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August 2014 Edition

Bloom 1934 (small)

Photo: May 3, 1934. Note: The White Palace and Barker’s Lunch is were Brewbaker’s currently is located – the building to the left of White Palace is no longer standing.

In May 1934 Baltimore Sun Photographer A. Aubrey Bodine snapped a picture of Loudoun Steet just before the Apple Blossom Parade began. Soon an estimated 120,000 spectators watched as Troop E, US Calvary escorted Mrs. John Hay Whitney (Mary Elizabeth Altemus Whitney) from Middleburg through the streets of downtown. Twenty-nine princesses accompanied the Queen and nine divisions of school children marched. The celebrations of that week dominated the news in town, but outside of the festival life in Winchester news was marching on.

In April more than 100 men applied for five jobs at the local post office, police were called to handle the crowd. Thirty one auto owners were fined $3.00 each for expired tags. A loan of $30,000 was made to the city by local banks. The budget was set by City Counsel at $241,000. Mrs. Betty Cooper won a gas stove in a local cooking contest. The news continues into May; Telephone service was crippled by lightning storms for two weeks. Nine telephone operators hand delivered messages to area businesses and residents. A fire of unknown origin damaged several downtown stores; the damage was estimated at $50,000. Frederick County was put on the approved list following TB examinations of cattle. And W.P and C.F. Massey received a license to manufacture fruit brandy.

And so it seems fitting that a World Famous Photographer would travel from Baltimore to forever freeze a moment of calm on Winchester’s main drag.