You wanna see the 50's? Here it is. Beebe AR girl's basketball team.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

So you think the 50's meant poodle skirts?  I grew up in the 50's and never heard of a poodle shirt.

BUT........this picture is a perfect depiction of the 50's.  It is supplied by Super Sleuth Anita Fuller from her personal collection of photos.  These girls made up the junior Beebe AR basketball team in 1951 and 1952.  Anita played for Searcy.  I asked her for a picture of Searcy's team and she had none.  None!  The yearbook did not have a single picture of girl's sports because they were unimportant.  Later on the Searcy Schools eliminated the team completely!   Title IX was one of the greatest things to happen for girls.  It forced schools to recognize that girls were also important and they needed sports and social activity just as much as the boys.  Searcy schools started girl's sport programs again.

But Barbara, stop your rant and tell us about this picture!  Notice the letter sweaters, the saddle oxford shoes with socks, the rolled up jeans, the hair with bangs and it looks as if collared shirts with checks was in style at this setting.  This was the 50's!!

Beebe AR girl's basketball 1951 50's

Anita can probably tell us more about the sweaters that have stripes or stars.  I see one stripe or three. And there are two with stars and stripes!

She does not remember any of the names of these girls.  Chip in if you recognize them.  And now that I am in real estate that house in the background appears to have asbestos siding, another 50's addition, most likely.


Comments (11)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Loved your things have changed!

Nov 25, 2014 05:14 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Very nice, Barbara! 

       This is how it was, in my Mom and Dad's day... not the phony poodle skirt / greasy hair nonsense perpetrated on later generations by TV shows like Happy Days.

Nov 25, 2014 05:23 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Barbara ... great photo and thanks for the view

Nov 25, 2014 06:29 AM
Anita Fuller

First of all: that asbestos house is my beloved l008 W. Arch Street house.

The stripes on the sweaters say that the girl "lettered" in basketball....meaning they played so many quarters. The fact that the 9th grade girls who have 3 stripes means that they were on the team, and lettered.....when they were in the 7th grade. Beebe was really far ahead of Searcy in girls' sports. Other schools that had girls basketball and had for years were Griffithville, Judsonia, Pangburn, West Point, Central, McRae, Garner....and the list goes on. One of the girls was recognized by a friend of mine, she went to Hendrix College, Conway, as did my friend.

Nov 25, 2014 06:57 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Thanks, Li.  They have changed for sure.

Fred, I thought I was deprived because I had never heard of a poodle skirt.  You solved that feeling by telling me your parents never heard of them either.

Vegas Bob, Thanks!

Anita, thanks for bringing us up to date.  Did all of those small schools drop basketball for girls like Searcy did? 

Nov 25, 2014 08:20 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Anita, is this the same house today? This should be 1008 W. Arch Ave.


Hello from California.

Nov 25, 2014 09:58 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, you are off again in California.  That is the wrong house.  Anita will tell you.

Nov 25, 2014 09:49 PM
Anita Fuller

No, No, A Thousand Times No.......that is NOT my l008 W. Arch St. house. Your Mr. Google man is in another time zone....get back to Arkansas and you'll see.
Having said all that, the house you posted MAY be next door to mine...but it wasn't there in MY day.

Nov 25, 2014 09:57 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

How about this one?

Nov 26, 2014 01:09 AM
Anita Fuller

YES! the blue house on the left is my beloved house I grew up in...but it wasn't blue when I lived in it. (or was it?) mother liked blue almost as much as Jamie Jones!!! She may have had it painted after I married and moved away.

Nov 26, 2014 02:50 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Good googling, Don!

Nov 26, 2014 03:39 AM