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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: the good old days ()
Date: June 24, 2013 07:04PM

I miss Mount Vernon CLASS OF 1971
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: love me some roy's ()
Date: June 24, 2013 10:01PM

Great pictures Good Old Days! What parking lot is the Torino sitting in? Classic DC101 bumper sticker!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: JustanFYI ()
Date: June 24, 2013 10:10PM

The best part about the photo of the trolley/train (whatever we call it) for the W&OD, is the advertisement on the back for a 1941 Chevy Pickup.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: old fool from the old school ()
Date: June 24, 2013 11:19PM

No pictures, just a few observations from growing up around here to keep a pretty sweet thread going.

Where I live now, near the GW Parkway/MtVernon, there are still quite a few folks that have lived in their houses since the early 70's and even late 60's. Mostly ex-military.

When I was growing up here in the mid 70's, the same time frame would have been people living in the same house since the late 20's and early 30's.

Of course, they would have lived in a farmhouse that had subsequently been surrounded by a subdivision in that instance, most likely. Not a neighborhood that has been around for about 50 years and is still popular today.

Pretty weird.

We used to dig for beer cans back then. If we found cans from the early 50's (Gunther, Old Georgetown/Senate) in good shape, that was a big deal. They were antiques.

Today, that would be like a kid finding a "new coke" can (as opposed to Coke Classic) from the mid 80's.

So, the crap that I grew up with, is an antique and something funny to a kid today.

Mt Vernon High and Ft Hunt were some of the better high schools around. Ft Hunt had a reputation (allegedly) as sending more kids to service academies than any other school in the country.

Today, Ft Hunt is no longer, and, well, Mt Vernon is Mt Vernon.

To go from Arlington to George Mason U in the late 70's was a looong trip down Route 50, as 66 hadn't opened yet inside the beltway.

A friend of ours growing up tells the story of, in the the late 70's, running late to a flight at Dulles, pulling up to the curb at the end of the terminal, parking his car, getting on the plane, returning two days later...and his car was still there.

Diplomats Soccer Games at WT Woodson High in the mid 70's.

Shirlington as a true shopping destination.

Annandale High winning the mythical football national championship in 78 with Mark Cox as QB.

Other good stuff.

That's all for now!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: humpin the boonies ()
Date: June 24, 2013 11:49PM

Tough Sumgum from Alexandria in the Nam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZeouAaw4BU

Wonder who this guy was and what happened to him...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: June 25, 2013 07:51AM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> @DH...good call on the aerials....I think we got
> it. As I said about the Putt-Putt, I do not think
> it was even open when I moved here in '67, but in
> the early 62/64 maps it looks well kept.
> Hmmmm...wonda'what happened?


Excellent aerial photo site!. Speaking of Putt Putt (and /or miniature golf) has anyone posted pictures of the putt putt course that used to be in Hybla Valley? It used to be close to where Thieves Market was.

And correct me if I remember incorrectly- The spot on Rt. 1 near the intersection with Sherwood Hall Ln that is now almost a Cosco, but was previously an abandoned Multiplex Cinema- Way back when I was very, very young- I remember that spot being a drive in theater screen, am I right?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: June 25, 2013 08:00AM

favorite chikce n place Wrote:
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> I loved that place

In reference to the pic of "Red Barn"- was there more of those? The only one I remember is on Rt1 south of Beacon Hill.

Speaking of non-burger fast food, I noticed that the Arthur Treachers just north of Beacon Hill finally went bye-bye. That place was there forever (and so were all of the interior furnishings). I guess the last Treachers left is in Fairfax Circle.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: John Bowers ()
Date: June 25, 2013 08:12AM

Destroyed now. Just dirt lot.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: City Dweller ()
Date: June 25, 2013 08:12AM

fxcograd Wrote:
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> favorite chikce n place Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I loved that place
>
> In reference to the pic of "Red Barn"- was there
> more of those? The only one I remember is on Rt1
> south of Beacon Hill.
>
> Speaking of non-burger fast food, I noticed that
> the Arthur Treachers just north of Beacon Hill
> finally went bye-bye. That place was there forever
> (and so were all of the interior furnishings). I
> guess the last Treachers left is in Fairfax
> Circle.


There is still a Red Barn building in FFX City, next to Burger King and across from Embassy Car Wash and the Hampton Inn (formerly Shakey's).

