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From the Vault: Learn a Trade at Crozier Tech — 1946

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by Paula Bosse

Take a look back at some of the incredible vocational opportunities once offered to Dallas high school students in the 2018 Flashback Dallas post “Crozier Technical High School — ca. 1946.” Enjoy all the great photos (one of which shows a girl in a sculpture class who looks so much like me that it kind of freaks me out every time I see it). (Incidentally, the “me” of 1946 would have had a huge crush on the woodworking guy of 1946. We could have made beautiful sculptures and/or pergolas together.)

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From the Vault: Hangin’ at White Rock — 1972

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by Paula Bosse

On this holiday, a flashback to the White Rock Lake of yesteryear in the post “Lazy Weekends, Cruising White Rock Lake — 1972.” Enjoy the day!

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A Few Photo Additions to Past Posts — #16

gill-well-natatorium_texas-swimming-and-diving-hall-of-fameNatatorium habitués… (via Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame)

by Paula Bosse

Time for more cleaning-out of bulging digital files — to keep everything together, I’m adding recently-found images to old posts.

First is the GREAT postcard above which shows some healthy patrons of the Gill Well Natatorium (once located along Maple Avenue, between the MKT tracks and Reverchon Park). I’ve added it to the post “The Gill Well,” which remains one of my favorite Flashback Dallas posts. Many thanks to Charles Logan, the curator of the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame, who shared this item from their collection.

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This William Langley photo of two softball players and has been added to the post “Girls’ Softball in Dallas, Hugely Popular,” which is among my favorites, if only because it contains the list of names of players from the 1943 league championship team, the Metzger Dairy Maids — lest we forget: Tinker Tarker, Mutt McFanning, and Pud Adams. (Source: Birdville Historical Society, via Portal to Texas History)

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Added to “The Dunbar Branch: Dallas’ First Library for the African-American Community, 1931-1959” is the ad below which features an, admittedly, super-grainy photo — but I was excited to stumble across it, so in it goes! (Source: 1958 Lincoln High School yearbook — the year before the library closed)

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This 1921 ad for the Oriental Art Co. has been added to “‘Enemy Aliens’ and the WWII Internment Camp at Seagoville,” (I didn’t know there were internment camps in Texas — much less that there was one in Dallas County! — until I wrote this post in 2017.) The owners of the Oriental Art Co. — longtime residents of Dallas — experienced both racial prejudice as well as an outpouring of community support during World War II. 

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I don’t usually post watermarked photos, but I’ve got a ton of Texlite-related images in the post “Texlite, Borich, Pegasus,” so why not this circa-1930 photo? Texlite was the Dallas neon-sign-maker-supreme responsible for, among many dazzling creations, the Flying Red Horse atop the Magnolia Building. (Source: Dallas Public Library, Call Number PA87-1/19-59-36)

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This 1967 Christmas-season ad (which is somehow devoid of exclamation marks) (…we’re not talking Nutcracker here…) has been added to a post with perhaps my lengthiest title, “The Lighthouse Church That Warned of Sin’s Penalty with a Beam of Blue Mercury Vapor Shot Into the Skies Above Oak Cliff — 1941.”

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This photo has been added to “Teatro Panamericano/Cine Festival — 1943-1981” — it shows the Dallas Little Theatre before it became a Spanish-language theater and, later, an underground arthouse. (Source: DeGolyer Library, SMU)

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And lastly, a couple of postcards showing the super-cool lighting display at the Texas Centennial/Pan-American Exposition (featuring the Hall of State and the Administration Building at Fair Park) have been added to “Albert Einstein ‘Threw the Switch’ in New Jersey to Open the Pan-American Exposition in Dallas — 1937.” (Source: Baylor University Flickr stream and eBay)

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A Few Photo Additions to Past Posts — #15

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by Paula Bosse

Time for another round-up of miscellaneous photos I’ve come across over the past few months and which I’m adding to previous posts.

First, the photo above, showing a Belmont streetcar, has been added to the post “Ghost Rails of the Belmont Streetcar Line.” I’m not sure where or when the photo was taken, but it makes me very happy to see an actual streetcar which would have travelled through the neighborhood I grew up in. (Source: eBay)

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The photo below, showing Marvin’s Drug Store (aka the Rowan Building) on the northwest corner of Main and Akard, has been added to “Marvin’s Drug Store, Main and Akard.” (Source: eBay)

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This photo of the Haskell Exchange Building has been added to “The Haskell Exchange — ca. 1910.” (Source: Dallas Historical Society)

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Below, a photo of Wigton’s Sandwich Shop, which was located near one of my least favorite 3-point intersections in Dallas (East Grand-Gaston-Garland Road, near White Rock Lake), joins another photo of the same establishment in the post “Orphaned Factoids: Year-End Grab Bag, 2017.” (Source: eBay)

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I love the long-forgotten “waiting station” which was adjacent to the Jefferson Hotel and faced Union Station across Ferris Plaza. I’m adding two photos to “Ferris Plaza Waiting Station — 1925-1950.” (Sources: first one is from eBay, second one is a cropped image from the DeGolyer Library, SMU)

