Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this ‘Thursday Throwback,’ courtesy of the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society.
By Ronni Newton
It’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt), and time to take a look back into West Hartford’s past to either stir up some memories, reflect on how much things have changed, or both. And if you have no idea, we love the photo captions, too!
The award for a quick, accurate, and informative response to last week’s Throwback Thursday (shown at right and in larger size below) image definitely goes to Ed Dombraskas!
“This is the building on North Main Street just opposite Brace Road. The Beekley Corp is where the YMCA offices are now and Seymour’s is now Sally and Bob’s. Interesting thing about the building is that construction began just prior to WWII and was suspended when the war broke out due to the inability to obtain materials. It sat unfinished until the late 40’s when financing and materials became available post war,” Ed wrote.
Liz Gillette had a bit more to add, and she also did some research into Beekley: “Good call, Ed. I had never heard of Beekley Corp. They are still around and their website has an interesting old picture of when they were West Hartford Printing and Lithograph. I wonder where in town that was. http://www.beekleycorporation.com/History. And Seymour’s – somehow I guess I kinda thought that Sally and Bob’s was there when Stephan Hosmer set up his mill!”
The image we posted was taken in 1966, and it appears from the photo on their website that Beekley relocated in 1974. Can anyone tell from the photo where West Hartford Printing and Lithograph was located?
And as for Sally and Bobs’s – that opened in 1969.
A few more comments that were posted on Facebook, including this one from Lisa Petersen: “This building is on North Main St. just north of Farmington Ave. The business shown in the picture is now the YMCA. Just off to the left is the old brick school house that was my dance school in the 1960s. You can see the pointy roof.”
From David Traub: “I remember Seymour’s Coffee Shop. If I’m not wrong it became Bob and Sally’s, loved the egg salad. Gertrude Williamson next door was the best little gift and personalized stationery store. The dance studio was there and CBT on the corner right?”
“Hartford Courant office was there also,” added John Maloney.
From Jon Moss: “I can’t believe I missed this one! My (from a long time ago) and my children’s pediatrician, Dr. Stein, had his office in the left-hand part of the building. He is a terrific doc! Both very talented and always kind and patient!”
We’ve got an image this week (at right and in larger size below) that should also be recognizable to many readers.
Who knows where this is?
Who knows when it was taken?
What is in this space now?
Do you recall ever visiting this business?
Please share your memories below!
Thank you to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society for providing us with the images. For more information about the organization, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.
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