Monday, December 11, 2006

Google Satellite Map?

Reference the many emailed questions about the map of Main Street (Monroe) linked to the three Pet Show posts below –

No, this is not a Google Satellite Map. Nothing back to the future here!

It is an aerial photograph taken from an airplane (possibly a helicopter). Other aerial photographs will be posted in the future (Bundy’s Drive-In Theater, historic downtown Monroe, The Great Flood of ’49, and the old overhead bridge).

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Photographs courtesy of John Gulledge
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At 11:23 AM, December 11, 2006, Blogger Mystery Blogger said...

No, to the tall building, long ladder, and utility pole theories – but, thanks for the chuckles.

A separate email asked if it was a painting. That same person “was relatively certain” Mary Faith had painted some scenes of downtown Monroe. Hmmm… please let us hear back from you on that, MF.

More pet show pictures in the future – setting the record straight on this particular picture and giving credit where credit is due – Thanks again, John Gulledge.

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At 2:50 PM, December 11, 2006, Blogger Mary Warshaw said...

As a matter of fact, I did do some pen and inks of Monroe (back in the early 1900's). I did these maybe in 1973 when I had moved back to Monroe (from NJ) after my husband died. Geez - I'm trying to remember - think I sold them at Dick Worley's gallery. I wasn't keeping track back then, so I have no idea who bought them. Now I wish I knew.

During that time I helped William Brewer form the Union County Art League or Assoc. Our first juried show was at the then new courthouse. Everyone teased me because I won first place with a charcoal drawing of a nude - in Monroe :-)

We had some shows at the library and one in Charlotte. I sold a drawing of another nude to Marjorie Holmes, who was then a writer for Woman's Day.

FYI, I was more into drawing then and had taken some life drawing classes/workshops in NY and NJ.

At 3:19 PM, December 11, 2006, Blogger Susan Wellborn said...

When was this photo taken? Looking left at the photo, where did the street go? Did it intersect with Lancaster Ave.? When did the "new" Baptist Church go in at the end of the street? Mystery Blogger, you're driving me nuts! But thanks for the memories, however vague.

At 3:39 PM, December 11, 2006, Blogger Mystery Blogger said...

Judging from the 1955 Chevrolet parked in front of McEwen, I'd say "mid-fifties" but my memory is also hazy. I remember the colored Easter chicks at the Purina place but I don't remember the service station on the corner.

Recognizing McEwen and Efird Marble across the street is easy - they're still there! But, you're absolutely right - how could a street disappear?

We really need to draw John Gulledge into this thing.

At 4:30 PM, December 11, 2006, Blogger Margaret Broome said...

Main Street ended at that end where the Baptist Church is now. On the church lot, at that time, was the Morrow House which was used by the Baptist Church (which was located in the block to the right of the marble yard and beside another service station that is barely visible at the bottom of the picture) for Sunday School classes. It was a large frame house with a wrap-around porch. Donna Laney's mother used to teach piano lessons there during the week in one of the classrooms. BTU met there on Sunday nights. Obviously, it had been owned by the Morrow family who had sold or given it to the church. The "new" Baptist Church went into that space in 1957-58. We used to tease Craven Williams about there not being enough money to put in stained glass windows - and he didn't think that was funny at all!!

At 5:01 PM, December 11, 2006, Blogger Margaret Broome said...

A closer look at the picture reveals that this was made after the Milliken house lost its side and backyards where the Pet Show was held and the space was take up by an Esso Service Station that took up the remainder of that block. That's why it looks as if the street just ended. If you look close, beside the Milliken house, you can see part of the white building that was the office/workshop part of the service station.

At 8:53 AM, December 12, 2006, Blogger Mystery Blogger said...

Margaret, that also appears to be a service station on the north side of the Purina Feed & Seed Store. Do you remember that?

At 7:29 PM, December 14, 2006, Blogger Margaret Broome said...

Is the north side right across that little street beside the Feed Store? Haven't you learned that females prefer landmarks to directions????? If you mean beside it, yes that is a service station. It was later torn down (probably while you were still in high school) and replaced with a building. Several different things have been located there, including the Union Observer (our portion of the Charlotte Observer), and for a while "back when" Mrs. Broome's little dress shop, called "The Hatbox."


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