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Today in Rip Payne

12 Jul

by Emma Earnst

 

On this day in 1986, Rip Payne attended a Kiwanis picnic, where he not only took pictures of his friends, but got to sit in the hot seat himself for a few shots.

Rip Payne, left, partakes in the bounty of the Kiwanis picnic.

Rip Payne himself, sans eyewear but with his wedding ring and a hat proudly declaring his attendance at the Kiwanis picnic two years earlier.

 

The Kiwanis club of Charlottesville has been the subject of many of a Rip Payne image, and now we understand why—he was a member himself.

On this sunny July afternoon, the group gathered for barbecue, brews, and horseshoe.

Doesn’t sound too bad, eh?!

 

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Today in Rip Payne

5 May

by Emma Earnst

On this day in 1987, Rip Payne spent the day in the air. Apparently hanging out the side of a small plane, he took a series of overhead shots of what he labeled “K-Mart” but are actually better described as “Addition to Seminole Square,” or in some cases, “Views of the Airplane’s Wing.” The plaza, which at the time consisted of only the east side as we now know it (the Giant side), was being expanded to include a north side- which now houses a series of great shops like Pete’s Pet Forum.

Take a look for yourself– compare these images with a current map of the area. You can use this crude diagram as a reference tool (please don’t judge my Photoshop skills):

Some time ago, Peter Hedlund shared this awesome map overlay program—HistoryPin— where anyone can place historic images of places directly onto Google Maps- even street view! I attempted to plop this photo onto the current satellite images of the area, but I’m mostly disappointed. However, the program works much better in street view.  Check out these examples from the local area of the McIntire Building, the JPA bridge, and West Main Street.  Learn more about the uses of HistoryPin on the Encyclopedia Virginia blog.

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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

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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