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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GUN BUM ()
Date: April 08, 2019 10:01PM

One of my fav places to look around . I got a couple pieces there myself both good deals.

Then later to Radio Free Italy when they had the pizza and pasta salad buffet on the second level of the mezzanine about 6 dollars at lunch with ice water and 2 dollars tip dirt cheap and way good . Sad to see all those smaller places go to put that other place in Ive never spend a dime in. A Korean had Larrys Cookies there about 1989 when they first opened the food court I got some cookies and Ice cream from him time to time, very few customers then and I felt sorry for him, 5 years later he was going to the bank by the hour, one hard working man and his family to realize the true American Dream through work and business, Ill spare you the rest of my bitchfest of some newcomers today LOL!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: DLawson ()
Date: April 09, 2019 11:55AM

Fran Conia Wrote:
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> AERIAL VIEW OF FOUR MILE RUN BRIDGE LOOKING
> NORTHEAST - George Washington Memorial Parkway.
> Are those parked cars at the top of the picture
> and if so why are they parked there?


Looking at historicaerials.com, those buildings were there in 1994, but had been replaced by an expanded parking lot by 2002.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Arthur Sheldon ()
Date: April 10, 2019 08:09PM

Tysons Corner. Date?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: guess ()
Date: April 10, 2019 09:18PM

Arthur Sheldon Wrote:
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> Tysons Corner. Date?


1976

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: April 11, 2019 04:26AM

Jim Mckay truck sales.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: commuter in Tysons Corner ()
Date: April 12, 2019 04:26PM

I noticed that the building for sale at 7929 Westpark Drive in Tysons Corner looks exactly like the building that was at the corner of Rt.123 and Anderson Road that was torn down several years ago to build condos. They are/were octagonal shaped three story buildings that were very unique looking. Anyone know why there were two identical buildings a short distance from one another? Kinda unusual to build something architecturally unique and then repeat it a mile or so away. Just curious if anyone knows the history of these structures.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: commuter in Tysons Corner ()
Date: April 12, 2019 04:29PM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: April 13, 2019 08:46AM

People say this is the Annandale road Red Barn. I'm not so sure about that. What do you guys think?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: April 13, 2019 08:51AM

This might be a re-post, not sure.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: April 13, 2019 11:27AM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> People say this is the Annandale road Red Barn.
> I'm not so sure about that. What do you guys
> think?


I say no...I never remember anything to the left of RB...we moved off SH road in 1967. Here it is in later life...just tress to the left and a Service Station on the rt set back a ways.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: April 13, 2019 12:24PM

My Dad still uses the free glasses Red barn used to give away.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: April 13, 2019 12:53PM

May 1976.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: WT Woodson ()
Date: April 13, 2019 07:17PM

causeican Wrote:
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> Now, who can say they ever rode on this crazy
> looking bird?


About that helicopter...
Bernie was a good man. I worked on and off for Bernie for a few years in the mid-60's when I was 16-17 years old and I towed that helicopter ride all over the place, from Richmond to Bethesda. Often in an old step-van with a couple of ponies in the back.

I once took a pony to Robert Kennedy's daughter's birthday at his place on the Potomac. I set up a little ring with some rope and stands then walked her and her friends around for an hour or so. I recall the daughter asked if the pony would jump. They invited me into the kitchen and treated me to a piece of birthday cake.

Earlier that day I had picked up the helicopter ride in Richmond and it was still behind the truck (that was the first time I had ever driven a truck and trailer) It was almost impossible to back up. Narrower than the truck you couldn't see it in the mirrors until it was jack-knifed. Robert Kennedy's place was a grand old home overlooking the river on a dead end street. I pulled right up to the fence overlooking the river and parked. Some of you already know where I'm going with this! It took me several hours to back out of there. So long that it was well after dark before I was done and turned around. I didn't get back to the stable until after 9:00 o'clock that night.

Bernie had several little "carnival rides" that he would bring to church fairs and similar events. One of which was a bright red Nash Metropolitan convertible that was hand-made into a hook and ladder fire truck. Once while delivering it I was caught in 5:00 o'clock belt-way traffic. So? I turned on the red flashing light and the siren and passed everyone for miles on the outside shoulder. Laughing all the way. If you could only have seen the looks as this diminutive fire engine with an hysterical boy driving it passed them by.

