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Reflecting on Richmond’s Journey in the 1970s through Historic Photos

The 1970s was a decade of changes and growth for Richmond, Virginia. Navigating through a period of economic challenges, addressing social issues, and embracing cultural shifts, Richmond stood firm, adapting and advancing with time. Let’s embark on a journey through Richmond in the 1970s and learn more about this fascinating decade with some fascinting vintage photos.

The early 1970s brought a nationwide economic recession, and Richmond was not immune to its effects. Despite these challenges, Richmond managed to stay relatively resilient. Major corporations such as Philip Morris and Dominion Energy expanded their operations in the city, providing job opportunities and economic stability.

Addressing Social Issues

The 1970s were a time of significant social change in Richmond. In 1977, Richmond saw the election of its first African American mayor, Henry Marsh, signaling a new era in the city’s politics. This decade also witnessed the emergence of grassroots movements addressing issues such as housing inequality and racial discrimination, echoing the national trend of increased civic engagement.

Cultural Shifts and the Arts Scene

Richmond’s cultural scene continued to evolve in the 1970s. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosted major exhibitions, and local theatre groups like the Richmond Shakespeare Festival started to gain recognition. Music remained a vibrant part of the city’s culture, with genres like folk, rock, and soul music reflecting the diverse tastes of the residents.

Infrastructure and Urban Development

Infrastructure development continued to progress in the ’70s. The James River Flood Wall was constructed after the city suffered a devastating flood in 1972. The Greater Richmond Transit Company was founded in 1973, improving the public transportation system. The city also started the process of revitalizing the downtown area, addressing urban decay, and promoting business development.

The Evolution of Education

The 1970s were a turning point for Richmond’s education system. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold busing for desegregation led to significant changes in the city’s schools, reflecting a nationwide movement towards racial integration. Virginia Commonwealth University, established in 1968, expanded its programs and facilities during this time, solidifying its status as a key center for higher education in the city.

The Rise of the Sporting Scene

The 1970s saw a significant shift in Richmond’s sports scene. The city got its first taste of major league sports in 1971 when the Virginia Squires, part of the American Basketball Association, played some of their home games in Richmond. Moreover, the Richmond Braves, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Atlanta Braves, experienced a surge in popularity, enhancing the city’s sporting culture.

#1 The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosted pop artist Andy Warhol (second from left), who was exhibiting his “Athletes by Warhol” collection at the museum, 1978.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosted pop artist Andy Warhol (second from left), who was exhibiting his “Athletes by Warhol” collection at the museum, 1978.

The public opening featured a performance by rock band Single Bullet Theory and refreshments that could be found at sporting events, such as popcorn and cotton candy. The portraits on exhibit included tennis star Chris Evert and basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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#2 Glendale Drive and Henrico Avenue in western Henrico County, 1976

Glendale Drive and Henrico Avenue in western Henrico County, 1976

Neighborhood boys showed off their headstand and skateboarding skills. From left were Robert Rice, Bill Robertson, Rusty Hamilton and Kenny Rice. The boys spent the summer practicing headstands, wheelies and other stunts.

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#3 Packages of Pop Rocks, a carbonated candy that had soared in popularity, even if availability was limited, 1978.

Packages of Pop Rocks, a carbonated candy that had soared in popularity, even if availability was limited, 1978.

The gravel-like treat offered the sensation of bursting inside the mouth – a reaction created from carbon dioxide trapped inside the sugar. Test-marketing in California proved successful, and the candy from General Foods soon became a national rage.

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#4 The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was preparing to close the Sabot Depot station in Goochland County, 1979.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was preparing to close the Sabot Depot station in Goochland County, 1979.

The station hosted its first passenger train in 1881 and its last in 1957; it limped along until 1979 handling odd jobs. CSX dismantled the building in 1993.

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#5 The Lost World mountain opened at the Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell, 1979.

The Lost World mountain opened at the Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell, 1979.

The $7 million, 17-story attraction contained three components: the Journey to Atlantis flume ride (soon renamed the Haunted River), the Land of the Dooz children’s mine train and the Time Shaft rotor. In 1998, the mountain was repurposed to accommodate Volcano, the Blast Coaster, which still operates today.

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#6 A crowd of 10,000 gathered along Monument Avenue in Richmond for the annual Easter Festival, which included music from the Richmond Pops Band.

A crowd of 10,000 gathered along Monument Avenue in Richmond for the annual Easter Festival, which included music from the Richmond Pops Band.

The festival, sponsored by the Monument Avenue Preservation Society, included dancers, almost 30 art exhibits, children’s entertainment and food.

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#7 Two boys walked along the rocks in the James River near the Lee Bridge in Richmond, 1979.

Two boys walked along the rocks in the James River near the Lee Bridge in Richmond, 1979.

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#8 Terry Woo set bricks for a walkway as construction of Kanawha Plaza in downtown Richmond continued, 1979.

Terry Woo set bricks for a walkway as construction of Kanawha Plaza in downtown Richmond continued, 1979.

The $4 million dollar city-financed plaza linked the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond building and the Virginia Electric and Power Co. building.

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#9 A couple dressed as apes made their way through Shockoe Slip in Richmond during the Great Pumpkin Party.

A couple dressed as apes made their way through Shockoe Slip in Richmond during the Great Pumpkin Party.

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#10 Vann Barden from North Carolina came to Richmond with his mobile smoke pit to put on a pig picking with friends, 1979.

Vann Barden from North Carolina came to Richmond with his mobile smoke pit to put on a pig picking with friends, 1979.

Depending on the temperature and wind, Barden could use 60 to 120 pounds of charcoal scattered with hickory chips for his barbecuing. An 80-pound pig, which he marinated in homemade sauce, could take eight hours or more to cook.

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#11 A tractor-trailer jackknifed after two wheels came off on the James River Bridge in Richmond, 1979.

A tractor-trailer jackknifed after two wheels came off on the James River Bridge in Richmond, 1979.

The driver, 25-year-old Samuel Smith, was thrown from the truck and fell 100 feet. A firefighter said Smith survived because he landed about 40 feet from the water on muddy ground, which softened the impact.

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#12 An Army helicopter made a practice landing on the new helipad at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, 1979.

An Army helicopter made a practice landing on the new helipad at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, 1979.

