Photos from the Lexington Herald-Leader archives updated daily

Women’s wrestling at Woodland Auditorium, 1946

Action picture of women's wrestling match at Woodland auditorium. Nell Stewart, blonde, with Violet Viann applying a variation of the toehold. Frank Bunch, referee. 11/5/1946 There was an auditorium built near the center of the park in the 1880’s that was used for concerts, conventions and other public meetings. In October 1905, the frame auditorium was replaced by a large brick one that stood at the northeast corner of Kentucky Avenue and East High Street. http://kentuckyroom.org/subject-headings/wrestling

Women’s professional wrestling was featured at Woodland Auditorium on Nov. 5, 1946. The auditorium, showcasing everything from professional wrestling to piano performers on the classical music circuit, was built about the turn of the century. It was condemned for public use in 1952 and was torn down sometime in the 1970s. It stood at the corner of Woodland and Kentucky avenues. In this photo, Violet Viann applied a variation of a toehold on Nell Stewart, as referee Frank Bunch observed.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off

Richmond Road, 1984

Richmond Rd., photographed across from McDonalds, looking outbound towards Patchen Village, March 15, 1984. Photo by Steven R. Nickerson |Herald-Leader staff

Richmond Road, photographed across from McDonald’s, looking outbound toward Patchen Village, March 15, 1984.   Photo by Steven R. Nickerson | Herald-Leader staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off

Lexmark plant, 1993

Lexmark, formerly IBM, plant site at New Circle Rd. and Newtown Pike, Aug. 26, 1993. Newtown is on the right and New Circle is at the bottom. Photo by Ron Garrison | Herald-Leader staff

The Lexmark plant at New Circle Road and Newtown Pike, Aug. 26, 1993. Newtown is on the right and New Circle is at the bottom. Photo by Ron Garrison | Herald-Leader Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off

One of IBM’s first typewriters, 1956

One of the first typewriters produced at the IBM plant on Newtown Pike in Lexington underwent a final inspection in December 1956. For over 30 years IBM was Lexmark's industrial forerunner until 1990 when the New York investment firm Clayton & Dubilier bought at least 80 percent of IBM's information products division. The resulting company was christened Lexmark, and there's a common misconception that the name is in honor of Lexington. Not so: "Lex" was inspired by "lexicon," with "mark" meaning marks on paper.

One of the first typewriters produced at the IBM plant on Newtown Pike in Lexington underwent a final inspection in December 1956. For more than 30 years, IBM was Lexmark’s industrial forerunner until 1990, when the New York investment firm Clayton & Dubilier bought at least 80 percent of IBM’s information products division. The resulting company was christened Lexmark, and there’s a common misconception that the name is in honor of Lexington. Not so: “Lex” was inspired by “lexicon,” with “mark” meaning marks on paper.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Lexington IBM plant’s beginnings, 1956

Grading had begun in August of 1956 for International Business Machine Corporation's new factory at the intersection of New Circle Rd. (running from left to right across the picture) and Newtown Pike. The 386,000-square foot typewriter plant employed 1,800 people when it opened. By 1985 IBM had 6,000 workers, second only to the University of Kentucky's 7,500.

Grading had begun in August 1956 for International Business Machine Corp.’s new factory at New Circle Road (horizontally across the picture) and Newtown Pike. The 386,000-square-foot typewriter plant employed 1,800 people when it opened. By 1985, IBM had 6,000 workers, second only to the University of Kentucky’s 7,500 employees.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Adolph Rupp mixes mortar for Memorial Coliseum, 1949

University of Kentucky basketball coach  Adolph Rupp mixes mortar during a cornerstone-laying ceremony  Feb 21, 1949 at the construction site of Memorial Coliseum. Completed in 1950, Memorial Coliseum not only served as home-court for the Wildcats, it's also a memorial to the more than 10,000 Kentuckians killed in World War I and the Korean Conflict. The UK men's basketball team played in Memorial from 1950 to 1976, compiling a record of 306-38 (.890).

University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp mixed mortar during a cornerstone-laying ceremony on Feb. 21, 1949, at the construction site of Memorial Coliseum. Completed in 1950, Memorial Coliseum was the longtime home court for the Wildcats and a memorial to the more than 10,000 Kentuckians killed in World War I and the Korean War. The names of Kentuckians killed in the Vietnam War were added later. The UK men’s basketball team played in Memorial from 1950 to 1976, compiling a record of 306-38 (.890).

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Excavation site in downtown Lexington, 1946

Excavation of the west portion of the old post-office lot begun at Main and Walnut streets in March of 1946, for the construction of new Martin's Blue Grass Fashions store.  Walnut St. is now called Martin Luther King Blvd. In the background is a Sears-Roebuck store and Central Christian Church.

Excavation of the west portion of the former post office lot began at Main and Walnut streets in March 1946 for the construction of a new Martin’s Blue Grass Fashions store. Walnut Street is now called Martin Luther King Boulevard. In the background is a Sears Roebuck store and Central Christian Church.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off

Bruce Spingsteen plays Rupp, 1984

Bruce Springsteen watched Clarence Clemons play the saxophone during a December 11, 1984 concert before 23,000 fans in Rupp Arena in Lexington. Clemons, a prominent member of the E Street Band, died in 2011 of a stroke. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Bruce Springsteen watched Clarence Clemons play the saxophone on Dec. 11, 1984, during a concert before 23,000 fans in Rupp Arena in Lexington. Clemons, a prominent member of Springsteen’s E Street Band, died in 2011 of a stroke. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Registering for classes at UK, 1946

Upperclassmen wait around tables in men's gymnasium to register for University of Kentucky classes Sept. 1946.

University of Kentucky upperclassmen waited around tables in the men’s gymnasium to register for classes in September 1946.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Ted Kennedy visits Eastern Kentucky

U.S. Senator Edward Ted Kennedy watched school children shoot basketball at the Spruce Pine Elementary School in Honaker, Ky., as part of his nationwide survey of hunger in America tour, on Nov. 23, 1983. Kennedy, who was a seven-term Democratic senator form Massachusetts, visited Floyd and Letcher counties. Kennedy was the fourth-longest-serving senator in U.S. history when he died in 2009. Photo by Charles Bertram, Herald-Leader staff

U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy watched students shoot basketball at the Spruce Pine Elementary School in Honaker, Floyd County, as part of his nationwide survey of hunger in America, on Nov. 23, 1983. Kennedy, a seven-term Democratic senator form Massachusetts, visited Floyd and Letcher counties. Kennedy was the fourth-longest-serving senator in U.S. history when he died in 2009. Photo by Charles Bertram | Herald-Leader staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Photo reprints


See a photo that you would like to have a reprint of? All photos that appear in this blog can be purchased from
MyCapture .