and Portsmouth Ohio through those 50s & 60s years. Wonderful documentation, Ken.

    1. Court Street and Union Street in Athens are still as alive as ever, unlike so many downtowns (although it’s always pointed out to me that in Athens “downtown” is “uptown.”

  3. Very nice…I don’t thing I took that many pictures i all of the 60’s! Great shots of period of time when we thought we could rule the world!

  4. Those photos were fun to look at.

    I don’t usually beware cookies any more. It’s been a long time since I even thought of disabling them (under Tools > Options, IIRC). I delete some now and then. Just deleted a couple for lunch today.

    1. Dennis,

      I was working on such a tight deadline just to produce the photos that I didn’t have time to write copy to go with them. If you go to the search box and put in Athens, you’ll see some of the stories that go with a few of the pix.

      You’ll be seeing more Ohio stuff in the future if I don’t spin it off as a unique blog.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing. I was born in Athens in 1961 and have lived here all my life. The photos brought back great memories.

  6. Wow…really takes me back to Athens. The days of shooting a couple rolls of Tri-X wandering the streets (and the roofs) uptown. The night shots during the riots, Union and Congress at Bromley, and Court and State, you can really feel the sidewalk rolling down/up hill. Reminds me that when coming across a fellow Bobcat somewhere win the country we never say, “When did you graduate?” but we say “When did you leave Athens?”.
    Can’t wait to see your Then and Now series. Thanks.

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