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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Posted before ()
Date: November 16, 2019 09:57AM

What was Penny Hills at 7415 Richmond Hwy?

Same address as the 1320 Club and Fancy Dancer?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: November 16, 2019 02:56PM

Posted before Wrote:
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> What was Penny Hills at 7415 Richmond Hwy?
>
> Same address as the 1320 Club and Fancy Dancer?


I think that’s Fanny Hills

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: He's no longer a pollywog ()
Date: November 16, 2019 03:10PM

blanche Wrote:
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> the girls "might say something they shouldn't" --
> like the Club 1320 is a front for prostitution...
> Looks like 4715 Richmond Highway is the same place
> as where the Fancy Dancer was located.
>
> I'm sure Seaman Recruit Bradley's mother loved
> having her son's completion of basic training
> notice placed right next to the story on the titty
> bar.

Mrs. Bradley probably got used to it. I am sure Seaman Bradley spent many an evening in titty bars across the globe over the course of his career. Senior Master Chief Bradley might have even had his retirement party in one!!!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 16, 2019 04:24PM

blanche Wrote:
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> I'm sure Seaman Recruit Bradley's mother loved
> having her son's completion of basic training
> notice placed right next to the story on the titty
> bar.


LOL!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 16, 2019 04:39PM

A friend sent me this pic of the Springfield Virginia post office that was digitally enhanced by the Fairfax library. I don't know the date but Im guessing late 50s or early 60s?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: BCXP6CIC ()
Date: November 17, 2019 09:22AM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> A friend sent me this pic of the Springfield
> Virginia post office that was digitally enhanced
> by the Fairfax library. I don't know the date but
> Im guessing late 50s or early 60s?


GREAT picture. Look at the wide-open space. So many old cars enhance the picture. I could hang this one on the wall. Thx Fred.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 17, 2019 09:55AM

You have got to love the quality of color slides. I wish I had used them back in the day. Note the canary yellow VW! (1974)
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: November 17, 2019 10:18AM

"A lack of interest on just about everyone’s part is what kept the historical building from being saved” I’m guessing 1974 was a time when people were looking ahead and ready to throw away the past and that a lot of historical buildings in Fairfax were demolished in the ‘70s Progress.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: November 17, 2019 10:38AM

I think the top of the first picture shows the Fairgrounds where the second picture was taken five years earlier.

I wonder if people took the trolly to the fair and walked down Cedar Ave to enter? In 1922 did more people drive motor vehicles or horse and buggy? Which road(s) did they take and where did they park? So many questions.

1922 Fairfax. Too bad the people in the photo can’t be identified.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: VW Spotter ()
Date: November 17, 2019 02:00PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> You have got to love the quality of color slides.
> I wish I had used them back in the day. Note the
> canary yellow VW! (1974)


Someone missed the white VW Bug behind the dark blue Maverick.....

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: gbw ()
Date: November 17, 2019 02:41PM

causeican Wrote:
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> I think the top of the first picture shows the
> Fairgrounds where the second picture was taken
> five years earlier.
>
> I wonder if people took the trolly to the fair and
> walked down Cedar Ave to enter? In 1922 did more
> people drive motor vehicles or horse and buggy?
> Which road(s) did they take and where did they
> park? So many questions.
>
> 1922 Fairfax. Too bad the people in the photo
> can’t be identified.


The barn with the horse ring in front of it is about where Paul VI is today. The trees running left to right are Accotink Creek.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: .try again ()
Date: November 17, 2019 03:24PM

gbw Wrote:
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> causeican Wrote:
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> > I think the top of the first picture shows the
> > Fairgrounds where the second picture was taken
> > five years earlier.
> >
> > I wonder if people took the trolly to the fair
> and
> > walked down Cedar Ave to enter? In 1922 did
> more
> > people drive motor vehicles or horse and buggy?
>
> > Which road(s) did they take and where did they
> > park? So many questions.
> >
> > 1922 Fairfax. Too bad the people in the photo
> > can’t be identified.
>
>
> The barn with the horse ring in front of it is
> about where Paul VI is today. The trees running
> left to right are Accotink Creek.


don't think so because i don't see mcdees or the big parking lot for the school

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 18, 2019 04:54PM

Evans Farm Inn McLean Virginia. Date unknown.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: crap shooter ()
Date: November 19, 2019 12:15AM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Date: November 20, 2019 11:59AM

Was there ever a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) line over the Potomac between Little Falls and Chain Bridge?

