Sunday, January 16, 2011

Flint Photos: Bessie and Earl

A few readers have asked about Bessie, a legendary Flintoid known for her height and her wanderings around the city. Audrey "Bunny" Paris Karlosky provided this shot via the Flint Expatriates Facebook page.

She writes: "This is a photo that my dad took of Bessie and her 'friend' Earl about 1954. They were fixtures in the South End of Flint when I was growing up. Bessie was a big woman but I don't know if she was 7 ft tall. She was a regular at my dad's cleaners which was across from Fisher Body near Saginaw and Hemphill because he would give her unclaimed clothes to augment her wardrobe, especially during our cold winters."

1 comment:

  1. I am writing a book and would like to include information about Big Bessie and Earl. Does anyone know when she and Earl were born and when they passed away? Any personal info? you can send info to my FB page: Nikki Pruiett Haley


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