remax advantage realtors: Robertson's Drug Store. Old postcard. Searcy AR. Historic picture. - 07/31/20 06:21 AM

Almost priceless picture of downtown Searcy AR landmark.
On ebay right now, priced at $23.75, is this wonderful postcard of the original  Robertson's Drug Store (now operated as Quattlebaum Music) in downtown Searcy AR.  It was established in 1860, according to the card.  I seem to have put this building up several times in this blog history.  Here's another view of it .
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And check out this one that has a closer view of the window on the side.  
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remax advantage realtors: When phone calls were NOT free! 1954 price page. Phone book. - 07/28/20 01:44 PM

1954 Phone call prices from Searcy AR
Our kids today think phone calls are free.  And they are.  They can talk for hours on their cell phones.  Let's educate them by saying phone calls were once very expensive.  Check this phone book page.  You live in Searcy AR.  You have a friend in Little Rock.  You want to call the friend.  If you call station-to-station it is cheaper.....3 minutes for 50 cents!  If you want to call person-to-person (which means if you don't get the person you don't have to pay)  it is 80 cents for the 3 minutes.  Plus tax will … (11 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Searcy AR memory. Prince Gardner Leather Co. Billfolds available soon. - 07/21/20 11:59 AM
 

More Searcy AR Memories.....Prince Gardner Leather Company?
Coming up in a few days is another estate sale being done by my daughter who owns VSmith Estate Sales.  And here she pulls out more great Searcy history.  The pictured items above came from Prince Gardner Leather Company and the leather items were owned by a person who worked there for many years.  My understanding is that when International Shoe Company (located on S Main) closed it became home to a leather company in the building.  Searcy Sleuths may have to give more information on how it operated but by seeing these leather goods, … (6 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Found! A Treasure! Dusk to Dawn Searcy AR Historic Street Lamp Post. - 05/30/20 11:22 AM

And this treasure could be yours!
While listing a house at 2405 Brittany Lane in Searcy AR I noticed this georgous lamp post in the front yard.  I said, "Surely that is not one of the historic street lamp posts from Searcy!"  The owner replied that it is.  He bought it when Searcy had removed them.  He is the type who can do anything so he put it in his front yard with underground wiring that turns it on at dusk and off at dawn!    And he has kept it in perfect condition throughout the years.  He wishes he could take … (10 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Don't fence me in! Tree vs. Fence. Years long battle. - 05/06/20 12:49 PM

Fence  vs. Tree?
Chain link fences are wonderful because they don't have to be painted, don't rot, don't have termites and seem to last forever.  But this one seems to have found a formidable foe.  I found this site at a listing today and thought it very interesting because of the time it has had to take to get to this stage.
The tree was probably pretty big when the fence was put in because no one would plan a problem like this.  So the tree kept growing, the fence stayed solid.......until......this situation.  It's a tough battle but I think I am betting … (8 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Remember? Searcy AR Beautification? A few years ago? Large planters? - 05/01/20 05:13 AM

Think back, Searcy folks.....
Several years ago, and I can't remember how many, the streets of downtown Searcy AR had lots of these great big planters filled with flowers.  I had the good fortune a few days ago to become the owner of four of them that were once used by a prominent downtown merchant.  The business was large enough to need four to put in front of the store.  They needed a little power washing and now they look beautiful.
They are obviously made of some tough plastic to still be in good shape.  An inscription says Valley View Specialties, Crestwood ILL.
Now … (7 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Searcy AR filling station Exxon. Where was it? Gone now. - 04/04/20 10:12 AM

Here's a challenge, Searcy Sleuths!
While we are spending most of our time at home looking for things to do, we perhaps look back through old memory books or files saved.  I was doing just that when this lovely photograph fell out of the book.  I thought I knew exactly where it was.  Folks from Searcy will probably remember the old root beer restaurant which was behind a filling station on East Race.  I remembered a big white house on the same block and just knew this station was beside the house.
So I drove by to prove I was right.  WRONG!  From … (15 comments)

remax advantage realtors: How to survive quarantine? Memory Lane. Rumford Complete Cook Book. - 03/25/20 07:13 AM

