Saturday, June 27, 2009

IBM Building

Typical late 50s early 60s Dallas box at 2911 Cedar Springs Road at Turtle Creek. Now a 12-15 story glass-faced hi-rise, probably condos.

Mitchell's Coffee Shop

At 307 South Harwood "in the Gas Company Building". Here's an ad from 1936.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hill Tire Company

This early 60's location is 14010 Harry Hines Blvd. Owned by Robert B. Hill, who died in 1975, age 81. Dayton Thorobreds were a whitewall tire which began to be widely sold in the early thirties.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hensley Field

Established ca 1929, Hensley Field became the Dallas Naval Air Station in 1941. It was decommissioned in 1998.

I'm puzzled why it should be referred to as Hensley so long after the name change. (No accidents in 59)

Read more about the history of the Dallas NAS

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Southland Center & Sheraton Hotel

Circa 1972

When I was a kid the Southland Life Building was the tallest building in Dallas. A trip downtown for us usually included a ride on the elevator to the observation deck, either the top story or next one down. According to this postcard the 49-story structure was also the tallest office building west of the Mississippi.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Rodeway Inn

Rodeway Inn at 4150 North Central Expressway, probably early 1960s.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Airmaid Hosiery - McGaugh Hosiery Mills

Wear Airmaid Hosiery
Sold only through the better drug stores
Wear Airmate Socks and Ties
More Miles Per Pair

McGaugh Hosiery Mills was founded in 1929 by Joe R. Brown. In 1946 the company built a 6000 square foot building at 4408 Second Avenue, which became the finishing plant, and contained general and sales offices, employing about 125 people in 1951. The actual knitting was done by 160 employees at a mill in New Braunfels. By 1953 the company name had been changed to the Airmaid Hosiery Mills and the company was a "Blue Ribbon Winner" for best style at that year's State Fair salute to the state's rapidly growing fashion industry. By 1965 the company had either moved to Fort Worth or split from the original company and was renamed Airmaid Hosiery Company.

Wear Airmate Ankies - more miles per pair
 I think the first blue matchbook may be earlier than these two brown ones. Notice the propellered monoplane has been replaced by a more streamlined model without a prop and one that resembles a World War II bomber. "Sold only through the better drug stores" has made way for "in drug stores only" and "drug stores from coast to coast", possibly indicating expanded availability  The matchbooks all have a definite sexist bent.
For a Gentleman - his choice - Airmate Sox

Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages

Every year the phone company used to enchant its Dallas users with a yellow pages cover rife with surprises. On the streets of the illustrated city were tiny runaway horses, old model-A's, or dinosaur tracks. It was chock full of humorous cartoons by artist Karl Hoefle done in the style of MAD magazine. If you click on the image you'll see a larger scan, and maybe you'll see something like an old nag tied up next to a tractor trailer rig.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Downtown Dallas 1918

Postmarked Feb 3, 1918

The four tall buildings, from left to right, are the Adolphus Hotel, Southwestern Life, 
Busch, and Praetorian buildings.

Cliffton Hotel

Go Continental when you go - Air Cooled - Free Parking

214 W. Colorado - MADISON 5151