Order by Dec. 9 for cheapest shipping option by Christmas • Click to browse

Cover Announced - Volume II of Memories of the Roanoke and New River Valleys

The final cover has been selected for our upcoming hardcover book, Memories of the Roanoke and New River Valleys: 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

The cover photo showMain Street looking north from the Roanoke Street intersection in Blacksburg, 1940s. In an era in which most everyday shopping needs could be met in the downtown shopping district of any small town, visible here are two pharmacies, two appliance stores, a shoe store, a women’s clothing store, a hardware store, and a Piggly Wiggly grocery store. At far right is the National Bank of Blacksburg building. COURTESY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES, VIRGINIA TECH

This pictorial history is a look into the Roanoke and New River Valleys in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. 

Within these pages you will see cars bustling along smooth downtown streets, trains carrying visiting political figures, streetcars, planes, and other various vehicles used for commerce and for leisure. 

Looking within and without of stores, banks, hotels, theaters, and more, we are given a glimpse into the necessities of the day. 

Students and teachers can be seen in classrooms and outside of schools. Seen learning, dancing, practicing spots, and occasionally just at play

Many pages are filled with people serving their community. They fought fires, fought illegal activity, and of course a fair few fought in World War II. Those that could not fight served in their own way, volunteering to help in whatever way they could.

Family and friends are pictured coming together, whether it be at church, at the park, at a parade, or even gathering the whole family on the porch for a photo.

As a pictorial history, this book provides a snapshot (well, many snapshots) of life, a glimpse into the day to day experiences of those who lived through the hardships of the ’30s and the war years, and the regrowth and relaxation of the 1950s.



This limited-edition book is the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones. Click the link below to purchase!

Memories of the Roanoke and New River Valleys: A Pictorial History of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s Cover
Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA presents Memories of the Roanoke and New River Valleys: A Pictorial History of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s

$44.95

More info