Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday theme is Work. Here is a picture of my dad at work. Do you see him?
He’s the one balancing a honey pot on his head. Of course, if you have a head that big, you should be able to balance just about anything with ease. Here’s another look:
Yes, it’s true. My dad was Winnie the Pooh. If you enlarge the picture, you might be able to read the sign inviting everyone to come meet Winnie the Pooh in person. This was a major marketing event for the Sears & Roebuck store in Norfolk, Virginia in 1970. Sears had recently introduced its new Winnie the Pooh line of infants’ and children’s clothing.
Making the most of Winnie’s growing popularity, Winnie the Pooh appeared on some local television shows. Mildred Alexander was a local celebrity with a talk show – sort of the Oprah of Hampton Roads. Ironically, Winnie the Pooh couldn’t talk, so I’m not sure what he did for his guest appearance. Winnie was a special guest on two early morning children’s shows, “Romper Room” with Miss Connie and “Flibbertigibbet.” In some little skit Winnie had to chase Flibbertigibbet around a tree. It’s hard work being Winnie the Pooh.
He also appeared on the “Bungles” show which came on late in the afternoon and managed to hold onto a strong market share opposite Mike Douglas, believe it or not. Bungles showed Three Stooges shorts and announced birthdays on Fridays. Sorry to say, I don’t remember what Winnie did on that show other than dance with Bungles. Winnie probably tried unsuccessfully to do the Bungles wave (hands up, palms out, wave your pinkie – did Winnie even have a pinkie?).
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You are no doubt wondering how one gets to be Winnie. Like Superman, Daddy had an identity he showed to the world. Daddy was actually the mild-mannered department manager for Infants Wear at Sears. I don’t know if he volunteered to be Winnie or if the title was thrust upon him, but for the time he worked at Sears he was a devoted employee. He rotated through several departments building up the sales force and increasing sales.
Being Winnie was just one of Daddy’s many roles at Sears. Every year the employees looked forward to the skits Daddy wrote for in-service training because they were usually so funny. When the topless bathing suit was making the news, his skit was about the topless bathing suit that Sears would be selling in the upcoming season. He wanted the sales people to get a preview so he planned a fashion show with live models. Well, you can guess where this is going. Out came the hairiest men he could round up to parade around in swim trunks. That was very risqué comedy in the 60s. He brought the house down with that one.
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