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RVA Legends — G. & A. Bargamin

A look into the history of Richmond places and people that have disappeared from our landscape.

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[IOR] — G & A Bargamin — 907 East Main Street, circa 1886

907 East Main Street

The industrial suppliers with everything.

(Library of Congress) — Beers Illustrated Atlas of the Cities of Richmond & Manchester, 1877 — Plate K — showing occupancy at 907 by B & A Bargamin Jr.

(Library of Congress) — Beers Illustrated Atlas of the Cities of Richmond & Manchester, 1877 — Plate K — showing occupancy at 907 by B & A Bargamin Jr.

Manufacturers and Wholesale Dealers in Machinist, Plumbers and Saw-mill supplies, 907 East Main Street. This is indeed a representative establishment, being the oldest and largest of its kind in the South. It was founded in 1817, by A. Bargamin, Esq., who was succeeded in 1846 by his sons, George and Anthony Bargamin, under the present firm style.

(Find A Grave) — Anthony Bargamin

(Find A Grave) — Anthony Bargamin

Geo. Bargamin died in 1882, leaving his interest to his wife, and the business continued, without interruption, making but one actual change (the natural descent from father to sons,) in nearly seventy years, and one change in location, and that on the same block.

[IOR] — G & A Bargamin — 907 East Main Street, circa 1886 — full view

[IOR] — G & A Bargamin — 907 East Main Street, circa 1886 — full view

The business 1817 was exceedingly small, but has steadily increased every year until it has attained its present proportions. A gentleman, well posted in this line of business, recently made a business tour North, and remarked on his return, that he had not seen as fine a stock of goods in any house in their line in Baltimore, Philadelphia or New York, as he saw here.

(Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History) — an illustration of the Gresham Automatic Injector, available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

(Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History) — an illustration of the Gresham Automatic Injector, available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

They employ about twenty-five skilled mechanics, and manufacture principally Plumbers specialties, but are also the sole manufacturers of the celebrated Mica Disc Globe Valves, which are acknowledged to be the best and cheapest made for steam I or water. They have agencies for the sale of these valves in all of the principal cities North, South, East and West, and the demand for them is so great as to tax them to their utmust ability to supply it.

(GeoHistory Resources) — Reading Bolt and Nut Works, product available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

(GeoHistory Resources) — Reading Bolt and Nut Works, products available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

One of their drummers, on his last trip South, reported the remarkable fact, that he took an order for these valves from every steam-fitter he showed his samples to without a single exception.

(EBay) — postcard for Hoyt Belt Company, product available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

(EBay) — postcard for Hoyt Belt Company, products available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

They are also sole agents for Hoyt’s Leather Belting, A. M. Byers & Nuts and Rivets, Co.’s Wrought Iron Pipe, J. H. Sternbergh’s Bolts, the Gresham Automatic Injector, Eclipse Hydrants and Street Washers, Alexander Water Closets, and a great many other articles too numerous to mention.

[PAH] — globe valve

[PAH] — globe valve

They have the most complete stock of Beer pumps, fixtures, &c , in the country, and have a special illustrated catalogue of this branch alone. Their regular Catalogue is one of the largest and finest published in the South. It contains nearly 200 pages, and nearly 800 illustrations. [IOR]

December 2019 — showing former G & A Bargamin location today

December 2019 — showing former G & A Bargamin location today

This being the southeast corner of Ninth & Main, we know how this story goes. Anthony Bargamin died in 1909, and in 1912 a substantial portion of this corner of the block was taken over by the enormous Mutual Building.

(G & A Bargamin is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


Print Sources

  • [IOR] Industries of Richmond. James P. Wood. 1886.
  • [PAH] Pumps and Hydraulics, Part 1 (of 2). William Rogers. 1905.

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Senate advances bill allowing transgender people to change birth certificate

The Senate passed a bill earlier this week that would allow a person who changed their sex to have a new birth certificate issued, something that the transgender community said will help eliminate problems experienced when their legal identification doesn’t match their transition.

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By Rodney Robinson

The Senate passed a bill earlier this week that would allow a person who changed their sex to have a new birth certificate issued, something that the transgender community said will help eliminate problems experienced when their legal identification doesn’t match their transition.

Senate Bill 657 would allow a person to receive a new birth certificate to reflect a change of sex, without the requirement of surgery. The individual seeking a new birth certificate also may list a new name if they provide a certified copy of a court order of the name change.

“I just think it’s important to try to make life easier for people without being discriminated [against] or bullied,” said Sen. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax. “Allowing an individual who is transgender to change their birth certificate without having to go through the full surgery allows them to live the life that they are due to have.”

The bill requires proof from a health care provider that the individual went through “clinically appropriate treatment for gender transition.” The assessment and treatment, according to Boysko’s office, is up to the medical provider. There is not a specific standard approach for an individual’s transition. Treatment could include any of the following: counseling, hormone therapy, sex reassignment surgery, or a patient-specific approach from the medical provider.