Bernie always had a brand new Cadillac, his "old one" would be up on blocks with an electric drill running the odometer back until he could sell it. Which took weeks as I recall.

The little train ride set-up was a hateful thing, it was constantly breaking down and was so heavy it took 4 or 5 of us to lift the engine out of the truck and set-up not to mention all the sections of heavy steel track. That wasn't a ride we took out every time. We once set it up in the parking lot of the Kings Park shopping center. I think there was a big church there?

Bernie was a confirmed bachelor and he took good care of his ponies. He really liked them, they all had names and their own tack and stalls. He knew each one's personality and would select a certain pony for a given venue. There were maybe 10 or so of those cute and rather clever beasts.
The stable/barn was between 236 and the Mantua development and many of us (really just boys) hung out there. And you can only imagine what went on up in a 40 foot long hayloft...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: It Is No Thinking About It ()
Date: April 13, 2019 11:49PM

>People say this is the Annandale road Red Barn. I'm not so sure about that. What do you guys think?

That's it , I always got a fried piece of fish they had a little salad bar a roll soda and about 2.50 or less back in the 70's that's all I ever got. I considered it a good deal and miss the place

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sugarloaf Mountain Man ()
Date: April 13, 2019 11:52PM

Is That pointed mountain in the right horizon background of the Dulles terminal in 1976 Sugarloaf Mt in Md. I think it is now as the view is from the west to the east

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Maybe a million years ago ()
Date: April 14, 2019 12:13AM

Sugarloaf Mountain Man Wrote:
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> Is That pointed mountain in the right horizon
> background of the Dulles terminal in 1976
> Sugarloaf Mt in Md. I think it is now as the view
> is from the west to the east

Yes, that pointed "mountain" is Sugarloaf. More of a hill than a mountain though. The view is almost due North from the airport into Maryland.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lol lol lol ()
Date: April 14, 2019 09:41AM

Sugarloaf Mountain Man Wrote:
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> Is That pointed mountain in the right horizon
> background of the Dulles terminal in 1976
> Sugarloaf Mt in Md. I think it is now as the view
> is from the west to the east


They tore that down several years ago to make room for a parking lot.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: DH. ()
Date: April 14, 2019 01:28PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> > People say this is the Annandale road Red Barn.
> > I'm not so sure about that. What do you guys
> > think?
>
>
> I say no...I never remember anything to the left
> of RB...we moved off SH road in 1967. Here it is
> in later life...just tress to the left and a
> Service Station on the rt set back a ways.


Sleepy is right.
My girlfriend in high school worked at the one on Annandale Rd.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Is Right ()
Date: April 14, 2019 01:58PM

I was sucked in thinking of crisp fried fish in Falls Church too seeing that pic , that Red Barn is in Ohio Rocks Cleveland Ohio

The girl in this Red Barn ad reminds me of my girlfriend Jennifer we used to explore abandoned houses after school

What happened in those houses ?

We explored them and that's all! What where you thinking!! We were 8 years old !

Some You Tube Red Barn love with a commercial showing some of their food

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCIbgLVhNJM

Your Pal DAJAX
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fran Conia ()
Date: April 16, 2019 09:04AM

Reston Virginia 1968. Not a cellphone in sight, much simpler times, people living in the moment. Wish we could go back.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: The Omen ()
Date: April 16, 2019 09:13AM

Fran Conia Wrote:
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> Reston Virginia 1968. Not a cellphone in sight,
> much simpler times, people living in the moment.
> Wish we could go back.


That small boy looks demonic

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Progress is a good thing ()
Date: April 16, 2019 10:13AM

I'd be lost without my cellphone. Used to carry a little breast-pocket spiral notebook back in the day, but a cellphone does so much more.

