COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A grand opening event launched a newly-opened business on W 7th St. appropriately named, W7thCo Vintage Photo Gallery in downtown Columbia. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
“The opening of W7thCo Vintage Photo Gallery is a welcome addition to the retail mix in historic downtown Columbia, sure to appeal to locals and visitors alike,” said Kellye Murphy, tourism & marketing director for the City of Columbia. “It is a beautiful gallery where locals and visitors will enjoy shopping the fine collection of photography, and we are fortunate it also serves as a museum quality experience of Columbia’s photographic history spanning more than 100 years.”
The gallery is housed in a 19-century building that has been renovated over the last two years and was previously a camera shop. Visitors to the space are greeted by a L.F. Deardorf 8x10 Studio Camera that has taken many of the photos displayed on the white brick walls and was in use by the same studio for 62 years.
The opening show features photos that span the decades between the 1870s-1970s and range from scenes of everyday life, advertising, news photography, architecture and portraits in the Columbia area. The W7thCo Vintage Photo Gallery will change out displays quarterly and the next opening will coincide with Mule Day.
The W7thCo gallery has some of the archival prints available for purchase as well.
Gallery patrons are encouraged to write down anything they know about particular photos on a notebook kept on an antique display case which is filled with vintage cameras, equipment and porcelain letters that spell out, “ORMAN” and were taken from the studio exterior before it was demolished in late 2017.
For more information, visit https://gallery.w7thco.com or contact owner Kim Hayes at 931-584-6111.
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