Hutchinson, Kansas: circa 1950. Unbound. This 7” x 5” photograph shows men sitting at tables and standing at the bar inside a Hutchinson, Kansas, “recreation center.” Writing on the reverse reads, “Wallace Utterbacks Recreation Pool Hall in Hutinshin (sic) Kans Effie’s husband (Wallace Utterback) that’s him in hat at bar”. The photograph is in nice shape. Very good. Item #008840
The Hutchinson News reported on March 14, 1951 that “For the second time in two weeks, police raided a downtown poker game Tuesday . . . and arrested eight. . . . Police had previously moved in on a poker game in the adjacent tavern [after officers] happened to discover a poker game in a casual check of local joints. Wallace Lloyd Utterback was charged with maintaining a place where gambling is allowed [and] Everett Joe Bard was charged with operating the game. [The other men were arrested for gambling.] Officers said the game was operated openly in the main room of the pool hall. Poker chips and cards were on the table, officers said. The green covered table and chairs were confiscated."