Today in Rip Payne

1 May

by Emma Earnst

On this day in 1952, Rip Payne photographed the McIntire May Day celebrations. Having grown up in Germany, May Day brings back fantastic childhood memories of the celebrations we would delight in overseas. Here in Charlottesville, they found a way to incorporate our own American symbols into the festival.

I hope you enjoy these kid pics as much as I have!

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3 Responses to “Today in Rip Payne”

  1. sheila vega May 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Were these pictures taken at McGuffy school?

  2. Emma Earnst May 2, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Thanks for you comment, Sheila! I’m fairly certain this is not the McGuffey School, based solely on the architecture of the building. Compare the columns and brickwork with this historic photo of the school: The building in these photos bears a striking resemblence to the old McIntire High School (also explaining why Rip labeled these “McIntire”), which now houses the Covenant Lower School. See an image of their building here:


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