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Grandfather of All: 1935

Grandfather of All: 1935

October 1935. "Russ Nicholson, grandfather of all the Nicholsons in Nicholson Hollow. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Looks like a "Hickory Shirt."

Worn by railroad, logging, and farm workers across the country back then. So named because it was said to have been favored by Andrew Jackson.

Standing in the way of progress

John Russell "Russ" Nicholson, a landowner in the Shenandoah Valley, whose property would be taken for Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was granted the right to live out his life in the Nicholson Valley, but passed away just two months later, on Dec. 16, 1935. The exodus of residents took place in 1937.

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Nowadays, Grandpa Russ could clean up as a Robert E. Lee impersonator.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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