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 25, 2013 08:48AM

another one off Annandale Road in the Westlawn section of the county....

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 25, 2013 09:34AM

love me some roy's Wrote:
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> Great pictures Good Old Days! What parking lot is
> the Torino sitting in? Classic DC101 bumper
> sticker!


Several shopping centers had those shingles on the front of their buildings, but this one looks like "Fairfax Blvd" in Fairfax City. In fact, I think it still hasn't had its look updated...

Where the "Hooters"is located across from Jim McKay.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 25, 2013 09:37AM

blanche Wrote:
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> love me some roy's Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Great pictures Good Old Days! What parking lot
> is
> > the Torino sitting in? Classic DC101 bumper
> > sticker!
>
>
> Several shopping centers had those shingles on the
> front of their buildings, but this one looks like
> "Fairfax Blvd" in Fairfax City. In fact, I think
> it still hasn't had its look updated...
>
> Where the "Hooters"is located across from Jim
> McKay.

no, hun - I put that one up pages ago.................It's baileys crossroads

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 25, 2013 11:41AM

Good job folks keep, them coming. To the newer followers...check through the whole thread if you have some spare time...LOTS of great stuff.

RED BARN pics are on page 3...Sleepy out.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: bingo ()
Date: June 25, 2013 11:59AM

fxcograd: You're right, there was a drive in theatre at Sherwood Hall and Rt. 1.I remember seeing the movie "Patton" when it first came out there.

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did we do this one already?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 25, 2013 01:41PM

I think it's the Turnpike interchange. Anyways, this is the first day of the BRAND SPANKING NEW Circumferential Highway!!!
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Re: did we do this one already?
Posted by: Spud ()
Date: June 25, 2013 02:11PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> I think it's the Turnpike interchange. Anyways,
> this is the first day of the BRAND SPANKING NEW
> Circumferential Highway!!!

It is believed that some of those cars are still stuck in the traffic.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: oldie/goodie ()
Date: June 25, 2013 02:18PM

old fool from the old school Wrote:
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> No pictures, just a few observations from growing
> up around here to keep a pretty sweet thread
> going.
>
> Where I live now, near the GW Parkway/MtVernon,
> there are still quite a few folks that have lived
> in their houses since the early 70's and even late
> 60's. Mostly ex-military.



Here's something for you.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: oldie/goodie ()
Date: June 25, 2013 02:22PM

Heck, while were on Mt. Vernon...
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: bingo ()
Date: June 25, 2013 06:34PM

That boat looks like the wilson line, that used to go to Marshall Hall across the river.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: DH ()
Date: June 25, 2013 08:10PM

fxcograd Wrote:
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> Speaking of Putt
> Putt (and /or miniature golf) has anyone posted
> pictures of the putt putt course that used to be
> in Hybla Valley? It used to be close to where
> Thieves Market was.
>

Does anyone remember a department type of store that was next door to Thieves Market?

I remember going there as a kid but don't remember the name.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: June 25, 2013 10:37PM

Facebook Thief Wrote:
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> Route uno Wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > For the Putt Putt picture, where exactly was
> that?
> > It shows what looks like a 2 story office
> building
> > behind it...
> >
> >

Good suggestion on looking back to page 3, Sleepy. I went to page 3 to see all of the different things that Red Barns eventually became when they closed. I also found (part) of the putt putt picture I was looking for near the bottom of page 4.

Facebook Thief, I am positive that shot is in Hybla Valley. There was a putt putt golf course in the middle of the parking lot. The CALDOR store occupies what was Thieves Market. That shopping center now has a Home Depot, and has been totally rehabbed so it doesn't look at all like that anymore.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Thrifty McThrift ()
Date: June 25, 2013 10:47PM

There was a store in that shopping center called Atlantic Thrift. I recall it being a dept type store. I used to ride my bike down there, early to mid 70s, (from Va Hills) to play the pinball machines in there.

