Two Postcard Views of a Growing Dallas
by Paula Bosse
There’s a church, and a bank, and a bank, and a bank…
by Paula Bosse
A couple of quickies: these are two really nice postcards which popped up recently on eBay — I’d never seen them before.
Above, a lovely, creamy, glowing shot of the skyline. I recognize several of the buildings, but I’m not sure where the photographer was positioned. I’m sure a smart person will put the location in the comments.
And below, a great image of the “Dallas-Oak Cliff viaduct,” looking toward the city. There’s even a Volk’s billboard to welcome visitors.
Sources & Notes
Both postcards found on eBay.
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In the skyline photo the building in the center is the YMCA (3) and on the left is the spire of the First Baptist Church (5) with the Burt building (36) behind it. I am pretty sure the photo was taken from the Mayfair hotel (2) Sky Garden. The numbers referenced are from this aerial in the SMU digital collections:
Here is a postcard for the hotel and you can see the YMCA in the background of the Sky Garden image:
First most prominent building is the old YMCA. Notice the caged in courts on the back side.
With all due respect to the above post and it’s fantastic research, the camera location is much closer to the YMCA than it would be if taken from the Mayfair’s Rooftop Skygarden, which is much further away.
I still have a map of Dallas from 1958
I have a few post cards like these. I have kept them stored because I wasn’t sure what to do with them.