How they picnicked in the 50s

With Labor Day right around the corner and kids heading back to school soon these next few weeks will be devoted to taking advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather before the leaves turn and the temperature drops. Its picnic season! Family reunions, company picnics, back to school picnics even last minute neighborhood picnics.

Just like today, the employees of Cabot’s Pennsylvania district in 1952 got together to enjoy the end of summer and beginning of fall. In the October 1952 issue of The Flame there was a piece that covered the Pennsylvania Office’s company picnic which took place on September 1, 1952.

Employees and their families gathered outdoors to eat, play games, and socialize. Picnics were also used to recognize employees for their service to the company. The author of this piece was Walter Emory Smith who was an employee of the Pennsylvania district, at this particular event his superior Buck Proudfoot presented Walter E. Smith (left) with his ten year service pin. Merl Shutt (right), another Pennsylvania employee received his pin for fifteen years of loyal service to the company.

Apparently picnic activities haven’t changed much since 1952, there was horseshoe throwing contest and a softball game for the kids in attendance. The adults not interested in sports opted to play “the ever popular bingo.”


Here is the first-hand account of the event as it appeared in The Flame, by Walter E. Smith.

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Maria Turconi

Maria Turconi was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a BA in Public Relations from Penn State University. Maria currently works as an Intern in External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation where her responsibilities include writing for Cabot's social media, scheduling content and event planning.

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