Then in the mid to late 70s a restaurant/arcade opened in that shopping center. Anyone remember The Electric Circus?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ???????? ()
Date: June 25, 2013 10:52PM

fxcograd Wrote:
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> Facebook Thief Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Route uno Wrote:
> >
> > >
> > >
> > > For the Putt Putt picture, where exactly was
> > that?
> > > It shows what looks like a 2 story office
> > building
> > > behind it...
> > >
> > >
>
> Good suggestion on looking back to page 3, Sleepy.
> I went to page 3 to see all of the different
> things that Red Barns eventually became when they
> closed. I also found (part) of the putt putt
> picture I was looking for near the bottom of page
> 4.
>
> Facebook Thief, I am positive that shot is in
> Hybla Valley. There was a putt putt golf course in
> the middle of the parking lot. The CALDOR store
> occupies what was Thieves Market. That shopping
> center now has a Home Depot, and has been totally
> rehabbed so it doesn't look at all like that
> anymore.

Which shot are you referring to as being Hybla Valley?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lazy susan ()
Date: June 26, 2013 04:54AM

is this sign still there?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: old ()
Date: June 26, 2013 06:54AM

bingo Wrote:
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> That boat looks like the wilson line, that used to
> go to Marshall Hall across the river.

No, that looks like one of the "Spirit" boats. Despite the b&w pic, that's fairly recent. Much later than the Wilson Line and Marshall Hall.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 26, 2013 07:41PM

Let's keep it rollin...any guess? Gordon?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: June 26, 2013 09:24PM

???????? Wrote:
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> fxcograd Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Facebook Thief Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Route uno Wrote:
> > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > For the Putt Putt picture, where exactly
> was
> > > that?
> > > > It shows what looks like a 2 story office
> > > building
> > > > behind it...
> > > >
> > > >
> >
> > Good suggestion on looking back to page 3,
> Sleepy.
> > I went to page 3 to see all of the different
> > things that Red Barns eventually became when
> they
> > closed. I also found (part) of the putt putt
> > picture I was looking for near the bottom of
> page
> > 4.
> >
> > Facebook Thief, I am positive that shot is in
> > Hybla Valley. There was a putt putt golf course
> in
> > the middle of the parking lot. The CALDOR store
> > occupies what was Thieves Market. That shopping
> > center now has a Home Depot, and has been
> totally
> > rehabbed so it doesn't look at all like that
> > anymore.
>
> Which shot are you referring to as being Hybla
> Valley?

Page 4 third picture from the bottom

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lbss82 ()
Date: June 27, 2013 04:34AM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> Let's keep it rollin...any guess? Gordon?


ok, I guess that could be the tastee29 diner???

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 27, 2013 10:03AM

@lbss82.....Very close, but no. here's another. Cool Seeburg jukebox and bowling machine.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: DH ()
Date: June 27, 2013 10:37AM

Thrifty McThrift Wrote:
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> There was a store in that shopping center called
> Atlantic Thrift. I recall it being a dept type
> store. I used to ride my bike down there, early to
> mid 70s, (from Va Hills) to play the pinball
> machines in there.
>

Thanks Thrifty, I couldn't remember that it was called Atlantic Thrift.
My mom use to drag me there all the time.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 27, 2013 07:50PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> @lbss82.....Very close, but no. here's another.
> Cool Seeburg jukebox and bowling machine.


I was gonna say the Streamliner till I saw that second pic...........

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm............................

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 27, 2013 07:55PM

was it called Vincent's? - That stone wall is the gas station, isnt it?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lbss82 ()
Date: June 27, 2013 07:59PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> @lbss82.....Very close, but no. here's another.
> Cool Seeburg jukebox and bowling machine.


Is it the Krispy Kreme on route 1????

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 27, 2013 08:31PM

The Streamliner and the 29 would have had the interior curved roof...Gordon...you got it....good job. Can you imagine walking into Denny's in Fairfax (that is in the same location) and finding these fine gents having a brew after finishing an egg/hashbrown and grits plate TODAY? I doubt it...maybe the area has changed a wee bit.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 27, 2013 08:43PM

So the building next door is the former Fairfax Theatre? Now some car dealership?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: zero_personality ()
Date: June 28, 2013 06:10AM

"So the building next door is the former Fairfax Theatre? Now some car dealership?"
Indeed, the white building is the Fairfax Theatre, now a Toyota Dealer. Vincent also had a Hardware Store on that block which burned down about 1961. They rebuilt up the street on 123, the eight-sided building known as "Vincent's Octagon". Today that building is Fuddruckers.

