Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pool Hall

This picture was taken in 1939 in Fairfield, Montana. It shows a Pool Hall and an old water pump out front. When I was growing up, our little town had a pool hall, but it was not a place respectable people went. I am not sure what it was about pool that was not respectable. I don't know if pool halls had a bad reputation in other parts of the country, but where I grew up, you were told to never go in the pool hall.


  1. When I was a little the early 40's, my dad took me to a pool hall. The thing I remember is, "Don't tell your mother". That was at a place near Atlanta.

  2. I am just guessing… perhaps pool halls were filled then with foul-mouthed, smoking, ne'er-do-wells who were unemployed and had no intention of looking for work.

    No doubt there were hustlers placing bets on games, so gambling would have added to their undesriable "reputation."

    In the picture the establishment offered drinks. I wonder if alcohol was served. That would be one other thing that some would find objectionable.

    As a kid in the late 40s I would have likely snuck into pool halls. That would have been fascinating.

  3. My guess is that Haile Selassie's daddy never let him hang out in a pool hall. Enough said!

  4. I believe it is because "Pool" begins with "P", and that rhymes with "T", and that stands for "Trouble!"

    Right here in River City!

  5. I was fortunate enough that my father bought our family a pool table shortly after I learned to walk. Some of my earliest memories are of us playing pool in our den.

    When I was 8 or 9 I went to visit a great uncle of mine who lived in another town. He and I visited the local pool hall where I was quietly instructed to beat the pants off everyone there. I remember a bit of money exchanging hands that day and us hastily heading for the door. I received an ice cream for my time and a stern warning not to tell my mother.

    My pool skills ended a long time ago and I haven't touched a stick in years. This picture brought back the memories. Thank you.

  6. Anyone knows whats the rest of this sign says, the one with "Copenhagen" and "'s nuff said" and what it is advertising?

  7. Of course it was Copenhagen Snuff, all the old women dipped snuff back before the '20's, then women started smoking cigarettes instead. You couldn't look too cool with no teeth and tobacco juice running down the corner of your mouth. Really though, my old granny smelled so good, her breath was a combination of snuff and onion. The snuff had a warm woody, nutty smell. I always wondered if the snuff caused them to lose their teeth. Nite, nite granny, I sure loved you!


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