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From the Vault: Low-Voltage Weight Loss on Main Street — 1921

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by Paula Bosse

Dallas has always been image-conscious. I loved discovering this odd “electrically-provoked” weight-loss system which was being, um … executed in a Main Street basement a stone’s throw from Neiman’s. Read the Flashback Dallas post from 2016 — “Zap Those Extra Pounds Away in Mrs. Rodgers’ Electric Chair — 1921” — here.

 

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From the Vault: The Roseland Theater — 1916

roseland_terrill-yrbk_1916Grainy photo taken by a teenager in 1916…

by Paula Bosse

Check out the 2015 Flashback Dallas post about a short-lived, little-remembered silent-movie theater on Main Street (which was housed in a building which was demolished soon after this post was written) in “Roseland — 1916,” here.

 

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Merry Christmas! — 2017

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by Paula Bosse

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings! I hope this holiday season has been a happy one. Christmastime in Dallas is not complete without a pilgrimage to the giant Pecan Tree in Highland Park. It is 152 years old this year! Read about its history, see some historic photos of it through the years, and watch a short documentary from KERA in my 2015 post “Celebrate the Pecan Tree’s 150th Christmas” here.

Eat too much, drink too much, and stay warm and toasty!

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Sources & Notes

Photo from Pinterest, via Robert J. Sadler., a mystery writer who sets many of his novels in and around Dallas.

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From the Vault: A Christmas Miracle — Spidey Saves Dallas

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by Paula Bosse

You didn’t know Spider-Man saved our Christmas 30-some-odd years ago? Read how in the Flashback Dallas post from 2015, “Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas! (1983),” here.

Thanks, Spidey!

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Back Again: The Giant Santa Claus and the Christmas Tragedy — 1953

santa-crane_wbap-3_portalThe fateful day…

by Paula Bosse

This “giant Santa Claus tragedy” story is one of the most-viewed Flashback Dallas posts I’ve ever written. Here it is, back again for another holiday season. I’ve updated the post this year to include new photos as well as film footage (!) shot by WBAP-Channel 5 on that fateful day. Read the original post from 2014 — “The World’s Largest Santa & The Christmas Tragedy — 1953” — here.

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From the Vault: Rousing Tales of “Fast Trains” — 1887

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by Paula Bosse

I wrote about the “Dallas News Special” a couple of years ago, and the newspaper accounts of this special express train hired by The Dallas Morning News to get its papers to far-flung subscribers by daybreak have really stuck with me. The lengthy “ride-along” articles (most likely written by a twenty-something G. B. Dealey) are so wonderfully poetic (and so charmingly grandiose) that one longs for the days when this sort of thing was commonplace in the ink-stained columns of one’s daily newspaper.

The post, “The Dallas News Special: Fast Train to Denison — 1887,” can be read here. I highly recommend reading the full articles linked at the end of the post.

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From the Vault: Simulcasting the World Series In the Days Before Radio

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by Paula Bosse

I understand there’s some sort of baseball contest going on at the moment? Seems like a good time to link back to a post I really enjoyed writing and researching, “Simulcasting the World Series in Dallas in the Days Before Radio, Via Telegraph.” The ad above, from 1912, promotes “reproductions” of live games which were happening hundreds of miles away — the play-by-play action was relayed by a telegraph operator to theater personnel who would immediately “reproduce” the game for the audience of eager baseball fans. I’m not a sports fan, but I loved learning about this! Read the 2014 Flashback Dallas post here.

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From the Vault: Snapshots of the Fair, 1936-1940

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by Paula Bosse

September is finally here, and that means the State Fair of Texas is only a few short weeks away. Check out the Flashback Dallas post “Snapshots of the Fair, 1936-1940” to see many of Lewis D. Fox’s amateur photos of the fair (and the Texas Centennial) from 1936-1940. And see the link at the bottom of the post to see the full collection of 100 or so of his State Fair photos from the Fox Photograph Collection in the Fort Worth Public Library Archives.

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From the Vault: Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike — “30 Miles in 30 Minutes” (1957)

turnpike_west-from-360_1957*Less* than 30 mins. under these conditions…

by Paula Bosse

Three years ago I posted this wonderful photo of the blissfully empty, not-yet-opened Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike — I loved it then, and I love it now. Read the original post — “The DFW Turnpike, Unsullied by Traffic, Billboards, or Urban Sprawl — 1957” — here.

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A Few Photo Additions to Past Posts — #6

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by Paula Bosse

Sluggish days of summer — seems like a good time for another round of updates to old posts. Most images are larger when clicked. To see the original post, click the title.

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First, the postcard above shows Berkelely Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Berkeley Avenue was the original name of Armstrong Avenue, which runs through Highland Park. See more on the very early days of Armstrong at the post this has been added to: “The Rolling Hills of Highland Park — 1911.” (Source: Flickr stream, by Coltera, who suggests this might be the Berkley Avenue in Oak Cliff, but it’s definitely Highland Park.)

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This photo of the Hall of Negro Life — built expressly for the Texas Centennial at Fair Park (it is no longer standing) — has been added to the post “Juneteenth at the Texas Centennial — 1936.” (Source: Portal to Texas History)

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And speaking of the Centennial, I’ve added a few apple-dancer-related things to the post “Lady Godiva and the ‘Flesh Shows’ of the Texas Centennial — 1936.” (Sources: 1. DeGolyer Library, SMU; 2. newspaper ad; 3. Franklin, Indiana Evening Star)

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This ad for the then-under-construction Titche’s building — “the new shopping center … dedicated to the fine art of Better Living” has been added to the post “George Dahl’s Titche-Goettinger Building.” (Source: Sunset High School’s 1929 yearbook)

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Photos of vehicle-free highways fascinate me. Here’s US 67, looking east to Loop 12/Buckner Blvd., with the “two-bridge rotary” intersection in the foreground — seen seven months before it opened in July, 1951. The photo and caption have been added to the amazingly popular post “The 67-80 Split Near Mesquite — ca. 1951.” (Source: Oscar Slotboom’s Dallas-Fort Worth Freeways)

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I’ve added this 1958 photo of Stanley Marcus presenting the “Fashion Oscar” to 22-year-old Yves Saint Laurent (then head of the House of Dior) to one of my favorite posts, Back at the Ranch with Yves Saint Laurent — 1958.” (Source: Stanley Marcus Papers, DeGolyer Library, SMU)

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This photo of Ferris Plaza has been added to the post “Ferris Plaza Waiting Station — 1925-1950.” (Source: Park and Playground System, 1921-1923 via the Portal to Texas History)

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These little ads for Whittle’s Music Co. have been added to “The Whittle Music Building — ca. 1956.”

ad-whittle-music_1922-directory1922 Dallas directory

ad-whittle-music_bryan-street-high-school_1927-yrbkBryan Street High School, 1927 yearbook

ad-whittle-music_tx-almanac-1945-46Texas Almanac, 1945-46

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Not a photo, but this little bit of early baseball reporting has been added to the post “The Dallas Clippers: Early Dallas Baseball.” (Source: Dallas Herald, Aug. 26, 1884)

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