Tag Archives: 1970s

Today in Rip Payne

11 Jul

by Emma Earnst

On this day in 1970, Rip Payne photographed the Weakly wedding.  The happy pair was smart and opted for an indoor wedding, to which Rip agreed.  As I remarked yesterday, it seems Rip was not a fan of the July heat, and 1970 is no exception to this.  We only have two other documented cases of him venturing out—one of which was another wedding, and the other being a photo shoot with the “Tupperware Girls” (just you wait!).  At least Rip has his priorities straight.

Here’s a couple quick highlights on these:

  1. Bursts of color: Yellow and green? You have my heart dear Weakly.  Having just returned from my own honeymoon in Jamaica, I’ve been going through withdrawal of many things: relaxation time, beach, and waves, among other things.  I was slightly prepared for these things, though.  Being a beach bum at heart, I know that adjusting back to life in the mountains can be hard after any time near surf and sand. The thing that has shocked me the most was the complete difference in COLOR between Jamaica and Virginia.  I’m talking bright blue ocean and pure white sand, brilliant flora in golden yellows, burstingly bright corals and reds, and the most purely green foliage.  And then we come back to a scorched earth and a few variations on red-brown in the Jeffersonian architecture of Charlottesville.  Blech!  So, Weakly and Payne, thank you for bringing color back to me, if only in pictures!
  2. Oftentimes in these, the brides look, well, a little terrified (at least pre-ceremony).  Understandable.  Our Weakly bride, though, looks positively radiant.

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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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Today in Rip Payne

9 May

by Emma Earnst

On this day in 1976, Rip Payne enjoyed the company of some greenery, pretty flowers, and likely a few bugs in a Mrs. Mohney’s garden. This set of images is a bit out of the norm for Rip, who usually focused his work on people, but it is precisely for that reason I thought you may enjoy these.  Besides, those kids from yesterday pretty much gave me an overdose on cutie pie for the day!

I know nothing of Mrs. Mohney, and welcome your input on where this house is located.  Just leave me a note in the comments section!

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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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Today in Rip Payne

26 Apr
by Emma Earnst
 

Today in 1973, Rip Payne enjoyed another beauty making her rounds— this time Miss America visiting Lane High School. You may not recognize her, but the beauty queen was none other than Terri Meeuwsen, who went on to co-anchor The 700 Club with Pat Robertson.  Before this, though, Meeuwsen decided she wanted to be a singer, moved to L.A., and joined the New Christy Minstrels.*  Her promotional appearances for the group are what ultimately led her to the career she would be most known for – being the pretty, sweet lady next to Pat Robertson on the couch.  In case that isn’t enough, she also founded a charity organization, Orphan’s Promise, married, and had seven children!

During her visit, Terri belted out some tunes, had a photo op with local beauty queens, and then sat back to enjoy a full-out performance by the kids at Lane High School that rivals the kids of Glee in visual appeal.

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*Sorry, I couldn’t find any with Terri.  This video is from before Meeuwsen joined the group.

Today in Rip Payne

4 Apr
by Emma Earnst
 

On this day in 1940, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society held it first meeting.  Unfortunately, Rip Payne was not there.

But…

Today in 1974, Rip Payne was over at the First Methodist Church snapping shots of an Eagle Scout presentation ceremony.

Then, today in 1987, Rip enjoyed a day at the Boar’s Head Inn in celebration of the Charlottesville Kiwanis‘ 65th anniversary.  I’m going to leave it to you to tell the difference between boys and men here.

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Today in Rip Payne

7 Feb

On this day in 1970, Rip Payne photographed a fun couple’s wedding at Christ Episcopal Church, located on High Street in downtown Charlottesville.  Rip was a big wedding photographer in his day, and our collection is absolutely riddled with wedding images of couples we have not identified.  I don’t want to overdo things, but I promise this set of photos is great, for so many reasons.  Here are a few:

  1. COLOR!!  Not traditional Rip, but what better time to do color than when the main subjects are wearing black and white, right?!
  2. This is where I am getting married in June!  I know you don’t share my enthusiasm on this one, but I had to go there.
  3. Wicked awesome beehive hair-dos.
  4. Equally wicked awesome facial hair (you’ll see).
  5. Really pretty clothing.  Seriously.  I would steal that bridesmaid’s dress in an instant, and dance around in it like its 1970.  And not just because it would be.
  6. This couple looks so in love.  The bride is positively glowing, and they are so playful together.

Okay, enough with my rambling.  Check them out yourself!

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