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Remember Nipper?
Posted by: Remember Nipper? ()
Date: June 28, 2013 07:04PM

Does anyone remember Nipper in Merrifield?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Skyline Towers ()
Date: June 28, 2013 07:07PM

Skyline Towers back in the day under construction...
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lbss82 ()
Date: June 29, 2013 11:00AM

Okay I found this on ebay, it says holiday inn alexandria virginia but I can not place it. This is surely not the holiday inn in old-town alexandria is it? They dont show the back of the card with the address on it.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lbss82 ()
Date: June 29, 2013 11:11AM

Found this on ebay also. As I remember this econolodge was somewhere near the commerce street overpass. Am I wrong?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Bill.N. ()
Date: June 29, 2013 11:32AM

lbss-I wonder if that Holiday Inn is the current Days Inn on Route 1 just south of Alexandria.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 29, 2013 11:38AM

@lbss...here you go...I'm sure it's been demolished.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lbss82 ()
Date: June 29, 2013 01:28PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> @lbss...here you go...I'm sure it's been
> demolished.


OK! Thanks sleepy.

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Re: Remember Nipper?
Posted by: lbss82 ()
Date: June 29, 2013 01:37PM

Nipper lives on! He moved to Baltimore in the mid 90s.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/2872

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Re: Remember Nipper?
Posted by: lbss82 ()
Date: June 29, 2013 01:44PM

While researching Nipper I came across the lee-hi sheetmetal/ductwork man. He was near Capt. Pells as I remember.
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Fairfax County Parkway Vicinity - Before, During Construction, Just After
Posted by: Parkway Historian ()
Date: June 29, 2013 02:15PM

Hey, anyone got any pics of the Fairfax County Parkway (and its surrounding roads/roads it replaced) during construction, before (like Hooes Road, Pohick Road etc.) and after??? It can be any stretch of the Parkway. So if anyone's got any old FFX Co. Pkwy pics, upload them! I really wanna see.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: luss kin ()
Date: June 30, 2013 01:52PM

Hey! This thread is a hoot! Its like the best thing I ever saw on the internet that was free! Many thanks to all y'all NOVA people. I bought my first cell phone at Luskins in like 1983 or so. Remember when the Luskins in Springfield was Dalmo? As I remember my cell phone was a bit larger than this one and I only had a 33% chance of getting a signal in the suburbs but it worked real good in DC. I got about an hour of talk time and maybe 6 hours of standby on a freshly charged battery.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: winner winner chicken dinner ()
Date: June 30, 2013 01:58PM

Bill.N. Wrote:
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> lbss-I wonder if that Holiday Inn is the current
> Days Inn on Route 1 just south of Alexandria.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: genxslakker ()
Date: June 30, 2013 03:56PM

this top building believed to be in oakton looks like Appalachian outfitters on the corner of 123 and hunter mill (gone since about mid 2000's

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: motel 6 ()
Date: June 30, 2013 11:02PM

lbss82 Wrote:
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> Found this on ebay also. As I remember this
> econolodge was somewhere near the commerce street
> overpass. Am I wrong?

I believe this location is now or was Motel 6.

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Re: Remember Nipper?
Posted by: abc ()
Date: June 30, 2013 11:06PM

lbss82 Wrote:
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> While researching Nipper I came across the lee-hi
> sheetmetal/ductwork man. He was near Capt. Pells
> as I remember.

I think this guy was/is across from the old Hostess/Wonder Bread outlet in Merrifield. I believe there used to be some kind of candy store there also.Last I remember there was a power equipment store there now.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: July 01, 2013 06:02AM

luss kin Wrote:
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> Hey! This thread is a hoot! Its like the best
> thing I ever saw on the internet that was free!
> Many thanks to all y'all NOVA people. I bought my
> first cell phone at Luskins in like 1983 or so.
> Remember when the Luskins in Springfield was
> Dalmo? As I remember my cell phone was a bit
> larger than this one and I only had a 33% chance
> of getting a signal in the suburbs but it worked
> real good in DC. I got about an hour of talk time
> and maybe 6 hours of standby on a freshly charged
> battery.

I found this short bio of Jack Luskin

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2008-03-15/news/0803150320_1_luskin-slogan-jack

I didn't know Luskins was Baltimore based. Natty Boh beer was Baltimore based too, and it used to be everywhere in NOVA. Cheap too.

