Mom at State Fair

Mom would have been 97 today. I have some beautiful pictures of her through the years. This one was taken the same day as the picture of her riding the bear photograph, which is a classic. Notice the cigars for a nickel sign which help me date the photo.

“Stanford Newman said that cigars actually did retail for around five cents in the 1930s during the Great Depression; they were back up to 10 cents apiece again following the Second World War where we started to see brand names like Philly’s, White Owls and Dutch Masters.”



2 Responses to “Mom at State Fair”

  1. September 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Those were the days……..

    Would this have been in Richmond? The State Fairgrounds?

  2. 2 O3
    September 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Important dates in history of State Fair of Virginia

    Published: September 22, 2009
    the Richmond Times-Dispatch

    State Fair of Vir ginia history
    1854: Virginia State Agricultural Society is established, holds the first state fair at present-day Monroe Park in Richmond.

    1859: The fair moves to West Broad Street near the present-day Science Museum of Virginia, is suspended from 1861 to 1866 due to the Civil War.

    1906: Virginia State Fair Association organizes to revive the fair after a 10-year absence, uses a site along North Boulevard that’s now home to The Diamond.

    1946: The association reorganizes as Atlantic Rural Exposition Inc. and moves the fair to Strawberry Hill off Laburnum Avenue in rural Henrico County. The site eventually is shared through a lease with Richmond International Raceway.

    1999: Atlantic Rural Exposition sells Strawberry Hill complex to RIR for $47 million, plans to move fair to the Varina area of eastern Henrico County in 2001.

    2002: Atlantic Rural Exposition abandons plans to relocate in Henrico, looks at Meadow Farm in Caroline County as a possible home. The farm is best known as the birthplace of Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in 1973.

    2003: Atlantic Rural Exposition buys Meadow Farm site for $5.3 million, with hopes of relocating by 2006. Group is renamed The State Fair of Virginia Inc.

    2008: Fair breaks ground on $81 million complex called The Meadow Event Park.

    Sept. 24, 2009: Fair opens at Meadow Farm.

    Also check out the bear photo : https://otway.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/frida-kiki-gin/

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1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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