Wheeling–the “nail capital of the world”

” the manufacture of cut iron nails became a major element of Wheeling’s economy and Wheeling became known as the ‘nail capital of the world.'”–Our History, City of Wheeling, WV-Home Page

Postmarked August 23, 1958:


Back of Postcard: “Market Street looking north. Extachrome by Jack Taylor”

Playing at the Rex Theatre: Bing Crosby in “Here Comes The Groom” (1951)

Ohio County Public Library:
“Designed by Wheeling architect Edward Bates Franzheim, construction began on the 900-seat Rex Theater in 1914.
WWVA broadcast its weekly live music program, WWVA Jamboree in the Rex Theater from 1962 to 1965.
In later years, it was called the Coronet Theater. It was demolished in 1989 and replaced by one-story expansion structure of Wheeling Office Supply.”

Gone Forever-Wheeling’s Theatres

The Wheeling Jamboree

Postally Unused:


Back of Postcard: “Street scene Wheeling, W. Va.”

Victoria Theatre, 1228 Market Street

West Virginia Tourism:
“First opening its doors in 1904, Victoria Theater is the oldest operating theater in West Virginia. Located in the registered historic market district of Wheeling, the Victoria is a 720 seat Victorian style theater with many Beaux-Arts design influences.
In 1934 the Victoria Theater served for a short period as home to the WWVA Jamboree. Today, the Victoria Theater, also known as the Victoria Vaudeville serves as a venue for live acts.”

West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail

Ohio County Public Library

Postcards part of the Theatre TalkCollection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Private walks also available.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition





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