Quarantined?  Survival techique.
So we are confined to our homes.  We get hungry because we have time to think of food.  My mind started thinking of old-fashioned chocolate fudge.....home made, of course.  That made me think that my mother's old cookbook might have a recipe for it.
Here you see my mother's old cook book.  There, written in the back, was a recipe!  It was noted that it came from Ethelle Hardy, a friend who lived next door.  As a child, I loved that lady!  The old book was a 1948 edition and had been published since 1908 and as you can see, … (20 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Sears was good to us! Toilet paper shortage. Mail order catalogs. - 03/23/20 07:38 AM

Check out the toilet paper of yesterday.
This shortage of toilet paper makes the older generation chuckle because today's generation has no memory of the toilet paper of yesteryear.  I happen to have these old catalogs saved for some reason and they could be useful again!  
If you check the history of today's toilet paper you will learn that when toilet paper was first produced the buyers refused to purchase it.  Why should they? 
Sears sent out so much free paper in their catalogs that there was no reason to spend money.  They sent Christmas books, Home books and the clothing magazines that … (13 comments)

remax advantage realtors: One-upped! Dang! Her barn makes my barn look cheap! Louden Barn. - 03/21/20 07:39 AM

My daugher, Valerie Canepa, and I, a team, were fortunate to be listing country properties on the same day.  We went in different directions and put the listings on MLS on the same day.  My listing is great with 5 acres at 260 Oak Forrest Road in Searcy AR.  (Check it out on the internet.  MLS #20009479. Nice house, shop, fenced, and a scenic old barn that even has a chicken pen.)  
Here's the picture of my scenic barn!!!
What was her barn like?  See the first picture again.  Her barn is part of her listing at Pangburn AR at 379 Highway 124 … (5 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Feeling guilty as I ate the Coke cookie. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Searcy - 02/12/20 10:04 AM

Coke revisited in Searcy AR
I ate a beautiful cookie and felt guilty as I did because it was SO pretty.  They were being given to guests who visited the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Open House in downtown Searcy AR on 2/11/2020.  In years past the building (owned now by Sowell's Furniture) was an official Coke bottling Company and located at 210 W. Arch.  Here's another picture.  It was called The Syrup Room.  What's a syrup room?  Searcy Sleuths needed.
The old company has been remodeled and made into offices for rentals but lots of the old building is still highly visible.  The stairs … (4 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Newspaper picture. 1964. Lana Duncan. We used to love newspapers. - 01/06/20 10:28 AM

Homecoming Royalty in Searcy Arkansas
How thrilled folks were, way back then, to have their pictures in the newspaper.  This old clipping has spent many years in an attic or two (date is somewhere around 1964) so it is probably not as clear as we'd like it to be.  But it is good that the names are printed below the picture.
The little boy with his hands in his pockets still lives in Searcy and owns Quattlebaum Surveying.  The little girl also lives in Searcy and is my step-daughter.  Aren't they adorable?   
It is kinda sad that the newspaper business has declined and … (13 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Boy in tree. Fancy photography? How'd they do that? Christmas tree? - 12/31/19 07:46 AM

WOW!
How did they get the picture to look like this?  This was a long time ago, approximately in the 70's, when no one had tricky cell phones that do amazing things.  The young man was in the tree and another young man took the picture.  I stumbled upon it the other day and was once again stunned that this picture was made right in my own front yard by my own kids!  Looks like a snow covered tree in the still of the night....which it was not.  
It is worth seeing again.
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remax advantage realtors: Cute card? Too naughty? Advertisement for C&C Super soft drink. - 12/29/19 10:25 AM

What a cute card.  It certainly makes you take notice!
This old card is from 1954 and has a calendar on the back.  The front, as you can see, reads "There is a difference IN SOFT DRINKS TRY C & C SUPER in the Sanitary Cap Top Can."
The back of the card says, "IT'S 'SUPER' all year 'round."  Then there is a calendar for the year.  I assume this would have been to keep in your wallet in case you needed to check a date.
I think it is a clever little advertisement but would it be acceptable today?  
 
