Those were the days - The Packer

Those were the days

10/21/2011 09:20:00 AM
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Courtesy IGSAThis vintage shot was among the hundreds of historic photos found when staff at the Idaho Grower Shipper Association packed the office for a move earlier this year. Hugh Downs, co-host of "Today" from 1961-72 stumped for Idaho spuds during one broadcast.Officials with the 83-year-old Idaho Falls-based Idaho Grower Shipper Association unearthed some goodness from the past this summer when they packed up their headquarters in preparation for their move to a different office space.

Dozens and dozens of black-and-white photos showed the lapels and neckties of board members grow wider and narrower and wider again through the decades.

Program notes from conventions gone by had important updates for IGSA members and their wives: “Hats are optional for the Ladies Luncheon this year.”

“The oldest program we found from a convention was from 1934,” IGSA president Travis Blacker told attendees at the association’s annual conference in Sun Valley during the last week of August.

“Breakfast was 25 cents to 75 cents and dinner was 55 cents to $1.”

The vintage program provided evidence that food safety was a concern even in 1934: “There was a special notation that all food would be served on sterilized dishes,” Blacker said.

Other tidbits gleaned during the office packing process:

  • 1951 – Among the competitive events at the convention were potato sack races and a greased pig contest. No cash prizes, War Bonds were given instead.
  • 1953 – Golf at the Sun Valley resort cost $1 per day, per person, for IGSA attendees.
  • 1957 – Golf prices shot up to the unprecedented sum of $4 for 18 holes.

Blacker said he also found documents related to a bank safety deposit box. He recalled having signed checks in the past couple of years to pay the box rental, but its existence had slipped his mind. He and other IGSA staff searched for a key, but couldn’t find one.

So Blacker made the command decision to call in a locksmith and pay to have the box drilled. He eagerly watched and waited, wondering what sort of valuable and historic items would be revealed when he opened the lid.

“You know what was in there? An empty envelop and a receipt for the original rental of the box in 1948,” he said.

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