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Picturing the Past 155: Truly SouthernPosted Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 1:50 PM
An outhouse, still and bootlegger...yep, it's the South, as depicted in the 1960 Central High homecoming parade. (T-G File Photo)
The Central High junior class (class of '62) captured the traditional Southern stereotypes perfectly in this homecoming parade float. This float was the overall winner, according to the negative envelope.
An outhouse (I guess that's what it is), a whiskey still and an armed "bootlegger" by his whiskey barrel armed with a double-barrel...shotgun, that is ... taking aim at the "revenooers."
This photo's a little fuzzy, but I'd bet that's a real gun, which was probably - hopefully - unloaded. In 1960 you could parade a high school student holding a gun through downtown. Just try that today. Cops would swarm from all around.
That's the old Dixie Hotel in the background. And note the barber pole at far right. Whose barber shop was in the hotel?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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