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1930s Baskin Bar-B-Que stand was a family affair

Vintage photo reveals unique peek into a family owned Baskin Bar-B-Que stand.

Family owned Baskin Bar-B-Que Stand in the 1930s

1930s photo reveals unique peek into a family owned Baskin Bar-B-Que stand.

This 1930s photo was likely an advertising piece for the Baskin Bar-B-Que stand owned by my parents, Alfred and Gale Baskin, who are seen behind the counter.

I’m the little girl in the photo. I had just gotten out of bed, and you can see I look sleepy. The man sitting behind me is Albert Hiser, who later worked with my father on wildcat oil rigs.

As shown by the calendar from the Charles Ritter Insurance Co. of Murphysboro, Illinois, the picture was taken in April 1939. The doors in back led to the barbecue pit. These days, people would think it too dangerous to place the pit so close to the building.

The 5-cent soft drinks included the popular Green Spot orange soda. Sandwiches were 15 cents. For a penny, you could get a small handful of nuts or candy from the two machines on the right side of the counter.

Along with the candy bars, cigarettes and cigars on the shelves behind the counters are two punchboards, used for a game of chance that was very popular at the time.

By Shirley Ann Reeder
Murphysboro, Illinois

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marlene tanner April 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

Oh! the excitment of the punch board! Such memories. I remember going door to door to sell the chances because when you returned the money not only did the “winner” get the prize but, the seller did as well. I got a transistor radio!

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