“A Glimpse of Dallas” — ca. 1909
by Paula Bosse
Commerce Street, looking west from St. Paul…
by Paula Bosse
This very attractive postcard shows a growing downtown Dallas, looking west from Commerce and St. Paul, photographed by Charles E. Arnold from the YMCA building (which once sat in the block now occupied by the Statler). The Wilson Building can be seen at the top right, the Praetorian Building (then the tallest building in the city) is to its left, and the Post Office and Federal Building is in the center. The photo was probably taken in 1909 or 1910 (the Praetorian was completed in 1908 and the Adolphus Hotel (not seen in this postcard) was under construction in 1911.
The photo below, taken by Jno. J. Johnson from the exact same vantage point, shows the many changes to the skyline which happened over a very short span of time. The photo below is from about 1913.
I zoomed in on this photo in a previous post, “Horses, Carriages, Horseless Carriages: Commerce Street — 1913,” here.
The large “Barrett Cigar” sign seen in the top postcard image is also visible in a 1909 photo by Clogenson, below — it can be seen at the left, atop the Juanita Building on Main Street, opposite the Praetorian.
I zoomed in on this photo in the post “Parade Day — 1909,” here.
This was the beginning of staggering growth for Dallas, and new skyscrapers seemed to be going up every month.
Sources & Notes
I came across the postcard image a couple of years ago — I noted that the photographer was C. E. Arnold, but I did not note the source.
The two photos are from the DeGolyer Library, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University; further information on each photo can be found at the links posted immediately below the images.
All images are larger when clicked.
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The 1913 image is one of my favorites of the images you have posted. If you zoom in on this view looking east down Commerce from a little west of Ervay taken around 1915 you can see the YMCA sign which marks the spot the 1913 image was taken from: https://i.imgur.com/o4rvYRk.png
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Thanks. Very cool!