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From the Vault: Celery Cola: Never Mind the Cocaine — 1909

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by Paula Bosse

Stuck in the middle of another hot summer, one’s mind is likely to drift to thoughts of refreshing beverages. Like Celery Cola. Yes, it was a thing. Read about it in my post from 2014 — “Celery Cola: ‘It Picks You Up!’ — 1909” — here.

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From the Vault: Turn-of-the-Century Maple Avenue

maple-ave_colteraThose homeowners had it all…

by Paula Bosse

Stoneleigh-Hotel-area Maple Avenue doesn’t look like this anymore. As beautiful as this neighborhood was, there were apparently a lot of desperate men living in some of those idyllic houses: it seems to have been suicide-central. More about this in the original 2015 post, “Turn-of-the-Century Maple Avenue,” here.

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From the Vault: The Dallas Skyline As Seen by Commercial Artist Lee Albertson — 1969

ad-phelps-dodge_1969_bw_small“When Big D lights up…”

by Paula Bosse

This is not one of the legendary phone book covers of Karl Hoefle, but the work of a commercial artist who produced several similar city-skyline ads for Phelps Dodge. This one is a lot of fun to zoom into and see in detail — see a much larger image here.

But it’s even better in color. See the color version in my original post — “When ‘Big D’ Lights Up — Phelps Dodge Ad (1969)” — here.

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Dallas History on “Jeopardy”

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by Paula Bosse

Yesterday an old Flashback Dallas post from 2014 got a TON of hits. As the hits continued to rack up all day, I thought, “This is really weird.” The reason? Jeopardy! Even better, FINAL Jeopardy! Do you know the answer (…phrased in the form of a question)? See if you do, here.

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From the Vault: “The Manure Problem”

main-and-stone-looking-west_ca-1900_cook-colln_degolyer_smuSee all those horses?

by Paula Bosse

There’s a headline that’ll get attention. Check out the post “‘Male Fixings’ and Horse Manure Akard Street, ca. 1906″ in which I wonder how cities used to deal with all the horse manure in the streets. (Augusts must have been especially unpleasant back then.)

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From the Vault: High School Football, 1909

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by Paula Bosse

This is a great photo of intense facial expressions and odd photo manipulation from the J. L. Patton Collection of the Dallas Historical Society. A bit more about what appears to be the football team representing Dallas’ only black high school can be found in the original post “Dallas High School Football, 1909-Style,” here.

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From the Vault: A Tour of St. Paul’s Sanitarium — 1910

st-pauls_flickr_coltera“They sure are good to a fellow…”

by Paula Bosse

A couple of years ago I posted several great photos taken inside St. Paul’s Sanitarium (later St. Paul’s Hospital) by noted Dallas photographer Charles Erwin Arnold. The photos are great. See them in the post “St. Paul’s Sanitarium — 1910,” here.

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From the Vault: KRLD’s Beautiful Art Deco-Style Transmitter Building — 1939

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by Paula Bosse

When even industrial buildings were aesthetically pleasing. See the original post — “KRLD’s Beautiful New Transmitter — 1939” — here.

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A Few Photo Additions to Past Posts — #5

main-poydras_squire-haskins_utaThe Do-Nut Merchant, holding down the fort… (click for larger image)

by Paula Bosse

Another round of photos I’ve come across recently and have added to previous posts. (All are larger when clicked — to see original posts, click the titles linked in blue.)

Above, a great photo showing Main Street, looking east from Poydras toward Lamar. It’s been added to the post “900 Block of Main, South Side — 1950s” which already contained a head-on view of this block. (Source: Squire Haskins Collection, UTA Special Collections, here. I saw it when Peter Kurilecz posted it to the Dallas History Guild Facebook group and I recognized the block by the “Do-Nut Merchant” sign — because who can forget a business called the Do-Nut Merchant?)

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Here’s an aesthetically pleasing (if crooked), quaintly drawn plan of Tietze Park; I’ve added it to the post titled, well, “Tietze Park.” (Source: This is a screenshot from my phone — I think it was posted somewhere on Facebook, and I swore I would remember the source, but, of course, I do NOT remember the source.)