There was an interesting article at Greater Greater Washington the other day.

>>>>>
Before National Landing was Crystal City, it was Brick Haven
HISTORY By Dan Malouff (Board of Directors, Editorial Board) November 18, 2019
https://ggwash.org/view/74733/before-national-landing-was-crystal-city-it-was-brick-haven
....

The 1894 map

Turn to this fascinating 1894 map titled “The Vicinity of Washington, D.C.,” published by Griffith M. Hopkins of Philadelphia and available via the Library of Congress.

The map covers roughly the area that today is inside the Beltway, and makes for an enthralling look at our region just as its suburban era was kicking off.
>>>>>

The map is at https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3850.ct003624/?r=0.276,0.61,0.24,0.149,0 .

The map shows the Georgetown Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O). The branch comes off the mainline at Georgetown Junction, west of Silver Spring. Headed south, it crosses an electric line that goes from Chevy Chase to Glen Echo. According to this map, instead of going to Georgetown, though, the line crosses the Potomac River between Chain Bridge and Little Falls. It terminates just after crossing the Leesburg & Georgetown Pike. That road is now called Chain Bridge Road, or Route 123.

This line is news to me. Does anyone here have some more information on this? I've never seen pictures.

Thanks.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Date: November 20, 2019 12:04PM

Born_in_Alexandria Wrote:
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> Was there ever a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O)
> line over the Potomac between Little Falls and
> Chain Bridge?

Part two:

Actually, no, it does not terminate. That's just a fold in the map that makes it appear to terminate right after it crosses the Leesburg & Georgetown Pike. The map shows it going to the southwest, through Dunn-Loring (their spelling and off the edge of the map at Merrifield.

What gives?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Born_in_Alexandria ()
Date: November 20, 2019 12:27PM

Born_in_Alexandria Wrote:
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> Was there ever a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O)
> line over the Potomac between Little Falls and
> Chain Bridge?

Part three. I see now this comment made soon after the article appeared:

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scratchy on November 18, 2019 at 1:17 pm
That map seems to show the proposed, but never built Georgetown Branch extension into Virginia.

Also, I didn’t know the tracks at shepards point reached that far out into the patomac.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 21, 2019 04:08PM

VW Spotter Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> > You have got to love the quality of color
> slides.
> > I wish I had used them back in the day. Note
> the
> > canary yellow VW! (1974)
>
>
> Someone missed the white VW Bug behind the dark
> blue Maverick.....


Good catch VWS

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 22, 2019 06:26AM

Ad from 68
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 22, 2019 08:09AM

The good people of the Virginia room at the Fairfax county library are looking for some help placing this hotel. They say a notation was made on the back of one of this pictures that said "route 1" . Some people thought this might be from the Tysons area. Anybody here remember this hotel and where it was located?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: western fairfax ()
Date: November 22, 2019 01:36PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> The good people of the Virginia room at the
> Fairfax county library are looking for some help
> placing this hotel. They say a notation was made
> on the back of one of this pictures that said
> "route 1" . Some people thought this might be from
> the Tysons area. Anybody here remember this hotel
> and where it was located?

People parked like jerks back then as well. The red car in the top picture and the Datsun 300Z in the bottom picture are both parked taking up two spaces.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 22, 2019 01:45PM

This might have been posted before-not sure.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: November 22, 2019 02:24PM

The Shoney's Inn looks a lot like the Comfort Inn that is on Spring Hill Road on the Vienna side of Route 7.

I was at the Pho place in the office building that is across the parking lot from the CI the other day and it really looks like the pictured building.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 3rd World Fairfax ()
Date: November 22, 2019 04:13PM

>People parked like jerks back then as well.

