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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:16AM

I think "Fight Pay TV" was a place where you could go see pay for view items before cable. Go and watch a major fight somewhere and pay for it.

I think the last movie that I saw at the Springfield Rocking Chair Theatre was "Ghostbusters."

Also the State Theatre picture above -- "Gigi" came out in 1958 so there's your sign for how old the picture is.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:18AM

Wow I started another page.

I see that the movie was "Gigot" not "Gigi."

So the picture was taken in 1962. The last first run picture that I saw at the State was "The Love Bug."

I know I'm ancient...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: January 12, 2019 10:58AM

1960 .
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: January 12, 2019 11:02AM

Date unknown.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Alexandria Roller Rink ^^ ()
Date: January 12, 2019 01:07PM

Never went in but went by many times. Did get those little square burgers from the Little Tavern near by. Heard about many concerts at the roller rink too, wonder when it was razed and I miss the Lil Taverns whose slogan was "Buy Em By The Bag" I bought 2 of the lil greasy grey squares on a bun with minced onions at a time

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: From Old Pics Archives Here ()
Date: January 12, 2019 01:12PM

The Little Tavern by the roller rink reposted, I just saw references to the Doors playing at the roller rink in the 60's
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Happy time ()
Date: January 12, 2019 01:23PM

The same under a White Castle brand are waiting for you eight now in 6-packs over at 7-11. Yum!!!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: January 12, 2019 03:16PM

A better shot of Bradlee shopping center. pic courtesy of Fairfax county library yearbook archives 1961.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Roller Rinker ()
Date: January 12, 2019 04:21PM

The Alexandria Roller Rink was razed around 1984.

If you go into the Royal Cafe there, they have a neat painting of a view out their window with the Roller Rink across the street.

Yep, the Doors played there in 1968 (as did a number of major bands from that era), it was maybe Jim Morrison's one and only visit to Alexandria (where he spent his HS years) during the time he was a "star".

Apparently he flipped out and chucked a cymbal into the crowd, and somebody got injured?

As a little aside, there is a "Antiques Roadshow" episode viewable on YouTube where a buddy of his from college was given a book as a present from Jim Morrison...in the front area, where Jim Morrison had signed it, was the Alexandria Library logo, clearly showing the building. Pretty cool, gotta be on the lookout for it.

Interesting to note, there is one old timey motel a block or two away on Washington Street (there were two until a year or so ago, one got demolished) where the bands of the era would stay if they were playing the Roller Rink. Remember, that was the 60's, the motels weren't that old back then, plus, the age of high end luxury hotels was decades away...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Western FFX ()
Date: January 12, 2019 07:59PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> I think this might be Falls Church?
> Date unknown.


http://www.mjarchitecture.com/state-theatre-falls-church-va/

Need to track down when the awning was changed to narrow down the date of your photo.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Western FFX ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:08PM

Western FFX Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I think this might be Falls Church?
> > Date unknown.
>
>
> http://www.mjarchitecture.com/state-theatre-falls-
> church-va/
>
> Need to track down when the awning was changed to
> narrow down the date of your photo.

Oops, didn't go the this page to see Blanche's post before I posted. Sorry.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fran Conia ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:38PM

blanche Wrote:
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> Wow I started another page.
>
> I see that the movie was "Gigot" not "Gigi."
>
> So the picture was taken in 1962. The last first
> run picture that I saw at the State was "The Love
> Bug."
>
> I know I'm ancient...