It was the first such helipad constructed for a central Virginia hospital. The $5,000 pad was constructed by E.G. Bowles Co. in a project assisted by the state police and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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#13 Miss America Kylene Barker signed autographs during a visit to Richmond. Barker, who was from Galax, won the Miss Virginia title in 1978 and then the national pageant in September of that year, becoming Miss America 1979.

Miss America Kylene Barker signed autographs during a visit to Richmond. Barker, who was from Galax, won the Miss Virginia title in 1978 and then the national pageant in September of that year, becoming Miss America 1979.

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#14 Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Roy Jefferson congratulated participants in the Winter Special Olympics at Wintergreen in Nelson County, 1979

Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Roy Jefferson congratulated participants in the Winter Special Olympics at Wintergreen in Nelson County, 1979

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#15 Staff of the Women’s Resource Center conferred in their office at the University of Richmond. The center, which opened in 1976, assisted women with career preparation, education opportunities and life planning.

Staff of the Women’s Resource Center conferred in their office at the University of Richmond. The center, which opened in 1976, assisted women with career preparation, education opportunities and life planning.

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#16 Safety Town Opens – This summer’s installment of Safety Town opened at Azalea Mall yesterday, and among those on hand were Marcia Carr as Clyde the Clown (in car), Leigh Burke as Cupid the Clown, and Mike Martin as the owl.

Safety Town Opens - This summer's installment of Safety Town opened at Azalea Mall yesterday, and among those on hand were Marcia Carr as Clyde the Clown (in car), Leigh Burke as Cupid the Clown, and Mike Martin as the owl.

Children agest 4 through 8 may take one of three classes that are taught for an hour each day for one week. New classes start each Monday through August. Applications for registration should be made with the Henrico County Police. 6-17-1978

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#17 Where’s the engine? The caboose traveling on the bed of a truck along West Broad Street yesterday wasn’t part of a new rail line in Richmond, but part of a remodeling project at the old Clover Room restaurant.

Where's the engine? The caboose traveling on the bed of a truck along West Broad Street yesterday wasn't part of a new rail line in Richmond, but part of a remodeling project at the old Clover Room restaurant.

Owner John Dankos plans to open the new restaurant, Stanley Stegmeyer's Hodgepodge, on July 1. Part of the decor will include two cabooses, each of which will seat 16 persons. May 3, 1978

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#18 This train caboose traveled by truck along West Broad Street in Richmond was headed for the old Clover Room restaurant, which new owner John Dankos was remodeling into Stanley Stegmeyer’s Hodgepodge Restaurant, 1978.

This train caboose traveled by truck along West Broad Street in Richmond was headed for the old Clover Room restaurant, which new owner John Dankos was remodeling into Stanley Stegmeyer’s Hodgepodge Restaurant, 1978.

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#19 Hal Burrows serves while partner Courtney Drake looks on at CCV’s platform tennis facility, 1978

Hal Burrows serves while partner Courtney Drake looks on at CCV's platform tennis facility, 1978

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#20 A block of West 31st Street in Woodland Heights, 1978.

A block of West 31st Street in Woodland Heights, 1978.

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#21 Some members of the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles biked through Richmond during a 1,200-mile ride to Florida to spotlight the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1978.

Some members of the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles biked through Richmond during a 1,200-mile ride to Florida to spotlight the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1978.

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#22 Arthur Hargrove Jr., a Times-Dispatch carrier in the Glen Allen area, delivered one of his final papers, 1978.

Arthur Hargrove Jr., a Times-Dispatch carrier in the Glen Allen area, delivered one of his final papers, 1978.

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#23 A group of mad hatters danced in Shockoe Slip during the Great Pumpkin Party. The Halloween-themed festival drew about 10,000 people, many of them in costume to participate in contests for cash prizes, 1978.

A group of mad hatters danced in Shockoe Slip during the Great Pumpkin Party. The Halloween-themed festival drew about 10,000 people, many of them in costume to participate in contests for cash prizes, 1978.

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#24 A longtime Oregon Hill resident walked through his neighborhood, 1978.

A longtime Oregon Hill resident walked through his neighborhood, 1978.

In the late 1970s, the historic Richmond enclave was undergoing noticeable change as urbanization brought new, younger residents into the tight-knit community.

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#25 Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indians performed for Gov. John N. Dalton, continuing their centuries-old Thanksgiving tradition of delivering game, such as deer and turkey, to the governor in lieu of a tax payment.

Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indians performed for Gov. John N. Dalton, continuing their centuries-old Thanksgiving tradition of delivering game, such as deer and turkey, to the governor in lieu of a tax payment.

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#26 African-American women gathered for a beauty clinic at the Thalhimers at Eastgate Mall in Richmond, 1978.

African-American women gathered for a beauty clinic at the Thalhimers at Eastgate Mall in Richmond, 1978.

The clinic, sponsored by Fashion Fair, brought in beauty professionals including Pearl Hester (standing at right) to demonstrate makeup techniques.

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#27 John Stone plowed a field on a tobacco farm in Union Level in Mecklenburg County, 1978.

John Stone plowed a field on a tobacco farm in Union Level in Mecklenburg County, 1978.

Owner Joe Warren of South Hill used seven mule teams to plow 60 tobacco acres among several of his farms.

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#28 Students from Huguenot High School in Richmond worked with director Dave Anderson on a public television series called “As We See It.”, 1978

Students from Huguenot High School in Richmond worked with director Dave Anderson on a public television series called “As We See It.”, 1978

Financed by a federal grant, the series shed light on school desegregation across America, with students contributing scripts for scenes. The Huguenot segment was titled “The Riot that Never Was” and included a re-enactment of a tense moment in the cafeteria during the previous school year, which ultimately was resolved.

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#29 Bill Heindl, a co-founder of the Heindl-Evans Inc. construction firm, oversaw progress on building a footbridge in James River Park at Texas Avenue in Richmond, 1978.

Bill Heindl, a co-founder of the Heindl-Evans Inc. construction firm, oversaw progress on building a footbridge in James River Park at Texas Avenue in Richmond, 1978.

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#30 Pilot Merton A. Meade Jr. landed a 1920s-era Pitcairn Mailwing at Byrd International Airport in Henrico County, 1978.

Pilot Merton A. Meade Jr. landed a 1920s-era Pitcairn Mailwing at Byrd International Airport in Henrico County, 1978.