Far worse today. You don't buy a new car and keep it in Nova if you expect it not to be door slammed , dented by ghost riding shopping carts blown by the wind and simply given beat downs by bums. If it has a NRA decal or anything "Southern Heritage" Like A Rebel Flag expect keying and gouging too by the areas truly hateful ledtists

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: VW Spotter ()
Date: November 22, 2019 05:05PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> The good people of the Virginia room at the
> Fairfax county library are looking for some help
> placing this hotel. They say a notation was made
> on the back of one of this pictures that said
> "route 1" . Some people thought this might be from
> the Tysons area. Anybody here remember this hotel
> and where it was located?


Dig the Lime Green VW Bug

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 22, 2019 05:08PM

blanche Wrote:
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> The Shoney's Inn looks a lot like the Comfort Inn
> that is on Spring Hill Road on the Vienna side of
> Route 7.
>
> I was at the Pho place in the office building that
> is across the parking lot from the CI the other
> day and it really looks like the pictured
> building.

I think you are right Blanche. It may have recently changed to a Quality inn.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: gbw ()
Date: November 22, 2019 05:20PM

In the First Shoneys picture it looks like a guy on the 3rd floor is trying to piss on the people on the first floor. I wonder what year that picture was taken, maybe late 70s?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: November 22, 2019 06:26PM

It’s amazing it’s still standing and that Blanche knew where it was. Such a tucked-away dead end.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Blanche you rock! ()
Date: November 22, 2019 06:35PM

Been reading this thread for at least two years, just wanted to say thank you to Blanche, you always seem to come through.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: November 22, 2019 07:34PM

Thanks for the shout out.

Except for college, I've lived in here my entire life, so at least I remember some things...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, - Frozen Dairy Bar
Posted by: Peg BOYNE ()
Date: November 22, 2019 10:15PM

Hi, I'm working on a history of Sleepy Hollow, my neighborhood in Falls Church. Could I use your photo in my document? It will only be shared with neighbors, at no profit to anyone (am publishing an e-doc that people can print).
I'd appreciate your permission!!!
Thanks, Peg

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, - Frozen Dairy Bar
Posted by: just passing through ()
Date: November 23, 2019 08:55AM

Peg BOYNE Wrote:
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> Hi, I'm working on a history of Sleepy Hollow, my
> neighborhood in Falls Church. Could I use your
> photo in my document? It will only be shared with
> neighbors, at no profit to anyone (am publishing
> an e-doc that people can print).
> I'd appreciate your permission!!!
> Thanks, Peg

Who are you addressing your question to? There are literally hundreds of photos on this thread. Some of the photos posted are photos that belong to individuals, but a great majority of them have been cross posted from Pinterest, Facebook, The Fairfax County Public Library, and many other sources (some attributed, some not).

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, - Frozen Dairy Bar
Posted by: The Vienna Mattress Police Dept. ()
Date: November 23, 2019 04:08PM

Peg BOYNE Wrote:
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> Hi, I'm working on a history of Sleepy Hollow, my
> neighborhood in Falls Church. Could I use your
> photo in my document? It will only be shared with
> neighbors, at no profit to anyone (am publishing
> an e-doc that people can print).
> I'd appreciate your permission!!!
> Thanks, Peg

Use the photos as you please, but NEVER tear the tags off of any mattresses.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, - Frozen Dairy Bar
Posted by: yearbook ad ()
Date: November 24, 2019 07:04AM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: November 24, 2019 08:07AM

Looks like Ronnie and Jacque - isn't it Jacques -- need to get a room.

Perhaps this HoJos had one...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 24, 2019 10:50AM

blanche Wrote:
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> Looks like Ronnie and Jacque - isn't it Jacques
> -- need to get a room.
>
> Perhaps this HoJos had one...


I think that is the Fairfax Circle HoJos so there was no HoJo motel there but Fairfax circle had the White House the HiWay and the Anchorage motels among many others LOL!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Night Moves ()
Date: November 24, 2019 11:03AM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> blanche Wrote:
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> > Looks like Ronnie and Jacque - isn't it
> Jacques
> > -- need to get a room.
> >
> > Perhaps this HoJos had one...
>
>
> I think that is the Fairfax Circle HoJos so there
> was no HoJo motel there but Fairfax circle had the
> White House the HiWay and the Anchorage motels
> among many others LOL!

