Annandale Retrospective              MORE ANNANDALE RETROSPECTIVE AND HISTORY
The Year Was 1950
By M. Callahan,

The heart of Annandale was the triangle where Willis Esso was located, later Three Chefs and then Fuddrucker's.

US President:  Harry S. Truman
VA Governor:  John S. Battle
US Senators from VA:  Harry F. Byrd & Absalom W. Robertson
Chief Justice US Supreme Court:  Frederick M. Vinson
Speaker of the House:  Sam Rayburn of Texas
Korean War begins on June 25th
US develops first hydrogen bomb.
Spy Alger Hiss convicted of perjury.
Era of McCarthism begins.
Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Ralph J. Bunche, USA
Nobel Prize for Literature:  Bertrand Russell
Academy Award Movie of the Year:  All About Eve
Best Actor:  Jose Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac
Best Actress:  Judy Holiday, Born Yesterday

The Oliver Farm on Gallows Road

NBA Championship:  Minneapolis Lakers over Syracuse 4-2

NCAA Football Champions:  Oklahoma 10-1-0
World Series:  New York Yankees (4) v. Philadelphia Phillies (0)
Kentucky Derby Champion:  Middleground
Heisman Trophy:  Vic Janowicz, Ohio State
Charles Schulz introduces Peanuts.

Annandale Water Towers located on the Webb Farm on Columbia Pike near Gallows Road.

The first Xerox machine is produced.
modern credit card is introduced.
Gasoline cost $.22 per gallon.
A gallon of milk cost $.82.
First Class Stamp:  $.03
Average annual income was $3,216.00
Amount it took to equal $1.00 today:  $2.43.

Campbell & Ferrara Nursery on Little River Turnpike

Al Jolson
George Orwell
George Bernard Shaw


ANNANDALE IN 1950: Annandale enjoyed a downtown shopping area centered around the intersection of Little River Turnpike, Annandale Road, and Columbia Pike.  The following stores provided an interesting blend of products and services readily available to local residents. There was a better variety of retail in 1950 Annandale than there is now.

Thomas Preston's Sinclair Station:  Annandale Rd. and Little River Tpk.

Star Supply Hardware
Ellicott’s 5 & 10

Annandale Grill

Annandale Roadside Market
Annandale Bakery

Annandale Pharmacy
Annandale Market
Annandale Variety Shop

Campbell & Ferrara Nursery
Iva Trice Dress Shop

Kirk’s Sea Food Tavern

Annandale Elementary School Grad Class 1950

Annandale Dry Cleaners
Annandale Community Cab
Pike’s Pickins Hobby & Gift Shop
Annandale Jewelers
Annandale Barber Shop
Annandale Beauty Salon & Kiddie Shop
Mason Hirst Real Estate

E.K. Uhler & Co. Insurance
Mike's Barber Shop
C. Douglas Adams Attorney
Lord Fairfax Service Station
Martin T. Webb, Real Estate

E.W. Long & Sons Plumbing & Shoe Repair

McWhorter & Associates, Surveyors & Developers

Annandale Dry Cleaners on Columbia Pike in 1949

Willis Service Station and Edsel Dealership
Tony's Market
Jay's Family Clotheirs
Mettauer Bros. Service Station
Frank's Caterette
Jack Ange Plumbing & Heating Contractor
Mill Creek Park Development Co.

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Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept on Columbia Pike 1946


Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept 1954

Original occupant of the Omni Center - Photo courtesy of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce Photographic Archive with all rights of use reserved.

The Annandale Roadside Market 1950:  Little River Turnpike at the Triangle


Annandale Assembly of God Church at Little River and McWhorter

1949 Annandale's Holiday Shopping Guide


Fairfax County Bookmobile

Fairfax County Library System: The Virginia Room Where Local History Comes Alive

Farm House, Lincolnia


Future site of Annandale High School and the Bristow-Ravesnworth Sub Division



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