Love this thread by the way. Even though I ran out of old photos to post years ago.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Dan8 ()
Date: April 16, 2019 12:51PM

Arlington.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Dan8 ()
Date: April 16, 2019 01:31PM

Lee highway @ Illinois st
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Dan8 ()
Date: April 16, 2019 01:48PM

Reverse angle.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: just passing through ()
Date: April 16, 2019 08:55PM

I couldn't help but notice in the previous three photos there is not a single car on any of the roads. Looks like a ghost town!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: April 16, 2019 09:33PM

They must have been taken on a Sunday.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/16/2019 09:33PM by causeican.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: DLawson ()
Date: April 17, 2019 04:18PM

Fran Conia Wrote:
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> Reston Virginia 1968. Not a cellphone in sight,
> much simpler times, people living in the moment.
> Wish we could go back.


But not to that architecture.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: just passing through ()
Date: April 17, 2019 05:27PM

DLawson Wrote:
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> Fran Conia Wrote:
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> > Reston Virginia 1968. Not a cellphone in sight,
> > much simpler times, people living in the
> moment.
> > Wish we could go back.
>
>
> But not to that architecture.

What? That architecture is timeless...evidently. Those buildings are still there on Lake Anne and probably cost a fortune! https://modernreston.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Lake-Anne-Plaza-Reston-events.jpg

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Film in Reston? ()
Date: April 17, 2019 07:05PM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: That's a negative ()
Date: April 17, 2019 08:29PM

Film in Reston? Wrote:
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> .

Century City, California.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conquest_of_the_Planet_of_the_Apes#Production

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: April 19, 2019 04:52PM

Lyon village apartments Arlington Va under construction 1939.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: April 19, 2019 04:57PM

Kenny's Amoco at 10549 Lee Highway from the Fairfax County Heritage Resources Slide Collection. Date unknown.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Thats What Immigrants Did ()
Date: April 19, 2019 05:03PM

When they came to the USA They worked. Today they are on welfare as they cant support themselves thank Democrats for that

>Lyon village apartments Arlington Va under construction 1939.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: April 20, 2019 11:54AM

Abandoned W-74 Nike Missile launch site off Popes Head Road circa 1985. Today it's Popes Head Park.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fran Conia ()
Date: April 21, 2019 11:28AM

WEEL radio 1310 on your AM dial from 1973!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdWgzh0CWSE&feature=share

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: bhgyb ()
Date: April 22, 2019 11:04AM

[Back to Page-1]

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: April 22, 2019 05:00PM

Fran Conia Wrote:
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> WEEL radio 1310 on your AM dial from 1973!
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdWgzh0CWSE&featur
> e=share


That brought back some memories, thanks!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Big Dave ()
Date: April 23, 2019 05:07AM

A little bit of History on Sterling Park.

"The Sterling-area farm of Jesse M. Hughes was a Rural Electrification Administration demonstration site in 1936. Later developed into Sterling Park."
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: April 24, 2019 08:56AM

1965 Yearbook picture courtesy of Fairfax county library.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: April 24, 2019 02:17PM

Here is a film reel from 1939, showing trains running on the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad from Rosslyn to the Difficult Run Bridge:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8aXR48nxYg

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: April 24, 2019 03:02PM

Tysons, exact date unknown. Early 70s??
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blown ranger ()
Date: April 24, 2019 08:51PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Tysons, exact date unknown. Early 70s??


No earlier than 1973.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: April 27, 2019 08:42AM

Not a old picture but a old memory on display at Virginia state police HQ in Richmond.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ColonelAngus ()
Date: April 27, 2019 05:52PM

Anyone remember these guys/gals?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ymejv ()
Date: April 27, 2019 09:54PM

"Suzy" looks like a big breasted Krystal Koons. Same eyes, facial features and thin blonde hair.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: April 27, 2019 10:11PM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> Not a old picture but a old memory on display at
> Virginia state police HQ in Richmond.


Great picture. Thx

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ColonelAngus ()
Date: April 28, 2019 12:51AM

Ewww, you're right, bag that face.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: May 01, 2019 12:20PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> 1965 Yearbook picture courtesy of Fairfax county
> library.