"or the back seat of my 60 Chevy"

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 24, 2019 02:17PM

Tysons Corner then and now. 1986/2019
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: How Far South On The Blueridge ()
Date: November 24, 2019 03:09PM

Can you see on a clear evening from up high in those high rises at Tysons which is the highest natural point in Fairfax County at 486 feet . Mount Murtaugh at the old West Ox dump is 556 feet high but a man made point.

I think I can see the Rt 50 gap at Paris Mt and the gap south at Thornton gap on Skyline Drive Rt 211 To the far extreme left on the horizon south of any rivers is the Land of Freedom Loving DAJAX

Who thinks if Fairfax County would build an observation tower at Mt Murtaugh and charge a penny for the 360 degree view they will be able to provide FCPS all they need in extra cash if you can see thru the concrete canyons in the way . The I-66 exit will be jammed packed on fall leaf colorful weekends if they do so they can scalp making it a five spot. They can call it "556 View ", sorry no 5.56 AR 15 ammo for sale.

Perhaps for my fund raising idea FXCO will let me install handgun vending machines with a 31 day background check wait for your gun to drop out of the slot so you cant also buy more then one a month.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 24, 2019 03:39PM

Fairfax on route 50/29/211 1967
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Class of 71 ()
Date: November 24, 2019 03:58PM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> Fairfax on route 50/29/211 1967


Fairfax Little League parade?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jack Lynch ()
Date: November 27, 2019 10:18AM

On route 7, just past the Culmore shopping center.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 27, 2019 01:42PM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> blanche Wrote:
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> > Looks like Ronnie and Jacque - isn't it
> Jacques
> > -- need to get a room.
> >
> > Perhaps this HoJos had one...
>
>
> I think that is the Fairfax Circle HoJos so there
> was no HoJo motel there but Fairfax circle had the
> White House the HiWay and the Anchorage motels
> among many others LOL!


Speaking of the HY Way motel,
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Hy Way Motel ()
Date: November 27, 2019 02:44PM

Still looks the same.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Motel Lovin ()
Date: November 27, 2019 02:46PM

Found this as well.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: old springfielder ()
Date: November 27, 2019 04:24PM

Remember?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: November 27, 2019 07:56PM

Don't say drug store, say Drug Fair.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old timrr ()
Date: November 27, 2019 08:36PM

All I can gather from this thread is that Old Fairfax County was just a collection of sleaze bag hotels. Not quite worth remembering unless you lost your virginity in one of them.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Nurse Ratched ()
Date: November 27, 2019 11:01PM

Old timrr Wrote:
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> All I can gather from this thread is that Old
> Fairfax County was just a collection of sleaze bag
> hotels. Not quite worth remembering unless you
> lost your virginity in one of them.

It's rather unfortunate that you were born an idiot.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Some Other Person ()
Date: November 28, 2019 06:56AM

Old timrr Wrote:
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> All I can gather from this thread is that Old
> Fairfax County was just a collection of sleaze bag
> hotels. Not quite worth remembering unless you
> lost your virginity in one of them.

Well, bless your little heart. We all create our individual reality from our perceptions and what we choose to filter, what we choose to see, and what we choose learn from and tolerate and accept.

Route 1 between Belvoir and Alexandria was moderately sleazy (and arguably still is in some regards). There were a lot pay day loan places, pawn shops, used car dealers that financed with extremely high interest rates, a couple topless bars, several dive bars, massage parlors. A lot of motor courts and bungalows. Typical of the seedier side of life associated the leeches doing business near military bases.

I remember a lot of marijuana in McLean during the 1970s. The McLean High School bathrooms and back hallways and surrounding grounds were generally a thick fog of the stuff in the mornings. No different than most other public schools anywhere else at the time, except maybe the demographic. A bunch of stoned privileged kids from elitist snooty households. Tacos and Jumbo Jacks from Jack in the Box, and Christmas decorations at Tyson's Corner. What more could a privileged kid want.

