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Today in Rip Payne

30 May

by Emma Earnst

 

On this day in 1970, Rip Payne spent the day at Christ Episcopal Church, photographing the Rumble wedding (as he named it).  As I’m going to be married there in just two and half weeks myself, you know I couldn’t resist!

I’ll let you enjoy after a few quick observations:

  1. Seafoam green is back.  That only took like 42 years… sheesh.
  2. I am not sure I’ll ever get used to bridesmaids wearing veils.
  3. Is this not one of the most unhappy-looking brides you have ever seen?  I don’t want to judge, because I myself have a face that never cooperates in pictures.  But, here I am, judging nonetheless.  Time to go practice in the mirror, me!
  4. Awesome choice of costume change, and even better car decorating.

Enjoy!

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Spotlight Event: Time Capsule Opening

24 May

by Emma Earnst

This coming Sunday, May 27th, 2012, Charlottesville’s 1962 time capsule, buried during the 200th Anniversary celebrations that year, will be unearthed and opened for public consumption.  Items will be shared with attendees, and then transferred to yours truly (ACHS), for display in our exhibit space.

Below, you will find a video of the burial in 1962.  As you may recall, the exact location of the capsule could not be determined until Tom Hartsell shared this footage, found among his father’s 8mm videos, in August 2011.

Today in Rip Payne

11 May

by Emma Earnst

 

Ready for some Friday frivolity?

On this day in 1965, Rip Payne spent the day at Monticello, capturing a handful of memories of a telephones galore. First, there are a couple of telephone booths set up on the hillside (to me, it resembles the turn of the road going around the house).  Then, we have a group of gentlemen excitedly answering phones in a tent.  One guy really likes his shades—I mean, who wouldn’t?  Next, Rip documents a fantastic 1960s fire-hazard: a slew of cords thrown about and held up in an old tree. And finally, we close with a misplaced, fantastically cheesy shot of two of the telephoners snapping pictures of one another.

I have no idea.  But you’ve got to love those eyesores of telephone booths. Oh yes, technology over preservation won out (but only temporarily).

In some exciting news regarding Monticello and preservation today, you should consider attending Preservation Piedmont’s Monticello to Main Street tour this weekend.  The tour traces Monticello’s African American community as they descended from the mountain and down into the town in the 19th and 20th centuries. Developed in conjunction with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, it is going to be fantastic. And of course, the 2pm start time still allows you a nice Court Square stroll with us in the morning!

Happy Friday!

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Yesterday in Rip Payne

9 May

by Emma Earnst

 

Work got the best of me yesterday, and I ran out of time to share these adorable pictures with you.  So, with apologies, please enjoy them now!

Yesterday in 1974, Rip Payne again spent the day with Mrs. Carter’s kindergarten class— quite possibly some of the cutest kids you have seen! As you may recall, Rip attended the kids’ May Day celebration a week ago, and according to his dating, the party was still raging on today.  Judging by the repeat outfits, however, I would venture guess that his dating is wrong, and these pictures are from the same date, May 1 (interestingly, neither of these are dated the 1st). Nonetheless, I’m allowing you to enjoy these pictures today, strictly because they are just so dern cute!

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Today in Rip Payne

4 May

by Emma Earnst

 

Today in 1968, Rip Payne photographed bride Nancy Kirby with some of her ladies-in-waiting, presumably at her home.

Kirby looks highly uncomfortable at first, but eventually warms up to the camera.

In typical Rip Payne fashion, there are a couple of images in this series which make very little sense. Think of it what you may.

My only question: what’s with everyone wearing a veil?

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And, obviously, best dress I’ve seen so far. Props, girl!

Today in Rip Payne

3 May

by Emma Earnst

On this day in 1965, Rip Payne documented the dedication of the new General Electric building.  In a uniquely GE way, rather than cut a ribbon or crack open a bottle of champagne, the big wigs lined up and turned on some lights!  WINA offered some sponsorship (microphones), and the tuxedo-clad fellows then dined banquet style. Since the 1980s, GE’s Intelligent Platforms (their computer technology segment) has been headquartered out of Charlottesville (they are located wayyy up 29 North), but not the same building that these men dedicated back in ’65.

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Then, having now fully entered wedding season, Rip Payne spent this day in 1986 photographing Robin Hanger’s big day. And lets just say, there’s no doubting we’re in the 80’s here, kids.  We’re talking big hair, a bigger veil, puffy sleeves, and the tannest skin you’ve ever seen. It is fantastic. I know you will enjoy these!

By the way, Robin’s wedding, like my own upcoming nuptials will, took place in Christ Episcopal Church. But they let her put down a white runner. Hmmm…

44 days!

Today in Rip Payne

2 May
by Emma Earnst
 

Today in 1974, Rip partook in more May Day festivities. He spent an afternoon (and from the looks of these images, a very sunny afternoon) with Mrs. Carter’s class, photographing the students as they romp around outdoors like good celebrants. Mrs. Carter continues to reappear with her kindergartners throughout the month of May, so be on the lookout!

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