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  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    (Built 1739)
    Postcard
  • 1749 - Storm alters Virginia shoreline
    A hurricane destroys Fort George, site of present Fort Monroe, Va., and creates Willoughby Spit in Norfolk. According to one record, "A sand spit of...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Norfolk
    Norfolk, a city, and port of entry of Norfolk county, Virginia, is situated on the right or N. bank of Elizabeth river, 8 miles from Hampton Roads,...Read MORE...


  • 1861 - April 20 - Battle of Norfolk, VA

    historyorb.com

  • News 1868 - Two large ships are loading at Norfolk, Va., for Liverpool, being the first instance of direct trade since the war.


    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 18, 1868

  • News 1888 - On the 26th the peanut trust, with headquarters at Norfolk, Va., and controlling ninety per cent of the country's product, was dissolved.


    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888

  • News 1889 - A rain-storm on the 6th at Norfolk, Va., submerged the lower portion of the city, causing a loss of $500,000 to business men.


    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 13, 1889

  • 1892 - December 26-28 - An Atlantic coast storm produced a record 18.6 inches of snow at Norfolk, VA, including 17.7 inches in 24 hours.

    The Weather Channel

  • 1895 - Norfolk
    Norfolk, a city and port of entry of Norfolk co., Va., is situated on the right or N. bank of Elizabeth River, 8 miles from Hampton Roads, 32 miles...Read MORE...


  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Ocean View, near Norfolk, Va. Showing Casino Grounds and Leap the Dips.
    Postcard
  • News 1902 - NORFOLK'S DISASTROUS FIRE - Virginia Town Suffered $500,000 Loss in Destruction of Main Hotel and Business Block
    NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 31 — The Atlantic Hotel, the Columbia Office Building, which adjoined the hotel, the Albemarle Flats and a block of stores in the ...Read MORE...


  • News 1905 - NUMBER OF DEAD MAY BE NEAR A HUNDRED. Twelve Bodies Recovered and 75 or 80 Persons Missing in Virginia Wreck.
    Norfolk, Va., Aug 18 - So far only twelve known dead have been taken from the wreck of the Atlantic Coast Line railway's Kingston and Greenville, N....Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Norfolk, an independent city and principal seaport of Virginia, is situated on the right or N. bank of the Elizabeth River, opposite Portsmouth, 3...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - LUMBER PILES AND OIL TANKS SWEPT BY FIRE
    Spark From a Locomotive Started Disastrous Conflagration
    Burning Oil Covers Acres of Property

    NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 20. - The most spectacular fire...Read MORE...


  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Atlantic Hotel, 1907
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Picking Strawberries, 1907
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Cape Henry Light Houses, Old and New
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Hotel Algonquin, 1909
    Postcard
  • News 1910 - November 14 - 1st airplane flight from deck of a ship, Norfolk, Va

    historyorb.com
    November 14, 1910

  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    View of Main St.
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Citizens Bank
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Bank of Commerce Building, 1911
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Norfolk Academy
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Sarah Leigh Hospital
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Pembroke Avenue, Ghent Ward
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Granby Street, Looking South, Norfolk, Va.
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Berkley Bridge
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    U.S. Custom House
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Busy Granby Street
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Main Street, looking West
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Royster Building and Monticello Hotel
    City Hall Av. & Granby St.
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Tom Thumb Golf Course at Ocean View
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Blowing Colors, U.S. Training Station
    Postcard
  • News 1926 - 18 Firemen Injured Blaze Destroys Norfolk Warehouse Filled With Berry Crates.
    [By Associated Press]

    Norfolk, Va., Jan. 31. - Eighteen firemen were injured, none very seriously, and more than 1,000,000 berry baskets and...Read MORE...


  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Hotel Fairfax, Norfolk, Virginia
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    City Hall
    Postcard
  • News 1931 - WATERFRONT FIRE CAUSES DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT $3,000,000
    NORFOLK, Va., June 8. - (AP) - Norfolk spent last night fighting a three million dollar waterfront fire.

    Started by an explosion on an oil barge...Read MORE...


  • 1933 - The Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane moved over Norfolk VA and Washington D.C.
    A tide seven feet above normal flooded businesses in Norfolk, and damage in Maryland was estimated at seventeen million dollars.
    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1939 to 1940 - Aline Black and Melvin Austin go to court to secure equal pay for Black teachers in Norfolk, Virginia.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html

  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Christ Church (Episcopal) A Reproduction of One of England's Famous Churches
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Court House
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    New Greyhound Bus Terminal and Restaurant
    Postcard
  • 1950 - April 2 - WTAR TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com

  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Norfolk's New Auditorium and Recreation Center
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Burroughs' Drive-In Restaurant
    4125 Granby Street
  • Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Flower Beds and Conservatory, City Park, 1954
    Postcard
  • News 1981 - December 28 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr born in Norfolk. She was the 1st American test tube baby.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html
    December 28, 1981

  • 2010 - 11 pirates indicted in Norfolk for attacks on U.S. Navy ships near Somalia

