Remarkably Retro
A long, long time ago I stumbled across quite the find on eBay: some 1939 Kodachrome footage showing off downtown Dallas in glorious color. It caught the attention of a…
"Man in Arkansas and his Ass in Texas"
Texarkana postcard, copyrighted 1934, postmarked 1941.

"Man in Arkansas and his Ass in Texas"

Texarkana postcard, copyrighted 1934, postmarked 1941.

San Jacinto Memorial Shaft at San Jacinto Battleground, Postcard, 1930s.
This monument is near Houston, Texas and the “shaft” is 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument in Washington, D. C. The postcard was postmarked in 1939.

San Jacinto Memorial Shaft at San Jacinto Battleground, Postcard, 1930s.

This monument is near Houston, Texas and the “shaft” is 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument in Washington, D. C. The postcard was postmarked in 1939.

Dr. Pepper ad from the January 15, 1949 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

The sad part of this ad is the building illustration at the bottom: “Dr. Pepper Company’s new national headquarters, 26 acres of industrial plant modernity and beauty… Dallas, Texas.” I’ve also included an old photo of the building from the Dallas Public Library’s Texas/Dallas History Division.

For almost 50 years this building stood at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Avenue in Dallas. This wonderful building was demolished in 1997 despite several years of fighting along with much outcry from the public and preservationists around the United States. In it’s place is a Kroger supermarket, strip shopping center, fast food, and very boring mid-rise level apartments. It was a shame to lose such a great building.

Dining room of the Villa Capri Motor Hotel in Austin, Texas, 1958
Mears, Dewey G. [Dining room interior of the Villa Capri Motor Hotel]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124577/. Accessed August 12, 2013.

Dining room of the Villa Capri Motor Hotel in Austin, Texas, 1958

Mears, Dewey G. [Dining room interior of the Villa Capri Motor Hotel]. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124577/. Accessed August 12, 2013.

Dallas: “Main Street Looking Toward the East,” water color by W. David Shaw for the April 1954 issue of Esquire magazine.

Dallas: “Main Street Looking Toward the East,” water color by W. David Shaw for the April 1954 issue of Esquire magazine.

Texas illustration from the New Century Book of Facts, 1935

Texas illustration from the New Century Book of Facts, 1935

Dallas Continental Inn - Dallas, Texas by The Pie Shops Collection on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Highway 75 North, Exit 24 Dallas-Richardson City Limits - 12 minutes to downtown Dallas - 150 deluxe rooms - Stalls for Horses - Pool - TV - Phones - Restaurant - Meeting & Banquet Rooms. Member of the Best Western Motels. Telephone Dallas - Adams 5-8321 P.O. Box 669 - Richardson

Dallas Continental Inn - Dallas, Texas by The Pie Shops Collection on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Highway 75 North, Exit 24
Dallas-Richardson City Limits - 12 minutes to downtown Dallas - 150 deluxe rooms - Stalls for Horses - Pool - TV - Phones - Restaurant - Meeting & Banquet Rooms. Member of the Best Western Motels.
Telephone Dallas - Adams 5-8321
P.O. Box 669 - Richardson

We had a cool front come through yesterday and this weather has been beautiful. A nice break from our triple digit temps last week.

We had a cool front come through yesterday and this weather has been beautiful. A nice break from our triple digit temps last week.

Texas Centennial Exposition, postcard, Dallas, 1936

These buildings and fountains are all still standing today and most have been restored to their former glory.

Texas Centennial Exposition, postcard, Dallas, 1936

These buildings and fountains are all still standing today and most have been restored to their former glory.