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From the Vault: 1907’s Gleaming New Power Plant

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by Paula Bosse

Dallas’ new power station arrived in 1907, one year before the disastrous flood of 1908 — the catastrophic flood would almost certainly have had longer-lasting consequences had this new plant not been filled with brand-new machinery, which enabled the city to rebound remarkably quickly.

And, yes, the designers of the American Airlines Center (which today sits on approximately the same site) took design cues from the old power plant. Read more (and see some cool photos — and a link to the most exhaustive turbine-y article possible, published in 1907) at the Flashback Dallas post from 2015, “A New Power Turbine Station for Big D — 1907.”

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From the Vault: Downtown’s Giant Neon Dr Pepper Sign

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by Paula Bosse

Thirsty? Read about the cool, giant neon sign that once sat atop the Jefferson Hotel, in the 2015 Flashback Dallas post “Neon Refreshment: The Giant Dr Pepper Sign.”

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From the Vault: When the Sweat Hit the Fan — 1951

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by Paula Bosse

Imagine working in an un-air-conditioned building when it had been over 100 degrees outside for a couple of weeks straight. You and your coworkers would be mighty peeved. And possibly unconscious. Southwestern Bell’s idea to combat this sweltering problem was to use electric fans and buckets of ice in hopes that their employees didn’t faint on the job. Read how Dallas telephone operators reacted to this “solution” in the Flashback Dallas post “Telephone Operators Sweating at the Switchboard — 1951.”

Keep cool, y’all!

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From the Vault: Celebrating the 4th of July at White Rock Lake — 1946

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Calling Monsieur Seurat…

by Paula Bosse

One of my all-time favorite Flashback Dallas photos: Dallasites at White Rock Lake enjoying the first Independence Day following World War II. See this photo really big (and there’s a lot to see!) in the original post from 2016, “4th of July at White Rock Lake — 1946.”

Have a happy, safe, and relatively sweat-free Independence Day!

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A Few Photo Additions to Past Posts — #11

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by Paula Bosse

Here are a few images I have added to old posts. (Click pictures to see larger images.)

Above, a photo from 1973 by Steve Fitch showing the Chalk Hill Drive-In. (Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts) And below, a 1947 photo showing the parking area of the Northwest Hi-Way Drive-In at Northwest Highway and Hillcrest (the view is to the northwest, with Hillcrest running from the lower left corner to the upper right). (Source: Dallas Public Library, George I. Gird Collection) Both photos have been added to the post “Dallas’ First Two Drive-In Theaters — 1941.”

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Speaking of drive-ins, this postcard image featuring a comely Sivils carhop has been added to “Sivils Drive-In, An Oak Cliff Institution: 1940-1967.” (Source: eBay)

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Speaking of food, this matchbook cover has been added to the post “The Filling Station on Greenville Avenue: From Bonnie & Clyde to Legendary Burger Place.” (Source: eBay)

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This photo of the MKT depot and the Katy Flyer is GREAT. I’ve added it and the novelty snapshot of three MKT travelers to the post “Leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer — ca. 1914.” (Source for both: eBay)

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These two images of an MKT timetable from 1900 have been added to another Katy Flyer post, “M-K-T Railroad’s ‘Katy Flyer Route’ — 1902.” (Source: eBay)

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Have you not heard of the “Caveteria”?! Then hie yourself over to “The Caveteria: ‘Marvelous Food at Moderate Prices.'” (Source: eBay)

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And. lastly, the Keeley Institute was here to help. There were addiction problems-a-plenty in Big D as the 20th century approached. Read about them in the post Under the Paw of the Tiger: Taking the Cocaine, Morphine, and Opium ‘Cure’ — 1890s.” (Source: Dallas Morning News ad, 1899)

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From the Vault: A Walk Through Downtown — 2017

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So much fantastic architecture!

by Paula Bosse

I visited downtown several times last week, and it’s always nice to be reminded that some of my favorite old buildings in the Central Business District have somehow managed to survive the wrecking ball and/or over-zealous renovators (I’m not sure which is a worse fate). Two years ago I walked around and took some photos of buildings I really love: see them in the 2017 post “Downtown Dallas, Last Week.

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From the Vault: Research Challenge!

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Mission: track down this house’s location….

by Paula Bosse

Some people look at research as tedious, some people look at it as fun. I definitely think it’s fun. I really loved researching the image above, which I approached as a chance to solve a mystery more than anything else: I wondered if I could find out where the house once stood, the only clues being in the message on the postcard — and I did! Read the original post from 2015: “Tracking Down a Photo Location & Discovering a City Pioneer: D. M. Clower, The Man Who Brought the Telephone to Dallas.” Follow along as I chronicle how I figured it out and what Dallas-history resources I used along the way.

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From the Vault: The Dunbar Branch Library

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“North Dallas” before it became “Uptown”

by Paula Bosse

See photos of Dallas’ first public library built to serve the city’s black community in the Flashback Dallas post from 2015, “The Dunbar Branch: Dallas’ First Library for the African-American Community, 1931-1959.”

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From the Vault: Downtown Dallas at Night

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by Paula Bosse

Things have been busy in recent weeks, but I hope to get back to posting more regularly soon!

In the meantime, check out “A Decade of Spectacular Growth for the Dallas Skyline: 1929-1939,” a post from 2014 showing just how much downtown grew (and illuminated itself) in the span of only ten years. The photo above, published in a 1929 issue of The Rotarian magazine, is the “before” image….

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From the Vault: Lunch-Ladies of Yesteryear

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by Paula Bosse

Ah, school lunches. I’m pretty sure the scene above of Dallas school cafeteria workers shelling fresh peas was one not seen in my lifetime. I’m definitely a product of the canned-and-frozen-food era. Check out the post “School Lunches of Yesteryear” for a list of eyebrow-raising delectables from a typical menu offered to Dallas students in the 1920s and ’30s.

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