|Ad from the December 20, 1971 Transylvania Times describing prizes for the first baby born in 1972.|
In 1972 a partnership of local businesses including the Transylvania Times sponsored a “First Baby Contest”. An ad ran in late December 1971 describing an array of prizes for the first baby born in the new year.
|Photo from the January 6, 1972 Transylvania Times featuring the first baby of the year,
Walter Kimsey with his mother and doctor.
A subsequent issue shows the winner of the “contest” – Walter Franklin Kimsey – along with his mother and the attending physician.
The contest gives us a glimpse of which businesses were operating in 1972, the cost of things, and perceived notions of what was useful to new parents, in addition to being a charming piece of nostalgia.