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Sep 06

Ritz Theatre Program - 1933

Posted on September 6, 2018 at 9:13 AM by Jamesan Stuckey

Take a look at the films shown in the Ritz, Five Points, and Silvertown Theatres, the week of September 7, 1933. 

(Ritz Theatre Program, September 7-14, 1933, Dane Brabham Collection, TU Archives)

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Aug 02

Dime Stores around the Courthouse Square

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 12:43 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

It was brought to our attention there was discussion of the various Dime Stores around the square. Historical photographs of the courthouse square show the following stores.

South Side of the Square:

The Dime Stores Inc. (ca. 1920’s), Moore’s (ca. 1930’s-1960’s), and Clary’s (ca.1960’s) all occupied the same building. It Is unclear if The Dime Store (as seen in the postcard below) was owned by the same people of Moore’s. Clary’s opened in this location March, 1963. Thank you to our Archivist, Bonnie Smith, for finding the information on Clary’s.

East Side of the Square:

Paulk’s 5 & 10 was located right next door to Maxwell’s Dime Store in this photo from ca. 1930’s. By the time this next photo was taken in the 1940’s, Maxwell’s remained but Paulk’s was now Gladin’s Ladies Shoppe.

North Side of the Square:

According to this photo found in the Gordon Holstun Collection, dated 1954, McConnell’s Dime Store once stood where Day Realty currently is.
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South Side of Square, ca. 1920's

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South Side of Square, 1948. Shed Carswell Photo

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(South Side of Square) Thomaston Times, March 21, 1963

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East Side of Square, ca. 1930's

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East Side of Square, ca. 1940's

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North Side of Square, 1954, Gordon Holstun Collection

Jul 26

Thomaston's Post Office

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 4:09 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

On this day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the U.S. Postal System. Benjamin Franklin was named the very first postmaster general.

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-postal-system-established

Not counting the county’s many smaller post offices, going back in Thomaston’s history reveals the post office once stood at the corner of Gibson (now Gordon St) and S. Church Street. http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/sanborn/CityCounty/Thomaston1885/Sheet1.html  (The former location of Stephens Auto, later occupied by the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council) By 1900, this building was vacant.

The current Thomaston post office on E. Thompson officially opened in 1934, according to the Thomaston Times, March 23, 1934. “Friday of last week the post office was moved from the Nottingham Building on N. Church Street to the new federal building just completed at (the) corner of Thompson and Center Streets by the Barge-Thompson Company of Atlanta, contractors, at an approximate cost of $63,000 for the building, vaults, and electric fixtures… Purchase of the lot from C.M. Pasley Sr., and Mrs. L.P. Davis was confirmed by the government Aug. 13, 1931, price $12,800.”

(Post Office, Lateral Files: History. Thomaston-Upson Archives)

The postcard featured is dated 1936, contributed by Jimmy McKinley for the Upson Pictorial History.

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