Throwback Thursday (old doors – history RVA)

RVA, or Richmond, VA, is packed with civil war history.

Last weekend, I had the chance to “look up and look down” at some Georgian-style buildings and so today’s throwback post is linked to Debbie’s “look up-look down” challenge (more entries HERE).

I grabbed these few photos with the ol’ iPhone and first, here is the entrance way to the Academy of Medicine, which is now a part of the Medical College of Virginia:

Richmond acadmey of medicine VA priorhouse 2014

Richmond acadmey of medicine 2 VA priorhouse 2014

For an interesting article about the “then and now” of the RVA Academy of Medicine – go HERE

snippet from article:

“Richmond, like Rome, is built on seven hills” and the Shockhoe Hill has played major part in the medical life and history of Richmond and “the Medical College of Virginia was the only medical school in the Confederacy to continue operation throughout the Civil War.”

Medical-College click link for source -priorhouse 2014
Source: VCU


Next, I grabbed an up shot photo of the Georgian-style door at Tompkins-McCaw Library:


dorway of tompkins mccaw library rva - priorhouse2014
The sunrise in these two photos reminds me of how refreshed we felt leaving MCV with good news that morning.  Also, note how seamlessly the photos fit together?  I did not use any PS for that –  just resized them and placed them side by side – and the beams lined up naturally – so cool! This library is located on North 12th Street in RVA.

“The MCV Board of Visitors approved the name “Tompkins-McCaw Library” on March 10, 1950, honoring General Tompkins’ great aunt, maternal grandfather, uncle, father and brother.” – more HERE



Lastly, after the sunrise welcomed us, we looked down to see the Museum of the Confederacy:

looking down priorhouse 2014


I close this Throwback Thursday “remembrance post” with a quote from a fellow blogger, gpcox

While he mainly posts about the Pacific War, his varied blog posts smoothly remind us that PART of fully enjoying today is done by making time to learn about and remember our history…. he says, “my aim, to make an impact and keep everyone Remembering everyday!”  ~ gpcox, 5-2014 – more HERE


Abbott & Costello Who’s On First

Now even if you do want to watch all 8 minutes of this – you should at least watch the first 2 minutes just because we all need to remember the classic Abbott & Costello.

Have a nice day!

45 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday (old doors – history RVA)

    1. thanks so much Sue – and I remember the first time I heard Who’s on first – and I think it was in 2006 when we played it for the kids – we just had the audio, which may actually be better for a first listen, and they really found it fun – or different – or just old school. ha!


  1. Thank you for including the link to your throw-back Thursday. And of course – who can resist seeing Abbott & Costello again?


    1. Hey – well I could have added a more profound quote from something you said here and there – but I kinda like that simple thing you said in your MD post – about your aim – because it is a special one – oh – and it’s interesting to see how comedians have changed – yet some things with stan-ups remain quite the same as years pass…. hmmmm


    1. thanks Debbie – lots of personality, eh? and your patterns of flowers are so unique this week – great find!


  2. I enjoy seeing old architecture and buildings being used and restored instead of torn down. The seamlessness of the two photos is, indeed, amazing!


    1. Thanks Rene – and the two photos are actually of the same library doorway – aside view and then the straight on view – hmmmm
      well thanks for the visit & comment – take care!


      1. Yes, I noticed that, which makes the combined image that much more amazing, especially that they were simply put side-by-side.


      2. spooky cool…. ahhhhh – and in a way – we were leaving with such good news – it was kinda like “God’s glory coming down…”


  3. This is … SUCH … a rich post, the pictures are alive (not like the Frankenstein movie) … The powerful profoundness (?) of such history that you brought to the the bloggers does, yes — really, remind us of what substance is here, the substance of sojourners that walked here before us. Great pictures. Oh, guess what? My senior year in high school, me and Billy Reed did “Who’s On First?” … What a riot. I love this piece. Okay, Later Crocodile. T


