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Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.


Morning Star, March 30, 2008, pg. 24

Ive been doing some sorting of photographs in my archives recently. This week Id like to feature two photographs that I know were never published. There used to be an annual talent show held in Albion during the 1950s which was sponsored by the Albion Malleable Iron Company, and co-sponsored by the Albion Recreation Department. The Malleable used to publish a monthly company magazine, called the Circle-A-Tor. This publication contained numerous photographs of company workers and their family members. My collection is mostly complete, but I still need issues from the years 1946 and 1947.

The stack of original 4 x 5 black & white negatives from the Circle-A-Tor includes photographs that were never used. From our Historical Notebook this week we present two such unpublished photographs from the Talent Show held on May 10, 1955 at the Washington Gardner High School auditorium.

Our first photo shows the Junior Division winners. The first two girls, Ruth Trice and Lula Mae Hayes, took second place. The next two girls, Edith Woods and Elaine Howard, took first place.

Our second photo features Albion Recreation Director Arnold Spaan on the far left, and Albion city-school recreation committee chairman Earl Cartwright on the far right. Mr. Cartwright is presenting a check to the senior division first place winners Robert and Lillie Wall, who successfully sang a vocal duo for the event. Special thanks to Bob Wall for his identifications in this weeks article.

The Junior Division winners: Ruth Trice and Lula Mae Hayes, Edith Woods and Elaine Howard

Albion Recreation Director Arnold Spaan, first place winners Robert and Lillie Wall, and Earl Cartwright

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