I am right there with ya Blanche! We are old! lol.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Bugs And Heaps ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:47PM

You say you want Bugs and Heaps From the past

W T Woodson Parking in the 1968 yearbook from the Fairfax Co Library collection

Lots of State Dept CIA and Military people in Fairfax back then which explains the foreign cars many of which known as Bugs as explained here in the past in Old Pics of Fairfax County
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: January 12, 2019 09:15PM

Came back in from helping my neighbor get his snowblower running, and discovered someone posted a great photo of WT Woodson HS

4 VW Bugs, and 3 Chevrolet Corvairs

Thank you - Enjoy the Winter Sports!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: January 13, 2019 12:07AM

Bugs And Heaps Wrote:
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> You say you want Bugs and Heaps From the past
>
> W T Woodson Parking in the 1968 yearbook from the
> Fairfax Co Library collection
>
> Lots of State Dept CIA and Military people in
> Fairfax back then which explains the foreign cars
> many of which known as Bugs as explained here in
> the past in Old Pics of Fairfax County

Very cool picture. Is that Whitacre Rd in the background?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Yes Its Whitacre Rd ()
Date: January 13, 2019 05:17PM

Same style houses are still there , this was probably near 236 as that's where the main building is and some of the houses are gone today replaced by office condos or large homes

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Down Rt 1 Back In The Day ()
Date: January 13, 2019 05:52PM

Belvoir Pharmacy Woodlawn Texaco and another of the Dixie Pig all back in 1967 from the Fairfax Co On Line Yearbooks Mt Vernon Surveyor 1967
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 3 Port Holes ()
Date: January 13, 2019 06:02PM

Buick Special at the Woodlawn Texaco trusting their car to:

"The Man Who Wears The Star"

In The days of Service With A Smile
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: HEY Bruce! ()
Date: January 13, 2019 06:03PM

My car does not RUN ON WEED BROTHER ! LOL!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: F3E6M ()
Date: January 13, 2019 11:21PM

You guys are just going to ignore the Renault Dauphine in the WT Woodson pic?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: It was not Ignored ()
Date: January 14, 2019 12:05AM

The post was Bugs and Heaps the Renault was a heap , there were several heaps in the pic one looks like an Amphib car near the oldest black heap in the pic . I see 4 VWs and 2 Corvairs plus a small English sports car that wont start , maybe Lucas made the electric system the way they did for Triumph motorcycles like the 200 Cub, also useful as a boat anchor. The Renault is next to a old style Chevy van . The first car I ever drove without a license by myself was a 3 speed Renault I think it had a 3 cyl engine baby blue 1959 and it ran good

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ouch ()
Date: January 14, 2019 07:29AM

don't ignore that third corvair!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fran Conia ()
Date: January 14, 2019 08:45AM

May be a re-post , not sure.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fran Conia ()
Date: January 14, 2019 01:46PM

My Dad had one of these Montgomery ward add on A-C units installed in his Ford Galaxy and it was noisy but worked great for years.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: pc retardzz ()
Date: January 14, 2019 01:51PM

everything was so clean and fresh!

it looks swarthy and depressing now.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: January 14, 2019 03:09PM

Fran Conia Wrote:
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> My Dad had one of these Montgomery ward add on A-C
> units installed in his Ford Galaxy and it was
> noisy but worked great for years.


Remember vinyl seats on a 95 degree summer day with 80% humidity? Those add on under dash A/C units made hot summer nights at the drive in movies much more comfortable.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Riverside Benelli ()
Date: January 14, 2019 09:55PM

Anyone have advertising for the Riverside motorcycle that Montgomery Wards sold .
We stripped the lights and made dirt bikes out of them. Around 70,71.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Guessing Game From A Plane ()
Date: January 14, 2019 10:13PM

Flying over some of Marcus Bles Land in Fairfax County in 1967

The man had a amazing history RIP Mr. Bles one of the good guys

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1986/01/10/marcus-bles-81-dies-land-investor-parlayed-50-into-50-million/0753c6de-533f-4fdf-b73c-f35f2164f316/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6d30195e8910
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Flying Over Who Knows Where ()
Date: January 14, 2019 10:17PM

In Fairfax County Mysteryland back in 1967 52 years ago
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Flying Over Gone Not Forgotton ()
Date: January 14, 2019 10:22PM

Where people could live in Fairfax County cheaper in 1967

That's it for now
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: chris nick ()
Date: January 15, 2019 12:23PM

got one of those trade dollars in the next room.
it’s got chinese chop marks in it. might snap a pic of it and post later.

