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“Tough ‘Ombres on Main Street” — WWI Victory Parade, 1919

tough-ombres_flickr90th Infantry Division, 1500 block of Main Street (click for larger image)

by Paula Bosse

In my previous post “From the Vault: Armistice Day! — 1918” (seen here), commenter “Not Bob” linked to the above photo which was taken from almost the exact same vantage point as the photo I had posted previously. This one is much better! It shows the U.S. Army’s 90th Infantry Division (known as the “Tough ‘Ombres”), just back from Europe, marching past the 1500 block of Main Street, heading east. The white building in the center (“Thompson’s”) appears to be the same building currently occupied by Iron Cactus, at 1520 Main.

Great picture — thanks, Not Bob!

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Sources & Notes

This photo was posted by Bob Swanson on Flickr, here. The comments are very interesting and explain why this infantry division was marching in various Texas cities.

More on the 90th Division here and here.

My post “Armistice! — 1918” contains another parade photo taken at the same spot, here.

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From the Vault: Armistice Day! — 1918

wwi_parade_dallasSoldiers returning from war — June, 1919 (click for larger image)

by Paula Bosse

Dallas learned that World War I had ended when they were awakened at 3:00 AM by a siren screeching from the top of the Adolphus Hotel. Read how ecstatic Dallasites celebrated, in my previous post, “Armistice Day! — 1918,” which can be read here.

The photo above shows the 1500 block of Main Street, looking west toward Akard. The building with the Thompson’s sign was at 1520 Main, the address now belonging to Iron Cactus, seen below in the two-story white building. Same building? Looks like it.

1500 -block-main_2015_google-street-viewGoogle Street View

Happy Armistice Day/Veterans Day!

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