Dinner in Baker Commons, 1958

I’m too tired to talk tonight so for your enjoyment I give you two photographs of dinner in Baker Commons, sometime in the fall of 1958. Different world.

Dinner in Baker Commons 1958Dinner in Baker Commons 1958 2


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10 Responses to Dinner in Baker Commons, 1958

  1. C Kelly says:

    I wonder if they had hockey pucks or mystery meat that night. I’m sure it was delicious.

  2. Why are so many dressed up, but some aren’t? I don’t actually think these are from the same event given how casually the guys are dressed in the second photo. Bonus: I guess you showed us a few tile. As the Borg says: resistance is few tile.

  3. Keith Cooper says:

    The first photo might be a college night photo with dates

    • effegee says:

      Could also be a Sunday lunch which was coat and tie at Baker into the early ’70s. The woman in the foreground appears to have on a wedding band, so she probably isn’t a date.

      • Ron Ladd says:

        In the first picture, the gentleman next to the woman with the wedding band looks older. Probably the college master and his wife. This is the year after the college system started, or at least the spring of the first year. Looks like an elderly couple and only a couple of other women in the back of the picture, I think the first picture is most likely a Sunday lunch meal, given the coat and ties every where and only a couple of young women among the diners.
        The second picture seems to be a meal during the week, given the general lack of coat and tie.

  4. james lang says:

    oh Marty, no. place was equal to a fine infantry messhall

  5. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    “… too tired to talk tonight … ”
    I never heard of a woman too tired to talk !!!
    So what have you done with our REAL historian?

  6. Jerry Outlaw, '68 says:

    Still looked the same in 1964, except the hair was longer.

  7. Owlcop says:

    The guy in the middle of the second picture is very “Hollywood”, with his Brylcreamed hair and pencil thin mustache.

  8. Patricia Martin says:

    I recognize Bruce Hendrickson ’59 in the top picture, center, with whom I went through the Port Arthur school system, grades K-12, during the ’40s and ’50s.

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