Fairfax County is an eclectic locale and has been for decades. Running the gamut as far as societal norms, or lack thereof, and the periphery of society as well. From the sleazy to the affluent. Sometimes just affluent sleaze given the political and government demographic. Highly transient populace too. It's part of the charm, and a lot of the nostalgia. Thus this thread.

Shout out and thanks to the older permanent residents of Fairfax County who actually contribute to this thread with their knowledge and memories and photos.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Class of 71 ()
Date: November 28, 2019 08:12AM

I don't think this photo has been posted before. Found it while looking for old motels from Fairfax County's past.

This photo was taken in 1895 on the grounds of the Court House.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 093h4t ()
Date: November 28, 2019 08:37AM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> > blanche Wrote:
> >
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> > -----
> > > Looks like Ronnie and Jacque - isn't it
> > Jacques
> > > -- need to get a room.
> > >
> > > Perhaps this HoJos had one...
> >
> >
> > I think that is the Fairfax Circle HoJos so
> there
> > was no HoJo motel there but Fairfax circle had
> the
> > White House the HiWay and the Anchorage motels
> > among many others LOL!
>
>
> Speaking of the HY Way motel,


I went to elementary school with an Indian kid who's parents owned that hotel in the 1970s - they lived upstairs in the front portion of the hotel.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: culture lesson ()
Date: November 28, 2019 08:42AM

were they the Patels?

In Indian culture and their caste system, Patels are typically associated with being hotel owners.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 28, 2019 09:27AM

Vienna 1961. Image shared by Jan Clark
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 2q45g456t ()
Date: November 28, 2019 12:28PM

They were the Mehta's

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: More Drug Fair ()
Date: November 28, 2019 12:34PM

I can't make out the date on the newspaper
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: November 28, 2019 01:13PM

Even More Drug Fair...on the eBay right now
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: November 28, 2019 01:15PM

Making the Spoonbread recipe from this long gone favorite spot. Have a great Thanksgiving all...thank you all for the great contributions.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 28, 2019 01:17PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> Even More Drug Fair...on the eBay right now


Happy thanksgiving Sleep. Happy Thanksgiving to all the OPOFCLE regulars!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: just passing through ()
Date: November 28, 2019 02:04PM

More Drug Fair Wrote:
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> I can't make out the date on the newspaper

August 2 1972 (could be August 3, hard to tell the day)

In case you haven't seen it before, this is a pretty cool website: http://www.whatwasthere.com/photoWall.aspx?p=181

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Some Other Transient ()
Date: November 29, 2019 07:06AM

just passing through Wrote:
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> More Drug Fair Wrote:
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> > I can't make out the date on the newspaper
>
> August 2 1972 (could be August 3, hard to tell
> the day)


I think you're correct, Wednesday August 2 1972.
Here's why. The title line taken from the masthead in the top right corner reads, "The Evening Star and Daily News". This masthead appeared only for a few months after The Evening Star purchased The Washington Daily News, circa 1972. They rebranded as Washington Star News, and then The Washington Star. I delivered this paper in McLean about this time, as well as The Washington Post.

It could also be Wednesday August 8 1973, but it's unlikely. As I recall by August 1973 the masthead already changed to Washington Star News and was in the process of rebranding to The Washington Star.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: just passing through ()
Date: November 29, 2019 04:04PM

Some Other Transient Wrote:
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> just passing through Wrote:
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> > More Drug Fair Wrote:
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> > > I can't make out the date on the newspaper
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> > August 2 1972 (could be August 3, hard to tell
> > the day)
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>
> I think you're correct, Wednesday August 2 1972.
> Here's why. The title line taken from the
> masthead in the top right corner reads, "The
> Evening Star and Daily News". This masthead
> appeared only for a few months after The Evening
> Star purchased The Washington Daily News, circa
> 1972. They rebranded as Washington Star News, and
> then The Washington Star. I delivered this paper
> in McLean about this time, as well as The
> Washington Post.
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> It could also be Wednesday August 8 1973, but it's
> unlikely. As I recall by August 1973 the masthead
> already changed to Washington Star News and was in
> the process of rebranding to The Washington Star.


