by Paula Bosse
A photo of Exposition Park about the time of the huge Texas Centennial celebration held in 1936 at Fair Park, one block away. The Consolidated Candy Co. at 826-830 Exposition Avenue was liquidated in 1939, and the Rogers Cafe next door at 832 Exposition was around only a couple of years, about 1935 to 1937, so 1936 seems a good guess.
Here’s a list of businesses that were operating along hopping Exposition Avenue in 1936, between Ash and Parry (click for larger image):
Most of the buildings from that period along Parry and Exposition are still standing, including the buildings seen in the photo above. Here is a current view.
I’m happy to see these two buildings still holding down that spot after all this time, but they both appear to have lost some character in the intervening 80 years. It’s like someone’s sanded all the interesting bits off and made it as bland-looking as possible. You know what I think needs to make a comeback? Awnings.
Top photo from Jim Wheat’s Dallas County Texas Archives site.
A Google Street View showing this block looking toward Fair Park, with these buildings on the left, is here.
Images larger when clicked.
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