Stereoview Souvenirs of the Texas Centennial — 1936

tx-centennial_cavalcade-race-track_1936_ebayA view of Fair Park not often seen

by Paula Bosse

If you collect stereoview photos and/or Texas Centennial memorabilia, hie yourself over to eBay for some (pricey) goodies (see the link at the bottom of the page). Here are a few stereoview “monoviews.”

Above, part of the Fair Park racetrack, with the reviewing stand for the “Cavalcade of Texas” pageant at the right. If you look closely on the horizon — at the right, above the Cavalcade stands, you’ll see two towers. Are those the two water towers over in Lakewood at Abrams and Goliad (which I wrote about here)?

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Here are a few more. The first one with kids and dogs at the Hall of State:

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Pegasuses (“pegasi”?) at the Esplanade:

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Strolling by the lagoon (and past one of my favorite crazy Centennial design features — those amazing flying-saucer lights!):

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I love the camera on the marquee (and those dresses!) at the Hollywood exhibit:

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One of my favorite Fair Park artworks — the lady in the niche, at the Administration Building (Women’s Musuem):


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I did not know there was an outdoor ice rink at the Centennial — ice skating performances at the “Black Forest” cafe:

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Can’t go wrong with another monumental woman in a niche:

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A sculpture of a slumbering fairy at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts:

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And, jumping ahead a year, a souvenir from the Pan-American Exposition in 1937: the Music Hall dressed up as the “Casino.”

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Sources & Notes

All images are from eBay, and almost all are currently for sale. See these and more here.

There are a bunch of Flashback Dallas posts on the Texas Centennial — they can be found here.

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