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html



Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Norfolk, Virginia, USA


Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
(Built 1739)
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Ocean View, near Norfolk, Va. Showing Casino Grounds and Leap the Dips.
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Atlantic Hotel, 1907
Postcard



Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Picking Strawberries, 1907
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Cape Henry Light Houses, Old and New
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Hotel Algonquin, 1909
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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View of Main St.
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Citizens Bank
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Bank of Commerce Building, 1911
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Norfolk Academy
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Sarah Leigh Hospital
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Pembroke Avenue, Ghent Ward
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Granby Street, Looking South, Norfolk, Va.
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Berkley Bridge
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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U.S. Custom House
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Busy Granby Street
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Main Street, looking West
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Royster Building and Monticello Hotel
City Hall Av. & Granby St.
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Tom Thumb Golf Course at Ocean View
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Blowing Colors, U.S. Training Station
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Hotel Fairfax, Norfolk, Virginia
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
City Hall
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Christ Church (Episcopal) A Reproduction of One of England's Famous Churches
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Court House
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
New Greyhound Bus Terminal and Restaurant
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Norfolk's New Auditorium and Recreation Center
Postcard

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Pinterest
Burroughs' Drive-In Restaurant
4125 Granby Street

Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Flower Beds and Conservatory, City Park, 1954
Postcard
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History and News of Norfolk, Virginia, USA

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  • 1749 - Storm alters Virginia shoreline
    A hurricane destroys Fort George, site of present Fort Monroe, Va., and creates Willoughby Spit in Norfolk. According to one record, "A sand spit of... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Norfolk
    Norfolk, a city, and port of entry of Norfolk county, Virginia, is situated on the right or N. bank of Elizabeth river, 8 miles from Hampton Roads,... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - April 20 - Battle of Norfolk, VA

    historyorb.com
  • News  1868 - Two large ships are loading at Norfolk, Va., for Liverpool, being the first instance of direct trade since the war.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 18, 1868
  • Historic Postcards of Norfolk, VA


    Historic Postcards of Norfolk, VA (www.youtube.com)
  • News  1888 - On the 26th the peanut trust, with headquarters at Norfolk, Va., and controlling ninety per cent of the country's product, was dissolved.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888
  • News  1889 - A rain-storm on the 6th at Norfolk, Va., submerged the lower portion of the city, causing a loss of $500,000 to business men.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 13, 1889
  • 1892 - December 26-28 - An Atlantic coast storm produced a record 18.6 inches of snow at Norfolk, VA, including 17.7 inches in 24 hours.

    The Weather Channel
  • 1895 - Norfolk
    Norfolk, a city and port of entry of Norfolk co., Va., is situated on the right or N. bank of Elizabeth River, 8 miles from Hampton Roads, 32 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - NORFOLK'S DISASTROUS FIRE - Virginia Town Suffered $500,000 Loss in Destruction of Main Hotel and Business Block
    NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 31 — The Atlantic Hotel, the Columbia Office Building, which adjoined the hotel, the Albemarle Flats and a block of stores in the ... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - NUMBER OF DEAD MAY BE NEAR A HUNDRED. Twelve Bodies Recovered and 75 or 80 Persons Missing in Virginia Wreck.
    Norfolk, Va., Aug 18 - So far only twelve known dead have been taken from the wreck of the Atlantic Coast Line railway's Kingston and Greenville, N.... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Norfolk, an independent city and principal seaport of Virginia, is situated on the right or N. bank of the Elizabeth River, opposite Portsmouth, 3... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - LUMBER PILES AND OIL TANKS SWEPT BY FIRE
    Spark From a Locomotive Started Disastrous Conflagration
    Burning Oil Covers Acres of Property

    NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 20. - The most spectacular fire... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - November 14 - 1st airplane flight from deck of a ship, Norfolk, Va

    historyorb.com
    November 14, 1910
  • News  1926 - 18 Firemen Injured Blaze Destroys Norfolk Warehouse Filled With Berry Crates.
    [By Associated Press]

    Norfolk, Va., Jan. 31. - Eighteen firemen were injured, none very seriously, and more than 1,000,000 berry baskets and... Read MORE...

  • News  1931 - WATERFRONT FIRE CAUSES DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT $3,000,000
    NORFOLK, Va., June 8. - (AP) - Norfolk spent last night fighting a three million dollar waterfront fire.

    Started by an explosion on an oil barge... Read MORE...

  • 1933 - The Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane moved over Norfolk VA and Washington D.C.
    A tide seven feet above normal flooded businesses in Norfolk, and damage in Maryland was estimated at seventeen million dollars.
    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1939 to 1940 - Aline Black and Melvin Austin go to court to secure equal pay for Black teachers in Norfolk, Virginia.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html
  • 1950 - April 2 - WTAR TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com
  • News  1981 - December 28 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr born in Norfolk. She was the 1st American test tube baby.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html
    December 28, 1981
  • 2010 - 11 pirates indicted in Norfolk for attacks on U.S. Navy ships near Somalia

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ virginia.html

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