Big Tex and His Dressers

by Paula Bosse

big-tex_dmn_1970s-sm(Click to make Big Tex very, VERY big)

by Paula Bosse

It’ll probably all get straightened out in the end.

When I worked in a bookstore that had frequent visits by costumed characters for children’s events, we were told to make sure children never saw the characters without their costume heads because it might freak the kids out. If true, that photo above has the potential to scar some impressionable youngsters for life.

Above, Big Tex in dishabille.

Below, all pulled together.

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Top photo of a headless Big Tex is a Dallas Morning News photo used in the article “Santa Claus Goes to the Fair” by Kimberly McCullough, from the Sept. 1976 issue of Texas Historian, a Texas State Historical Association publication of the Junior Historians of Texas, which you can read here.

Second photo, of a put-together Big Tex is a State Fair of Texas photo from the same issue of Texas Historian.

Click images to make Big Tex REALLY big!

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