Annandale, correct? Love to have that 1960 Chevy wagon. Thanks Andy.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: May 01, 2019 04:42PM

Speaking of Annandale here is another yearbook pic from the library. 1965.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: May 02, 2019 10:02AM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Speaking of Annandale here is another yearbook pic
> from the library. 1965.

Another great one Andy...I can't tell you how much stuff we bought at AS&H.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: May 03, 2019 05:27PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Speaking of Annandale here is another yearbook pic
> from the library. 1965.


What are those 3 kids on the left holding?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: May 03, 2019 05:44PM

It looks like a toboggan to me. It might have been clearer if the curved side was facing out in the picture.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Class of 71 ()
Date: May 04, 2019 11:52AM

blanche Wrote:
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> It looks like a toboggan to me. It might have
> been clearer if the curved side was facing out in
> the picture.


I thought the same thing, but my wife said it is too narrow to be a toboggan.

Great photo, and the debate goes on.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: May 04, 2019 12:02PM

Centre theatre Quaker lane, date unknown.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: May 04, 2019 12:04PM

I think it's a toboggan also, my brother's was that narrow....copying the Beach Boy's album cover where they're carrying a surfboard and searching for waves.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: May 04, 2019 01:32PM

The good people at the Virginia room in the Fairfax county library are asking for help identifying this Fairfax county public school. Anybody know for sure where this is? By the way, the Virginia room people are in the process of going through hundreds if not thousands of old images in their archives for release to the public at some point. Volunteers are doing the work so it may take awhile.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: old school resident ()
Date: May 04, 2019 05:37PM

Pic Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: May 04, 2019 01:32PM

Looks like it may be Haycock Elementary School. Haycock and Westmoreland streets just before you cross into Arlington.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: cameltoad ()
Date: May 05, 2019 07:19PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Centre theatre Quaker lane, date unknown.


That movie came out in 1966 but that theater always showed earlier films, especially if they were risque. That may very well be one of my bicycles in front of the Pet Center as it was a regular haunt for me as a child. Centre Theater was known for showing X films like Clockwork Orange, Midnight Cowboy etc. I remember sneaking in the back door to see Easy Rider when I was 12. Good times!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: eastbourne drive ()
Date: May 05, 2019 08:59PM

cameltoad Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> > Centre theatre Quaker lane, date unknown.
>
>
> That movie came out in 1966 but that theater
> always showed earlier films, especially if they
> were risque. That may very well be one of my
> bicycles in front of the Pet Center as it was a
> regular haunt for me as a child. Centre Theater
> was known for showing X films like Clockwork
> Orange, Midnight Cowboy etc. I remember sneaking
> in the back door to see Easy Rider when I was 12.
> Good times!


Thanks for sharing those memories!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: May 05, 2019 09:09PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> The good people at the Virginia room in the
> Fairfax county library are asking for help
> identifying this Fairfax county public school.
> Anybody know for sure where this is? By the way,
> the Virginia room people are in the process of
> going through hundreds if not thousands of old
> images in their archives for release to the public
> at some point. Volunteers are doing the work so it
> may take awhile.


Is it Woodburn ES?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Memories ()
Date: May 05, 2019 09:27PM

cameltoad Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> > Centre theatre Quaker lane, date unknown.
>
>
> That movie came out in 1966 but that theater
> always showed earlier films, especially if they
> were risque. That may very well be one of my
> bicycles in front of the Pet Center as it was a
> regular haunt for me as a child. Centre Theater
> was known for showing X films like Clockwork
> Orange, Midnight Cowboy etc. I remember sneaking
> in the back door to see Easy Rider when I was 12.
> Good times!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: May 05, 2019 09:31PM

Too me it looks like the back side lot of Westlawn ES in Falls Church.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Elsie Snodgrass ()
Date: May 05, 2019 11:22PM

old school resident Wrote:
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> Pic Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
> Date: May 04, 2019 01:32PM
>
> Looks like it may be Haycock Elementary School.
> Haycock and Westmoreland streets just before you
> cross into Arlington.


