Lightle Dobbins & Lightle, staff and some early REALTORS.

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Lightle Dobbins Lightle early agents

Lightle Dobbins & Lightle Insurance and Real Estate agents and staff were found in the 1970 Harding College Petit Jean yearbook.  They were advertising their firm in the back of the book. (The yearbooks are becoming treasures for the advertising alone as time marches on.)

I know several of them.  My first real estate firm, in fact, was the Lightle Dobbins & Lightle firm. It was several years after this photo was made.

My question is regarding the matching outfits!  Why?  Did the ladies dress alike everyday?  Did they do the dress-alike just for this advertising picture?  I trust the Searcy Sleuths can answer these questions and tell us who these trusted folks were!

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Anita Fuller

I recognize Julian Lightle on the back row, and Geraldine Anspaugh on the right of the ladies.....
No idea about their "uniforms"....they look like high school girls at Mt. St. Mary's Academy.
I think I recognize the tall man in the middle...John Prock? Surely not!

Aug 06, 2015 01:58 AM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, that is Ron Kersh in the middle.  Young ones beside him are Bernie Lightle and Tommy Quattlebaum. 

Aug 06, 2015 02:56 AM #2
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Elizabeth Heard

Coming from a banking background, it was very popular in the late 60's early 70's for females in banking to wear uniforms so that everyone was the same and no dress codes or lack of codes were issues and everyone would have a professional look. I worked at a Saving and Loan when the decision was made to have the females wear uniforms. Can you imagine trying to pick something out that 25-30 women would agree on? Well, the management staff did that for us. Our choices were two sheath dress with a white collar, sort of a boat neck thing that actually made the dress be almost off the shoulder except for this huge white collar. Oh, did I mention the dresses came in orange or olive green? So regardless of whether or not these were "your colors" or your body size and shape, that was what you had to wear. The bank furnished one of each for you and any additional ones were to be purchased by the employee. I moved from the area a short time later so did not get a chance to "wear mine out."

Aug 06, 2015 03:38 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Elizabeth, that is so interesting.  One of the ladies in the picture said that they made their own.  Everybody seemed to sew back then.  She did not remember whether it was the girl's idea or the company's idea.  Sounds as if was the company's idea from what you are saying.  Perhaps it was a "somewhat good thing" for our little town of Searcy if it was the rage around the country.  Perhaps we had some folks in town who kept up with what was going on around the country.  LOL

Aug 06, 2015 04:17 AM #4
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Don Thompson
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Well I'll say it if you ladies won't.

I think it's sexist and wouldn't be acceptable today.

However on the positive side. Women's outfits can be a tad more expensive

than men's so uniforms would cut the clothing allowance considerably.

 

Aug 06, 2015 07:36 AM #5
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Ann Wheetley Kuter

I am in the middle between Wanda Parrish and Geraldine Birdwell. We had I believe five different uniforms that we wore on certain days. We did not all make our own, a lady named Mrs. Gay made mine but I am not sure who make the others. As I remember it was our idea to dress in uniforms but that was a longtime ago. I was young and single so it saved me a long of money.

Aug 06, 2015 08:39 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, thanks for saying that!  I wanted to and I noticed that the men in the background were not dressed alike.  I have to say, however, that I am for uniforms in some instances......like for school.  If the kids wore uniforms to school, it would help parents with school clothes bills.

Ann,  thanks for that update.  Did you read the comment about how the businesses were promoting the dress-alike?  I suspect that the boss told you to do it but gave you a little choice on what to choose.  And did they pay for the uniforms?

 

Aug 06, 2015 11:53 AM #7
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Sham Reddy CRS
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Great picture from the past.  Hope most of them are still alive and OK

Aug 06, 2015 08:44 PM #28
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Sham, thank you for commenting.

Aug 06, 2015 09:57 PM #29
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Linda Casey Sides

I went to work for LDL in July 1970 at the at of 17 after graduating from high school. It was my first job. I worked with each person in this picture. I have a lot of fond memories of that time.

Aug 07, 2015 03:34 AM #30
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Linda, I remember you!  You were there when I started my career with LDL.  I remember your being the most responsible and well organized person in the whole world!

Aug 07, 2015 03:39 AM #31
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Don Thompson
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Dress code for the men. I'm thinking khaki trousers with plad vests like the ladie's dressess and forrest green blazers.

Aug 07, 2015 04:59 AM #32
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, you'll never get it to go over but I do like the idea. 

Aug 07, 2015 09:50 PM #33
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Jordan Lightle Bittle

Back row left to right: Deener Dobbins (I think), Burney Lightle (my dad), some man, Julian Lightle Jr (my grandfather), some man. My dad thinks it's about 1972, a year or so before Julian died.

Apr 05, 2016 04:03 AM #34
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Jordan, thanks for that information.  It is a great picture!

Apr 05, 2016 04:07 AM #35
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