Brookgreen Gardens 1958

Yes, that headline is mean to evoke “Louisiana 1927,” an awesome song.

I got the photo from our good friend Bud, who wrote:

Here’s a picture of me and my cousins and brother @ Brookgreen Gardens taken in 1958.  I’m the one on the right with the sandals.

… and the dark socks. I suspect that Bud was always a fashion iconoclast. Good for him.

Bud sent that after we discovered that he and I both have a long history of connection to Surfside Beach. (I’m having trouble remembering which post that came up on, or I’d link to it.)

6 thoughts on “Brookgreen Gardens 1958

  1. bud

    A fashion iconoclast indeed. And let’s not forget the suspenders. The only thing missing is the bow tie.

    I think the Surfside discussion was on the Lindsey Graham post where we were talking about I-73. Myrtle Beach, Surfside and Garden City are probably gone as a vacation destination that I would go to. But as someone else mentioned the beaches south of Murrell’s inlet are still pretty peaceful and family friendly. Those include Litchfield, Pawleys and Debidue. Although the later is probably restricted.

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  2. Brad

    Yeah, I remember the I-73 part, but I don’t think that was the original topic of the post. And I can’t remember what was…

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  3. Brad

    I guess Louisiana in 1927 was on my mind because of what’s happening upriver in Memphis today. Memphis is sort of one of my hometowns — it’s where my wife is from, and where we met in college, and a place we return to as much as possible.

    This morning on “The Takeaway,” I heard Memphis City Council Chairman Myron Lowery telling the world that Memphis is open for business, so come on, everybody. Folks further away, such as this Baltimore site, are a tad less boosterish, saying such things as “Snakes in homes,” which certainly would want to make ME stay away.

    I suspect that Mr. Lowery’s version comes a little close to the big picture. OK, so Mud Island is flooded, and so are a lot of low-lying areas. But there’s probably a good million or so folks in the metropolitan area pretty much going on with their lives. That’s kind of the way it is with big news stories like this — they have a major effect on the people they DO affect, while folks right next door to them go on with their lives.

    I’m reminded of when I covered the simultaneous strikes by both the police and fire departments in Memphis in 1978. HUGE national news, and you would have thought the city was burning down and the rubble being carried away. It was an exciting story, but you had to LOOK for it. As I watched one mad media scramble around a brief scuffle that really looked chaotic close up, I stepped back a few yards, and slowly turned around 360 degrees, and saw that everywhere except for maybe 10 degrees of my field of vision, life was normal. I was in restaurants at curfew time — a curfew imposed because of the strikes — and most of the patrons being turned away were taken aback, because this was the first encounter they’d had with the problem.

    Now I strongly suspect that the flooding has more of an effect on everybody than that story — a rising river is a more ubiquitous phenomenon than a labor dispute — but I still always caution myself to keep a bit of perspective on such things, and definitely not to take TV images as the whole story.

    I suspect my wife will be talking to her brothers and other family there tonight, and I’ll learn more about what’s happening — from THEIR perspective, everybody’s perspective being different…

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  4. virginia

    All the little tow heads remind me of “..Old times there not forgotten “…By the authority of Gov.Haley? SC closed DMV offices to honor/celebrate Confederate Memorial Day. Why? We had 1958,Veterans Day (Confederates were soldiers right?) April 10,1865 officially ends the Civil War. What’s the deal with May 10? Oh it’s the “official” Jefferson Davis surrender Day. I didn’t know that so I researched some.http://www.commandposts.com/2011/04/april-9-1865-robert-e-lee-surrenders-to-grant/ and http://www.rarenewspapers.com/view/569204?list_url=%2Flist%2Freconstruction and the Harper’s Weekly,too..http://www.harpweek.com/09cartoon/BrowseByDateCartoon.asp?Month=May&Date=27 . This was a “Man of Honor”? Do we really wanna go there ya’ll? This guy led a band of conspirators willy-nilly into a disaster no one wants to give up on.Not all of us want our children to look up to someone who betrayed his oath of office, led a part of the nation into a disaster, fled hiding in women’s skirts, allegedly stole the Confederate treasury http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10911FF3A5A11738DDDA90A94DA415B8184F0D3

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  5. Joanne

    Brookgreen has some great memories for my family…not necessarily for the beauty of the art and/or grounds. My nephews and daughters one year held their own uprising when we went in, yes, late June. They were too young, but we still laugh at their young rebellion.

    Now, my nephew and daughters are 26 and 22, and insist we go back this year with their young cousins.

    Maybe they’re passive-aggressive and I’m missing it. :)

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  6. Ted

    Squinted eyed kids in family photo, a classic. I wish I had more of them from my past. I remember seeing those pictures and not being impressed as a youngster. Randy Newman, one of my favorites– the video was great. Thanks for the link. All tragedies are personal. TV, as we know cannot do it justice. A brief storm in Columbia last night left a huge oak on Blossom, crushing my neighbors shed, just missing his house. A small car came upon it wee hours of the morning and crashed into it. Police blocked the area warning of downed power lines. For our little block in Shandon this was quite a fright. Imagine what it’s like in Memphis, or Alabama a few weeks ago, or Japan, or… It’s all been a bit numbing. Reminds us to help our neighbor. Our common bond, and what makes this a great country, is the capacity to help those in need.

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