great thread! been lurking it for years, decided to catch up on whatever posts i’ve missed since 2014. i grew up off of s. glebe road (mom worked for nick rinaldi lanes in the late 70s, then taso’s pizza) then moved to arlandria in the mid-80s, then my fam hopscotched to a few more places in alexandria til i graduated t.c. williams hs in 1990, after which i got the hell out of ‘dodge’.

anyone remember the old comic book store off of e. windsor and the main drag in arlandria?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: chris nick ()
Date: January 15, 2019 12:28PM

chris nick Wrote:
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> got one of those trade dollars in the next room.
> it’s got chinese chop marks in it. might snap a
> pic of it and post later.
>
> great thread! been lurking it for years, decided
> to catch up on whatever posts i’ve missed since
> 2014. i grew up off of s. glebe road (mom worked
> for nick rinaldi lanes in the late 70s, then
> taso’s pizza) then moved to arlandria in the
> mid-80s, then my fam hopscotched to a few more
> places in alexandria til i graduated t.c. williams
> hs in 1990, after which i got the hell out of
> ‘dodge’.
>
> anyone remember the old comic book store off of e.
> windsor and the main drag in arlandria?

apologies, i quoted the post i was replying to from dec. 2017, but had to add to my username to get reply to post and apparently lost quote in the process.

readers will live without it. never done much more than lurk these old skool message boards

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: chris nick ()
Date: January 15, 2019 12:36PM

little article on nick rinaldi here,i bowled for what is referred here as the ‘shirley park’ team.

that strip mall also had an Ollie’s Trolley in the parking lot, as well as a Drug Fair and Giant Foods - on Sundays we took a little walk across the bridge to Arlandria to the ‘Wafle Shop’, next door to a record store and across the street from a 5 & 10 store (think it was an H.L. Green’s)

http://www.northamericanbowling.com/Articles/10-RINALDI1.HTML

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: chris nick ()
Date: January 15, 2019 02:04PM

the old comic book store in Arlandria.
Dennis, the proprietor was still at it after all those years.

got my first Fabulous Furry Freak Bros. comics here in the mid-80s (they already vintage by the time i ever bought any of them).

also the bulk of my Star Trek memoribilia outside of a few conventions i attended

http://alexandrianews.org/2009/other-news/the-little-shop-of-comics/7707/
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fran Conia ()
Date: January 15, 2019 05:34PM

chris nick Wrote:
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> little article on nick rinaldi here,i bowled for
> what is referred here as the ‘shirley park’
> team.
>
> that strip mall also had an Ollie’s Trolley in
> the parking lot, as well as a Drug Fair and Giant
> Foods - on Sundays we took a little walk across
> the bridge to Arlandria to the ‘Wafle Shop’,
> next door to a record store and across the street
> from a 5 & 10 store (think it was an H.L.
> Green’s)
>
> http://www.northamericanbowling.com/Articles/10-RI
> NALDI1.HTML


In the early 80s I worked a job on the 4pm to midnight shift and we used to go bowling at Rinaldi's at 1 or 2 in the morning, great place! Wasn't there also a theatre in that shopping center that showed X rated movies?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Chris Nick ()
Date: January 15, 2019 05:55PM

Fran Conia Wrote:
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> chris nick Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > little article on nick rinaldi here,i bowled
> for
> > what is referred here as the ‘shirley park’
> > team.
> >
> > that strip mall also had an Ollie’s Trolley
> in
> > the parking lot, as well as a Drug Fair and
> Giant
> > Foods - on Sundays we took a little walk across
> > the bridge to Arlandria to the ‘Wafle
> Shop’,
> > next door to a record store and across the
> street
> > from a 5 & 10 store (think it was an H.L.
> > Green’s)
> >
> >
> http://www.northamericanbowling.com/Articles/10-RI
>
> > NALDI1.HTML
>
>
> In the early 80s I worked a job on the 4pm to
> midnight shift and we used to go bowling at
> Rinaldi's at 1 or 2 in the morning, great place!
> Wasn't there also a theatre in that shopping
> center that showed X rated movies?