I thought the same thing when I looked at the picture, but a lot of schools that were built in the mid 1950's looked very similar to each other.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Not woodburn ()
Date: May 06, 2019 07:42AM

I went there and there’s no part of the school that looks like that photo with topography, parking, and trees combined. Lot facing front is flat, side facing gallows had no parking, behind was the field/soccer area and the big ass blacktop where I ran like the wind doing my 50 yard dash in record time. teachers, students, and the green uniformed janitor people that roamed the joint were amazed.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Mgepy ()
Date: May 06, 2019 10:29AM

Thx for checking it out. Now go to Westlawn it’s not too far from there.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: May 06, 2019 10:39AM

I agree that many of these 1950s FCPS elementary schools looked alike -- pick a design and stay with it, economies of scale. That being said many renovations and changes to the outside of these schools have happened since then (60/50 years).

I am vaguely remembering that Woodburn did have a parking lot to the right side of the building before Gallows was widened into a four lane road. I think the state took the west/north bound side of the road for the expansion.

But there are several schools in that area that looked similar. Walnut Hill, Westover, etc.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Wyejx ()
Date: May 06, 2019 11:39AM

That parking lot is pretty full. Looks to be the cars are double parking. Packed.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Seminary Röder ()
Date: May 06, 2019 05:53PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Centre theatre Quaker lane, date unknown.


Knocked down in the early 80s. On that site a People’s was built, now a CVS.

Still a nice block of stores, as a kid we went to Baskin Robbins there, and when I graduated from milkshakes to adult beverages, Ramparts was always a go to. Still is.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: cameltoad ()
Date: May 07, 2019 12:34AM

Seminary Röder Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> > Centre theatre Quaker lane, date unknown.
>
>
> Knocked down in the early 80s. On that site a
> People’s was built, now a CVS.
>
> Still a nice block of stores, as a kid we went to
> Baskin Robbins there, and when I graduated from
> milkshakes to adult beverages, Ramparts was always
> a go to. Still is.




I beg to differ as I grew up there, and drove through yesterday as a matter of fact. That People's Drug (now CVS) was always there, and would be in that picture too if it was panned more to the left. That was a Greyhound Bus Station on the left end, the main drive through Fairlington is still there too. Took many a bus outta there. I also took guitar lessons at the Music & Arts store on the other side of the theater, as well as graduated nearby TC Williams in 76, so I walked by there every single day, except when it rained and I took a schoolbus home. Yes, that whole section was torn down in the 80's, but is now a parking lot with an office bldg in the middle (behind where the theater was). The Chinese Carry Out next to Baskin Robbins was called "Chicken Delight" and was one of the 1st places to deliver, My friend Bob was a driver. There was also a Scwinn Bicycle store in there for forever (same old grumpy guy always smoking Lucky Strikes charged too much for everything), and a crappy little record shop in that strip during the early 70's.

Anyone remember Punky Meadows? He grew up in that hood too, we literally did go over his house and listen to them (Cherry People/Angel) practice, just like in the Zappa song that pokes fun at him!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Class of 76 ()
Date: May 07, 2019 01:09AM

Solid info above.

Wave to my home boy.

Grew up on the other side of town but Alexandria was a much smaller place back then so you knew most all of it and about everyone in the school.

More:

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http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/19380/photos/8730


The Centre Theatre adjoined the Fairlington Shopping Center. The Centre Theatre was built in 1945 and torn down in June 1986 when Lindsay Cadillac made way for a new Cadillac lot. There was an old school pizza joint called Mabel’s which was next to the center complete with old jukeboxes at each table.

The Centre Theatre was a good sized single screen theatre, designed by architect John Eberson, with A.O. Budina as associate architect. It was almost identical to the Glebe/Dominion Theatre in Arlington, VA.

