Chattanooga News-Free Press archive photo. The Dixie Manufacturing Saw Shop was located in the 1700 block of Rossville Avenue in Chattanooga during the 1940s and 1950s. This vintage photo is preserved at

In the 1940s and 1950s, the Dixie Manufacturers' Saw Shop on Rossville Avenue in Chattanooga was buzzing.

A retail outlet offering power-saw and saw-blade sales and service, the South Chattanooga store featured Simonds and McCullouch saws and products made by the Dixie Saw Manufacturers Company.

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Signs on the exterior of the shop touted saws, files and knives for sale inside, and ads highlighted circular saw blades as big as 5 feet in diameter.

This photo from June 1949 was taken by Chattanooga News-Free Press photographer Delmont Wilson as an advertising photo. Identifications for the men in the photo were not provided in the caption.

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According to news reports, A.W. Thorgmartin was the president of the Dixie Manufacturing Saw Shop, which was located on the 1700 block of Rossville Avenue, a few blocks from Main Street. Today, the Rossville Avenue area is occupied by restaurants and other small businesses in the booming Southside district.

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In a news blurb of the period, Thorgmartin was quoted as describing the store as a "first-class repair shop of circular saws and band saws." Other advertising materials said the store catered to the needs of sawmills and woodworking plants.

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