Monday, December 04, 2006

We were all winners!

This photograph was taken in 1952 at Miss Alexander’s Pet Show (John Milliken’s home on South Main Street) in Monroe, North Carolina. Even though, we were six and seven years old at the time, I can readily identify four of our classmates in this picture. Can you name those classmates? Maybe you recognize others?

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Mr John Gulledge, we have a series of eight of these pet show pictures in our collection. There are prize winning dolls, dogs, birds, ponies and maybe a cat or two in the trees.

I’ll post these pet show pictures periodically over the next seven to ten days. So, check back often. If you’re not familiar with Miss Ollie Alexander’s Pet Shows, you owe it to yourself to learn more about them – See Nita Wall / May 2004.

If you would like to save these pictures to your desktop, you may do so. Click here or on the picture to enlarge it. Right click on the enlarged picture and left click on “save picture as”.

If my memory serves me correctly, there were blue ribbons, red ribbons, white ribbons and possibly more. Ribbon colors were important in those days. Ribbon colors were a measure of success. Fifty-four years later, those colors have faded away revealing the true secret – each and every one of us walked away from that pet show with a ribbon and as a winner.

If you have other pet show pictures, ribbons, stories, memories - I encourage you to share them with us here or email them to


At 9:29 AM, December 04, 2006, Blogger Mary Eda said...

The Pet and Doll Show!!!

Now, don't be surprised that I'm one of the first to jump in with a comment....
Some of us recently were discussing those pet & doll show fun times, trying so hard to remember details.

I've never seen ANY photos, and was just thrilled to see this one pop up..........(and to learn that there are more).
All that had existed in my mind was fuzzy memories of dogs, the excitement of seeing a REAL parrot (Didn't "Dick & Jane" have a parrott???), and entering my doll in the doll contest for several years.

Maybe I'm in there somewhere, but that's Tommy Desio, for sure.......front/left end.
And, Sara Catherine Flow/ front row, about 5 or 6 little girls on over from Tommy??

Thanks so much to John Gulledge, Nita Wall......and you, Mystery Blogger! Wonderful memories.

At 10:04 AM, December 04, 2006, Blogger Mystery Blogger said...

Mary Eda,

You're right on those two but you actually missed your own picture. You are on the left side, 4th one up. Look for the hair bow.

Also, even though she's looking down and you cannot see her face - who is that standing directly beside you (on your left)? If you need help with this one, go to the first grade picture I posted on September 11 and look for the curly hair. Come on now - you can do this - she's one of your all-time favorite friends.

And, there's another one on the back row. Don't leave "him" out.

At 10:20 AM, December 28, 2006, Blogger Margaret Broome said...

Lenore Howie Sikes, when shown this picture, exclaimed, "That's Lydia Stewart's parrot!" Miss Stewart taught 5th grade for a lot of years at John D. Hodges and may have been retired when your class got to 5th grade. Or maybe not!

At 7:32 AM, December 30, 2006, Blogger Susan Wellborn said...

Margaret, Miss Stewart was, indeed, still around when we hit 5th grade and I was lucky enough to have her. Wonderful teacher! She also taught us how to play the harmonica.


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