By the late-1970’s early-1980’s they showed second runs of mainstream films for reduced prices. The balcony was closed off at this point and the screen was a bit beaten up as I recall. The Centre Theatre was closed in 1985.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: cameltoad ()
Date: May 07, 2019 04:59AM

Class of 76 Wrote:
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> Solid info above.
>
> Wave to my home boy.
>
> Grew up on the other side of town but Alexandria
> was a much smaller place back then so you knew
> most all of it and about everyone in the school.
>
>
> More:
>
> src="http://photos.cinematreasures.org/production/
> photos/8730/1309557568/large.JPG?1309557568">
>
> http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/19380/photos/8
> 730
>
>
> The Centre Theatre adjoined the Fairlington
> Shopping Center. The Centre Theatre was built in
> 1945 and torn down in June 1986 when Lindsay
> Cadillac made way for a new Cadillac lot. There
> was an old school pizza joint called Mabel’s
> which was next to the center complete with old
> jukeboxes at each table.
>
> The Centre Theatre was a good sized single screen
> theatre, designed by architect John Eberson, with
> A.O. Budina as associate architect. It was almost
> identical to the Glebe/Dominion Theatre in
> Arlington, VA.
>
> By the late-1970’s early-1980’s they showed
> second runs of mainstream films for reduced
> prices. The balcony was closed off at this point
> and the screen was a bit beaten up as I recall.
> The Centre Theatre was closed in 1985.


Thanks! Holla!

Would love to see some pics of old Del Ray, Arlandria, Olde Town, anything Alexandria.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: May 07, 2019 05:15PM

cameltoad Wrote:
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> Class of 76 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Solid info above.
> >
> > Wave to my home boy.
> >
> > Grew up on the other side of town but
> Alexandria
> > was a much smaller place back then so you knew
> > most all of it and about everyone in the school.
>
> >
> >
> > More:
> >
> > >
> src="http://photos.cinematreasures.org/production/
>
> > photos/8730/1309557568/large.JPG?1309557568">
> >
> >
> http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/19380/photos/8
>
> > 730
> >
> >
> > The Centre Theatre adjoined the Fairlington
> > Shopping Center. The Centre Theatre was built
> in
> > 1945 and torn down in June 1986 when Lindsay
> > Cadillac made way for a new Cadillac lot. There
> > was an old school pizza joint called Mabel’s
> > which was next to the center complete with old
> > jukeboxes at each table.
> >
> > The Centre Theatre was a good sized single
> screen
> > theatre, designed by architect John Eberson,
> with
> > A.O. Budina as associate architect. It was
> almost
> > identical to the Glebe/Dominion Theatre in
> > Arlington, VA.
> >
> > By the late-1970’s early-1980’s they showed
> > second runs of mainstream films for reduced
> > prices. The balcony was closed off at this
> point
> > and the screen was a bit beaten up as I recall.
> > The Centre Theatre was closed in 1985.
>
>
> Thanks! Holla!
>
> Would love to see some pics of old Del Ray,
> Arlandria, Olde Town, anything Alexandria.


Arlandria, from earlier in this thread,
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: AlexandriaTimes Out of the Attic ()
Date: May 07, 2019 05:53PM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: AlexandriaTimes Out of the Attic ()
Date: May 07, 2019 05:55PM

Posted too quick.

Meant to say that the pictures in those articles generally aren't all that great but still some interesting information in some.

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Posted by: Del Ray 1929 ()
Date: May 07, 2019 05:58PM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Mount Vernon Electric Railway ()
Date: May 07, 2019 06:09PM

Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway

WA_MV_at_four_mile_run.jpg
Into the 1970s the mouth of Four Mile Run was a shallow tidal pool. The electric railway build a birm across it and here we see one of their cars making their way across, probably in the 1920s.

http://www.potomacva.org/electric-railway.html

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: LBSS long ago ()
Date: May 08, 2019 05:13AM

Remember in the 70s some hippy dude with a ladder on top of his VW bus would go around to different Peoples drug stores in the middle of the night and paint the signs to make them say LSD?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Seminary Röder ()
Date: May 08, 2019 06:26AM