Such biplanes carried mail through the area in the 1920s and 1930s for Pitcairn Aviation Inc., a predecessor of Eastern Air Lines. Meade was flying from New York to Miami on a trip sponsored by Eastern to promote its 50th anniversary.

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#31 Danny Shapiro of wholesaler Stanley Toys exhibited new electronic games in Richmond, 1978.

Danny Shapiro of wholesaler Stanley Toys exhibited new electronic games in Richmond, 1978.

At the time, products such as Simon and Electronic Battleship were so new that not all Richmond-area stores carried them yet. Thalhimers did not stock electronic games, and Miller & Rhoads had just received Blip and Comp IV, which were battery-operated games.

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#32 The Bannerman Family Cloggers and Friends performed at Heritage Day, a celebration of national and cultural traditions found among Richmond-area residents, 1978.

The Bannerman Family Cloggers and Friends performed at Heritage Day, a celebration of national and cultural traditions found among Richmond-area residents, 1978.

The city festival, held at the Carillon in Byrd Park, featured more than 30 performers as well as demonstrations of folk crafts such as banjo making, fly-tying and rug-braiding.

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#33 About 100 Elvis Presley fans gathered at the Regency Inn South on Midlothian Turnpike for a memorial service to “the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” who had died a year earlier, 1978.

About 100 Elvis Presley fans gathered at the Regency Inn South on Midlothian Turnpike for a memorial service to “the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” who had died a year earlier, 1978.

The service – sponsored by the local Taking Care of Business Fan Club – included a meditation period that featured some of Presley’s gospel recordings, which brought an emotional response from fans.

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#34 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller assessed the damage done to their car by a tree that fell after a night of strong winds. The Chesterfield County couple had just purchased the car, 1978.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller assessed the damage done to their car by a tree that fell after a night of strong winds. The Chesterfield County couple had just purchased the car, 1978.

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#35 Capitol Square in Richmond was filled with people enjoying a pleasant spring day. The high temperature was 81 degrees, which was ideal for relaxing on the grass and benches or taking a stroll around the grounds, 1978.

Capitol Square in Richmond was filled with people enjoying a pleasant spring day. The high temperature was 81 degrees, which was ideal for relaxing on the grass and benches or taking a stroll around the grounds, 1978.

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#36 Plastic drain pipe was shaped into a 60-foot “serpent” in the Yeocomico River near Kinsale on Virginia’s Northern Neck, 1978.

Plastic drain pipe was shaped into a 60-foot “serpent” in the Yeocomico River near Kinsale on Virginia’s Northern Neck, 1978.

Richmonder John Tighe created it to surprise fellow members of a Richmond boating group that was gathering for its annual fish fry. The sculpture mimicked a giant serpentlike creature – later nicknamed “Chessie” – that some people claim to have spotted nearby that summer.

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#37 Crowds gathered at the Busch Gardens amusement park near Williamsburg for the grand opening of the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster, which featured quick acceleration, a 13-story drop and a pair of interlocking loops, 1978.

Crowds gathered at the Busch Gardens amusement park near Williamsburg for the grand opening of the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster, which featured quick acceleration, a 13-story drop and a pair of interlocking loops, 1978.

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#38 J.C. Penney employee Janet McCabe modeled a timely trend – plastic jeans – at Regency Square mall in Henrico County, 1978.

J.C. Penney employee Janet McCabe modeled a timely trend – plastic jeans – at Regency Square mall in Henrico County, 1978.

McCabe said the jeans were a bit stiff, but with a leotard or tights underneath, they could turn heads at the disco. Penney stores in Richmond carried the pants, which were originated by La Parisienne.

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#39 Dave Twardzik of the Squires shot over Artis Gilmore of the Kentucky Colonels en route to a Squires victory before a crowd of only 1,017 at the Coliseum, 1976.

Dave Twardzik of the Squires shot over Artis Gilmore of the Kentucky Colonels en route to a Squires victory before a crowd of only 1,017 at the Coliseum, 1976.

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#40 A camera crew set up by the log flume at Kings Dominion in Doswell as filming continued on “Rollercoaster”, 1976.

A camera crew set up by the log flume at Kings Dominion in Doswell as filming continued on “Rollercoaster”, 1976.

The movie, starring George Segal (in boat) as a ride inspector, was filmed at several amusement parks and is about an extortionist who demands $1 million to end his bombing campaign at parks. Extras and crew assembled at 7 a.m., but it was 2:15 p.m. before everything was ready so this scene could be shot.

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#41 Visitors enjoyed an afternoon aboard the American Freedom Train, a traveling bicentennial attraction that stopped in Richmond and highlighted 200 years of American achievement, 1976.

Visitors enjoyed an afternoon aboard the American Freedom Train, a traveling bicentennial attraction that stopped in Richmond and highlighted 200 years of American achievement, 1976.

The dining car, which allowed guests to experience the 1890s, featured a working player piano, a 6-foot bar, plush chairs, ornate light fixtures and tasseled curtains.

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#42 Jim McCrimmon (right) of the Richmond Wildcats tried to dislodge the puck from Dave Elliott of the Baltimore Clippers during a game at the Richmond Coliseum, 1976.

Jim McCrimmon (right) of the Richmond Wildcats tried to dislodge the puck from Dave Elliott of the Baltimore Clippers during a game at the Richmond Coliseum, 1976.

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#43 Richmond youths did yard work as part of a summer employment assignment administered by the Richmond Area Manpower Planning Systems, 1976.

Richmond youths did yard work as part of a summer employment assignment administered by the Richmond Area Manpower Planning Systems, 1976.

The organization hoped to beautify the city with landscaping projects in parks as well as offer lawn care assistance to senior citizens and the disabled.

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#44 More than 1,000 rafts, kayaks and canoes crowded into the Jordan Point Yacht Haven and Marina in Hopewell for the second annual Great James River Raft Race to benefit multiple sclerosis research and local MS projects, 1976.

More than 1,000 rafts, kayaks and canoes crowded into the Jordan Point Yacht Haven and Marina in Hopewell for the second annual Great James River Raft Race to benefit multiple sclerosis research and local MS projects, 1976.

The race concluded across the river at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County. Rafters were awarded prizes for speed, design originality and amount of money raised through pledges.

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#45 Men tended to the roasting planks at the 28th annual shad planking in Wakefield, an event in Sussex County that lured politicians, reporters, campaign workers and others to kick off the electoral season, 1976.

