Buster Brown show? Searcy AR crowd. Spruce St. Historic photo, old.

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Obviously, this is a big crowd gathered on Spruce Street in downtown Searcy AR.  So what are they watching?  Pate Pearson has shared this picture AND his research.  He discovered that Buster Brown and Tige was a traveling show that visited towns and it was very popular.  He furthermore magnified the signs posted on the building so that they can be read.  It does appear to be a performance going on as the third picture, magnified, seems to show.   

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I copied the information below from the research Pate Pearson provided.  It can be googled and additional information will pull up.  

Buster Brown and his dog Tige paid visits to towns and lots of people turned out to watch.  Buster Brown was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard Felton Outcault.  The name Buster came either directly or indirectly from the popularity of Buster Keaton, at that time a child star of vaudeville.  Pete the Pup, who played Tige, was later associated with the popular Our Gang (Little Rascals) comedies.  Buster Brown's association with shoes began with John Bush, a sales executive with the Brown Shoe Company.  He persuaded his company to purchase rights to the Buster Brown name, and the brand was introduced to the public at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.  The logo is still used today.  (My kids wore Buster Brown clothing when they were little!)  Midgets were hired by the Brown Shoe Co. to play Buster in tours around the United States.  These little people, who were each accompanied by a dog, performed in department stores, theaters, and shoe stores from 1904 until 1930. 

So it is very possible that Buster Brown was visiting Searcy AR!!  Thank you, Pate Pearson, for sharing this information for this blog!  Go here  to see Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, who also visited Searcy!!  Be sure to read the comments at that blog.

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Brenda Angel Douglas

I wore Buster Brown shoes. Does anyone remember the x-ray machine yu out your foot in?

Feb 12, 2019 12:50 PM #1
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Don Thompson
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Read more about foot  x-ray machines and shoe stores here.

Feb 12, 2019 05:55 PM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Brenda, I do remember those things.  They were fun!

Feb 13, 2019 04:35 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, you need to go back and read your comments on the "tallest man" blog.  You were then, and you are now, full of knowledge and history of Searcy AR!  

Feb 13, 2019 04:36 AM #4
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I so remember getting my Buster Browns when we were kids.  I wish I had the old photos that my parents used to take.

Feb 13, 2019 07:34 AM #5
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Don Thompson
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Barbara thanks for remembering that post from 10 years ago. I have to give a lot of credit to Google for having such a good search engine to finding obscure bits of interesting information.

For those that would like to read the "Tallest Man" blog go here.

BTW, if any of the readers would like to know who the associates are in my title, Donthomp Associates, they are Barbara, Anita , Ludean, Mary, and all those other ladies and gents who contribute to this blog!

Feb 13, 2019 08:29 AM #6
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Ed, I just thought it was a brand of clothing.  I did  not know it named for a famous show or shows.

Feb 13, 2019 10:21 AM #7
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Thanks, Don!!  

Feb 13, 2019 10:22 AM #8
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