cameltoad Wrote:
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> Seminary Röder Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Andy Ratlips Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Centre theatre Quaker lane, date unknown.
> >
> >
> > Knocked down in the early 80s. On that site a
> > People’s was built, now a CVS.
> >
> > Still a nice block of stores, as a kid we went
> to
> > Baskin Robbins there, and when I graduated from
> > milkshakes to adult beverages, Ramparts was
> always
> > a go to. Still is.
>
>
>
>
> I beg to differ as I grew up there, and drove
> through yesterday as a matter of fact. That
> People's Drug (now CVS) was always there, and
> would be in that picture too if it was panned more
> to the left. That was a Greyhound Bus Station on
> the left end, the main drive through Fairlington
> is still there too. Took many a bus outta there. I
> also took guitar lessons at the Music & Arts store
> on the other side of the theater, as well as
> graduated nearby TC Williams in 76, so I walked by
> there every single day, except when it rained and
> I took a schoolbus home. Yes, that whole section
> was torn down in the 80's, but is now a parking
> lot with an office bldg in the middle (behind
> where the theater was). The Chinese Carry Out next
> to Baskin Robbins was called "Chicken Delight" and
> was one of the 1st places to deliver, My friend
> Bob was a driver. There was also a Scwinn Bicycle
> store in there for forever (same old grumpy guy
> always smoking Lucky Strikes charged too much for
> everything), and a crappy little record shop in
> that strip during the early 70's.
>
> Anyone remember Punky Meadows? He grew up in that
> hood too, we literally did go over his house and
> listen to them (Cherry People/Angel) practice,
> just like in the Zappa song that pokes fun at him!

I stand completely corrected, and appreciate you jogging my memory. You are indeed right about the above.

I do remember Spokes Etc being there, and the 16 year olds who worked there would treat the young kids like crap. It inspired me to get my drivers license ASAP.

Around the corner in Bradlee was GC Murphy, which had an awesome lunch counter that always had a cloud of cigarette smoke above it.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: kam oh ()
Date: May 08, 2019 08:52PM

How many folks here are young enough to remember Transpo 72?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: May 09, 2019 07:55AM

Yes, I remember Transpo '72.

It was the first time that I saw Honda cars versus being a motorcycle manufacturer.

Blue Angels/Thunderbirds has a crash and I think two pilots were killed.

The TJ band helped with parking cars -- I can't imagine any insurance company being happy with that now days -- and got money for their new band uniforms. Plus we got out of school to do that!!!

Good times, well except for the jets crashing...

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Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: May 11, 2019 06:28AM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Lifer ()
Date: May 11, 2019 11:14AM

blanche Wrote:
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> Yes, I remember Transpo '72.
>
> It was the first time that I saw Honda cars versus
> being a motorcycle manufacturer.
>
> Blue Angels/Thunderbirds has a crash and I think
> two pilots were killed.
>
> The TJ band helped with parking cars -- I can't
> imagine any insurance company being happy with
> that now days -- and got money for their new band
> uniforms. Plus we got out of school to do
> that!!!
>
> Good times, well except for the jets crashing...

I recall another air related fatality occurred there as well.

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Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: May 11, 2019 11:47AM

kam oh Wrote:
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> How many folks here are young enough to remember
> Transpo 72?


Shortly after Transpo 72 Northern Virginia had another event
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: May 11, 2019 02:23PM

Airplane hangar under construction at the new National Airport. Probably 1940s.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: May 12, 2019 08:10AM

Unconfirmed report that this is Falls Church, anybody know for sure?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: May 12, 2019 09:00AM

I'm not sure but is it the block on Route 29 (Washington Street) just after Broad Street and before the State Theatre?

The building beyond the strip of shops looks like it might be the State Theatre. I think the water tower is still there.

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Posted by: just passing through ()
Date: May 12, 2019 09:39AM

blanche Wrote:
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> I'm not sure but is it the block on Route 29
> (Washington Street) just after Broad Street and
> before the State Theatre?
>
> The building beyond the strip of shops looks like
> it might be the State Theatre. I think the water
> tower is still there.