Men tended to the roasting planks at the 28th annual shad planking in Wakefield, an event in Sussex County that lured politicians, reporters, campaign workers and others to kick off the electoral season, 1976.

Sponsored by the Wakefield Ruritan Club, the event historically was a function of the state’s Democrats, but it evolved into a bipartisan tradition.

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#46 Cars and other scrap metal awaited shredding at Peck Iron and Metal Co. Inc., located off Commerce Road n South Richmond, 1976.

Cars and other scrap metal awaited shredding at Peck Iron and Metal Co. Inc., located off Commerce Road n South Richmond, 1976.

A large machine called a fragmentizer could chew up a car and spit it out as tiny chunks of metal in about 40 seconds.

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#47 Hampden-Sydney College students stayed in motel-style units that were constructed to accommodate them while older dorms were renovated, 1976.

Hampden-Sydney College students stayed in motel-style units that were constructed to accommodate them while older dorms were renovated, 1976.

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#48 A line wrapped around and beyond the Richmond Coliseum as tickets went on sale for an Elvis Presley concert – about 3,000 people were waiting when ticket windows opened at 10 a.m. His sold-out show in June was his final appearance in Richmond; he died in August 1977.

A line wrapped around and beyond the Richmond Coliseum as tickets went on sale for an Elvis Presley concert – about 3,000 people were waiting when ticket windows opened at 10 a.m. His sold-out show in June was his final appearance in Richmond; he died in August 1977.

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#49 Freeman and Theresa Spencer sat in their Richmond home with Tillie, their prized 6-year-old German shepherd, 1976.

Freeman and Theresa Spencer sat in their Richmond home with Tillie, their prized 6-year-old German shepherd, 1976.

The living room featured Tillie’s numerous trophies and memorabilia – at the time, she held titles as an American conformation champion and Canadian conformation champion, among other honors.

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#50 The Downtown Mall in Charlottesville was in the final phase of initial construction, with some of the square holes in the former Main Street slated to be filled with landscaping, 1975.

The Downtown Mall in Charlottesville was in the final phase of initial construction, with some of the square holes in the former Main Street slated to be filled with landscaping, 1975.

The $2 million pedestrian mall opened in 1976 and, as it marks 40 years in 2016, is home to more than 150 shops and restaurants.

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#51 Ronald J. Roller of Petersburg posed with his beer can collection, which totaled almost 1,300 after 18 years of collecting, 1976.

Ronald J. Roller of Petersburg posed with his beer can collection, which totaled almost 1,300 after 18 years of collecting, 1976.

He conservatively valued the trove at $5,000. Roller held two of his prized pieces: a 1934 Old Milwaukee can and a gallon can/dispenser of Gettelman.

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#52 Carter’s Dry Goods and Notions store in Richmond’s Oregon Hill neighborhood, 1976.

Carter’s Dry Goods and Notions store in Richmond’s Oregon Hill neighborhood, 1976.

At the time, the store, which dated to 1926, was feeling the strain of competition from larger stores downtown and because longtime residents were moving away. The store closed in 1993.

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#53 Butcher Homer Willis (from left) and assistants Clarence Gilliam and Joseph Scruggs prepared sausage at Willis’ Powhatan Locker Co., a small slaughterhouse and custom butcher shop off state Route 13 in Powhatan County, 1976.

Butcher Homer Willis (from left) and assistants Clarence Gilliam and Joseph Scruggs prepared sausage at Willis’ Powhatan Locker Co., a small slaughterhouse and custom butcher shop off state Route 13 in Powhatan County, 1976.

Willis could handle thousands of pounds of meat for customers every week, and his service was so popular at the time, it might take six months for him to squeeze a new customer into his schedule.

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#54 What is now known as the Weisiger-Carroll House was still in rough shape at 2408 Bainbridge St. in the Manchester area of South Richmond, 1976.

What is now known as the Weisiger-Carroll House was still in rough shape at 2408 Bainbridge St. in the Manchester area of South Richmond, 1976.

That year, a new claimant on the title led to the discovery of the house’s historical significance. The 1½-story frame and brick dwelling was estimated to have been built in the 1760s and served as a private home as well as a hospital during the Civil War. The home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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#55 An automobile (minus its tires and gas tank) was fed into a fragmentizer, which could crush the vehicle in less than a minute using an array of hammers weighing nearly 400 pounds each, 1976.

An automobile (minus its tires and gas tank) was fed into a fragmentizer, which could crush the vehicle in less than a minute using an array of hammers weighing nearly 400 pounds each, 1976.

The fragmentizer was in Richmond’s Deepwater Terminal area and was used by Peck Iron and Metal Co. Inc. to crush vehicles into fine chunks of metal. Peck Iron estimated that the fragmentizer “ate” about 100,000 autos during the previous year.

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#56 Seven former Prince Edward County residents reunited on the lawn of the former R.R. Moton High School (later Prince Edward County High School), from which they were bared in the 1960s during the state’s Massive Resistance to integration, 1976.

Seven former Prince Edward County residents reunited on the lawn of the former R.R. Moton High School (later Prince Edward County High School), from which they were bared in the 1960s during the state’s Massive Resistance to integration, 1976.

From left are Frank Early, Betty Ward, G.A. Hamilton, Hilda Thompson, LaNae Johnson, Bessie Shade and Douglas Vaughan. Hundreds of former county students from the era attended the reunion.

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#57 Young reveler Christopher Gibbs held a balloon while thousands wandered Shockoe Slip in Richmond at the Great Pumpkin Party, 1976.

Young reveler Christopher Gibbs held a balloon while thousands wandered Shockoe Slip in Richmond at the Great Pumpkin Party, 1976.

The celebration, sponsored by the Shockoe Slip Neighborhood Association, included an auction and a costume contest. About 10,000 people attended the event.

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#58 Hugh Jones (right) and David Whitlock volunteered during the summer at the Richmond Boys Club, 1976.

Hugh Jones (right) and David Whitlock volunteered during the summer at the Richmond Boys Club, 1976.

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#59 Self-proclaimed psychic and astrologer Jeane Dixon was at the Miller & Rhoads department store in downtown Richmond to sign copies of her latest book, 1976.

Self-proclaimed psychic and astrologer Jeane Dixon was at the Miller & Rhoads department store in downtown Richmond to sign copies of her latest book, 1976.

