Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Pet Show 2

Reference emailed comments I’ve received concerning the “excellent quality” of John Gulledge’s photographs – Actually, these are not scans of old photographs. John used a “digital negative scanner” totally eliminating the “paper process altogether” – both expensive and time consuming! I’m certain each and every one of us is appreciative of John’s efforts and abilities. Thank you, John.

Thanks also to Margaret Broome, for helping us put names to the faces in the Pet Show picture below. Those of you who read the wording under the Sears’ picture, already know Margaret is a graduate of MHS ’59. She is also the sister of Sam McGuirt (MHS ’55) “winningest quarterback ever” at Monroe High School (Walter Bickett) under Coach Jaynes. Also a sister to John – right many of us know John McGuirt (MHS '61).

It’s no secret. Everyone knows about those old photographs you have stashed in your dresser drawer. So, why not pull them out, dust them off, scan them in, and share them with us?

Miss Ollie Alexander's Pet Show - Year 1952
Click here or on the picture above to enlarge.


At 5:58 PM, December 05, 2006, Blogger Margaret Broome said...

The class of '59 is prominent in this picture, too. The little girl next to the seated girl is Becky Hargett. The "foursome" standing in the middle of the picture are Ann Everett, Patricia Sutton, Mary Elizabeth Efird, and Salie Smith. I'm not sure, but I think the next little girl is Frances Marsh, class of '60.

At 6:42 PM, December 05, 2006, Blogger Mary Eda said...

Question for Mystery Blogger...or John Gulledge: any idea of the year on this? (I'm guessing that with the negative process, no dates are actually on the negative?)

Thanks again for your identification efforts, Margaret.....
Do you think the boy with the dog could be Tom Helms (who married Martha House)??.....age group would be between your class of '59 and ours of '63.

Like a time warp, going back and seeing the cigar box and tha stroller.

Thanks, M.B., for the explanation on the photos.....they really are so clear. One of my frustrations with the ones I've rounded up from high school years, is that they're a "faded-looking gray, slightly fuzzy"!

At 7:47 PM, December 05, 2006, Blogger Mystery Blogger said...

Sorry Mary Eda, I'll go back and date the photo - all Pet Show pictures are 1952. I'm hoping you found yourself in that first Pet Show picture. Look for the hair bow. Fact of the matter, I think it's the same hair bow you're wearing in the first grade picture posted on September 11th. Those two pictures (first grade and pet show) were probably taken only a few days apart.

At 8:01 PM, December 05, 2006, Blogger Margaret Broome said...

Mary Eda, I am quite sure it isn't Tommy Helms. I knew him as a little boy, and that's not him. I am closer to suggesting it is Jimmy Keziah, who married Kathy Sell. But I'm not sure of that, either. He looks so familiar, but I just can't quite get it. Maybe in my sleep....

At 8:05 PM, December 05, 2006, Blogger Margaret Broome said...

Oops! Mary Eda, I think the year is closer to 1951. I am sure these pictures of my classmates are when we were in 5th grade. I can tell by Olin's cap, which has an emblem on it that he displayed quite proudly that year. After that, I doubt that we ever went back to the Pet Show - we were too "grown up."

At 9:43 PM, December 05, 2006, Blogger Jim Helms said...

Oh my! It doesn't pay to stay away from this thing more than a couple days.

Tommy Desio - That name brings back a flood of memories! Playing on the rock wall at John D Hodges, jumping out of the big pecan tree on Parker Street with a home-made parachute, the sinking of the USS Huckleberry Hound in the old farm pond on Hayne Street (God!, we both almost drowned in that adventure.)

Thanks Mary Faith, Mary Eda, Margaret, John Gulledge - this is just awesome.

At 11:55 PM, December 05, 2006, Blogger Mary Warshaw said...

Gosh, Jim - your memory is much better than mine. But I do recall that rock wall at JDH. I don't think I jumped off that wall - there were steps :-) My memories of those days are not specific as to classmates or events, but only a few 'stills' of things like waiting out front before school started, playing in the side yard during recess, going through the cafeteria line, sitting in class at big tables instead of desks, and Mrs. Richardson's paddle. I do recall those class trips to Mrs. R's farm with everyone eating and playing on her huge front lawn. Geez - that WAS a long time ago!

At 12:47 AM, December 06, 2006, Blogger Jim Helms said...

Mary Faith,

Tommy and I sewed old bed sheets together and made a homemade parachute. I climbed to the top of a pecan tree and bailed out with Tommy and some other kids cheering me on. The chute failed to deploy. I landed flat on my back - couldn't breathe well for 3 days. I understand the dust cloud was visible a half/mile away.

Later on, we used a couple rolls of duct tape and two 55 gallon barrels to make a submarine - named her the USS Huckleberry Hound - and hauled her on a wagon over to the old farm pond on Hayne Street. I got in, sealed the lid, and set sail. The Hound listed right, took on water, and went straight to the bottom with me trapped inside.

Take my word for it. It's not all that hard to remember these things when you're still nursing scars.

What's more, I’ll always remember Tommy Desio. He was a good guy and a true friend.


At 11:28 AM, December 06, 2006, Blogger Mary Eda said...

Fun finding so many postings today......and so many "stories" from all of you.
Glad I scrolled all the way down, Jim......that first posting about "your Tommy Desio adventures" had me ready to write and ask "Tell us more!" What little dare-devils!

True "Little Rascals" stories, for sure. (And I always thought the ones on tv were a little far-fetched!)

MF...I remember those trips to Mrs Richardson's, too. All her pecan trees! What a great teacher to do field trips like that....with 2nd-graders!


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