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Where Is this Building?

A peek into the archives of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

If you think you know the answer or have a special memory related to the photo, respond in the "Leave a comment" box below this article. We'll run the answer next Monday, along with a new historical photo. The image has been provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. For more information on the museum's collection and programs, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

This column took a break last week for the Memorial Day holiday, but the prior week's question was "What is Happening in this Photo?"

The photo Amy Frey guessed a Veterans' Day fair. Someone else thought the photo was taken behind Old Hall High, which is now Town Hall, and perhaps was an early Celebrate West Hartford or a high School graduation.

"King of WeHa" commented, "It is definitely an American Legion post or booth at a Memorial Day fair of some kind" He added, "When our country entered the Great War in 1917, 314 young men from West Hartford answered their country's call to service and went off to war in France. Twenty-three of these young men did not come back. Of these, two have come to symbolize the rest - Waldo C. Hayes and Francis B. Velhage for whom our Post is named."

Rick Liftig thought the photo was taken on Memorial Day 1948.

All that is actually much more information than was provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. The official answer: "The American Legion Post 96 was often at events selling food at booths like this one. They now have a new home in Blue Back Square."

Jennifer S. June 04, 2012 at 12:54 PM
In the center, across the street from the Library, Crate & Barrell, etc. I remember bringing my grandmother to shop there, though I think it had become a Finast at that point.
Dave Gabriele June 04, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I beleive it is on N.Main opposite Brace Rd. where Sally & Bob's deli is.
Dan Yost June 04, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The building is on the corner of Dale and Farmington Ave. Known as the Butler Building
Michelle K June 04, 2012 at 03:14 PM
This sounds right. The grocery store across from Memorial Road (where Towne Center is now) was not so tall.
bob cunningham June 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I believe this is the 10 North Main St building. During the war there were 3 grocery stores in the Center. Stop and Shop was at the 10 North Main St building, Finast was in the butler building on Farmington Ave, and the A & P was located on LaSalle St where Webster Bank is now. Bob Cunningham
D. Whall June 05, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Bob Cunningham is right; this building is on North Main a little above Farmington Avenue. An enlargement of the photo indicates it was taken during the Second World War as indicated by the "A" gas ration sticker on the windshield of the 1941 Chevrolet in the foreground. For the unitiated, an "A" ration was the basic allotment during the war and allowed car owners up to 16 gallons per month. The next step up, or "B" ration, provided 32 gallons per month. "X" represented unlimited gallons but was reserved for special occupations such as rural veterinarians, etc. As for the photo of the fair outside the old Town Hall I would venture that was also taken during World War II as evidenced by the hemlines of the women's skirts and the virtual absence of men of military age. Dave Whall Ridgewood Road
Tracey Wilson June 07, 2012 at 11:34 PM
This Butler Building was part of the development by Suzie Butler who owned quite a bit of real estate in the center of town. She died young, but I believe the same company still manages the Butler properties.
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