John Cofield

Published on February 1st, 2023 | by John Cofield


John Cofield’s Photo of the Week: “Oxford Motor Company, 1949”

The high school band parades up Van Buren Avenue past Oxford Motor Company in this 1949 shot by J. R. Cofield.  A generation later and the people standing on that sidewalk would have seen the Cofields running Van Buren then headed into that building and into our favorite business in all of OxfordPurvis’ Recreation Center, the pool hall. Still stepping down another generation and today’s Cofields walking Van Buren are Library Sports Bar bound. By this time in small town Oxford’s history, almost all the buildings on and around The Square hold interesting memories.

*Purvis’s sign photograph: Keith Gore Wiseman

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John Cofield grew up in Oxford. He is a local historian and author. John is the son of renowned University photographer, Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J. R. "Colonel" Cofield, was William Faulkner's personal photographer, and for decades was Ole Miss annual photographer. Four generations of the Cofield family have contributed to Oxford's pictorial history.

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