 
 
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remax advantage realtors: Smokin' Santa! Politically incorrect? Santa with pipe. - 12/16/19 06:12 AM

Santa is Smokin'!
In more than one way.  He is wide-eyed and ready to jump in the sleigh.....PLUS.....he is smoking a pipe!  I collect Santas in a small way and got this one from an estate sale a few days ago.  I didn't think much about what he was doing but once I put him in the herd, he stood out in the second way.  HE IS SMOKING A PIPE!
Now many years ago, that would have been fine but in today's world, Santa would never smoke!  He is now politically incorrect!  Little kids could be influenced by our jolly-good-fellow's smoking.  
Should I dump … (11 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Beloved bicycles. Did you have one? Old pictures. - 11/29/19 11:42 AM

Beloved bicycles.
I love old pictures as readers know.  I also can't understand why some families don't cherish their old snapshots of family.  The top picture above is an unknown person......cast aside by family who didn't want the old photos.  He seems to be so proud of his bicycle and it, as my husband says, was a NICE bicycle.
The second picture above is a picture of my husband and his sister and his little brother.  With bikes!  The bike that he is beside was not a nice bike, as he remembers it.  If you look closely at his right leg you will … (11 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Strange!! Camel cigarettes? Lighter? Coffee cup with pretty lady? - 11/13/19 11:39 AM
So what does this mean?
I found this picture at an estate sale.  There were other pictures of the same lady with normal snapshots taken outside the house.  So you could see that a picture had been cropped so that it was placed in this coffee cup.  But WHY was she in the coffee cup.  Was Camel Cigarettes paying her to advertise?  There appears to be a man's hand holding the cigarette (actually smoking it because you can see smoke) and the cigarette lighter is on the table.  Perhaps it was a romantic thing with his saying that she was all he … (6 comments)

remax advantage realtors: 25" waist? What happened to it? 1949 movie On The Town. - 11/09/19 07:34 AM
 
25" waist? 
Turner Classic Movies has become a favorite place for me to go after a tiring day in the real estate world.  One that I am watching now is "On the Town" which was done in 1949.  It's a musical and the female stars had short hair and longer dresses.  All of a sudden the star above came out with what had to be a 25" waistline.  
 
And then, all of another sudden, I remembered the Home Ec class that all the girls in the tiny school that I attended were taught sewing, cooking, and all things feminine.  The teacher stressed that … (12 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Pangburn. 1st grade. 1929-30. Historic photo. Love it! - 11/06/19 08:36 AM

I love this picture!  It is part of the Dale VanPatten collection of pictures and historic documents.  I like the old house in the background, the kids looking so well-behaved, and the teacher standing beside the group.
The old style-thing shows up again.  Girl's hair style was short-hair-with-bangs straight across the forehead.  The 8th girl on back row (left to right) reminds me of me because she is taller than most kids, has serious scared look, and would never be a trouble maker!  Boys mostly had overalls.  Some had bare feet.
Also look at girls 6 and 9, back row.  They have faces … (6 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Plaza Theatre Searcy AR Searcy High Band with names! 1936 - 10/29/19 11:27 AM

We have published the old Plaza Theatre picture before but this time it has the names of the band members.  I have always loved the looks of the building and the perfect way all the band members are sitting and standing.  The sign to the right on another street says, "Varner's Cleaners & Tailors.  We clean everything.  Phone 81."   Movies were HIGH WIDE AND HANDSOME, EBB-TIDE, and DOUBLE OR NOTHING.
The picture was taken by Faucett-Hogue Photo Co of Litle Rock, ARK and was loaned to me for this blog by Shirley Baugh of Searcy.  I believe it was saved by the … (9 comments)

 
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