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Today in Rip Payne

16 Feb
by Emma Earnst

Today, I’ve decided to set fire to the rain (obligatory link).*

You see, in February 1977, the First Baptist Church of Charlottesville went aflame.   This First Baptist (not to confused with this one, or this one) was founded in 1831 by Reverend Reuben Lindsay Coleman.  In the 1850s, FBC’s Reverend John Broadus founded the Albemarle Female Institute, where one of Charlottesville’s most well-known nineteenth-century women, Lottie Moon, was educated and baptized.  For those of you who haven’t been on a Spirit Walk before, Lottie Moon went on to become a missionary to China, where she served for 40 years.  Later, in 1884, the Church founded the state’s first Baptist Young Peoples Union as a part of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Almost a century later, though, disaster struck.  The church building, at the time 142 years old, and located at the corner of 2nd Street NE and E. Jefferson, caught fire and burnt quite thoroughly.  Likely working for a newspaper, Rip went out to capture the night scene.  Some of the photos here include the building actually on fire, and the later images show the extent of destruction caused.  Needless to say, the church was beyond repair.   Quite remarkably, the congregation was able to enjoy services in their new Park Street church just a year later.

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*Note: today’s “Today” in Rip Payne is actually “On-An-Unknown-Date-This-Month in Rip Payne.” 

The Case of the Missing Writer

22 Nov

Good golly, where have I been?

Well, I’ll tell you:

  1. Spirit Walk.  For those of you who didn’t get to go, or those who would like to relive it, I’m going to be posting photos soon.  Hang tight!
  2. Magazine.  Yes, as resident Interim Editor, I’ve had not one, but two major projects sitting on my desk this past month.  Or, rather, spread all over my desk…  Like Sheridan, though, we’ve got some stupendous and accomplished authors, and I’m just so excited for you to read their articles.  Just a few short weeks folks!

Okay, enough with the excuses.  Just hang tight.  In the meantime, I’ll have you know that Rip Payne was also one busy man in the fall.  Take a look at some of his harvest work from 1961:

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First up, we’ve got some lovely pictures of the Miss Dogwood Pageant of 1961.  In actuality, the Dogwood festival and pageant happened in April, so this is more likely either an appearance after crowning, or Mr. Payne was quite delayed in getting his film developed this particular year.  [And yes, he did quite often get his film developed like any regular person, rather than do it himself].  In 1961, Jeannie Thomas was queened Miss Dogwood.  For more fun pictures of the festival in ’61 and years past, look for The Charlottesville Dogwood Festival (by Elizabeth D. Wood Smith) at the local library or bookstore, or you can find it on Google Books.

Second in the slideshow is a series of images of a laboratory.  Sad to say, I do believe most of the equipment I used in Orgo my second year looked suspiciously similar…

Third and finally, we have the obligatory chicken pictures.  “Obligatory?” you say?  Absolutely, I reply.  Because nothing says fall like the harvest of eggs from a group of chicks.  Okay, my tongue may be in my cheek, but it is the best harvest picture we’ve got accessioned.  So if you want something better, I guess you are going to have to come volunteer and help us get this beast under control!  That being said, I must admit some relief (and thanks?!) in realizing that even great photographers like RIP can have trouble with lighting.  Did you notice has over-exposed these pictures are?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Enjoy your bird!