Speaking of video and Electronics, how about Erol's?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Bayleee ()
Date: July 01, 2013 06:26AM

The pic of Skyline Towers about 15 posts up is actually a picture after an accident that caused the tower to collapse and kill more than a dozen workers. I think it's talked about in the 'weird local incidents' thread.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lbss82 ()
Date: July 01, 2013 10:09AM

fxcograd Wrote:
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> luss kin Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Hey! This thread is a hoot! Its like the best
> > thing I ever saw on the internet that was free!
> > Many thanks to all y'all NOVA people. I bought
> my
> > first cell phone at Luskins in like 1983 or so.
> > Remember when the Luskins in Springfield was
> > Dalmo? As I remember my cell phone was a bit
> > larger than this one and I only had a 33%
> chance
> > of getting a signal in the suburbs but it
> worked
> > real good in DC. I got about an hour of talk
> time
> > and maybe 6 hours of standby on a freshly
> charged
> > battery.
>
> I found this short bio of Jack Luskin
>
> http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2008-03-15/news/0
> 803150320_1_luskin-slogan-jack
>
> I didn't know Luskins was Baltimore based. Natty
> Boh beer was Baltimore based too, and it used to
> be everywhere in NOVA. Cheap too.
>
> Speaking of video and Electronics, how about
> Erol's?

Hey that reminds me, I paid for the lifetime membership at Erols. I got screwed on that deal!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: July 01, 2013 10:19AM

@WW Chicken Dinner....Great research job on the hotels...I was told it was demolished...very nice.

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Re: Fairfax County Parkway Vicinity - Before, During Construction, Just After
Posted by: Parkway Historian ()
Date: July 01, 2013 04:27PM

Parkway Historian Wrote:
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> Hey, anyone got any pics of the Fairfax County
> Parkway (and its surrounding roads/roads it
> replaced) during construction, before (like Hooes
> Road, Pohick Road etc.) and after??? It can be any
> stretch of the Parkway. So if anyone's got any old
> FFX Co. Pkwy pics, upload them! I really wanna
> see.

Anyone? I really wanna see, because I wasn't here at the time.

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Re: Fairfax County Parkway Vicinity - Before, During Construction, Just After
Posted by: WingNut ()
Date: July 01, 2013 05:07PM

The Tin Man is in front of Lee Hi Sheet Metal on 29 in Merrifield.

Dixie Sheet Metal has had a similar big tin cowboy for years, Gordon Rd in Falls Church city.


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Ye ole Woodson Man ()
Date: July 01, 2013 05:11PM

That Skyline Towers collapse was in 1972, I rode by there. One worker jumped from about the 8th floor and landed in something soft and lived he hit the edge of what ever it was and slideed down in a sense maybe a sand pile. The concrete forms were pulled to early. This building was rebuilt but not leveled, I wonder which one it was among them today?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: WingNut ()
Date: July 01, 2013 05:14PM

I heard also a guy carrying a sheet of plywood was hit with a high wind and sailed off the building and died during it's construction.

Not sure if it was before or after the collapse.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lbss 82 bruin ()
Date: July 01, 2013 06:53PM

Ye ole Woodson Man Wrote:
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> That Skyline Towers collapse was in 1972, I rode
> by there. One worker jumped from about the 8th
> floor and landed in something soft and lived he
> hit the edge of what ever it was and slideed down
> in a sense maybe a sand pile. The concrete forms
> were pulled to early. This building was rebuilt
> but not leveled, I wonder which one it was among
> them today?


It is the one closest to the intersection of rt 7 and South George Mason Drive. It is called Skyline Plaza North

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: July 01, 2013 09:31PM

the woods that used to be between I-95 and Rolling Road in Newington that are now 286 circa 2009 (i think)
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: zero_personality ()
Date: July 01, 2013 09:37PM

anyone remember Fallfax Lumberteria?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Bill.N. ()
Date: July 01, 2013 09:42PM

Wasn't that the place on 29 somewhere between Gallows Road and Graham Road?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: July 02, 2013 10:11AM

zero_personality Wrote:
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> anyone remember Fallfax Lumberteria?

