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Jimmy Price Studios operated in Columbia, South Carolina during the mid-twentieth century. A transplant to Columbia from Raleigh, N.C., Jimmy Price worked as a staff photographer for the Columbia Record. He photographed a variety of subjects such as social events, business meetings, advertising displays, sporting events and accidents. The photographs in this collection were taken between the years 1954 - 1963.

 

 

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About Jimmy Price

Marion John “Jimmy” Price operated Jimmy Price Studios in Columbia, S.C. from 1940 until his death in 1960 at age 44. Born in Raleigh, N.C., Price moved to Columbia in 1935 and worked at the Charles Old photography studio until he opened his own. He was also a staff photographer for the Columbia Record newspaper for several years. As a news photographer and in his private business he captured many varied events such as parades, business meetings, accidents, sporting events, floods, weddings, crime scenes, and high school dances.

Price was also a pilot and flew his Globe Swift plane from Owen’s Field on many aerial photography missions. Price served as a Major in the Civil Air Patrol stationed at Owen’s Field. He worked as a radio operator and as a fingerprinting expert for the SC Highway Department. In 1954 he ran for Richland County Coroner, though he was defeated. He married Sadie Lou Martin, and they raised two children in the Edgewood section of Columbia.

 

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