Shooting Gallery, circa 1915

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Title

Shooting Gallery, circa 1915

Subject

Shooting

Description

According to information on the back of the photo, probably written by Fred Maxwell, this shooting gallery was located on 7th Street between 23rd Avenue and Greensboro Avenue. The gallery was owned by W.J. (Bill) Townsend, shown on the left, and thrived around 1915, but was forced to close in 1917 when World War I caused the cost of ammunition to go too high.

Bill was one of the best shots with a rifle around then and men and boys spent many afternoons and nights trying to out-shoot him. Bill died in 1942.

The oldest of Bill's sons, Dewey Townsend, is on the right. Dewey retired after 36 years with the post office. At the time of his retirement, he was superintendent of mails at what was then the new Southside station in Tuscaloosa.

Source

Personal Collection of Camille Elebash

Date

Circa 1915

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

1088

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

10 inches by 8 inches

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