West Roanoke / Shaffers Crossing Aerial Image, 1920s or 1930s

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Wed Jun 17 20:11:06 EDT 2020

On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 1:40 AM abram wrote:

> The Hagley Museum is the DuPont family's private museum near Wilmington,
> Delaware, and has a lot of arcane material in its holdings.
> Here is the link to Hagley's aerial image of West Roanoke, dated as May 5,
> 1939.  The general contours of the railroad are about what they are today,
> but two things caught my eye:
> Due to the amount of open land which is shown in Northwest Roanoke, I
> believe the Museum's date of May, 1939, may be an error.  Villa Heights (on
> both sides of New York Avenue) was built up in the early and mid-1920s, and
> that construction is not shown in this photograph.  Therefore I suggest the
> photograph may be a decade or more older than as dated by Hagley.

One telling feature that might help narrow down the date is the
construction of the Kroger warehouse (now Stage Sound) on Shenandoah
Avenue. The humped roof sections are quite telling and still apparent in
today's building.

Bruce in Blacksburg
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