Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2014.048.001
Description Digital image of a panoramic photograph taken of the employees of the Miller Brothers Department Store posing outside the building on the corner of 7th and Broad streets, circa 1939-1940. The African American employees were grouped together on the left.

Felix Grundy Miller was in the rearmost row, at the left edge of the display window to the left of the doors into the store. The tall, balding gentleman to the right (or his left) was Dr. Brickhouse, an optometrist with an office just inside the store.
Edward E. Cobleigh Jr. was the sixth man kneeling from the right. He worked there until 1973. This picture hung in his office for many years. The man kneeling next to him (the 7th from right) was Arch Hoge Jr., who was awarded the Silver Star later in World War II.

Virda Landers Wade was in the front, center. She was between two ladies with furs directly behind a man with a hand on his knee. She worked at Miller Brothers at least until the 1960s in the shoe department. Virda was about 40 in this image since she was born in 1899.

The first scan is an improved and digitally altered version from the original scans. The original 3 scans, completed at 800 dpi, are images 2-4. This image is also featured on Deepzoomchattanooga deepzoomchattanooga.com.
Date 1939-1940 circa
Accession number 2014.048