Look around. You'll see lots of these little offices, some still used. Old car lots.

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This little building on Hwy 31 South in Beebe Arkansas stands out as you drive by because it is still labeled as the location for a car lot.  It is showing drastic age blemishes but it sure can bring back memories.

Old office of car lot Beebe AR

There were lots of these little frame buildings and not just for car lots.  We have one from Noble's Motel in Searcy AR.

Noble's Motel Searcy AR

Here's another one that lurks along Main Street.

Old car lot

All of these memories made me want to post this old family picture.  Sleuths will identify the people in the photo if they know them.  But the little building was the beginning of a new family-owned car lot.  This one was located in the lot beside a big old house with a big old tree! 

Duncan's first car lot

For some reason I could not upload this photo which had been scanned and was a much better photo.  Day in and day out I tried.  Today I just took a picture of the picture and here it is.  Geesh....who can figure out all the complexities of computers and digital images and uploads and our new fast-paced world. But I'm glad I'm able to live in it!!!

 

 

 

 

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Debbie Wantulok

Well, my post for this ended up on the post before this...for some reason I was about to type and ...ooops!...there went the pics...you are right...but we are surviving...it is nice to be a survivor...

Anyway, I was wondering about those little houses the phone company used to put around too...I don't know if they still have them anymore down here...all the ones I knew of  are gone...when we traveled up north they still had some but didn't look like they were being used.  I used to think they would be nice to have to set up your sewing room so that you would be away from everything else when you were crafting...but I do like the buildings with the gables...I think these are all much larger than the ones that I remember.

I really like that ladies outfit in the picture...be sure and post the date along with the names...

Feb 21, 2012 07:37 AM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Debbie, I answered you on the other blog and told you I don't know what those buildings look like and if you can put them in a sewing room they must be similar to the "outhouses" that were so often found in the South.  Date should be around the late 40's I think.  I love seeing the old slender waistlines like she had.

Feb 21, 2012 08:54 AM #2
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Anita Fuller

Shall I be the first Sleuth to name Vernon "Po-Dunk" and Winnie Duncan?   

Thank you, Barbara, for (finally) moving on from the Cookie Basket!!!

Feb 21, 2012 10:31 PM #3
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Little Rock, AR

I figured it was some of the Duncan clan but didn't know who.

I bet Debbie is talking about small Telephone Exchange Buildings like this one.

 

Telephone Exchange Building

 

They house telephone switches for routing calls. These little buildings put the switch board operators out of business.

Feb 22, 2012 03:32 AM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, I was handicapped by the picture upload devil.  For awhile, I thought I had to retire from the blogging business.

And thanks, Anita, for recognizing the Duncans.  It was V. W. and Wyndelene.  They had a picture-taking session, I think, because there are several pictures of relatives, etc., made in the front of this building.  Seems I have used some of them before.

Mary, that was his saying and I believe it was on the sign!

Don, those would have been neat little houses and I'll bet that is what Debbie was talking about.  My daughter pointed out an article about tiny houses recently.  The house was about this size but plush little things.

Feb 22, 2012 10:08 AM #5
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Little Rock, AR

Speaking of little houses. This is a "playhouse" in my daughter's back yard. I call it the Hansel Gretel house. This house has a working fireplace and an upstairs.

Paula and Hansel Gretel House

Here's the interior showing the fireplace and stairs. I was told that the previous owner who built this house allowed his daughter to live in it when she returned home in her twenties.

Interior

Feb 22, 2012 10:42 PM #6
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Luke Jones
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The Daily Citizen office on Race Street is actually an old car lot. Volkswagen, I think. For some reason the Citizen left downtown for that space some time in the 1970s. The place is in pretty sad shape now and it has more space than they need since they stopped printing their own papers. There are a bunch of old print machines in the back and empty oil barrels and stuff.

Feb 23, 2012 02:30 AM #7
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Don, I'd call that playhouse overkill, wouldn't you.  They sure knew how to spoil a kid!!  LOL

Luke, I actually remember when that was the Volkswagen place and when the Citizen moved.  In face, there was a publisher out there a few years ago who invited a group to tour the place and I saw the big old printing presses in action.  It was very impressive and I felt I learned a lot.  Too bad all I learned is now not relevant.

Feb 23, 2012 02:36 AM #8
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Debbie Wantulok

Mr. Don:  First - That's right about those telephone buildings. But the ones I'm familiar with were brick and usually there was one person working, at least part-time.  My Aunt used to go and trip for them on occassion.  I thought they were the perfect size for a craft building.

Second:  HELLO!  What a play house!  (Luke says, "COOL!")  I should say a person could live in that.  I want one of those!  But only if it comes with a maid...ha!  It would look nice in our backyard though...right Ms. Barbara?

Remember Luke:  He is running fever today and not feeling well...later!

Feb 23, 2012 05:51 AM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Debbie, it must have been a boring job in one of those little buildings and there was probably only room for one person.  What does it mean, "My Aunt used to go and trip for them"?  Is that a northern term for substitute?

Take care of Little Luke!!

Feb 23, 2012 09:22 PM #10
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Debbie Wantulok

Oh, I imagine it was a boring job and that question is absolutely a guess.  I went a couple of times and the best answer I can give is that they literally flip a switch.  I guess a good number of my family worked with the phone company, SWB.  My mom did til I was born, so I'm told.  I went more often with my Aunt that worked downtown.  I sat at a desk that looked like an old operators switchboard with lights and cords and she would go through rows of equiptment without coverings that looked like a huge library, they even had a rolling ladder - ha!  Well, then all she appeared to do was to flip a switch - smiles!  So I have always assumed that is what the term was referring too but who ever knows.  I'm sure the job was  more complicated than that but to a kid it looked that simple.  Wish all our jobs in life were that easy. 

Luke is on the couch with tissues, clear soda, balloons, movies, his favorite cover and a diet of chicken soup and sweet rolls.  Thanks for remembering him...keep him in your prayers.

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