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chocked with glamour

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“Trolleys are chocked with glamour.
Gasoline buses choke us and stammer.”
_Elisabeth Scott Bocock

“ESB determined early on that what Hop-on-Trolley needed to excite people was as actual trolley car. She imported one from Oporto, Portugal, and it was put on display in front of the Science Museum.”(circa 1970’s)

“Elisabeth Bocock’s vision was of a city that would take historic preservation seriously, of a society that would accept the importance of conservation. Impatient with process and society’s conventions, she used her enormous personal magnetism to circumvent them when founding many of the institutions Richmond takes for granted today. In the creation of the Historic Richmond Foundation, the Carriage Museum at Maymont, the Hand Workshop, and the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy she played the dual roles of visionary and bulldozer. While part of a tradition of strong southern women, Elisabeth Bocock’s tactics were unique, as she sought to convince others of both the practical and aesthetic links between preservation and the environment.”

from : Never Ask Permission : Elisabeth Scott Bocock of Richmond [Hardcover]
Mary Buford

Frank Sprague installed a complete system of electric streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, in 1888. This was the first large scale and successful use of electricity to run a city’s entire system of streetcars. Sprague was born in Connecticut in 1857. In 1878 he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and began a career as a naval officer. He resigned from the navy in 1883 and went to work for Thomas Edison.

Extracts From: http://www.fta.dot.gov
Transit City, U.S.A.
Mass Transportation in the Cities of America — a Short History and a Current Perspective
Brian J. Cudahy


Photos from our visit to SMV : http://www.smv.org/

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My wife Althea loved Mrs. Bocock and is mention on a couple of pages in Never Ask Permission : Elisabeth Scott Bocock of Richmond.

“Oh Thank Heaven”

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“Oh Thank Heaven for 7-Eleven”

The company’s first convenience outlets were known as Tote’m Stores since customers “toted” away their purchases, and some even sported genuine Alaskan totem poles in front. In 1946, the name Tote’m was changed to 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours—7 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week.[6] The company’s corporate name was changed from Southland Corporation to 7-Eleven, Inc. in 1999.

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These young artists that studied at The Academy of Fine Art in Łódź were my favorites of the 2013 Richmond Mural Project.

first sighting

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The dusk of the July Thunder Moon, Buck Moon/Super Moon I was hoping to get the Purple Martins flying in front of but the the wall of clouds were on the horizon. The Purple Martins had left their beautiful home at Southern States on West Broad (pictured) just before I arrived today. There was only about 50 Monday during full moon at the Farmers Market. This is the first time I have tried to capture them on a still camera.

Smiling Dragons

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We could use some luck, had to endure some wicked heat to enjoy these beautiful creatures. So much so that the salt from my sweat was running into my eyes. Funky S4200 photos below…….

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This was the RVA tomatofest, will be in search of real ones today in Beaverdam. Maybe I’m just too picky but photos of a tomato are pending………

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Best Blackberry ever! http://www.agriberry.com/

H-County below.

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Pushing BRONZE

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Paul DiPasquale installation of Neptune Maquette #6


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Melena 2013

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This past Sunday Althea and I saw a outstanding heartfelt play by Melena at Dogwood Dell.

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RVA Monsoon

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photo : Althea Mcknight

Our basjoo banana trees are over 12 feet tall with the rain this season.

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Earliest work by sculptor John Moser below.


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Great White Egret

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“Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world. Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, In 1953 the Great Egret in flight was chosen as the symbol of the National Audubon Society, which was formed in part to prevent the killing of birds for their feathers.The Great Egret is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Great Egrets fly slowly but powerfully: with just two wingbeats per second their cruising speed is around 25 miles an hour.”



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We caught our nocturnal friends The Mag Bats playing at dusk for a change at Legend Brewery. Most of the time there’s next to no light where they perform. As we were leaving my wife was singing along with a song sung by Wes Freed that I captured some of on film (SNAKE FARM). Think he may have something with this piece although the Crow tunes and “Ghost Lady” are great too! compared to most that is grind out in Nashville. I do like the Nashville TV series and loved Dwight Yoakum but Wes is like no others. Hope this could be a bullet for them!

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