Nance Gallery History

It’s been 66 years since this little enterprise was born. A long time.

I thought I would put together a little history of this place, and show how things have certainly changed over the years. I’ll be rebloging these posts over at my renovation blog at misadventures in remodeling – the other place I spend a great deal of time. One reason is there has been a lot of renovating over the years – most instigated by yours truly. You’ll see.

Mom Dad

Here’s Mom & Dad – Marian and Owen Nance in 1946

Dad 1946Of course dad had to have a flashy car to impress mom. Notice the Nance Studio on the door.

Hudson Hornet 1952A couple of years later he had to get a flashy Hudson Hornet in 1952.

321 S Kentucky Ave at Walnut 1955By the 1950’s the new studio was located at Kentucky Ave. and Walnut St. This was Highway 41 the major North – South roadway in the national highway system.

Kentucky Ave StudioA picture in 1955 at the Kentucky Ave. location.

Kentucky Ave CarThis area became the hotspot for traffic passing through town. Notice the Shell station in the background.

Kentucky StudioThe showroom was pretty sparse, but you gotta love that wallpaper.

Kentucky DarkroomThe darkroom equipment was pretty basic too. Film hangers to the right, print washer and an old farm house sink. Look at that futuristic wallpaper here.

Kentucky Studio equipmentThe studio equipment was pretty standard for the time. A 4X5 Speedgraphic and a couple of 5X7 Ansco wooden studio cameras. Large incandescent floodlights and spots. With a toy drum prop thrown in to boot. I still have most of this equipment.

flood Kentuck Walnut 1957The flood of 1957 was the last great flood in our area.

Train set Kentucky AveOne of my faintest memories was of this train my father and his friend had put in the basement. I was just three years old back then.

That’s all this time – more to come with our move to the east side of the city.

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15 thoughts on “Nance Gallery History

  1. These are such wonderful photographs of a different era – great to hear you still have the old equipment. That train set looks like hours of fun too!

    I’m looking forward to seeing more!

    1. Steven, thanks for stopping in. I spent months looking for that Santa Fe engine that we had in that picture to give to my older brother for Christmas – he wasn’t impressed. That’s how brothers are sometimes I suppose.

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