Dixon found fame though her syndicated astrology column and some well-publicized predictions, including about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. She died in 1997.

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#60 Miniature golf was a diversion at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland County, 1976.

Miniature golf was a diversion at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland County, 1976.

The nine-hole course was constructed by prison maintenance workers to encourage activity by inmates. The center was founded in 1931 when female inmate populations were getting too large for local jails. It was known for its groundbreaking programs, including its self-sufficient farming program in the 1940s.

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#61 One of the three World Wide Health Spa locations in the Richmond area, 1976.

One of the three World Wide Health Spa locations in the Richmond area, 1976.

The national chain offered exercise spaces for men and women, massages, facials, steam baths, weight loss programs, whirlpools and solariums.

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#62 The new manager of the Richmond Braves, surveyed the baseball team’s home at Parker Field on the eve of the International League opener, 1976.

The new manager of the Richmond Braves, surveyed the baseball team’s home at Parker Field on the eve of the International League opener, 1976.

McKeon managed the team for one year, leaving in 1977 to become manger of Oakland Athletics. In 2003, at age 72, he won a World Series as manager of the Florida Marlins.

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#63 James River Park visitors enjoyed the hand-operated ferry that ran to a small island, 1975.

James River Park visitors enjoyed the hand-operated ferry that ran to a small island, 1975.

Once there, more visitors waiting back at the shore would use the pulley to return the flat-bottom barge so they could then board it and pull themselves over to the island as well.

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#64 Shoppers passed by “the clock” at Miller & Rhoads in downtown Richmond, 1975.

Shoppers passed by “the clock” at Miller & Rhoads in downtown Richmond, 1975.

The distinct timepiece with four faces was installed in the department store in the mid-1920s; it can be seen today at the Valentine Richmond History Center.

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#65 The Jefferson Hotel, 1975.

The Jefferson Hotel, 1975.

At that time, a new investor group was studying the feasibility of renovating the property, which was built by Lewis Ginter and opened in 1895. Today it is in select company as a five-star hotel.

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#66 Richmond chapter American Red Cross volunteers (from left) Lydia Sarvay, Mrs. C.W. Fellows, Mrs. Percy Harton and Mrs. D.U. Galbraith were honored for 35 years of canteen service, 1975.

Richmond chapter American Red Cross volunteers (from left) Lydia Sarvay, Mrs. C.W. Fellows, Mrs. Percy Harton and Mrs. D.U. Galbraith were honored for 35 years of canteen service, 1975.

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#67 Part of the 500 block of North Second Street in Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood, 1975.

Part of the 500 block of North Second Street in Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood, 1975.

The National Historic Landmark District, which became the center of the city’s African-American community after the Civil War, has experienced significant revitalization in recent years.

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#68 A performance of a splashy Cole Porter “Anything Goes” number, one of 25 song excerpts in the 30-minute “Give My Regards to Broadway” show at the just-opened Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell, 1975.

A performance of a splashy Cole Porter “Anything Goes” number, one of 25 song excerpts in the 30-minute “Give My Regards to Broadway” show at the just-opened Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell, 1975.

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#69 Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr. greeted a porpoise on the opening day of the Kings Dominion in Doswell, 1975.

Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr. greeted a porpoise on the opening day of the Kings Dominion in Doswell, 1975.

The theme park opened with 15 attractions; its Lion Country Safari area had opened a year before. Today, the park offers more than 60 rides, shows and attractions as well as a water park.

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#70 Richmond police Capt. Joseph H. Parker sat on a motorized bike and explained new regulations, 1975.

Richmond police Capt. Joseph H. Parker sat on a motorized bike and explained new regulations, 1975.

At the time, police were aiming to clear up a public misunderstanding about a new Virginia law on motorized bikes, which said any bicycle with an assisting motor could not exceed 20 mph.

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#71 The band Ice Water performed in the Flintstone Follies Theater at Kings Dominion in Doswell, 1975.

The band Ice Water performed in the Flintstone Follies Theater at Kings Dominion in Doswell, 1975.

The theme park fully opened the previous month with 15 attractions; its Lion Country Safari area had opened in 1974. Today, the park offers more than 60 rides, shows and attractions as well as a water park.

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#72 Mike Jackson of the Virginia Squires challenged Denver’s Ralph Simpson during an American Basketball Association game at the Richmond Coliseum, 1975.

Mike Jackson of the Virginia Squires challenged Denver’s Ralph Simpson during an American Basketball Association game at the Richmond Coliseum, 1975.

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#73 The Mosque auditorium in Richmond was taken through a small window from above, 1975.

The Mosque auditorium in Richmond was taken through a small window from above, 1975.

While the building was best known for its theater, over time it housed an array of other features, including a rooftop penthouse, swimming pool, gymnasium, ballroom and bowling alley.

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#74 Landscape workers prepared gardens in front of the Eiffel Tower replica at Kings Dominion in Doswell, 1975.

Landscape workers prepared gardens in front of the Eiffel Tower replica at Kings Dominion in Doswell, 1975.

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#75 University of Richmond student Marshall Bank posed outside Boatwright Memorial Library, 1975.

University of Richmond student Marshall Bank posed outside Boatwright Memorial Library, 1975.

A year earlier, he checked out – and refused to return – some volumes that were signed by their authors, saying the works (including by Robert Frost) deserved better protection than the open shelves. But he did return them and, with funding from an anonymous donor, participated in a project to get contemporary poets to sign copies of their work for inclusion in the library’s collection.

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#76 Wayne Latimer kicked a 61-yard field goal that lifted Virginia Tech to a 13-10 victory over Florida State at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, 1975.

Wayne Latimer kicked a 61-yard field goal that lifted Virginia Tech to a 13-10 victory over Florida State at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, 1975.

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#77 Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr. and Mrs. August Busch III rode the lead car around the Le Mans track in the French village of the new Busch Gardens: The Old Country theme park near Williamsburg, 1975.

Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr. and Mrs. August Busch III rode the lead car around the Le Mans track in the French village of the new Busch Gardens: The Old Country theme park near Williamsburg, 1975.

The governor and Anheuser-Busch executives took part in dedication of park, which had opened to the public the previous weekend and drew more than 30,000 visitors.

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#78 The Downtown Mall in Charlottesville was in the final phase of initial construction, with some of the square holes in the former Main Street slated to be filled with landscaping, 1975.

