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Main Street Trolley

Main street! How often as a young man did those words cross my mind. Main street was for me a dreamy, idyllic destination like some foreign country one reads of and thinks of often, but rarely gets to visit. A place where we as children would go to on Saturdays aboard bicycles that fairly flew as we peddled down the dusty city streets towards our destinations.

Main street was a place of activity, a place of delights that stirred the imagination of every child: a five-and-dime held the opportunity for a foot long bag of popcorn that could be bought for a nickel; a barber shop that was a gathering place for the old men of the village whose stories filled the air like a gentle aroma of days gone by. And of course everywhere were the townspeople – full of the buoyant energy of a day in town, ready to swap yarns and share a chuckle or two.

In my Main Street Memories Collection, I celebrate the main streets of my imagination. Places where trolley cars clang, movie matinees await us, and a celebration is always in progress. These are the places where people gather to do their business and share the activities of a more simple ear. I hope you’ll meet me on main street!

  • The Placerville, California tetrad was coined as the Gold Country SeriesMain Street Celebration, Main Street Courthouse, Main Street Matinee, and Main Street Trolley.
  • The trolley’s number in Main Street Trolley is 5282 as a tribute to Thomas Kinkade and his wife Nanette’s wedding date. A store sign on the left proudly displays “Nanette K,” while Thom is hailing the trolley.
  • Thom and Nanette are also hiding from the rain and from the viewer’s eye in Main Street Trolley – they are located on the left-hand side of the composition under the blue and red awning with the initials “H.E.S.”
  • Main Street Trolley was originally entitled Nevada City, 1922.
Title Main Street Trolley
Published June 1995
Subject Location Nevada City, California
Collection Main Street Memories IV

Image Size

18" x 27"

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