    1. Thanks Croc T – and I did not see the movie but I think I know what you mean – 🙂 ha!

      and how cool that you and a friend did this in HS – I love your arts background and still wish I could have seen the recent Fiddler production you and your family were in!!-

      anyhow, speaking of high school productions – one of the best Fiddler on the roof productions we ever saw was at an Arvada high school in the Denver, CO area – sometimes teen theatre is of really high quality – and other times, well we find that we have to leave a bit early… ha! have a nice weekend T


      1. thanks – and oh my goodness – I keep thinking of your wooden manikins in that cute pose – still laughing at how cute that was – whew –


  4. bonjour(ici!) Yvette! 🙂 interesting post and awesome pix… it’s a small world again: we visited Richmond several years ago!
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    mille merci for dropping by my crossroads and bonne-nuit! 🙂 cheers and c u asap!


  5. Hi, I loved the two photos with the sunbeams lined up. I thought it was one photo taken from the corner of the building!


  6. Abbot and Costello! Yay! I teach middle school and have had students (with no background knowledge) read this dialogue. Overwhelmingly, they love it. I taught in an inner city school in Chicago where my students would be considered (by mainstream society) to be underdogs and THEY loved it. I have also taught in an affluent school in Southern California and those kids crack up too. Good comedy is plain ol’ good comedy and can be enjoyed regardless of age/generation or culture. Thanks for that. 🙂


    1. Susan – you said that so well “Good comedy is plain ol’ good comedy…” and I agree – it can be ageless, timeless, and cross culture boundaries – and I think what strikes me is how raw funny this duo is – and even without the piped in laughs that many comedians have now – there they are with that little bitty crowd – but that natural comic stuff just pours out – and so glad they were able to record it back then. Also, wow – you have taught many different groups of students – across the country too – and to think middle school? in CA and IL – well you must be tough as nails!


      1. I have to laugh. I’m so not tough! I’m probably a little strict and even stern (when kids do stupid things that are wrong). I’ll never forget one day at the end of state testing I had to fill like chunk of class time. I had a VHS tape of the I Love Lucy Episode where she and Ethel went to work at the candy company and the conveyer belt kept speeding up so they were eating the chocolates. One of my students, a Chinese boy, probably 11, was literally falling out of his chair because he was laughing so hard. It still warms my heart. And I love that show!


      2. how fun – and what a nice sponge filler – and I and the chance to watch some of the episodes – and My only problem was with how Lucy played dumb so much and it seemed to model stupidity as being cute – especially as the later years of the show – and I know it was all in fun – but put down humor bothers me.

        We also knew a lady who played the “simpleton” often – and she used to watch that show religiously – and sometimes we wondered the connection – because as you know the modeling sneaks in everywhere – and it really seemed like she would make some of Lucy’s pout faces and because it the stupidity is rewarded and accepted on the show – and Lucy has things always work for her – that modeling becomes even more subtle potent – and once we made the connection…. we share fit with her and it helped some of her drama (never too old to grow and improve ….)

        well anyhow, the golf episode was one I recall really liking – but I think the chocolate one you mentioned is one of the very best episodes – whew!! thanks for bringing it up – I smile just thinking of it.
        Have a nice weekend 🙂


  7. That baseball skit is one of my all-time favorites. I never, ever tire of laughing. Comedy – clean comedy – without all the foul language required these days to be funny. I went out to Salem, VA for my previous employer but never had the opportunity to look around. 😞


    1. well I was close to Salem – for a wedding in Roanoke in 2004 – and well good point about the clean aspect of their acts – ah, the innocence of the 50’s…. wonder what that was even like….


  8. Rich history in Richmond. I have to give it to you those where nice pic´s although it was a bit creepy reading “medical centre” in such an sinister building, a beautiful one but I thought I was about to see Drakula come out of the door. Nice pic´s! Abbot and Costello who is in first base? ha, hadn´t heard that in a very long time, since my days in the U.S. That was a good one.


    1. well glad this was a bit of memory lane for you with the comedy – and I agree, there is a creepy feel to some of these old structures – and quite a feel when you are walking amidst a bunch of them – 🙂


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