Mystery Photo No. 61

  • By Park Burroughs May 11, 2014

There was a time not long ago when children did not have video games or even television to occupy their time during those long days of summer vacation. Back then, they looked for amusement of their own devices.

With the employment of a table and a length of cloth, these young ladies created a stage on which to play. But this photo from the Observer-Reporter archives lacks the names of the players. In fact, we have no information about this performance. The only thing we do know is that the picture was taken in the late 1940s. Who the girls are, what they were doing or where they were playing is a mystery we hope our readers can help us solve.

It’s obvious this event took place in a park, so perhaps the play was part of some municipal summer program. The child in the middle is dressed as a scarecrow. If the players are still living, they would be in their mid to late 70s by now.

If you think you recognize the girls or where they were photographed, email Park Burroughs, retired executive editor, at, or call and leave a message for him along with your telephone number at 724-222-2200, extention 2400. With a little assistance from our readers, we’ll be able to solve this puzzle and publish our findings next Monday.

Park Burroughs has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1972. He is the winner of numerous state and regional awards for feature, column and editorial writing. He is the editor of “200 Years: Our History Through the Pages of the Observer-Reporter,” and author of “Enter, With Torches: Recollections of a Grumpy Old Editor.” He retired in September 2012 but continues to contribute to the O-R’s news pages.


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