I remember a hardware store called Fallfax something-or-other. I have a key to my parents' house that has that store's name on it. It was on Route 29 east of Jefferson District Golf Course but west of Hollywood Road/King David Memorial Gardens in the small strip mall on the north side of Route 29 where Frozen Dairy Bar temporarily relocated at one point.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: July 02, 2013 10:54AM

According to old records...Fallfax Lumberteria 8411 Arlington Boulevard.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jess1 ()
Date: July 02, 2013 11:22AM

"Anyone? I really wanna see, because I wasn't here at the time"

http://www.historicaerials.com/

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Concrete Slump ()
Date: July 02, 2013 11:39AM

Ye ole Woodson Man Wrote:
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> That Skyline Towers collapse was in 1972, I rode
> by there. One worker jumped from about the 8th
> floor and landed in something soft and lived he
> hit the edge of what ever it was and slideed down
> in a sense maybe a sand pile. The concrete forms
> were pulled to early. This building was rebuilt
> but not leveled, I wonder which one it was among
> them today?

Antifreeze was used in the concrete to prevent freezing which made mixture weak and the forms pulled to early.
And Wingnut is right too. One constuction worker wasn't able to attain lift with 3/4 plywood and bought the farm.
A friend from High School was one of the fatalities. I was not in the country but did a little sniffing around later to see who was responsible.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: July 02, 2013 01:54PM

Anyone have pictures of the little strip mall that was demolished and replaced that Alto Plaza, the crown jewel of Centerville.

I think one of the shops used to be a toy store.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: bomble ()
Date: July 02, 2013 02:56PM

Maybe they just changed the addresses on Richmond highway...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/02/2013 02:56PM by bomble.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Brian ()
Date: July 02, 2013 04:04PM

In the 80's it was Signet bank, Churches Chicken, Ground Round, Krispy Kreme. Accross the street was Builders Square and Chuck E Cheeses.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ASSHOLETROLL ()
Date: July 02, 2013 04:08PM

Whaatt? U like peeeniss???

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jess1 ()
Date: July 02, 2013 04:18PM

"Maybe they just changed the addresses on Richmond highway"

Yep. Road name changed from Jefferson Davis Highway to RH...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Parkway Historian ()
Date: July 02, 2013 05:45PM

Jess1 Wrote:
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> "Anyone? I really wanna see, because I wasn't here
> at the time"
>
> http://www.historicaerials.com/

But, there aren't any aerials in the period the Parkway was built.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: DH ()
Date: July 02, 2013 08:53PM

1995hoo Wrote:
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> zero_personality Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > anyone remember Fallfax Lumberteria?
>
> I remember a hardware store called Fallfax
> something-or-other. I have a key to my parents'
> house that has that store's name on it. It was on
> Route 29 east of Jefferson District Golf Course
> but west of Hollywood Road/King David Memorial
> Gardens in the small strip mall on the north side
> of Route 29 where Frozen Dairy Bar temporarily
> relocated at one point.


That's the one I remember. Growing up our neighbor use to work there. Actually the strip mall is where the Fallfax building use to be. I am not sure if they had other locations as Sleepy's info would show.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: July 03, 2013 04:50PM

CORRECTION-Fallfax Lumberteria 7634 Arlington Boulevard....which is now up from Loehmann's Plaza near Jaguar Trail...address # may have changed at some point....this was from the 50's/early 60's.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Rick Roberts ()
Date: July 03, 2013 05:41PM

That's an aerial shot of the then new Unitarian Church on Hunter Mill Rd. I used to play at that construction site when I was a boy.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: DH ()
Date: July 03, 2013 09:53PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> CORRECTION-Fallfax Lumberteria 7634 Arlington
> Boulevard....which is now up from Loehmann's Plaza
> near Jaguar Trail...address # may have changed at
> some point....this was from the 50's/early 60's.


Hey Sleepy, just curious, where did you find this info?
I just checked out the Historic Aerials and don't really see anything there.
I know a lot of the street numbers changed back then.
Our house on Annandale Road changed numbers in the early 60's I think.