A similar process is required to obtain a passport after a change of sex, according to the State Department.

Once the paperwork is complete, it is submitted to the Virginia Department of Health vital records department, Boysko said.

Boysko said her constituents have reported issues when they need to show legal documents in situations like leasing apartments, opening a bank account or applying for jobs.

This is the third year that Boysko has introduced the bill. Neither bill made it out of subcommittee in previous years, but Boysko believes the bill has a better chance of becoming law this year.

“I believe that we have a more open and accepting General Assembly then we’ve had in the past, where people are more comfortable working with the LGBTQ community and have expressed more of an interest in addressing some of these long-overdue changes,” Boysko said.

Vee Lamneck, executive director of Equality Virginia, a group that advocates for LGBTQ equality, said the organization is “really pleased that this bill is moving through.”

“This bill is really important for the transgender community,” Lamneck said. “Right now many transgendered people do not have identity documents … this is really problematic when people apply for jobs or try to open a bank account.”

There are 22 other states in America that have adopted legislation similar to this, including the District of Columbia, Boysko said. The senator said that “it’s time for Virginia to move forward and be the 23rd state.”

The Senate also passed Tuesday Boysko’s bill requiring the Department of Education to develop policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools, along with bill outlawing conversion therapy with any person under 18 years of age.

The bills now advance to the House, where they must pass before heading to the governor’s desk.

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Voices from Richmond’s Hidden Epidemic Opens

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From the Valentine:

Voices from Richmond’s Hidden Epidemic, a new exhibition opening on January 23, will feature oral histories and black-and-white photographic portraits, focusing on the personal stories of those affected by HIV/AIDS in Richmond.

Richmond’s rate of HIV infection, currently ranked 19thnationally, is exacerbated by high concentrations of poverty, lack of sex education in public schools and the continuing opioid epidemic. Despite years of medical and social progress, misconceptions about HIV/AIDS persist today.

While Americans on average have a one-in-99 chance of contracting HIV over the course of their lifetime, the odds for a gay black man are one in two. Black women have a rate of HIV infection 17.6 times that of white women. In fact, in Richmond, women make up a quarter of new HIV diagnoses.

Laura Browder and Patricia Herrera, both professors at the University of Richmond, collected 30 oral histories in an effort to put faces to these surprising statistics.

“The process has transformed our understanding not only of the epidemic, but more broadly of the way people can turn what one assumes to be a life-destroying event into an opportunity for making change,” said Herrera.“Many of the people we met lived lives charged with purpose—including, most urgently, to prevent others from becoming infected with the virus.”

“Most people outside of the public health community think that HIV is a disease that primarily affects gay, white men. We learned how far from the reality that is,” Browder continued. “The people represented in the exhibition include great-grandmothers, undocumented immigrants, college professors, church deacons and transgendered people. They include public health officials, HIV educators, medical providers, activists, and those who have lost loved ones to HIV.”

Local photographer Michael Simon produced the black-and-white portraits that communicate share the trials and triumphs of each person featured in Voices.

Rodney Lofton, August 2018 – Photographed by Michael Simon for the Voices from Richmond’s Hidden Epidemic

“These stories and these portraits are important to all of us,” said Simon. “These people are members of our community. They are friends and family and we need to remember that we are all in this fight together.”

 

“Featuring the powerful oral histories collected by Laura and Patricia and Michael’s phenomenal photography, we hope this exhibition contributes to an important ongoing discussion about the true impact of HIV/AIDS on the Richmond community,” Valentine Director Bill Martin said. 

 

In coordination with the exhibition opening, Nationz Foundation, a local non-profit providing education, information and programming related to HIV, will be conducting free on-site HIV testing noon to 4 p. m. on Thursday, January 23 at the Valentine.

 

“Nationz Foundation is excited to partner with the Valentine Museum during the Voices exhibit!” said Nationz Foundation Executive Director Zakia McKensey. “It is extremely important to get tested. Knowing your status is one sure way to prevent the spread of the infection. We will be on site providing Rapid HIV testing for free, so please stop by and get your results in 60 seconds.”

 

Voices from Richmond’s Hidden Epidemic will be on display through May 25, 2020.

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ReRunner Clothing Drive at Quirk

A chance to help others and declutter your closet all this week at Quirk.

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The good folks at Quirk Hotel (201 W Broad Street) are hosting a clothing drive this week.

From Jan. 20-26, people can drop off their gently used clothing and shoes to the Quirk hotel lobby, and they will get 10% discount at Maple & Pine and ReRunner. As an added bonus tonight Wednesday, January 22nd, from 4-6 pm there will be a Happy Hour at Quirk for people to drop off clothes, mingle and a portion of drinks will go to benefit Goodwill.

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