The Downtown Mall in Charlottesville was in the final phase of initial construction, with some of the square holes in the former Main Street slated to be filled with landscaping, 1975.

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#79 A crowd filled The Pass, a restaurant and music venue at 803 W. Broad St. in Richmond, 1976.

A crowd filled The Pass, a restaurant and music venue at 803 W. Broad St. in Richmond, 1976.

The Pass opened in 1975 and was in business for about four years. In its short time, notable artists performed there, including John Mayall, Stanley Turrentine, Lydia Pense, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Earl Scruggs, Nicolette Larsen and Robert Palmer.

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#80 Pat Benatar – before she became a world-famous rock vocalist – delivered her final performance with the band Coxon’s Army at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, 1975.

Pat Benatar – before she became a world-famous rock vocalist – delivered her final performance with the band Coxon’s Army at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, 1975.

Benatar moved to Richmond two years earlier at age 20; she met pianist Phil Coxon during a gig at the Roaring Twenties, and what started as a duo evolved into a larger band. In leaving Richmond, Benatar planned to try her vocal luck in New York.

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#81 City workers installed a granite channel for Reedy Creek near Forest Hill Park in Richmond, 1975.

City workers installed a granite channel for Reedy Creek near Forest Hill Park in Richmond, 1975.

About 1,700 square yards of the creek bed was being covered with stone cemented into place. The $107,000 project, which aimed to channel the creek water to reduce flooding and erosion, was part of a larger $1.5 million creek improvement project. The next phase was to build bridges over the creek at Forest Hill Avenue and at Roanoke Street.

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#82 A lunar eclipse decorated the skies of Richmond – for the second time that year (the first was in May), 1975.

A lunar eclipse decorated the skies of Richmond – for the second time that year (the first was in May), 1975.

According to the Science Museum of Virginia, it was not uncommon to have two eclipses within six months. This composite image merged photos of the eclipse with a skyline shot from South Richmond.

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#83 A cleanup crew from Norfolk worked on an oil spill in South Richmond. Fuel oil had escaped from an open valve at Little Oil Co. on Commerce Road, 1975.

A cleanup crew from Norfolk worked on an oil spill in South Richmond. Fuel oil had escaped from an open valve at Little Oil Co. on Commerce Road, 1975.

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#84 An archaeological team dug near the site of a Native American village in New Kent County, 1975.

An archaeological team dug near the site of a Native American village in New Kent County, 1975.

The spot along the Chickahominy River was where Captain John Smith, the English explorer, once recorded a thriving Native American community, Moysonec, in 1607. The dig was funded by a state grant and a donation from the landowner.

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#85 Boys and girls lined up at Town and Country Cotillion in Richmond’s West End to learn dance steps from instructor James Lowell, 1975.

Boys and girls lined up at Town and Country Cotillion in Richmond’s West End to learn dance steps from instructor James Lowell, 1975.

The program, which taught popular and traditional dances such as the waltz, tango, jitterbug and twist, was open to middle and high school students. Town and Country, which had 500 youths across four groups, was among a handful of cotillions in the Richmond area at the time.

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#86 The view along Main Street in downtown Richmond from the intersection with Fifth Street, 1975.

The view along Main Street in downtown Richmond from the intersection with Fifth Street, 1975.

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#87 Larry Rast directed a group piano class at the University of Richmond, 1975.

Larry Rast directed a group piano class at the University of Richmond, 1975.

Rast, who was director of the music education department at Northern Illinois University, was in Richmond to share group instructional techniques with teachers from elementary to college levels. The session drew teachers from as far away as Colorado and Michigan and was sponsored by UR’s music department and the Wurlitzer Co.

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#88 Children sat around the small Statue of Liberty in Chimborazo Park in Richmond, 1975.

Children sat around the small Statue of Liberty in Chimborazo Park in Richmond, 1975.

In the early 1950s, the Boy Scouts of America erected about 200 mini-versions of the Statue of Liberty around the country as part of the organization’s 40th anniversary. The 8½-foot tall, 290-pound copper statues were made in Chicago by Friedley-Voshardt Co. The Richmond statue was erected on Feb. 11, 1951, and rose nearly 17 feet, including the base. The project’s total cost was about $1,000.

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#89 Regency Square mall was under construction in western Henrico County, 1975.

Regency Square mall was under construction in western Henrico County, 1975.

At left, the building closest to completion was the Thalhimers department store; other initial anchors included Miller & Rhoads, JC Penney and Sears. The 800,000-square-foot complex was to be the largest shopping center in the area; it opened in October of that year.

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#90 Southbound traffic on Interstate 95 backed up past Main Street Station as smoke billowed from a fire at Little Oil Co. in South Richmond, 1975.

Southbound traffic on Interstate 95 backed up past Main Street Station as smoke billowed from a fire at Little Oil Co. in South Richmond, 1975.

Two tanks holding a combined 850,000 gallons of fuel exploded at the business on Commerce Road. Fire officials believed that the ignition of an employee’s car sparked the blaze, though the oil company speculated that a lightning strike was to blame. The fire took 19 hours to extinguish.

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#91 The Lion Country Safari opened as the first part of the Kings Dominion amusement complex near Doswell, 1974.

The Lion Country Safari opened as the first part of the Kings Dominion amusement complex near Doswell, 1974.

The next year, the park installed a monorail that guests used instead of driving their cars among the several hundred animals, which included lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes and other jungle dwellers. Here, the first visitors paid their admission fee. From left are driver Ken Lion, Lora Becraft and Larry and Mary Tropea.

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#92 The Lion Country Safari drive-thru animal park at Kings Dominion in Doswell was ready to open, featuring several hundred animals – antelope, elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes and more, 1974.

The Lion Country Safari drive-thru animal park at Kings Dominion in Doswell was ready to open, featuring several hundred animals – antelope, elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes and more, 1974.

The Eiffel Tower at the amusement park, which would open the following year, is in the background.

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#93 Stationary bicycles, once part of the original equipment at the Mosque (now the Altria Theater) and still in the gymnasium that was then being used by Richmond police, 1974.

Stationary bicycles, once part of the original equipment at the Mosque (now the Altria Theater) and still in the gymnasium that was then being used by Richmond police, 1974.

The Shriners fraternal organization built the Moorish Revival theater, with its distinctive minarets, in the 1920s.

