Art deco portraits of a pilot, navigator, bombardier, and gunner painted by William Dean Fausett, oil on canvas, 1940s. These 6x4 foot paintings hang in the rotunda of the Randolph Air Force Base administration building in San Antonio, Texas.
This is my favorite part of Dallas, and it stands pretty much the same today as it did in this 1936 photograph. The Esplanade of State at the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas, Texas, 1936.
Fair Park Deco, Dallas, Texas
I just ordered a copy of this book and I can’t wait for it to arrive next week! http://www.fairparkdeco.com/
Mid-century modern house in Dallas, cooled by a lily pond and a layer of water on the flat roof. Designed by Architect O’Neil Ford. The house is still standing. Top picture is from 1952, bottom picture is from 2012. Considering the neighborhood where it’s located, I imagine that it also had central heat and air, even in 1952.
Jay’s Marine Grill, postcard, Dallas, late 1950s
I found this postcard at an estate sale. I’ve lived in Dallas all of my life and have never heard of this restaurant before. According to a web search, it opened in 1959 and closed in 1986.
Varied Industries Building, Texas Centennial postcard, Dallas, 1936
This building is still standing, as are most of the art deco buildings from the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. I think Dallas is pretty boring and ordinary for the most part, but the Fairgrounds are a gem.
“Spirit of the Centennial” statue at Fair Park in Dallas, 1936. Designed by Raoul Josett and Jose Martin. Carlo Ciampaglia designed the mural behind the statue. The statue and mural still stand in Fair Park today.
“Dixie Weller by Paul Bynum Studio, 6027 Berkshire Lane, Dallas, Texas”
Flea Market Find… I went to east Texas this weekend for first Monday Trade Days in Canton and also all of the yard sales and antique stores for miles around. I haven’t been in years, and I found this great 1950s portrait at a roadside stand for $10. It’s 10” x 13”, not counting the original mat, hand tinted in oil, with no frame.