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Ga-Ana Theater in Georgiana Alabama …

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The following are  then and now photographs of the Ga-Ana Theater in downtown Georgiana Alabama.  I came across the original photo in a book somewhere and I made the recent photograph several weeks ago when Pam and I drove to Atlanta.  We took Alabama State Highway 31 out of Brewton to Greenville and got on I-65 there.  The Ga-Ana Theater is the first place that Hank Williams made his first public appearance.  We went and toured his home/museum several years ago and I will post some b&w’s I made inside the house in a later post.  Here is a view of the theater from back in the 1940’s:

Note that the car in the middle has a Florida tag starting with a 9 … that means that the car was registered in Escambia County Florida which is Pensacola.  Up until the 1970’s sometime. the first ten counties ranked by population ( Miami was 1 ) were assigned a number … so Escambia County was the 9th largest county in the state of Florida, ranked by population.  The tags on the other cars look to be Alabama license plate, which I know nothing about.  Now the image I made several weeks ago:

You can almost feel the presence of Hiram ” Hank ” Williams leaning up against the light post out front.  I have read several biographies of Hank Williams recently and it is very interesting reading about the music industry during this time in the 1940’s and early 1950’s.  I have a story about my father meeting Hank Williams and making his photograph in Pensacola that I will share with you when I post somethings from his house in Georgiana.  Stay tuned …

Written by Frank Hardy

May 19, 2011 at 8:07 am