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Alterations: 1966

Alterations: 1966

My grandmother in 1966 at the sewing machine in her clothing store in McLean, Texas, on Main Street. I'm next to her in the hat, probably asking a million questions, along with my younger sister. Grandmother operated the store for many years and lived in the back in an apartment. McLean back then was on the old Route 66 and prior to my grandfather's death in 1963, they owned and operated the Hindman Hotel there. I used to spend summers in McLean, and looking back, it was like living in Mayberry. View full size.

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Model 302

Eleven years ago during an extended power outage, I had only cordless phones (and no cell service), so I needed a telephone that could operate just from the phone line. I bought a Model 302 like the one in the photo from a local resale shop for $10, and it worked (pulse dialing)! It came complete with a glow in the dark sticker from a funeral home that lists emergency numbers for fire, sheriff, hospital, ambulance and of course the aforementioned funeral home's three locations. I still use that phone, but now my telephone service is via satellite. The satellite modem still recognizes pulses.

The sewing machine

looks like a Pfaff 360.

Not Singer

It's a Pfaff 360 I think.

A Singer?

I would love to know the make and model (or at least the make) of that sewing machine! (The pandemic has reignited my passion for sewing as I burn the midnight oil making masks.)

Although I'm guessing Singer, I'm secretly hoping it's not. My mother had a Singer from the early '70s and it was absolute trash. Garbage sewing machine. In and out of the shop. In retrospect there was just no fixing the design flaws. I know the earlier Featherweight models are popular with quilters but I'll never forget (or forgive) the trouble we had with that Singer.

Fabulous Outfit!

That outfit your grandmother is wearing is perfectly fitted. How would she get in and out of it? The buttons on the back look challenging.

Elegant and accomplished

Your grandmother was a smart lady in more ways than one. That's a gorgeous suit she's wearing on her trim figure. And a hotelier as well as a retailer! What a babe.

Red River Steakhouse

The BBQ place in McLean is still in business. That's about all. Driving through town you can see it was once a very nice place. I did drive a truck for many years and would stop there often. There is a very small truck stop along the interstate, and the restaurant which is on the edge of town. It seems you could live to be 100 years, no stress.

Levi Strauss

Those vintage Levi jeans stacked up on the shelves to the left would be worth a small fortune today!

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