From A Richmond Streetcar Life Through the Lens of Harris Stilson

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9780875171418: From A Richmond Streetcar Life Through the Lens of Harris Stilson
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Kitty Snow is the great-granddaughter of Harris H. Stilson and grew up on her mother's family home place in Bon Air, Virginia. She graduated from Huguenot High School and attended Longwood College and Virginia Commonwealth University. During her career at C & P Telephone Company, she was the first female telephone installer/repairman assigned to Church Hill, Oregon Hill, Fulton Bottom, Jackson Ward and other downtown neighborhoods. This unusual job placement put her on the streets (and up the telephone poles) of Richmond's oldest areas where she reconnected with the history of the city she loves. Her promotion to Bell Atlantic's marketing department continued this familiarity when her accounts included Virginia Union University, the Eggleston Hotel, Lowe's Theatre (The Carpenter Center)and other sites rich in Richmond history. Since 1986, she has been a Realtor and owns Home Team Realtors. Her children, Patrick Spraker, Anne Shultz, and Molly Spraker each live in a part of Richmond recorded in their great-great-grandfather Harris Stilson's photos, inspiring their mom to preserve this vignette of Richmond life for them and everyone who loves the River City.

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In From A Richmond Streetcar, Kitty Snow has compiled a wonderful resource by sharing the photographs of her great-grandfather, Richmond streetcar motorman and photographer Harris H. Stilson (1868-1934). Stilson's photographs are unique and they offer Richmonders of today a rare view of how the city looked at the beginning of the 20th century. The working class life of Richmond is especially well documented in Stilson's images which is something that has long been missing in previous published works on the city's history. By illustrating the many connections between Richmonders of the 1910s and 1920s, the book shows us, in Snow's words, that Richmond really was a small town of not six degrees of separation but perhaps two. --Raymond F. Bonis, co-author; "Greetings from Richmond" & archivist, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library of VCU

Decades ago, Harris Stilson focused his camera on what he witnessed during his streetcar runs. From a Richmond Streetcar is the next best thing to riding along and peering over his shoulder as he photographs intriguing and rarely seen people and places. This book is a revelation. --Edwin Slipek, Senior Consulting Editor, Style Weekly

In this digital age when our pervasive (and often invasive) technology puts a camera in everyone's hand, it's endlessly intriguing to savor the results of one man's fascination with people, back when taking and developing pictures was a lot of work. Richmond streetcar man Harry Stilson spent countless hours using his clunky film camera to capture our city and its everyday citizens nearly a century ago, giving us a priceless look at slices of life the the Dementis might have missed. This is a revealing and affectionate record of where we've been, as told through Harry's prolific images and narrated lovingly by his great-granddaughter Kitty Snow, who's fallen into a bottomless pit of memories in her quest to put names with these unforgettable faces. From a Richmond Streetcar proves to be an important missing piece of the big quilt we all call home. --Tim Timberlake, Richmond radio personality and voice-over talent.

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