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Cat House: 1935

Cat House: 1935

Circa 1935. "Reuben Lovett house, Princess Anne County, Virginia. Structure dates to 1790." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.


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A Bulldog, to be precise

An earlier post of mine was too obscure to make the cut, but that pedal car was modeled after the Mack AC introduced in 1916. The Mack AP, produced between 1926 and 1938, was similar—but larger. The 1915 AC prototype is seen below.

Bulldog logo

Steelcraft made various pedal car versions of the Mack AC, including this one, which closely matches the one in the yard:


That's an early Mack Truck logo

Kiddie Division.

Kiddie car

Yes! I noticed that too. Mack truck. Think it's a pedal car? I grew up with "cars" however my little brother had a fire truck in the early '70s.

Kiddie Car

What is this? It looks like a toy car of some sort, it has a license plate and the stylized logo seems vaguely familiar.

I grew up near this place. (Kempsville)

But if it's the building I think it is, it was torn down in 1977 or 1978 to make a strip mall shopping center (Providence Square, at the corner of Kempsville and Providence Roads, directly across from its twin, Fairfield Shopping Center). I remember the house having just an incredibly beautiful, large oak tree in the front yard, and the most beautiful staircase structures I had ever seen when they tore the front of the building off (three days to take it down; they went slow). If you check Google Maps, it has the entrance to the shopping center listed as Profair Way; the house was facing Providence Road and Profair Way was basically where the original drive to the house was, with the house just slightly south of the P but before the center itself. This picture would have been taken slightly north of due east, which the shadows agree with if this was an morning in the early winter time frame. Providence Road would be off to the right from the picture, and Kempsville Road (modern Kempsville Road, at least) would be behind the photographer.

If it's the same building (and I lived in the area as it was built up to become a pretty dense suburbia), it had obviously been repaired and lived in until about a decade earlier or even the early 1970s, but it had fallen into disrepair again by it's destruction.

I've often thought about how old that building looked, and how old it must have been when they tore it down.

The entire area, of course, is now part of the City of Virginia Beach (all of Princess Anne County became part of Virginia Beach back in the early 1960s), but this is the Kempsville area of the city.

I'm so sorry, Dave, that I can't report it as having been on Pleasure House Road; that's on the opposite side of Virginia Beach.

Traces of Elegance

Though it's lost its portico and tablature, this house still reflects its original upscale aspirations: three (or probably four) chimneys, a relative wealth of windows, etc.

Clearly still inhabited, or else that is the most patient cat in the Old Dominion. [Two cats, actually. - Dave]

One interesting detail is the pair of brackets awaiting reinstallation of the window box. Another, more troubling to the rehabilitator, is the obvious knob-and-post wiring job.

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