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Morning Star, November 2, 2008, Pg. 6

This is a big week coming up as we have a major election being held in our community. Make your voting experience this Tuesday, November 4 a happy one by exercising your right as a U.S. citizen. In early days each political party would list their candidates on a small piece of paper which you could take into the polling booth in order to remember. These resembled the event tickets of their day in size and shape, and hence it evolved into the term “political ticket.” I illustrated a couple of local ones from the 1870s in this column several years ago. Anyway, please vote this Tuesday. Your vote is just as important as anyone elses.

One promotional theme Albion merchants used to feature in downtown Albion years ago was “Old Fashioned Days.” Employees would dress up in old costumes (usually Victorian), and there would be various sales in each of the stores that related to that theme. These were the pre-mall days, when downtown Albion was lined with merchants and people shopped downtown on a regular basis.

From our Historical Notebook this week is pictured a gathering at the Rainbow Dairy Bar for the 1959 Old Fashioned Days breakfast. Various downtown merchants and employees are dressed up in their colorful costumes before their stores opened that day. Several of the ladies in this photo worked at J.C. Penney’s or the “dime stores.”

Front row, left to right: Margaret Bunn, Phyllis Rutz, Eva Osburn, Florence Wilkinson, and Mary Inman. Second row: Evelyn Hopkins, Minnie Watts, Marilyn Mosher, Fannie Steinkrauss, Bertha Nass, Eva Keller, and Barbara Warrick.

Top row: Ralph Seelye, Clarence Franklin, George Rutz, Dorothy Toby, Thelma Andreas, Mildred Watts, and Lois Norton. How many of our readers remember “Old Fashioned Days?”

The 1959 Old Fashioned Days breakfast at the Rainbow Dairy Bar


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