Here is the renovated strip shops on Washington Street with the State Theatre to the left. No water tower though? The street gradient and the overall length of the group of shop looks right. I tried searches of the restaurants in the photo and could not come up with anything.


https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8826635,-77.1706917,3a,24.8y,89.19h,92.88t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4e0QM4ieqtKFhnd0N-ooRQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: May 12, 2019 10:23AM

I think you guys nailed it the first building on the rt was obviously torn down...the sign in the window states "Moved-New Location to 343 W Broad St". Old Nova pics also has a listing of State Theater and Water tower.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: c7lkd ()
Date: May 13, 2019 09:59AM

c7lkd

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Local historian ()
Date: May 13, 2019 03:23PM

Barnes & Noble, Reston Circa 2013
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Local historian ()
Date: May 14, 2019 12:32PM

McDonalds, Herndon Centre. Circa 2018
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Lynn Conia ()
Date: May 14, 2019 03:03PM

Steve Winwood at Manassas train station in the video for ‘Back in the High Life Again’.

https://youtu.be/Adw772km7PQ
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Bob from LA ()
Date: May 18, 2019 06:46AM

This is from Lower Alexandria.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: May 18, 2019 09:50AM

Skylark motel sign on route 95, Springfield Virginia. Skylark was rebranded as a Howard Johnson's in 1958. Aerial view of that general area. Images courtesy of Robyn Carter.
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Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: May 18, 2019 01:38PM

Date unknown. At one time this was Fairfax elementary school.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Springfielder1 ()
Date: May 18, 2019 06:13PM

Lums and Howard Johnsons restaurants: Wish they were still there! The Howard Johnson's restaurant, on the other side of what became the Commerce St bridge, and motel were still accessible to each other under the bridge.

The Logan Ford area was bought by Lidl grocery store.



Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Skylark motel sign on route 95, Springfield
> Virginia. Skylark was rebranded as a Howard
> Johnson's in 1958. Aerial view of that general
> area. Images courtesy of Robyn Carter.

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Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: May 19, 2019 11:09AM

Springfielder1 Wrote:
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> Lums and Howard Johnsons restaurants: Wish they
> were still there! The Howard Johnson's restaurant,
> on the other side of what became the Commerce St
> bridge, and motel were still accessible to each
> other under the bridge.
>
> The Logan Ford area was bought by Lidl grocery
> store.
>
>
>
> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Skylark motel sign on route 95, Springfield
> > Virginia. Skylark was rebranded as a Howard
> > Johnson's in 1958. Aerial view of that general
> > area. Images courtesy of Robyn Carter.


Oh to be young again and having a frozen schooner of ice cold draft beer at Lums on a hot summer day. Not to mention going to Howard Johnsons on clam night for unlimited fried clams, fries and coleslaw. I can live without the HoJo cola though, give me a RC or Pepsi.

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Posted by: Early 80's to 1987 ()
Date: May 19, 2019 01:27PM

That's when Fairfax Elementary was the Northern Va Criminal Justice Academy. They trained FCPD and the area sheriffs animal control Town of Vienna Herndon Fairfax City Falls Church PD Arlington County PD and maybe Alexandria police

Around 1987 Fairfax left the area pact to train all these officers and remodeled Pineridge School to be a 911 center police special units complex with the FXCO training academy which trained all LEOs and animal control officers located in Fairfax County leaving Arlington and Alex to do there own thing. Around the late 90s they moved the training academy to the former H & K firearms plant out in Chantilly and that's where its been since with a pistol rife range and car driving track nearby

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Posted by: Fran Conia ()
Date: May 19, 2019 02:05PM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> Springfielder1 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Lums and Howard Johnsons restaurants: Wish they
> > were still there! The Howard Johnson's
> restaurant,
> > on the other side of what became the Commerce
> St
> > bridge, and motel were still accessible to each
> > other under the bridge.
> >
> > The Logan Ford area was bought by Lidl grocery
> > store.
> >
> >
> >
> > Andy Ratlips Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Skylark motel sign on route 95, Springfield
> > > Virginia. Skylark was rebranded as a Howard
> > > Johnson's in 1958. Aerial view of that
> general
> > > area. Images courtesy of Robyn Carter.
>
>
> Oh to be young again and having a frozen schooner
> of ice cold draft beer at Lums on a hot summer
> day. Not to mention going to Howard Johnsons on
> clam night for unlimited fried clams, fries and
> coleslaw. I can live without the HoJo cola though,
> give me a RC or Pepsi.


Hojo cola was an acquired taste. They used to sell it at Safeway.
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