In his Flashback series, staff photographer Guy Reynolds features some of the neatest old photos on our Photography Blog. This one is from a domino parlor in Lampasas on March 2, 1986 (Texas Sesquicentennial Day). It was part of A Day in the Life of Texas project, which had photographers shooting in all 254 Texas counties, but the ambitious effort (and book deal) fell through. Guy finally scanned in his negatives in 2008 and shares them over on the blog.
Our photo librarian, Jerome Sims, recently compiled a few of his favorite Dallas Morning News photos from the last 30 years. Yes, he’s been with the newspaper for 30 years! Here’s what he has to say about this picture:
"Evans Caglage – who’s been here longer than I have (!) – shot this alternative view of the Old Red Courthouse using an infrared filter in December 2009. I like this photo for the same reasons I like haunted-house movies and horror novels (whatever those reasons might be.)"
A Dallas Morning News editor bought this photo at an antique mall/flea market/garage a while back, so we’re not sure of its origins. But you can see the historic Hotel Lawrence, located on Jackson and Houston streets in downtown Dallas, toward the back-left. Owners of the 10-story, 89-year-old hotel announced today that they’re buying up an adjoining parking garage behind it and plan to rebrand the property. Read more about that here.
Future Congressman and former Air Force Col. Sam Johnson at his homecoming in Plano, Texas, on March 6, 1973, after he was released as a prisoner of war.
A reminder of when Dallas-Fort Worth really was an automobile-or-nothing culture. Our Sunday, August 14, 1983, front page reported that voters in Dallas and 13 suburbs agreed to board the Dallas Area Rapid Transit train. At the time, Glenn Heights was the only southern Dallas County city to vote yes for DART.
This picture wasn’t taken by one of our photographers, but it’s too gorgeous not to share. Lloyd Long’s dramatic night view of downtown Dallas around 1935 shows an urban skyline dominated by the Magnolia Petroleum Building, the tallest west of the Mississippi, and its rooftop neon Pegasus.
(Credit: Dallas Historical Society)
February 14, 1993: Sgt. Mike Adamek of the Dallas Police Department keeps an eye on abortion protesters outside the home of Dr. Norman Tompkins from his squad car.
Our Robert Wilonsky talks with Mark Doty, Historic Preservation officer for the city of Dallas, who walks us through never-before-seen footage of 1939 downtown Dallas (that we found on eBay!). It’s an amazing find.