I just noticed that 7634 Lee Highway is the strip center where the Fallfax was that I remember.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Golden Years ()
Date: July 03, 2013 10:23PM

Indeed the stripmall with El Tio at 7634 Lee Hwy was the site of Fallfax Lumberteria. The building was up front and the lumberyard in back. Dad (RIP) used to take us there on Saturday's when he was doing home improvements in the early '60's. I remember wandering among the stacks and loved the smell of the fresh-cut lumber. Now the site of the "lumberyard" is a printing plant filled with paper...ironically. The parking lot is actually named "Fallfax Drive".
Hechinger's wiped out the independent hardware and lumberyards...then Hechinger's got wiped out by Home Depot.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: sum guy ()
Date: July 04, 2013 02:29AM

Not sure if this has been posted before or not.
Safeway on Columbia pike 1959.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Boogie Check ()
Date: July 04, 2013 03:31AM

love me some roy's Wrote:
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> Great pictures Good Old Days! What parking lot is
> the Torino sitting in? Classic DC101 bumper
> sticker!


Boogie Check from 1980!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3ANS1xpXpU

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: July 04, 2013 04:18PM

lbss82 Wrote:
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>
> Hey that reminds me, I paid for the lifetime
> membership at Erols. I got screwed on that deal!


That's EROL'S lifetime- not yours. Actually according to wiki Erol Onaran passed away back in 2005.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erol_Onaran

Since its the 4th of July- anybody remember when Fairfax County had fireworks displays in multiple parks around the county? I grew up near Lee District Park and there was 4th of July fireworks there for many years. Cars would be curb parked on Rose Hill Drive from Telegraph nearly all the way to the shopping center. It was easier just to walk there and back- a long walk about 2 miles but probably took less time to get home than trying to get a car out of the traffic snarl that ensued when the fireworks were over. Somebody said the county stopped because the park has artificial turf now. AFAIK Lake Fairfax is the only place that has fireworks now.

Artificial turf, what's next? Artificial dirt?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: July 04, 2013 05:30PM

> Hey Sleepy, just curious, where did you find this
> info?
> I just checked out the Historic Aerials and don't
> really see anything there.
> I know a lot of the street numbers changed back
> then.
> Our house on Annandale Road changed numbers in the
> early 60's I think.
>
> I just noticed that 7634 Lee Highway is the strip
> center where the Fallfax was that I remember.

The "city fathers" needed to change a lot of addresses/road names in the early 60s when things were becoming less rural. The fire department, etc. needed to be able to find your home when there was a problem. Our street got to keep its name since it was the oldest in the county with the name but our house number changed at that time. Right after Mom had taught me where I lived...

Also sometimes the business such as Fallfax, Annandale Millwork, Cambell and Farrar, etc. need to move into areas where their services are needed, i.e. where construction is going on.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: addresses ()
Date: July 04, 2013 10:32PM

I think the changing of addresses coincided with the opening of the beltway. The center of the "bullseye" starts at 100, and works its way out.

For example, Leesburg Pike in Tysons just oustide the beltway is the 8000 block...River Road in Potomac Md just outside the beltway is...the 8000 block.

I believe prior to that, addresses were somewhat more haphazard.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ri-dick-o-las ()
Date: July 04, 2013 11:11PM

fxcograd Wrote:
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> Somebody said the
> county stopped because the park has artificial
> turf now. AFAIK Lake Fairfax is the only place
> that has fireworks now.
>
> Artificial turf, what's next? Artificial dirt?

I don't remember the year but I do recall seeing on the Lee District sign that the fireworks were cancelled due to the budget. The money budgeted for the fireworks was probably used for the artificial turf....LOL.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: W springfield Spartan ()
Date: July 05, 2013 08:42AM

THANKS! for the memories.
As a kid growing up in orange hunt I still clearly remember my dad bringing home this car from Dave Pyles. Years later my dad gave it to me. It was NOT a cool car but hey, when you are 16 years old any car is better than no car. No hot chicks would go on a date with a guy driving a 74 montego wagon. Thats okay though some less than hot but really nice chicks rode in it with me. You gotta love the classy cranberry paint with the peel and stick woodgrain simulated panels.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Stinky Pete ()
Date: July 05, 2013 03:24PM

Brian Wrote:
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> In the 80's it was Signet bank, Churches Chicken,
> Ground Round, Krispy Kreme. Accross the street was
> Builders Square and Chuck E Cheeses.


