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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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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”

akard-looking-north_cook-colln_degolyer_smu_ca-1906See 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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