Delivering papers in McLean in the early 70's?? That must have been a chore. I imagine is was fairly rural and some of those roads are pretty unforgiving. There has got to be some good stories from that!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Some Other Transient ()
Date: November 29, 2019 10:21PM

just passing through Wrote:

> Delivering papers in McLean in the early 70's??
> That must have been a chore. I imagine is was
> fairly rural and some of those roads are pretty
> unforgiving. There has got to be some good stories
> from that!

McLean was mostly suburbia in the 1970s, with narrow neighborhood streets much like it is now. A lot of those homes have sold as tear downs more recently and replaced with McMansions built inches from the easements. Or townhomes and condos like what happened with Evans Farm Inn (loved that place, the restaurant and sitting duck pub; I still make spoonbread).

The most difficult deliveries were the two large older homes behind Franklin Sherman with their driveways off Old Dominion Drive, each home on the top of two large hills. It took about 15 to 20 minutes to deliver both houses by bicycle. Walking took a lot longer. It was harsh in winter. They are townhomes-condos now.

This was one of them, photo by Joel Sternfeld, its been posted here before, McLean VFW did a control burn on the house for training in '78.
https://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/joel-sternfeld-mclean-virginia-december-1978/
https://www.phaidon.com/resource/joel-sternfeld-mclean-virginia-december-1978.jpg
https://www.phaidon.com/agenda/photography/articles/2017/january/23/what-do-joel-sternfelds-photos-say-about-america/

All the subdivisions South of Dolly Madison or Chain Bridge Road up to Kirby, and between Great Falls Rd and Old Dominion Drive existed then. As did Great Falls and some of Spring Hill to the north, also Pimmit Hills. The majority of homes were built in the 50s and 60s, with a few exceptions that were older,

The schools at the time in that area of McLean were Elementary Lewinsville, Franklin Sherman, Kent Gardens; Middle: Cooper and Longfellow, HS: Langley and McLean (and Oakton). The Pools and Tennis were: Mclean, Tuckahoe, and Kent Gardens (off Westmoreland past the Little League Ball fields, just before Longfellow Middle School, sort of near Haycock). Spring Hill existed too, to some extent (it was newer). Several of my customers were fairly well known in politics, or journalism, or literary circles, most were upper level government agency, or foreign embassy, or O-6 and above military.

You can see what it looked like in 1976 and other decades here:
http://fairfaxcountygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html
The areas to which I refer are map sections 30-1, 30-2, 30-3, 30-4, 40-1, 40-2 and basically most of that vicinity. McLean HS is on the left edge of 30-4 if you want something to refer to as a landmark.

I'm just a transient with Fairfax County. Somehow it's a second home at times. Lived there a few years as a kid, then several times later in life for work or whatever. Three or four years here and there, then another a year or two, etc. I guess about 20% of my life has been in Fairfax County. These days I am sometimes in the area on occasion for a day or two, upwards to a couple weeks.

I have a lot of fond memories of NoVA and Fairfax County, but I'm afraid they would be boorish for the permanent residents who contribute here. I'm just a transient past resident with only a limited history in FC.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: November 30, 2019 07:31AM

blanche Wrote:
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> Don't say drug store, say Drug Fair.


Ah yes, Drug Fair . My very first real job with a real pay stub was Drug Fair(as opposed to freelancing , mowing lawns). Pulling stock, unloading trucks and sweeping floors, every kid should do that once in their lives.

That was a different world back then though. The manager had no problem sending me (at 16 years old) to restock and straighten out the walk in beer cooler.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 30, 2019 07:45AM

fxcograd Wrote:
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> blanche Wrote:
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> > Don't say drug store, say Drug Fair.
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> Ah yes, Drug Fair . My very first real job with a
> real pay stub was Drug Fair(as opposed to
> freelancing , mowing lawns). Pulling stock,
> unloading trucks and sweeping floors, every kid
> should do that once in their lives.
>
> That was a different world back then though. The
> manager had no problem sending me (at 16 years
> old) to restock and straighten out the walk in
> beer cooler.

