Leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer — ca. 1914

by Paula Bosse

by Paula Bosse

I’m not sure where these first two novelty photos were taken, but those backdrops are pretty kitschy — almost like something you’d see along a seaside boardwalk.

These guys were bigwigs in the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, and their backdrop is much less fun — in fact, it’s pretty much the sort of the thing you’d expect a group of union bigwigs to stand in front of.


Top “real photo postcard” from J. L. Patton Collection, Dallas Historical Society.

Second photo is for sale on a postcard website here.

Last photo from, yes, an issue of The Railroad Telegrapher (Feb. 1914).


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