Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Birmingham Photo of the Day (55): Rosenberger's & More

This 1939 photograph by W.B. Phillips shows businesses on the south side of Second Avenue North. Visible are the Strand and Capitol theaters, Rosenberger's Birmingham Trunk Company, Vogue Beautry and a Kinney Shoe Store. 

The Strand opened in 1915 and operated until 1962. The building was demolished the next year. Several other photos can be seen on the BhamWiki site. The Capitol opened as the Alcazar during the silent film era, and became the Newmar in December 1948. Rosenberger's has operated several stores in the Birmingham area beginning early in the 20th century. This store opened in the 1920's. 

More information is below some of the images. 

Here are Rosenberger's listings in the 1945 Birmingham Yellow Pages. 

Theatre listing in the 1945 Yellow Pages

The Vogue Beauty Salon appeared in the 1945 Yellow Pages, but I did not find Kinney Shoes. However, Kinney Shoes was a national chain with over 300 stores in 1936 and lasted until 1998. A Kinney Shoes store was one of the original tenants at Birmingham's Eastwood Mall when it opened in August 1960. 

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