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#94 The 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee performed at the dedication of two new parks in the Fan District in Richmond, 1974.

The 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee performed at the dedication of two new parks in the Fan District in Richmond, 1974.

Paradise Park (pictured, between the 1700 blocks of Floyd and Grove avenues) and Scuffletown Park (between the 2300 blocks of Park and Stuart avenues) were built with money from the U.S. Interior Department.

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#95 At the state Capitol, Virginia first lady Katherine Godwin (second front right) unveiled a painting of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1974.

At the state Capitol, Virginia first lady Katherine Godwin (second front right) unveiled a painting of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1974.

The work, by Jack Clifton of Hampton (front), was presented by the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution; it commissioned the painting in cooperation with the Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission. Assisting Godwin with the unveiling were state Sen. Edward E. Willey Sr. of Richmond and DAR official Mrs. John S. Biscoe.

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#96 Young members of Temple B’nai Shalom lighted candles on the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah, 1974.

Young members of Temple B’nai Shalom lighted candles on the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah, 1974.

The synagogue, which was on Three Chopt Road in Henrico County, later merged with Temple Beth-El in Richmond.

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#97 J.G. Adams, the Southern regional distributor manager for Litton Microwave Ranges, demonstrated microwave cooking and touted its benefits during a program at the Miller & Rhoads department store in downtown Richmond, 1974.

J.G. Adams, the Southern regional distributor manager for Litton Microwave Ranges, demonstrated microwave cooking and touted its benefits during a program at the Miller & Rhoads department store in downtown Richmond, 1974.

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#98 Pharmacy soda fountains were continuing to disappear, 1974.

Pharmacy soda fountains were continuing to disappear, 1974.

Locally, the Lafayette Westwood Pharmacy on Patterson Avenue and the Sunset Hills Pharmacy on Three Chopt Road had recently removed their fountains, which was happening with greater frequency nationwide, too. Pharmacists said the fountains were expensive to operate and difficult to staff, and that they were no longer as necessary for bringing in traffic.

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#99 Thieves Market, an antiques store in Alexandria whose evocative exterior – featuring ironwork, statuary and more – hinted at its wide-ranging offerings inside, 1974.

Thieves Market, an antiques store in Alexandria whose evocative exterior – featuring ironwork, statuary and more – hinted at its wide-ranging offerings inside, 1974.

At the time, the proprietors estimated that $5 million to $10 million worth of merchandise passed through the market annually. The business later moved to Northern Virginia’s McLean area.

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#100 Several hundred University of Richmond students protested the school’s dorm visitation policy, which forbade visitors of the opposite sex in student rooms on weeknights, 1974.

Several hundred University of Richmond students protested the school’s dorm visitation policy, which forbade visitors of the opposite sex in student rooms on weeknights, 1974.

The protestors, who wanted unrestricted visitation, marched to the women’s dorms at Westhampton College during the evening, and then female participants visited the male dorms.

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#101 Foreman Field at Old Dominion University in Norfolk was packed with about 33,000 music fans for a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young concert, 1974.

Foreman Field at Old Dominion University in Norfolk was packed with about 33,000 music fans for a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young concert, 1974.

The popular band had split in 1970 but reunited for a summer tour in 1974 that hit large arenas and outdoor stadiums. The “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan adorns the front of the stage, and the concert opened with the Stephen Stills-penned hit “Love the One You’re With.”

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#102 A boy fished at an old dam on the property of the Lakeside Country Club in Henrico County, 1974.

A boy fished at an old dam on the property of the Lakeside Country Club in Henrico County, 1974.

The deteriorating dam concerned county officials; club members said the repair estimate of about $109,000 exceeded their budget.

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#103 An impromptu jam session broke out at Byrd Park in Richmond — which became a gathering spot for music fans after Cherry Blossom Music Festival at City Stadium ended early, 1974.

An impromptu jam session broke out at Byrd Park in Richmond — which became a gathering spot for music fans after Cherry Blossom Music Festival at City Stadium ended early, 1974.

The day before, a drug arrest in the stands touched off violence between police and festival-goers, which scuttled the festival’s second day.

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#104 Burning cars and debris marked a riot that broke out during the Cherry Blossom Music Festival at City Stadium in Richmond, 1974.

Burning cars and debris marked a riot that broke out during the Cherry Blossom Music Festival at City Stadium in Richmond, 1974.

The two-day event ended a day early after a drug arrest in the stands led to violence between police and festival-goers. An estimated 14,000 showed up for the first day of the festival.

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#105 Richmond-area students learned computer skills at the Mathematics and Science Center in Henrico County, 1974.

Richmond-area students learned computer skills at the Mathematics and Science Center in Henrico County, 1974.

Teletype terminals were going to be in place in 22 area middle and high schools at the beginning of the upcoming school year, and students could dial in to a Hewlett-Packard 2000F computer to work on math activities and other subjects.

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#106 Patrons at the Virginia State Fair took in the view from the sky glider ride on the midway, 1974.

Patrons at the Virginia State Fair took in the view from the sky glider ride on the midway, 1974.

Attendance at the 10-day event at the fairgrounds in Henrico County approached 475,000 that year.

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#107 Fireworks illuminated the sky at the Southside Virginia Fair in Petersburg, which was the state’s second-largest fair, 1973.

Fireworks illuminated the sky at the Southside Virginia Fair in Petersburg, which was the state’s second-largest fair, 1973.

The 65th annual fair attracted more than 162,000 visitors. But in 1977, officials announced that the fair would cease operations after experiencing drops in attendance, livestock exhibitors and revenue.

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#108 A man and his dog walked in snow-covered Jefferson Park in the Union Hill neighborhood of Richmond near Church Hill, 1973.

A man and his dog walked in snow-covered Jefferson Park in the Union Hill neighborhood of Richmond near Church Hill, 1973.

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#109 Regina Randal (left) and Marsha English processed wire service copy that had been marked up by editors in The Times-Dispatch newsroom, 1973.

Regina Randal (left) and Marsha English processed wire service copy that had been marked up by editors in The Times-Dispatch newsroom, 1973.

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#110 A young customer explored the offerings at the Carter’s Dry Goods and Notions store on Oregon Hill in Richmond, 1973.

A young customer explored the offerings at the Carter’s Dry Goods and Notions store on Oregon Hill in Richmond, 1973.