Negative. Builder's Square was up the hill at Beacon Mall, in the space that was originally a Woolco. Later subdivided into Marshall's, Levitz Furniture, and Channel Hardware (later Builder's Square). The space across the street was always a K-mart, along with the aforementioned Chuck E. Cheese, and on the left end some county health department offices.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: July 05, 2013 04:47PM

Brian has it right. As shown in the article below, Builder's Square opened in 1988 at 6303 Richmond Highway, which checks out as the spot next to Chuck E Cheese. Builder's Square was a subsidiary of K-Mart, so it makes sense that it went into the old K-Mart space. Channel Hardware was a separate store located where Stinky Pete describes, which operated simultaneously with Builder's Square until it closed in 1991 as part of Channel's bankruptcy reorganization. The Alexandria Builder's Square closed in 1995, a couple of years before the entire BS chain merged into Hechinger's.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: July 05, 2013 05:50PM

Any guess on this "new" neighborhood being built in Falls Church circa 1950?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: abcde ()
Date: July 05, 2013 06:08PM

Looks kind of like Pimmit Hills maybe

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: YoE-LoE ()
Date: July 05, 2013 06:14PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> Any guess on this "new" neighborhood being built
> in Falls Church circa 1950?

Well, what was clear space and looked like a treeless village in the 50s has turned into trees in 2013.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: July 05, 2013 08:19PM

looks like Annandale Road to me. About where it makes the turn before going to Rt. 50.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: emmet grogan ()
Date: July 05, 2013 08:31PM

"Any guess on this "new" neighborhood being built in Falls Church circa 1950?"



The Westlawn subdivision, perhaps?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: July 05, 2013 09:15PM

W springfield Spartan Wrote:
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> THANKS! for the memories.
> As a kid growing up in orange hunt I still clearly
> remember my dad bringing home this car from Dave
> Pyles. Years later my dad gave it to me. It was
> NOT a cool car but hey, when you are 16 years old
> any car is better than no car. No hot chicks would
> go on a date with a guy driving a 74 montego
> wagon. Thats okay though some less than hot but
> really nice chicks rode in it with me. You gotta
> love the classy cranberry paint with the peel and
> stick woodgrain simulated panels.

I remember the drivers ed cars at Edison being 70s vintage Mercury Montego sedans. If you can drive a Montego with a football field length hood- you can drive anything! These kids nowadays- think they can drive in those rinkey dink Ford Escorts, try parallel parking a Montego!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: July 05, 2013 09:25PM

@Blanche/emmet grogan...Very close...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: DH ()
Date: July 05, 2013 09:36PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> Any guess on this "new" neighborhood being built
> in Falls Church circa 1950?


I don't know the name of the neighborhood but is it the one that's off of Kerns Rd. and Annandale Rd.?

Barrett Rd.
Cofer Rd.
Dashiell Rd.
Holloway Rd.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: fxcograd ()
Date: July 05, 2013 09:39PM

DH Wrote:
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> Sleepy Holla Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Any guess on this "new" neighborhood being
> built
> > in Falls Church circa 1950?
>
>
> I don't know the name of the neighborhood but is
> it the one that's off of Kerns Rd. and Annandale
> Rd.?
>
> Barrett Rd.
> Cofer Rd.
> Dashiell Rd.
> Holloway Rd.

Bel Air
I second that guess

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Niiiicceee ()
Date: July 05, 2013 09:44PM

W springfield Spartan Wrote:
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> THANKS! for the memories.
> As a kid growing up in orange hunt I still clearly
> remember my dad bringing home this car from Dave
> Pyles. Years later my dad gave it to me. It was
> NOT a cool car but hey, when you are 16 years old
> any car is better than no car. No hot chicks would
> go on a date with a guy driving a 74 montego
> wagon. Thats okay though some less than hot but
> really nice chicks rode in it with me. You gotta
> love the classy cranberry paint with the peel and
> stick woodgrain simulated panels.


Sweet ride.

I was rollin' in the Vista Cruiser about the same time. lol

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Ye Ole Woodson man ()
Date: July 05, 2013 11:34PM

Off Rt 50 around Annandale Road maybe. I can just imagine GI's back from Korea WWII vets , settleing down, raising a family getting one of these Cape Cod's with a yard, Being able to come home and relax and have a family Bar-B-Que.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: July 06, 2013 09:02AM

@DH, fxcograd, Ye Ole Wm, Yes you are CORRECT...Bel Air. GREAT job.

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