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This is a very similar photo of the Municipal Building I posted last year in “Home Sweet Home at Commerce & Harwood,” but this one shows more of Commerce Street (seen at the right) looking east — I don’t see a lot of photos from this period showing the blocks immediately east of Harwood. (Source: George W. Cook Collection, DeGolyer Library, SMU)

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Six blocks west on Commerce is the Adolphus Hotel. This is another similar photo to one already posted, but different enough to be interesting. I’m adding this ca. 1913 view of the Adolphus (straight ahead) and the Oriental Hotel (at the right, middleground), seen looking north on Akard, to the post “The Adolphus, The Oriental, The Magnolia” — the only difference between the two is that this one was taken before the Magnolia Petroleum Building was built. (Source: Dallas Public Library, Texas/Dallas History Division, via D Magazine)

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In what seems like another universe, this 1945 photo showing the SMU campus looking north shows mostly open Caruth farmland above Northwest Highway (the Caruth Homestead is at the far right). There are two non-farmland landmarks seen here: just right of the top middle is Hillcrest Mausoleum in Hillcrest Memorial Park (now Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park); to the left of center (just west of Hillcrest) is the Northwest Hi-Way drive-in theater, which is why I’m adding this photo and detail to the post “Dallas’ First Two Drive-In Theaters — 1941.” (Source: Highland Park United Methodist Church Archives, reprinted in Diane Galloway’s book The Park Cities, A Photohistory)

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Last summer I wrote about the “Couch Building” — which most people remember as being the University Park home of Goff’s Hamburgers (which burned down last year) (and which can be seen in the aerial photo above if you whip out a magnifying glass). I was happy to see it in the 1947 photo below (behind and to the left of the “Highland Park/SMU” streetcar which is sitting at the end of the line, just south of Snider Plaza). I’ve added this to the post “University Park’s ‘Couch Building’ Goes Up In Flames (1929-2016.)” (Source: eBay photo, posted in the Retro Dallas, Texas Facebook group by Dallas historian Teresa Musgrove Gibson)

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Over past White Rock Lake, this 1957 view of the Casa View Shopping Center has been added to “Shopping at Sears in Casa View.” (Source: Dallas Morning News photo blog)

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This Jack Patton cartoon from The Dallas Morning News (May 18, 1933) looks back at the incredible civil engineering feat of straightening the Trinity River in the late 1920s and building the levees; I’ve added it to the post “The Trinity River at the City’s Doorstep.” (Source: The Dallas Morning News)

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Here’s a great photo of the former Union Depot Hotel in Deep Ellum, where Central Ave. and Pacific Ave. (or the H&TC and T&P railroads) crossed — the automobiles are parked on Pacific, and the view is to the southwest. When this photo was taken sometime in the early 1920s, it was occupied by the Tip-Top Tailors and the Bowman Drug Co. I’m adding it to “The Union Depot Hotel Building, Deep Ellum — 1898-1968.” (Source: The Dallas Morning News; I found it in the book Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas by Alan Govenar and Jay Brakfield)

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And, finally, I’m adding this link to the post “The Shooting of ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ — 1966.” It shows (silent) news footage from WBAP-TV (Ch. 5) of the Southwestern premiere of the movie Bonnie and Clyde at the Campus Theater in Denton, featuring stars of the movie Warren Beatty, Michael J. Pollard, and Estelle Parsons riding around the square in September, 1967. Below is a screen capture. The Bonnie and Clyde footage starts at about the 4:41 mark. (Source: KXAS-NBC 5 News Collection, UNT Special Libraries Collections, via the Portal to Texas History)

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From the Vault: The Early Days of the Police Crackdown on “Loco Weed” in Dallas

marihuana-film_poster“The weed with roots in hell…”

by Paula Bosse

Read about the demon weed when it first began making headlines in the Dallas papers in the 1920s and ’30s in my post from last year, “‘Delusions of Affability’ — Marijuana in 1930s Dallas,” here.

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