Color photos of Chesterbrook, Virginia, 1950-55

Frank da Cruz, Bronx NY
fdc@columbia.edu
June-July 2014

Scans from color slides taken by my Dad (Frank da Cruz Sr.) in the early to mid 1950s. We lived on Kirby Road near the corner of what is now called Franklin Avenue (I don't think it had a name in those days) from 1947 to 1956 in a little subdivision of cinder-block cubes on quarter-acre lots built for returning WWII veterans about half a mile from Chesterbrook School, in what had been, up until then, an area of small family farms and expanses of forest. The place was called Chesterbrook, but I don't think it was ever an official name. In those days our mail address was Falls Church, and now the same place is addressed as McLean. It's about midway along Old Dominion Drive between Arlington and what used to be the very small town of McLean (a Safeway, a feed store, a gas station, and a junk store on the four corners with what I think is today's Dolly Madison Boulevard). Kirby Road addresses have changed since then too, for example 5400 is now something like 1800. Thanks to George Gilmer (who lived there at the same time) for help with the details on many of these pages, and to "the new" Russell Hill (grandson of Russell Hill and son of Harry Hill) for filling in some of the remaining blanks.

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Created by Photogallery 1.14 July 22, 2014