|Label Collector Charles Woods|
I told a few people that my next story would be about a local man who collects labels from tomato cans. Most of those people looked perplexed. Their eyes had that sort of, "Slow news day?" look.
Not at all.
I love this story. It's colorful both in terms of the personality of the collector and the items he collects. It's rare, if not unique, and it gives us a look at a time and place that we might never have thought about, if not for Charlie Woods and his 10,000 labels.
That's what I've always wanted John Carlin's Virginia to be. We hear enough about high tech entrepreneurs. We hear too much about Hollywood's latest darlings and scandals. There's too much about the latest car accidents and this week -- the terrible sinking of a cruise ship. Why not take a few minutes to see what one man has turned into a passion?
|The artwork is beautiful.|
In addition, Charlie knows the personal stories behind many of these labels. Like the one about a soldier who wrote home that the tomatoes he ate overseas came from the local cannery and made him think of home.
|A Boones Mill area cannery|
|Note spelling of Cahays vs."Cahas" and no "s" on Boones Mill.|
|A cannery near Goode, Va.|