When I worked at Lums as a dishwasher we had a tap and would take it into the walk-in cooler to take "keg hits" as we called them. Good times!
Washing dishes, cleaning restrooms and floors at Lums was also a good experience for a teenager.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: November 30, 2019 08:26AM

Posted before Wrote:
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> What was Penny Hills at 7415 Richmond Hwy?
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> Same address as the 1320 Club and Fancy Dancer?

Any specific date on that Richmond Hwy address list? I would guess it as 1980-1981. Gray bought Drug Fair in roughly 1981 and started changing the signs in the couple years afterwards. I knew the guy who owned Tijuana Jail and I believe he bought the place roughly 1979 -1980. He sold it to bar j in the mid 80s.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Some Other Transient ()
Date: November 30, 2019 12:37PM

Posted before Wrote:
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> What was Penny Hills at 7415 Richmond Hwy?
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> Same address as the 1320 Club and Fancy Dancer?

Fanny Hills - Off Limits to Ft Belvoir military personnel by order of the Post Commander, just like Fancy Dancer and 1320.

I believe there was a 1320 in Springfield - Newington area too. One of the bartenders at Skinifatz danced there at the Springfield location (so she informed me one evening in a personal conversation). She was gorgeous, smart too, college classes through the week.

I never went in those places, e.g., Fancy Dancer. When I was stateside chilling at Belvoir between TDY assignments elsewhere in the world I was usually found in Skinifatz and Lazy Susan, Belvoir Grille, Frank's Hideaway (aka KC's Hideaway) Hillbilly Heaven, Old Town and Georgetown,

They misspelled Juggernaut Lounge ("Juggernaur") in the address list. It was the HoJo nightclub, with 70s to early 80s disco lounge glitz decor. I preferred Skinifatz in Occoquan, Annie Oakley's in Georgetown and Murphy's Pub in Old Town to Juggernaut.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Emmett Grogan ()
Date: December 02, 2019 06:34PM

There was indeed a 1320 Club in Springfield. It was in a "strip mall"...hahaha! Actually it was in the 1950's vintage Brookfield Plaza, on Backlick Rd. Just south of OKM Rd. The club itself was right next to a US Post Office, as I recall.

The one time I tried to go there it was closed so we went to the Paper Moon instead. Big mistake. A big football game was on and everybody in the bar was watching it. In the meantime the dancers kept up their their grind in the background with no one watching. It was kind of sad, really.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Emmett Grogan? ()
Date: December 02, 2019 09:36PM

Emmett Grogan Wrote:
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> There was indeed a 1320 Club in Springfield. It
> was in a "strip mall"...hahaha! Actually it was in
> the 1950's vintage Brookfield Plaza, on Backlick
> Rd. Just south of OKM Rd. The club itself was
> right next to a US Post Office, as I recall.
>
> The one time I tried to go there it was closed so
> we went to the Paper Moon instead. Big mistake. A
> big football game was on and everybody in the bar
> was watching it. In the meantime the dancers kept
> up their their grind in the background with no one
> watching. It was kind of sad, really.

I thought your handle had something to do with Manson at first, but I was wrong. Love the Diggers, Sweet William etc...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: LaurieD. ()
Date: December 03, 2019 02:38PM

I remember bar/restaurant called Just Friends at Rte. 50 and Gallows Rd. In the mid-80s. Nice guy employees Ed (waiter) Richard (bartender)

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: December 03, 2019 03:22PM

@LaurieD...here's a throwback I posted a few years ago...From the Wagon Wheel to WC and Friends to Just Friends (due to copyright) and then Grevey's.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: December 03, 2019 03:22PM

@LaurieD...here's a throwback I posted a few years ago...From the Wagon Wheel to WC and Friends to Just Friends (due to copyright) and then Grevey's.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: December 06, 2019 04:32PM

Anybody remember this place?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: December 07, 2019 01:10PM

Esso Station 702 South Washington Street Alexandria Virginia 1962
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: December 07, 2019 01:14PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Esso Station 702 South Washington Street
> Alexandria Virginia 1962


