Cowboys and Indians on Elm Street — 1915

by Paula Bosse

lawrence_kiddie-photoPhoto by Joe Lawrence, circa 1915

by Paula Bosse

The photo above, showing two not-terribly-thrilled children dressed up in Old West costumes, was taken by Joe Lawrence in his “Crystal Electric Studio” at 1608 Elm Street, one of many small businesses located above the Crystal Theater.

crystal-theaterThe Crystal Theatre — with office space above (click for larger image)

Joseph Z. Lawrence (1884-1943) was born in Romania and settled in Dallas in 1909. In 1915 he was doing business as a photographer at 1608 Elm Street. Lawrence later owned the Lawrence Art Galleries, and, along with his son Harry, was an early supporter of the Dallas Nine artists.

joseph-lawrence_dmn_061039Joseph Z. Lawrence, 1930s

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Top studio photo by Joe Lawrence, found on eBay.

Photo of the Crystal Theater found on Pinterest, here. A photo of the 101-year old building taken during the recent spate of downtown demolition — with the wrecking ball literally INCHES away from it — is here. The Dallas Morning News article it comes from is here.

At some point the address of the building (originally 1608-10) became 1610 Elm, perhaps when it was extensively remodeled in the late 1920s and became a retail store.

crystal-theater_building-code-bk_19141914 — “Comfort & Refinement”!

Photo of Joseph Z. Lawrence from The Dallas Morning News, June 10, 1939.

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