1954 Washington St Rockingham at Night
Postcard
"This is a classic colored/painted post card which, judging from the autos in
the picture, was photographed around 1954. I've tried to do a"then and
now" comparison with a picture I took on March 12, 2002. I graduated from
Rockingham High in 1959 so this was done in my "mid-teens" and brings
back many fond memories.

Along the street on the left from nearest to farthest you can see the
Richmond County Bank, McNair's Furniture, Rockingham Cafe, Richmond
Theater, and (just over the top of the '49 Ford in the middle of the street)
the "Esso" sign in front of Dewey Coleman's Service Station where my
Father (Paul Ramey, Sr.) worked for many years. On the right is Belk's,
Bristow's Drug Store (where the teens "hung out" on the corner) and the
Rockingham Hotel, which sat at the present site of Fidelity Bank. Sadly, this
comparison also makes us realize time doesn't necessarily bring
"progress"".

Paul Ramey