An accompanying article said the store’s biggest attraction was the penny candy counter – and some of the busiest times were after school, when children streamed in the after getting off the bus.

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#111 The annual dredging of the James River channel in Richmond was under way, 1973.

The annual dredging of the James River channel in Richmond was under way, 1973.

The previous year’s flooding had deposited a great amount of silt, so Atkerson Dredging Co. would be busy. The project, which usually took a week, was expected to require more than a month.

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#112 The front counter in Roaring Twenties, a new restaurant and nightclub on state Route 10 in the Hopewell area, 1973.

The front counter in Roaring Twenties, a new restaurant and nightclub on state Route 10 in the Hopewell area, 1973.

It was designed to resemble a 1920s speakeasy, with features including an antique cash register, a diving girl and even a dining table from Al Capone’s Florida home.

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#113 The home of the Irving family near Farmville, 1973.

The home of the Irving family near Farmville, 1973.

During a roof repainting project several years earlier, the family got creative, adding floral designs that in once case reached 10 feet in diameter. One offshoot: Every year, some new Hampden-Sydney College students would come by thinking the home was a counterculture haven.

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#114 Employees at the Philip Morris USA manufacturing center in South Richmond took a break in the new employee lounge that overlooked the production floor, 1974.

Employees at the Philip Morris USA manufacturing center in South Richmond took a break in the new employee lounge that overlooked the production floor, 1974.

The factory opened in 1973 and could produce up to 200 million cigarettes per day at the time.

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#115 The Ezibu Muntu dancers performed at Shafer Court at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as part of the annual Spring Fling celebration weekend, 1977.

The Ezibu Muntu dancers performed at Shafer Court at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as part of the annual Spring Fling celebration weekend, 1977.

The dance group, which started in 1973 with a donation from VCU, aims to preserve African culture and history in Richmond.

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#116 A rider and her horse practiced for the Loretta Lynn Longhorn World Championship Rodeo, 1973.

A rider and her horse practiced for the Loretta Lynn Longhorn World Championship Rodeo, 1973.

The competition, which brought 100 riders and 175 animals to Richmond from all over the country, was held at the Coliseum. Riders competed for about $12,000 in prize money and championship points in the International Rodeo Association.

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#117 Two Richmond women modeled fashions they had created from their own recycled blue jeans, 1973.

Two Richmond women modeled fashions they had created from their own recycled blue jeans, 1973.

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#118 Richmond police bicycle patrolman William W. Fuller Jr. stopped for a downtown chat with policeman Glen A. Brinson of the mounted unit, 1973.

Richmond police bicycle patrolman William W. Fuller Jr. stopped for a downtown chat with policeman Glen A. Brinson of the mounted unit, 1973.

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#119 A new park in Richmond’s Fan District featured sculpted concrete forms, a large shuffleboard area and several open play areas, 1973.

A new park in Richmond’s Fan District featured sculpted concrete forms, a large shuffleboard area and several open play areas, 1973.

A combination of city and federal dollars funded the nearly $150,000 park, as well as a second one being developed in the area. Carlton Abbott, an architect from Williamsburg, designed the parks.

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#120 Panda and her two pups posed with her work of art: a gnawed bone shaped like a dinosaur, 1973.

Panda and her two pups posed with her work of art: a gnawed bone shaped like a dinosaur, 1973.

A day after the Pekingese had given birth to five puppies, she brought the bone to her Henrico County owners, who were astounded by the “sculpture.” The owners planned to mount the work on a plaque and hang it on their wall as “Panda’s Masterpiece.”

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#121 Richmond Braves baseball player Rod Gilbreath signed an autograph for Patricia Bowen, with fellow patient Cynthia McKay nearby, at the Crippled Children’s Hospital on Brook Road in Richmond, 1973.

Richmond Braves baseball player Rod Gilbreath signed an autograph for Patricia Bowen, with fellow patient Cynthia McKay nearby, at the Crippled Children’s Hospital on Brook Road in Richmond, 1973.

The hospital, with roots dating to 1917, is a predecessor of today’s Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Gilbreath played for the Atlanta Braves for several seasons in the 1970s and had a long career in other roles with the organization.

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#122 An exterminator Linda Summerlin sprayed pest control in a customer’s basement, 1973.

An exterminator Linda Summerlin sprayed pest control in a customer’s basement, 1973.

Summerlin, 24, said she chose her job with the Orkin Co. as an alternative to office work. One of few women in the field, she made about a dozen service calls daily, crawling into basements and attics to combat rats and roaches.

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#123 Sidney Poitier (left) and Bill Cosby entered the Loew’s Theater for a benefit to raise money to rebuild Virginia Union University’s Coburn Chapel, which burned in 1970.

Sidney Poitier (left) and Bill Cosby entered the Loew's Theater for a benefit to raise money to rebuild Virginia Union University's Coburn Chapel, which burned in 1970.

More than 1,700 people paid $20 apiece to see a Poitier movie and enjoy a Cosby comedy routine. The event coincided with VUU's homecoming, which Poitier also attended.

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#124 The old Memorial Guidance Clinic in Highland Park in Richmond, 1971.

The old Memorial Guidance Clinic in Highland Park in Richmond, 1971.

The youth psychiatric facility, one of 10 original child guidance clinics in the United States, was formed in 1924 to help families who could not afford care. In 1971 it suspended operations because of staffing problems, then reopened in 1972 on Church Hill with a new focus on outreach. The organization is known today as ChildSavers.

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#125 Duke Ellington appeared at City Stadium as part of an event headlined by Bob Hope and sponsored by Nolde’s Bread, 1971.

Duke Ellington appeared at City Stadium as part of an event headlined by Bob Hope and sponsored by Nolde’s Bread, 1971.

Ellington wore the cowboy hat to shade him from the sun. The event attracted a crowd of about 10,000. (Tickets cost $2 plus four blue Nolde bags, or $4 and buyers received coupons redeemable for four bags of Nolde bread.)

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#126 A Times-Dispatch article highlighted the evolving fashion standards in local schools, 1971.

A Times-Dispatch article highlighted the evolving fashion standards in local schools, 1971.

Conrad Dandridge, metal shop teacher at Armstrong High School, showed off a sporty look, though teachers increasingly were beginning to dress less formally, with women in pantsuits and men in sweaters and slacks – attire that students themselves were wearing.

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