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Signs of the holiday season

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 12:00 AM

Nov. 20, 1987 Southeast Missourian

A sure sign of the holiday season is the annual hanging of the Broadway Christmas decorations by Union Electric employees. Above Broadway at Spanish Street, Jerry McDowell, left, and Steve Walker hang the decorations. Union Electric employees annually install the holiday ornaments. (Fred Lynch photo)

Nov. 26, 1986 Southeast Missourian

The old-fashioned style street clock, the most visible symbol of downtown redevelopment in Cape Girardeau, fits right in with the Yuletide decorations on Main Street. But unlike the regular Christmas decorations, the clock is a permanent fixture here. (Fred Lynch photo)

Editor's Note:

The top photo shows the Cahoon building. At the time it housed a pawn shop and Army surplus store. The building was razed in 1989.

Read about its history in this previous blog.

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I remember the ritual shooting of the decorations going up as well. You can see some of those silver star ornaments in the background of photos of the 110-year-old bell being installed in the new First Presbyterian Church in 1965.


Here was another Cape Christmas display: the live nativity scene on the Common Pleas Courthouse lawn.


I noticed last week that Hutson's windows were covered with white paper. That must mean they're getting ready to put up their display.


-- Posted by ksteinhoff on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 7:07 AM

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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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