Above: Tulsa Baseball team 1916. On the back of the photo is written "City Industrial League, Tulsa Business College 1916"
Above and Below: An interesting photo from our Archives. On the back written in pencil is "Parade in Tulsa October 1926". One thing we notice is the "Our Gang" float in the center of the photo. "Our Gang" also known as "The Little Rascals" was a popular comedy shorts series that ran from 1922-144.
Doing a little digging we discovered that, though there were no actual "Our Gang" actors from Tulsa, there were a couple from Oklahoma! One that would have been around during the time of this parade was Joe Cobb, born in Shawnee Oklahoma in 1916, and was the original "fat boy" in the Our Gang series from 1922 to 1929. He appeared in the very last silent episode and the first of the talkies in 1929. In later years he became a master of ceremonies for the Our Gang publicity tours. He died in 2002 at the age of 85.Another was Darla Hood, born in Leedy Oklahoma in 1931, and took singing and dancing lessons in Oklahoma City. She was on the series from 1935 – 1941. Darla often played the love interest of Alfalfa in The Little Rascals series. One of her most memorable moments was singing "I'm in the Mood for Love" in The Pinch Singer episode. Died in 1979.
There was one interesting "Little Rascals" Tulsa connection we found. In the mid-1950s, when the Our Gang comedies were syndicated on television as The Little Rascals, McFarland hosted an afternoon children's show, The Spanky Show, on KOTV television in Tulsa, Oklahoma.