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Thank You, Peter Simek / D Magazine!

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by Paula Bosse

Thank you, Peter Simek, for the link to the Flashback Dallas post “Cole Park Storm Water Detention Vault” on the D Magazine FrontBurner blog! My original post — which I wrote as the period of torrential flooding was just beginning — has been shared quite a bit, and it is far and away this blog’s most popular post so far this year. Thanks for all the shares, and thanks again, D Magazine! Read Peter Simek’s post “Why Central Expressway Doesn’t Flood During Torrential Rain,” here.

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Copyright © 2015 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.

 

Thanks For the Dallas Morning News Shout-Out, Alan Peppard!

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by Paula Bosse

In the wild-eyed throes of moving, I missed a very nice mention of Flashback Dallas (and myself!) by Alan Peppard in The Dallas Morning News in response to a “from the vault” post I posted a couple of weeks ago on Facebook and Twitter — “The Shooting of ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ — 1966,” about the location filming in and around Dallas of the Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway film. Alan’s article — with amusing tidbits about Blanche Barrow — is here. Thank you, Alan!

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Teaser poster for the 1967 movie release of “Bonnie and Clyde” found here.

Other Flashback Dallas posts on Bonnie & Clyde can be read here.

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Copyright © 2015 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.

“Mobile-Optimized,” Y’all!

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by Paula Bosse

Howdy! For those of you who visit this blog while on a mobile device … good news! I’ve finally been able to start tweaking it so that reading it on a phone doesn’t cause a dull throbbing pain in your head. Perusing the site should now be a whole lot less annoying. As always, thanks for reading!

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Happy Anniversary, Flashback Dallas!

tx-centennial-light-showHappy First Anniversary, y’all! Fire up the klieg lights!

by Paula Bosse

Flashback Dallas is one year old today!

When I started this blog a year ago, it was mainly just for myself, because I thought it would be fun and a good writing exercise — and because so many of my friends had said over the years that I should do a Dallas history blog. And now, 388 posts (!) later, I can say without hesitation, that this has been one of the most personally entertaining and fulfilling things I’ve ever done. I’ve had fun writing every single post, and I hope my enthusiasm in reporting on the big and small of Dallas history has been apparent.

I’ve been so happy at the response. I’m really not very good at promoting myself, but, hell, it’s an anniversary, so, clumsily, here’s a patting-myself-on-the-back list of people or organizations who have graciously profiled, cited, or high-fived Flashback Dallas in the past year:

  • The Dallas Morning News (thank you, Robert Wilonsky, Alan Peppard, Mark Lamster, and Rudy Bush!)
  • The Dallas Observer (thank you, Lauren Smart and Eric Nicholson!)
  • D Magazine (thank you, Tim Rogers!)
  • The Ticket, Sportsradio 1310 (thank you, Orphanage guys!)
  • Candy’s Dirt (thank you Candy Evans!)
  • The State Fair of Texas
  • The DeGolyer Library, SMU
  • American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter
  • And all the bloggers who have linked to me or cited me!

And thanks especially to you, the reader! I’m thrilled that so many people have taken the time to email me and to read, reply to, “like,” and share my posts. After my first year, I have over 2,500 followers across social media (a small number for some, maybe, but for me … this would have been unimaginable a year ago) — and it’s interesting to note that the readers of Flashback Dallas cross all ethnic, socioeconomic, political, and perhaps most heartening, AGE lines.

I don’t consider myself a historian so much as a researcher who likes to write about things I find personally entertaining. Chances are if I find something interesting, someone else will, too. Life is too short to suffer through dull and dry historical accounts of events that were probably pretty interesting and lively when they happened.

I’ve learned more about my hometown this past year than I have in all the years leading up to it. Thanks so much to everyone for such a fun year!

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Greetings!

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by Paula Bosse

It’s the beginning of a new year — so why not post a few links on how you can keep up with new Flashback Dallas posts.

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Thanks again for reading!

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Texas Centennial Promotion on Hyper-Drive! — 1936

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by Paula Bosse

A bit of color and giddy enthusiasm on a gray day.

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Top image is a Texas Centennial poster from the Ephemera Collection of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. I would provide a link, but I am unable to find it now. It was online a few months ago!

Source of bottom image is unknown. Probably eBay. A long, long time ago.

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“Howdy, Y’all!”

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by Paula Bosse

Thanks so much to the fine folks at The State Fair of Texas for the Throwback Thursday social media love today! They graciously shared our Texas Centennial posts. Welcome, new visitors!

And don’t forget, Big Tex is counting down those days….

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State Fair of Texas website is here. Get ready, y’all!

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Big Tex and His Dressers

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Headlessness and wardrobe malfunctions being attended to…

by Paula Bosse

It’ll probably all get straightened out in the end.

When I worked in a bookstore that had frequent visits by costumed characters for children’s events, we were told to make sure children never saw the characters without their costume heads because it might freak the kids out. If true, that photo above has the potential to scar some impressionable youngsters for life.

Above, Big Tex in dishabille.

Below, all pulled together.

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Sources & Notes

Top photo of a headless Big Tex is from the Sept. 1976 issue of Texas Historian, a Texas State Historical Association publication of the Junior Historians of Texas.

Second photo, of a put-together Big Tex is a State Fair of Texas photo from the same issue of Texas Historian.

Click images to make Bit Tex REALLY big!

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Big Tex, Old Tex, Big Ol’ Tex — Whatever You Call Him, Otis Dozier Wins (1954)

dozier_big-tex_sketchbook_1954_dma“Old Tex” sketch by Otis Dozier, 1954 — Dallas Museum of Art

© Marie Scott Miegel and Denni Davis Washburn

by Paula Bosse

Hey, y’all, guess what’s just around the corner. Whenever you start seeing pictures of Big Tex, you know that the State Fair of Texas can’t be too far away.

There have been a lot of artistic depictions of Big Tex over the years, but I think this sketch by Dallas artist Otis Dozier (1904-1987) may be my all-time favorite. And I’ve only just discovered it! (Thank you, DMA!)

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This wonderful ink, watercolor, and crayon sketch of “Old Tex” is contained in one of Otis Dozier’s sketchbooks, now in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art, a gift of the Dozier Foundation (© Marie Scott Miegel and Denni Davis Washburn). To see details on this work, see the page on the DMA’s website, here.

The Otis Dozier sketchbooks have been digitized in a joint project between the Dallas Museum of Art, SMU’s Bywaters Special Collections at the Hamon Arts Library, and SMU’s Norwick Center for Digital Services. To read about this fantastic collection, see the SMU Central University Libraries page, here.

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This week, the Dallas Museum of Art launched a new digital database in which its entire collection is now accessible online! This is great news for many reasons, not least being that it allows the public to see works that are rarely — if ever — displayed in the museum. Such as this one. To read more about assembling this incredible database, read the DMA’s announcement, here.

To look up your favorite artist, check to see what the DMA has, here.

For the biography of the Forney-born Dozier (who was one of the members of the famed Dallas Nine group), see the Handbook of Texas entry here.

Click picture for larger image.

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Copyright © 2014 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.

 

Thank You, Alan Peppard/Dallas Morning News!

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by Paula Bosse

Thanks to Alan Peppard of The Dallas Morning News for picking up the Powell University Training School story (and for saying such nice things about me and the blog)! Thank you, Alan!

Check out Alan’s article “Century-old school still stands in the shadow of SMU and Hotel Lumen” here.

If you missed the original Flashback: Dallas post, see it here.

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