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Model Citizens: 1948

Model Citizens: 1948

Columbus, Georgia, 1948. "Kirven's Department Store fashion show -- Jere Pound." But which dapper gent is Jere? (Answer: standing.) View full size.


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White bucs in 1948?

I'm surprised. I know they were big in the mid-'50s, popularized by Pat Boone, as I recall. But didn't know they were a thing in the late '40s.

And here's Jere's obituary:

"Jere M. Pound III, 77, of Columbus died Thursday, August 21, 2008 at his home .... Mr. Pound was born on July 17, 1931 in Columbus, GA, the second of three children, to the late Murphey Pound and the late Eva Garrett Pound. A 1948 graduate of Columbus High School, Mr. Pound attended Georgia Tech and subsequently Tulane University from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952. He served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He was married to Barbara Swift Pound of Columbus with whom he had five sons. His professional career included positions with the brokerage firm Spencer-Zimmerman-Pound and Co., Columbus Mills, Inc., J.M. Pound & Sons and Whitecrest Mills. He was a past President of the South Columbus Boys Club, a past member of the American Legion and the Board of Directors the American Red Cross. An Episcopalian by faith, he served numerous years as a youth Sunday-school teacher for Trinity Episcopal Church. He is survived by his brother ... his sister ... his five sons ... 10 grandchildren ... two great grandchildren ... and numerous nieces and nephews.

See more here.

Incidentally, Jere's grandfather Jere M. Pound was the second president of Georgia Women's College (now Valdosta State University).


Here is Jere in his 1947 class picture.

March 1948

The Esquire issue in the photo.

Dapper gent

The sitting guy in windbreaker and argyle socks, holding the Esquire magazine, is just a guy wearing nice clothes. The standing fellow, on the other hand, knows how to wear the clothes.

I can't say for sure which one is Jere

but I think I've found where he is now.

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