A 1950s selfie in Stettler Pool Hall

Selfies have been around for awhile

By Carson Ellis

Some people may remember back when a photo of the person taking the photo was simply called a photo, and you had to wait days, possibly even weeks before you could take the roll to be developed just to see if you blinked when you took the picture. Tell someone about that these days and they’ll probably just stare blankly at you and hope the crazy old person leaves them alone.

This week, I present to you an ‘old school’ selfie of Mr. Bill Pochylko from sometime in the 1950s. This dapper young gentleman can be seen behind the counter of the once great Stettler Pool Hall. Many changes took place at this famous establishment over the many decades of its life.

I have spoken with people who used to be the pin setters in the bowling alley in the basement. These brave lads would sit at the far end of the lanes, and quickly jump down from their perch and reset the pins as required. Most of them made a few cents a pin. Some people may even remember when there was a small barber shop setup on the main floor. It is in the mirror of the barber shop that this photo is said to have been taken.

I doubt back when this photo was taken Mr. Pochylko couldn’t have thought he would be considered a trend setter – yet here it is.

Well played Mr. Pochylko.

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