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The Archivist: Oklahomans' ideal vacations haven't changed much

Oklahomans’ ideal vacations aren’t much different than they were 75 years ago.
BY MARY PHILLIPS, For The Oklahoman Published: June 23, 2014

School is out and whether time is spent at the beach or in the backyard, some vacations haven't changed much during the past 75 years.

In June 1939, The Oklahoman invited readers to put to paper their “ideal vacation” and send it in.

On June 25, 1939, Mrs. Roy Becker’s winning letter was published in The Oklahoman.

Here is her ideal vacation along with the editor’s introduction.

“Last week the Sunday Editor asked for — and got — suggestions on how to spend an ideal vacation.

“What he considered the prize winning letter is reprinted here, and a $5 check goes out immediately to Mrs. Roy Becker of Kingfisher.

“Scores of letters were received. Some outlined motor or train or air tours to one or both of the world fairs. Other letters mapped plans for trips to Colorado, to New Mexico, to the Ozarks, to Oklahoma’s own vacation country — the Kiamichis, the Arbuckles, Medicine Park.

“There were suggestions, and proposed budgets, for trips to the northern lake country, to Galveston and New Orleans, in fact to almost everywhere.

“Most of the letters were interesting; most of them had the ring of genuine anticipation. But somehow Mrs. Becker’s letter seemed to bespeak the most enjoyment of all. She isn’t going to spend much if any money. She isn’t going anywhere. But she’s going to enjoy life. Read her letter and see if you don’t agree.

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