Today in Rip Payne

14 Feb

*Sorry, Mrs. Payne.

If Rip’s images from this date in the 1960s are any indication, your beloved may not have just forgotten you.  He kind of went in the opposite direction altogether…

On this “love”-ly day in 1964 (sorry, I had to), Rip Payne spent the day at Carter’s Gun Works.  So, if you ever wondered what the back room at a gun store looked like, now you know…

Then, on this day in 1967, Rip again abandoned all romantic notions and instead spent the day shooting at the city & county jails.  You’ll notice the Old Albemarle County Jail, which was closed about a decade later, but which can still be seen peeking out at you as you drive down High Street today (at the intersection with Third Street).

Here’s to hoping your V-Day is much better!!

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*(Un)fortunately, this is purely conjecture.  In Rip’s defense, he may very well not have been married at this point, and expressing a different kind of frustration.  While Rip Payne did have two daughters, I do not know when he was married.  All I do know is that at the time of his death, in 1990, he was not survived by a wife.  Can anyone offer a better personal history?

2 Responses to “Today in Rip Payne”

  1. mike June 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    As a child of ten or eleven, I accompanied the elusive Mrs. Payne (she and Rip may have been divorced at the time – I don’t know for certain) and her grandson to the Dogwood Festival carnival at McIntire Park in the early 1970’s. I don’t remember much about her.


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