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Two images of the Cabana have been added to “The Cabana Motor Hotel of Dallas.” (Sources: both are from UTA’s Squire Haskins Collection — more info on the first (cropped) image can be found here, and on the second one here)

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This 1958 ad for Texas Instruments (when it was located on Lemmon Avenue, near Love Field) mentions hyperbolic paraboloids, which means that it has, of course, been added to a weirdly popular post, “The Hyperbolic Paraboloids of the Prairie.” (Source: eBay)

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Two 1964 photos of Jack Ruby pal/roomie George Senator have been added to “Newly Discovered Footage of Jack Ruby — 1960.” (Source: Associated Press)

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Two images of a Mystic Revellers invitation from Dallas’ first Mardi Gras celebration in 1876 have been added to “Mardi Gras: ‘Our First Attempt at a Carnival Fete’ — 1876.” (Source: Memphis Public Libraries, Colton Greene Collection)

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This 1936 Coca-Cola ad which ran during the Centennial has been added to “‘The Pause That Refreshes at the Texas Centennial’ — 1936.” because I had previously had only part of the full-page ad. (Source: eBay)

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And these last two are replacing other photos already used. The first one, from 1924, showing Knox Street looking southeasterly from Travis, replaces a previously used photo which had part of the image on the right side (with the horse) cropped out. It’s been added to “Knox Street, Between Cole and Travis.” (Source: DeGolyer Library, SMU

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And, finally, this photo, which shows the Woolworth store, at the northwest corner of Main and Stone, and the Praetorian Building (now the site of a giant eyeball) has replaced a tiny, low-resolution image in the post “The Praetorian Building and Its 19th-Century Neighbors.” (Source: Dallas Public Library)

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From the Vault: The Sigel’s Sign

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by Paula Bosse

Chances are pretty good you recognize this sign. Even through raindrops on a car window. That’s what it looked like when I stopped by Sigel’s on Greenville Avenue today. This is what it looked like when I got back to my car.

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See it moving — flashing and bubbling — in a YouTube video, here.

I wrote about this Sigel’s sign in the 2017 post “Historic Neon: The Super-Cool Sigel’s Sign.” Click the link to read about the man behind this fabulous sign, Marvin Sigel, who died in 2019 at the age of 87 (his obituary is here). After I wrote the piece linked above, I received a very nice message from Marvin’s son, David, who told me that Marvin liked the post and was delighted to know how much his work was appreciated.

And it still is! Thank you, Marvin!

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Photos by Paula Bosse, taken Dec. 15, 2020.

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From the Vault: Thanksgiving Celebrations in 19th-Century Dallas

millsap_turkeys_bosse_102112Turkeys crossing the road in Millsap, TX (photo: Paula Bosse)

by Paula Bosse

Another Thanksgiving has arrived. I’ve been busy this Thanksgiving season working with my brother to clear out my late aunt’s home as we prepare to sell it (she died in April of COVID-19, one of many, many reasons this year has been such a difficult one), and, as a result, my updating of this blog has been a little sparse lately. So today’s post will be a look back at Thanksgiving posts from the past.

Flashback Dallas posts tagged “Thanksgiving” are here.

The individual posts are:

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I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If your celebrations this year aren’t as festive and as full of family and friends as usual, just know that things will (hopefully!) be better next year.

This year I’m thankful that I had my aunt Bettye Jo in my life for as many years as I did. And for everyone else who has lost a loved one in this awful year or suffered hardships they couldn’t have imagined last Thanksgiving: we’ll get through this.

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Sources & Notes

Photo of turkeys crossing the road was taken by me on a drive through Millsap, Texas (Parker County) in October, 2012.

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VOTE!

election-returns_1928_frank-rogers_dplWatching returns on Elm St. (photo: Dallas Public Library)

by Paula Bosse

Today is Election Day! If you haven’t already gotten out to vote, today is your last chance. Do it!

One of my favorite “discoveries” I’ve stumbled across since doing this blog is learning how Dallasites (and other Americans across the country) once got continuously-updated news of election returns: crowds gathered to watch results which were projected onto the side of a building. The photo above shows people in the early 1920s standing in front of the Dallas Times Herald building (the one with the pillars, at 1305 Elm) watching returns projected from the newspaper offices onto a building across the street. Before TV and radio and 24-hour news coverage, this was the way many large cities kept their citizens informed on election night. 

Read more about that interesting slice of history in the Flashback Dallas post “How Dallas Used To Get Election Returns.”

Also of Election Day interest, check out these posts:

Happy voting!

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From the Vault: Fair Park’s Aquarium (1936-2020)

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by Paula Bosse

Sad  news: it has been announced that the Children’s Aquarium in Fair Park will be closing permanently. The aquarium — the first in Texas — opened in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. I wrote about the history of the local landmark, which has served Dallas for 84 years, in the 2015 Flashback Dallas post “The Dallas Aquarium: The Building Emblazoned With Seahorses — 1936.” 

This news is almost as upsetting as seeing Big Tex in flames.

