If you were living in the Danville, Virginia area during the 1970s and 1980’s you surely remember the Big Star grocery stores. We shopped at the Big Star located in Ballou Park. The store is now a Food Lion.
While digging through some of my grandmother’s old stuff, I came across some Big Star grocery game pieces from 1981. I was ten years old when I remember my grandmother getting some of these Instant Vegas pieces below.
I don’t recall seeing my grandmother getting the Royal Blue Bonnet Instant Holiday Sweepstakes pieces below. Check out the dates, the game ended on April 30, 1981.
I enjoy finding bits and pieces of the past like these as they are not something that most people save. I’m curious if any of these or other groceteria game pieces from that era still exist.
A little bit about Big Star…..
According to Wikipedia, “The Big Star stores were self-service supermarket operations which began to replace the small full-service stores Pender’s had operated up to that point. By the late 1940s the entire company had rebranded under the Colonial Stores name. The Big Star name was revived around 1968 for a new discount chain owned by Colonial; eventually all stores were closed or converted to the Big Star name. Grand Union purchased the chain in 1978. The North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia stores were sold to Harris Teeter in 1988, while the Georgia stores were sold in 1992, with most of the Atlanta locations going to A&P. These stores were heavily remodeled, but eventually sold to Publix in 1999. Stores currently operating under the Big Star name in places like Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, were part of a franchise operation that was never directed to the connected to the Big Star chain proper.”
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Before photography, life masks gave us the perfect likeness of people. Plaster was applied to the head and sometimes upper torso to create a mold to cast the life mask of a person. Using life masks, I was able to complete a forensic/academic study of how the subjects most likely appeared using Adobe Photoshop to add flesh, hair, and other details.
Intimate History Tours sprang from an Adobe Photoshop graphic novel I created using James Madison as a fictional character. The graphic novel became too long and challenging, so I decided to focus on shorter blog posts with different personages from history. I visit a historical location and then “Photoshop” a virtual tour in which you and I get to meet folks from history.
It all started with a graphic novel aimed at a Star Trek, Star Wars fan base who may not otherwise consider historical fiction. One could read this novel and get a historically accurate account of James Madison intertwined with a good science fiction story. The Madison project is a series of blog posts featuring select images from that effort as well as a Second Amendment meme centered around Madison.
What started as a fictional graphic novel has led me to an in-depth study and curiosity to know everything about him, including what he looked like. Anyway, doing all this research on Madison and making at least two trips to Montpelier, I feel as if I’ve gotten to know the little fellow and Dolley too!