Hi France Conia:

i think there was some dodgy films on offer in the left side of the bowling alley, but since i was very underage i don’t remember having the opportunity to see what was really going on in that section. i do remember the exit door always stank of urine. very mysterious section of the ‘alley’ to me!

hard to separate what was reality and what was a scene i dreamed when it comes to those far-off times ;)

Cheers,

Chris

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Chris Nick ()
Date: January 15, 2019 06:07PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> A better shot of Bradlee shopping center. pic
> courtesy of Fairfax county library yearbook
> archives 1961.

in the late 80’s, i worked in the little used bookstore called Bookstop, which was directly behind Bradlee’s, til i graduated high school.

i was the only clerk for the owner, Toby Cedar (now deceased), until i got my mother a job there to replace me when i gave into wanderlust. if memory serves, my mum worked for Ms. Cedar until the store went out of business some time in the nineties.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: primitive hills ()
Date: January 15, 2019 08:39PM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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>
> Is that Pimmit hills in the lower left hand area
> of that pic??

Not sure if you got your answer?
It is not...though you are looking in the correct direction.

Pimmit hills is on the other side of I-95- I could not resist a 95/495 funny.

Pimmit hills is on the other side of 495 from the mall.

495 is barely visible along the bottom of the picture at hand.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: January 18, 2019 03:18PM

Anyone remember this place? 1951 evening Star ad.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: January 18, 2019 03:29PM

Posted primarily for the VW.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: January 18, 2019 06:28PM

Andy,

Thanks for the Roller Rink, many good times there!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: January 18, 2019 06:54PM

Turkey dinners and VWs - The best of everything!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: January 19, 2019 11:51AM

Mclean. Is that another VW? Date unknown
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fran Conia ()
Date: January 20, 2019 07:45AM

This is a very cool video of my old stomping grounds in the early 70's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4sXmZMFieo&feature=share

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Mall rat ()
Date: January 21, 2019 01:10PM

Does anyone have some pictures of Springfield Mall's interior from the 70s-90s? That would be amazing!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: research is fun and rewarding ()
Date: January 21, 2019 01:56PM

Mall rat Wrote:
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> Does anyone have some pictures of Springfield
> Mall's interior from the 70s-90s? That would be
> amazing!


It is amazing! And they are mixed among the 111 pages of posts and pictures on this thread. Get to clickin'....

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: mr helper2 ()
Date: January 21, 2019 01:59PM

Mall rat Wrote:
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> Does anyone have some pictures of Springfield
> Mall's interior from the 70s-90s? That would be
> amazing!


a couple here,
http://www.labelscar.com/virginia/springfield-mall

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: January 21, 2019 01:59PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Posted primarily for the VW.


use to skate there a lot. my favorite rink. unsavory neighborhood.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: January 21, 2019 02:05PM

question:
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Class of 71 ()
Date: January 21, 2019 03:49PM

causeican Wrote:
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> question:


On the corner of RT 123 and School Street(west side) there was a little store that made a fortune selling to the black community of Fairfax City. The owners had set the prices higher than 7-11, and I think they extended credit.

I looked at the photo, and the yellow line is running through where the store was located. The western side of School Street was all black, and the houses were little more than shacks. We were forbidden as kids to go anywhere near that area, so we rode our bikes to the 7-11 on University Drive near the library and post office.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Loved that place ()
Date: January 21, 2019 04:14PM

In high school,71_75 we used to go there to buy beer underage. They charged more than other places but didn't ask for ID

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Shhhhh ()
Date: January 21, 2019 05:24PM

Loved that place Wrote:
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> In high school,71_75 we used to go there to buy
> beer underage. They charged more than other places
> but didn't ask for ID

The Cash and Carry out Rt. 50 at Centreville Rd was our go to. They also sold pipes, bongs, rolling papers among other things young men would be shopping for!

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