Once there was a small, but thriving community of Axton, Virginia. Today, only a few empty buildings and a rusty water tower remain where two rural roads intersect. It’s a great place for photographers however, and that’s why I was there a few days ago.
This restored Shell Gas station in Fieldale, Virginia is a favorite location of mine, given the owners desire to fill the building’s interior with a variety of antiques. Not only that, but he’s now displaying a partially restored 1950s era Studebaker Hawk automobile. In some ways, the Studebaker company was ahead of its time design wise and while popular, couldn’t compete for sales with major U.S companies such as General Motors and Ford. And then along came Toyota. Farewell Studebaker. Thus ends my brief look at a small part of U.S. auto history. Whatever, the car looks perfect in front of the Shell station.
We live nearby Fieldale Virginia, once home to a large textile plant and now just a memory of better economic times. One popular attraction is a fully restored building that was a Shell Gas Station and garage. It’s full of antiques of various sorts … a perfect photo opportunity.
Looking close behind the gas pumps there is an original public telephone booth … inoperable of course because many people stopping by probably couldn’t figure out how to use it.
As I drove a narrow country road this past week, I found another nice photo opportunity similar to that I included in my last blog entry. I used a Fujifilm 55-200mm lens to capture the scene, shooting out the open passenger-side window of my car. This once-lived-in house has lots of memories still living inside. Finding deserted homes like this always makes me wonder who lived there.