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Who was Edith Shelton?

The Valentine Richmond History Center has a collection of photos of Richmond buildings by Edith Shelton, of which more than 500 are available to view online.

The collection spans from the 1950s to the late 1970s and encompasses many of the older neighborhoods, from Barton Avenue to Broad Street.

The photo above of the Trinity Methodist Church at 20th and Broad Streets from June 1954 is especially fascinating to me, showing as it does Trinity with its steeple, the Marshall Street viaduct, and several houses that are no longer standing. There is another shot from the same time that shows a pedestrian on the viaduct, as seen from Jefferson Park.

Like Madge Goodrich, nothing much turns up online for Edith Shelton.

N. 25th St., Between Franklin and Grace October 1954
N. 25th St., Between Franklin and Grace, October 1954
1917 (?) Fairmount Ave. (corner 20th) November 21, 1970
1917 (?) Fairmount Ave. (corner 20th), November 21, 1970
State Planter's Bank, 2500 E. Broad October 1954
State Planter’s Bank, 2500 E. Broad, October 1954
Post Office East End Br., 2406-08 E. Broad St. October 1954
Post Office East End Br., 2406-08 E. Broad St., October 1954
Fire Engine House, 306 N. 25th St. October 1955
Fire Engine House, 306 N. 25th St., October 1955

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Clay Street 12/15/2013 at 4:26 PM

quick look at the 1940 census gives a 37 year-old Edith K. Shelton living at 1003 W. Franklin St. (with her mother, also named Edith Shelton).

Clay Street 12/15/2013 at 4:28 PM

Not much info, but it gives her occupation as “Asst. Treas., University.”

Elaine Odell 12/15/2013 at 8:37 PM

Wow, just paged thru some of the photographs this woman made. Damn fine architectural photographer, she was. What’s so interesting [to me] about the collection is much ground it covers. Many Richmond neighborhoods are represented. My guess is that at some point in her life she was a student of architecture. Amazing body of work.

Cadeho 12/16/2013 at 3:30 AM

I can’t view but the small pictures 🙁

john_m 12/16/2013 at 6:36 AM

I’ve found that if you can open that small photo in a new window, it is actually a larger size.

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Sean Stilwell 12/16/2013 at 7:52 AM

Also, there are way more pictures, but 500 is the max at any given time just searching her name.

If you can search by both her name and maybe street or year taken to narrow down, there are more!

Sean Stilwell 12/16/2013 at 7:55 AM

Ok, tried just the year 1954, and still get over 500. Would recommend… edith shelton june 1954 … for instance.

chpnfan 12/16/2013 at 9:04 AM

Cadeho – if you use Windows, right click on the photo and select “View Image” 🙂

Sean… that worked! Thanks!

Next Friend 12/16/2013 at 12:39 PM

Would be interesting to know if there is a connection to Elmira Shelton.

Cadeho 12/16/2013 at 4:08 PM

Thanks that worked!

Sherry B. Tyler 01/08/2016 at 6:10 PM

We are getting a group of Ea’s relatives together and may visit the museum next week. Will bring some information on her life. By the way she is buried at Hollywood Cemetery, as are her parents, grandparents, etc.

chpn 01/13/2016 at 3:15 PM Reply

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