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Tommies Place: 1937

Tommies Place: 1937

Chatham County, Georgia, circa 1937. "38 Price Street, Savannah. Structure dates from ca. 1840." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.


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So many great memories from living here while attending SCAD between 2002-04. I always wondered about the history of the place - how exciting to have a glimpse of its past. Indoors, the original brick fireplaces are still intact, as are the wood floors. The top dormer bedroom windows had magical views of downtown Savannah at sunset!

i used to live here

i lived here from 2002 through 2005 while attending SCAD- we had the top portion of the house- not the garden level- so crazy!!!!

Subtle changes

I've just noticed that there is a very subtle difference between the original porch/steps and those shown in the more recent photo. The columns, for one, are slimmer today and the beams supporting the porch roof have a slightly different profile. At some time in the past renovations must have been made but at least the original style was retained.

Well done, renovators, whoever you were.


What the purpose is for the ladder on the roof? Where did it lead to? Was it for climbing up to the top, or down from the dormers?

Missing Tree

Where is the tree in the photo that 73+ posted?


Except for the siding on the dormers and the signage, nothing is out of place. Very pleasant, tidy little building.


Below is the identical perspective from July of 2010.

Tommie's Place

We believe this is the sandwich shop that Tommie Mary and Clifford B. Whittington operated in 1937 -- it looks exactly as she described it to us (her children) many years ago. They lived upstairs over the store. It's wonderful to find this piece of family history.

Smoking Window

Can someone tell me what the cigarette-like thing in the bottom window frame of the brick building is? It even appears to have smoke issuing from it!

[It looks like an electrical insulator. The "smoke" is a wire moving in the breeze. - Dave]

Such beautiful lighting

Johnston must have set up her camera and waited until just that sweet spot in the late afternoon to make this exposure. What a calm air of peace and gracefulness pervades it. That woman truly loved her work and her subjects. The humanity of the builders of her architectural "models" always shines through.

It was also with a sigh of relief that I saw that this street sign was shot in Savannah. If a building was in Savannah in 1937, it's probably still there 70 years later (barring hurricane damage.) They know how to preserve their heritage.

And, yes, this building and its brick companion are still with us, including the probably-unchanged standing-seam roof.

That little scraggly tree

is still holding on there. I'm always happy when I find the buildings are (mostly) still standing.

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12-Step Program

A 1930s version of a breathalyzer. You got in and knocked back some brewskis and if you could make it down the flight of stairs successfully, you have established a rebuttable presumption of sobriety.

Renovations and alterations

Still standing and, thankfully, retrofitted with period appropriate 6-over-6 sash in the basement and first floor windows to replace late Victorian 2-over-2. I love the way the stair begins on the neighbor's property -- evidence of a more casual and less litigious time.

This place probably looked a lot different in 1840; the "cut" corner basement entry and existing siding are both likely to be later alterations.

An army life for me

British soldiers always welcome!

Tommie is gone

But the building is still there.

The same or worse now

Over seventy years later, lessons on the hows and whys of apostrophe use still haven't permeated all segments of our society.

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