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Party Animal: 1956

Party Animal: 1956

Elgin, Illinois, circa 1956. "Pony eating cake at birthday party." It's a living! 4x5 acetate negative from the Old News archive. View full size.

 

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Misty of Chincoteague

I wonder if this might be a famous pony named Misty. She was a Chincoteague pony and made famous by the author Marguerite Henry. The book in 1947 was made into a movie in 1961.

From Wikipedia:

After being purchased by Marguerite Henry as a weanling in November 1946, and spending her early life at Henry's Wayne, Illinois home, she was later moved back to the Beebe Ranch in Chincoteague in 1957. A goodbye party with over 300 children and 160 adults in attendance was held by Henry in Wayne for Misty when she left for Chincoteague.

Go away boy, you bother me

That old guy in the clown outfit looks like he started the party early, with a jolt from his hidden bottle of Old Overholt.

Creepy the Clown

I wonder how many of these kids are currently in therapy.

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