Gerry’s Red Album survived the conflagration that destroyed the Golde’s department store and the Citizens Bank in 1966. It had been stored in the bank vault. It contains 21 images spanning from 1949 until 1962. All of the images are dated. That’s handy. Nearly all of them have some information with them such as the location or a title. Once you have seen these images, perhaps you can tell me why this album was kept in the vault.
Gerry’s last name was Vazis. Maybe the title should read “Vazis’s?” And I said “was” because I am assuming she (see comment below) is no longer with us but I don’t know that for sure.
We are indebted to Mary Piles, the curator of the historic images at Citizens National Bank in Maplewood and Greater St. Louis (6 locations), for allowing me to copy this album. Thanks, Mary!
Gerry didn’t provide us with a location for this image. Thankfully he provided the date. I know someone who would really like to see this one. John Openlander, our former assistant city manager. If anyone knows John’s whereabouts, please forward this image to him.
Gerry snapped this image on April 29, 1951. He gave the location as “@ City Limits – Blendon/Manchester.”
Here is that last building on fire. This image and the next one are not from Vazis album but rather are courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library. They are both undated.
This image was obviously made at the same time as the one prior.
“1951 Garner Music – old Roeper Danz location (Manchester/ Margarette).” The image was captured on June 25th.
“1952 The Maplewood Show – Showing My Friend Irma (Next to Davidson’s restaurant).” Taken on March 17th. For more on the Maplewood Theater.
“1952 Zimmerman’s Dept. Store – The People’s Bank (Zimmerman’s later becomes a Drive In bank for People’s Bank.” Say what? Stay tuned. The image was made on August 2. The Maplewood Theater is on the far right. The marquee is not visible but the diagonal rods supporting it are.
“1952 Mayor Davidson’s Oath of Office (Mr. Davidson of Davidson’s Restaurant)”
“1952 Mayor Davidson is crowning the queen at the Maplewood High School.”
Now here we go. This is a good one. “1952 The Christmas Parade down Manchester – Starring Texas Bruce.” I used to watch that guy on TV. Gerry indicates the image was made in November. Tex and company have just passed the intersection of Roseland Terrace and Manchester. The buildings to the left of Tex were part of the Swink block. They were demolished sometime during the 1970’s. A 1915 image of them follows. Note the distinctive keystone lintels above the windows.
This image is from the 1915 Maplewood directory. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library. Unfortunately this directory is not online but the 1912 one is. You can find it here.
This image was made sometime during the 1970’s. It may have been made shortly before demolition commenced. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
This is the same intersection in 2010. Something’s lost, eh?
This is just about one half of Vazis” red album. There are many more interesting images in the second half. I should have it posted in a few days. Thanks again to Mary Piles.
The virus is still very dangerous. It is surging again and there are many hot spots around the country. Be very careful, stay safe and wear your mask.
Doug Houser August 7, 2020.