My guess is Christmas 1966

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Human Tripod ()
Date: December 07, 2019 01:27PM

You sure about that picture being from Alexandria? IIRC, "Esso" was used in this part of the country in the pre-Exxon days.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Inker ()
Date: December 07, 2019 01:33PM

Old Iron Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> > Alexandria Virginia 1962
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> My guess is Christmas 1966


+1 as Ford in pic with vertical stack headlamps would be a later model than '62

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: December 07, 2019 01:48PM

Old Inker Wrote:
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> > My guess is Christmas 1966
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> +1 as Ford in pic with vertical stack headlamps
> would be a later model than '62


It is a 1966 Ford Galaxie with white license plates

1965, 1966, and 1967 were the only years to stack the headlights.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: December 07, 2019 02:09PM

In the coffee shop pic note the honor system newspaper rack. Haven't seen those in a long time.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Born_in_Alexandria ()
Date: December 07, 2019 08:19PM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> Fairfax on route 50/29/211 1967

My guess is that the car behind the barricade is a sky blue 1963 two-door Ford Falcon, exactly like the car I was driving at the time. I can't tell if it has the 144 cubic inch six, which was the engine in mine.

That's not me in the picture.

In Alexandria, we had a Murphy's five and dime at the intersection of King and Washington, and another in the Bradlee Shopping Center. You could enter the downtown store from either street. Both stores had a downstairs level too.

There's a Michael's craft store in the Bradlee Shopping Center now where the Murphy's was. I wish we had Murphy's back. I bought stuff there from time to time. Not so Michael's. Almost everything at Michael's is Chinese-made junk.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Motel Man ()
Date: December 08, 2019 10:23AM

The pleasant acres motel at 12723 Lee highway closed a while back. I thought it was interesting that after all these years they never upgraded the sticker on the front door to read Visa and Mastercard lol!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: just passing through ()
Date: December 08, 2019 03:33PM

Motel Man Wrote:
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> The pleasant acres motel at 12723 Lee highway
> closed a while back. I thought it was interesting
> that after all these years they never upgraded the
> sticker on the front door to read Visa and
> Mastercard lol!


Is it possible that the people staying there post 1980 weren't using credit cards, so nobody really cared? A lot of those hotels on Lee Highway were used in the 80's and 90's by construction crews from West Virginia who came to Fairfax to work during the week.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Motel Man ()
Date: December 08, 2019 03:42PM

just passing through Wrote:
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> Motel Man Wrote:
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> > The pleasant acres motel at 12723 Lee highway
> > closed a while back. I thought it was
> interesting
> > that after all these years they never upgraded
> the
> > sticker on the front door to read Visa and
> > Mastercard lol!
>
>
> Is it possible that the people staying there post
> 1980 weren't using credit cards, so nobody really
> cared? A lot of those hotels on Lee Highway were
> used in the 80's and 90's by construction crews
> from West Virginia who came to Fairfax to work
> during the week.


That's very possible. I heard that Social Services was using the place for temporary emergency housing for people down on their luck. There were plenty of construction vehicles parked there over the last 25 years or so.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Emmett Grogan ()
Date: December 08, 2019 10:33PM

The old Pleasant Valley Motel is slated to be torn down and replaced by a new senior & assisted living center.
http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/ZAPSMain.aspx?cde=PCA&seq=4267670

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: December 12, 2019 04:38PM

Wide shot of the FDB in Falls Church. Date unknown.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: December 12, 2019 05:44PM

Great pic Andy...I'd say @ 1990.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: carguy who knows stuff ()
Date: December 12, 2019 06:10PM

Based on the mid-80s Taurus in the pic and late 80s (or very early 90s) Hondas, plus the Camaro, it's probably late 80s-1990

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: old springfielder ()
Date: December 12, 2019 08:28PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Wide shot of the FDB in Falls Church. Date
> unknown.

I am liking the Long John Silver sign on the right side of the picture. Pretty cool shot.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: December 12, 2019 08:53PM

@ Old springfielder...next to the 7-11

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: December 13, 2019 08:38PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Wide shot of the FDB in Falls Church. Date
> unknown.

Nice!

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