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A Few Photo Additions to Past Posts — #14

shady-view-park_dplShady View Park, 1896

by Paula Bosse

Photos and postcards and other images related to things I’ve already written about have started to pile up again. These images are new to Flashback Dallas, but I’m adding them to old posts so I can keep everything in one place.

The one above, for instance, is being added to a post I wrote only last month for the 4th of July, “Independence Day at Shady View Park — 1880s.”knew I had this photo of Shady View Park in Old East Dallas, but I couldn’t find it when I wrote the post. I found it by accident a couple of days ago, and I love it. I clipped the photo a few years ago, but I’m not sure where I found it. A caption identifies the people as “La Reunion Colony settlers” — Mrs. Louie Maas, Annie Gramatky, Paul Hartman, and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gramatky. The photo was taken on May 12, 1896. (Source: Dallas Public Library)

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Below, a photo which I’ve added to “The Cabana Motor Hotel of Dallas.” It shows the Cabana under construction, looking a bit like a correctional facility (which it was for a while…). (Source: photo by William Langley, from the collection of the Dallas Public Library)

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This photo of the Dallas Morning News offices (with pertinent poster!) has been added to one of my favorite posts, “The Dallas News Special: Fast Train to Denison — 1887.” (Source: DeGolyer Library, SMU)

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Found on eBay, scans of the Sivils menu have been added to “Sivils Drive-In, An Oak Cliff Institution: 1940-1967.” (Click for larger images.)

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So many photos and postcards of Baylor are in “Baylor Hospital — 1909-1921,” including this one. (Source: somewhere on the internet…)

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This fab photo of the Arcadia Theater from 1941 (when “Wings of the Navy” was playing there) has been added to Bel-Vick’s Anchor: The Angelus Arcade and the Arcadia Theatre — 1920s.” (Source: Dallas Historical Society — I think…)

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The photos below have been added to “Gusher at Old Red! — 1890.” The first photo is from about 1900 and is from a collection of Dallas Morning News “copy photos” at SMU’s DeGolyer Library (this copy photo and the one above showing the interior of a DMN office are, sadly, on the washed-out side, but they’re still cool and serve as helpful historical records). I became kind of obsessed with what I assume is a capped well on the grounds of the Old Red Courthouse — you can see the artesian well at the extreme left of this photo — the view is east on Commerce from Houston Street. (Source: DeGolyer Library, SMU

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The second photo I’ve added to the “Gusher” post was sent to me by Ann Hoffman, showing a friend of her Great Aunt Nora stopping for a drink at Old Red sometime in the 1920s. (Source: Collection of Ann Hoffman — I love this! Thank you, Ann!)

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A photo by John Minor from a real photo postcard he sent to his mother in 1911, which shows Butler Brothers (and the Adolphus under construction), has been added to “Butler Brothers Building, As Seen From the Praetorian.” (Source: eBay)

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Below are two images which are being added to “Elm & Akard, Photographer J. C. Deane, and The Crash at Crush.” They show a building at the southeast corner of Elm and Akard (which was referred to as “historic” in the 1930s) before and after it was remodeled into an incredibly fabulous Art Deco addition to Elm Street (click over to the link to see a photo of the finished building — I’d never have guessed it had been in Dallas). (Source: DeGolyer Library). 

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And, lastly, even though this isn’t a photo taken in or around Dallas (it was taken in Shannon, Texas — in Clay County, 20-or-so miles south of Henrietta), it does show Texans playing croquet, which was surprisingly popular here as early as the 1870s. I’ve added it to the post “Orphaned Factoids: Year-End Grab Bag, 2018,” beneath newspaper reports from 1873 which caused controversy when it was reported that an off-duty Dallas policeman was seen playing croquet in Main Street every day. (Source: they’re on a streak — the DeGolyer Library, SMU)

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Until next time!

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From the Vault: Jimi Hendrix Interviewed on the Love Field Tarmac — 1969

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by Paula Bosse

If you haven’t delved into the vast collection of Dallas history contained in the WFAA Newsfilm Collection held by the G. William Jones Collection at SMU’s Hamon Arts Library (a collection I’m proud to be working on as a researcher), you are missing out. There are SO MANY clips of Channel 8 news footage from 1960 to 1973. Descriptions are ongoing, and new stuff is being uploaded all the time — check out the SMU Jones Film YouTube channel here.

One of my favorite WFAA clips from this collection is, without question, the short interview with Jimi Hendrix conducted at Love Field when he visited Dallas to play at Memorial Auditorium (April 20, 1969). Channel 8 reporter Doug Terry lucked out in getting one of the best interviews of Hendrix I’ve ever seen — he’s laid back and friendly, smiling and laughing. Watch it in my 2017 Flashback Dallas post “Jimi Hendrix, Glen Campbell, Tiny Tim — In Dallas (…Separately), 1969.”

And while I’m at it, a related post (which I really enjoyed writing) is “Tiny Tim Mobbed at the Melody Shop — 1969” — it also includes great WFAA footage (not, unfortunately, of the Melody Shop riot, but of his appearance at Sanger-Harris for a book-signing a few months later — he even sings).

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