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#51 JBB

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:40 PM

Wow. The river looks so different.

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:47 PM

All of the horseshoe bends have been straightened out on the Trinity.

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 05:06 PM

Don't think these are new to anyone but I will post them still the same. Some great skyline shots here! smile.gif
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Posted 23 February 2006 - 05:15 PM

QUOTE(johnlp @ Feb 23 2006, 05:06 PM) View Post

Don't think these are new to anyone but I will post them still the same. Some great skyline shots here! smile.gif
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John...I am familiar with all of these. A couple of them are in
my UTA collection. Mind saying where you got them? Thanks.

By the way, do you know the photographer for the one of
the West Freeway looking toward downtown? I cannot remember
where I got it. I even have a vague remembrance that I took
one just like it for the Turnpike. At least I used this for them,
and can't remember where I got it.

Jack


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Posted 23 February 2006 - 05:41 PM

Those are new to me big time. I'm amazed how tall Landmark Tower looks back then. That 2nd photo after that night time shot, is an ideal skyline tho. Currently our 5 tallest towers kinda seem to hover at the same hight almost. I like that 2nd photo with a signature tower rising far above all the others. Here I go again with that wishful thinking lol

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 07:44 PM

QUOTE(Jack White @ Feb 23 2006, 05:15 PM) View Post


John...I am familiar with all of these. A couple of them are in
my UTA collection. Mind saying where you got them? Thanks.

By the way, do you know the photographer for the one of
the West Freeway looking toward downtown? I cannot remember
where I got it. I even have a vague remembrance that I took
one just like it for the Turnpike. At least I used this for them,
and can't remember where I got it.

Jack


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Jack, this one was a Star Telegram photo. I do not know who the photographer was. I think all of these are UTA-SC. smile.gif

As for where I got them, I selected most of the FW photographs that are used to decorate the halls of our office. While going through countless photos, I selected some for my own collecting. I love FW and have lived here all my life! smile.gif

My Dad was a contributor to Caleb Pirtle's book back in 1980 (Ft. Worth The Civilized West) and had some of these photo decorating his Ft. Worth office.
Also, my Grandfather was Deputy Sherrif of Ft. Worth back in the 30's and then an employee of The City of Ft. Worth for 30 plus years. He had several of the classic downtown photos from the 20's (all known and published). They hand proudly over my desk.

Some things I honestly can not recall where or how I got them. Oh, yes...there is always eBay. I just got my two most recent Bill Wood photos there! smile.gif

I also collect old FW post cards too. smile.gif

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 08:03 PM

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Don't think these are new to anyone but I will post them still the same.


All of them were new to me. Thanks very much for posting them.

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 09:15 AM

....and another (circa 1966). smile.gif

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and from Christmas (early 60's pre-SLC forcast sign)


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I don't know about the rest of you, but I liked the Christmas Tree in Burk Burnett Park over Sundance Square!

and another one from Burk Burnett (circa 1960)
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Posted 24 February 2006 - 09:25 AM

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I liked the Christmas Tree in Burk Burnett Park over Sundance Square!


I think I do, too. Of course, I also think the old layout of Burnett Park was cooler than the current one (though I do like the current one). Let's get the movement going - Christmas tree in Burnett Park for '06! smile.gif

Looking at those old pics from Burnett Park, with the old layout, the Electric Building and the Neil P. Anderson, and with the Medical Arts building still rising over the site, it almost looks European in a way. Don't know how to explain it, but it looks very cool.

I still love our current Burnett Park (even though I'd sell a kidney to get the Medical Arts building back). I'm really thrilled that the Burnett Park/7th Street Canyon area is starting to pick up, with the Electric Building apartments and the Neil P. condos. Now that we've got Sundance Square, it's great to see other parts of downtown starting to develop again - Burnett Park area, Throckmorton (with The Tower, the Tandy project, and things of that nature), 714 Main, Lancaster, etc.

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 09:51 AM

Atomic,
You and I have very simular passion. I liked the old BB park better myself, but I do like the way it is now.
You know, The Electric Building, with a little cosmetic work, could look a lot like the MA!
By the way. I look up at your building everyday. I work in the 500 building at 13th and Lamar. A friend of mine also works in your building at Americredit.

John

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 12:17 PM

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Atomic,
You and I have very simular passion. I liked the old BB park better myself, but I do like the way it is now.
You know, The Electric Building, with a little cosmetic work, could look a lot like the MA!
By the way. I look up at your building everyday. I work in the 500 building at 13th and Lamar. A friend of mine also works in your building at Americredit.

John


I love the Electric Building. I think it tends to get forgotten a bit amidst all the other cool old buildings in downtown, especially with its more famous and elaborate neighbor across the street (the Neil P.). All it needs is a good powerwash around the top, IMHO.

Yeah, I feel a bit conflicted - I work in Burnett Plaza, and yet I will forever hate it for what it did to the Medical Arts Building. I guess it's not going anywhere, though. smile.gif I don't think it's the ugliest building in town, though. At the right time of day, on the western side, it can look semi-interesting, and almost (*almost*) not unattractive.

With a bit of luck, I'll be moving in to a loft at the Electric Building next month.

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 12:41 PM

Speaking of which...here is a "new" old pic of the MA in 1927! smile.gif
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Posted 24 February 2006 - 02:58 PM

Great photos! I really enjoyed looking at them. Thanks for posting.
By the way, my husband also collects old Fort Worth postcards and memorabilia.

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 07:05 PM

Here's an aerial from about 1960. The First National Bank is under construction.IPB Image

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 06:54 PM

I like that one! biggrin.gif

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE(Atomic Glee @ Feb 24 2006, 09:25 AM) View Post

QUOTE(johnlp @ Feb 24 2006, 09:15 AM) View Post
I don't know about the rest of you, but I liked the Christmas Tree in Burk Burnett Park over Sundance Square!



I'm really thrilled that the Burnett Park/7th Street Canyon area is starting to pick up, with the Electric Building apartments and the Neil P. condos.


Yes! Yes! You know, our office (Nader Design Group) just moved into the old Hollywood Theatre lobby. What a sense of history just working in that space! I'm trying to dig up some neat old photos to blow up, frame, and display.

Mary Bess


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Posted 04 March 2006 - 10:01 PM

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Yes! Yes! You know, our office (Nader Design Group) just moved into the old Hollywood Theatre lobby. What a sense of history just working in that space! I'm trying to dig up some neat old photos to blow up, frame, and display.


I have a question. Someone, I believe on the old Forum, put up a posting a few years ago about walking in the old theatre lobby one day and being able to access some of the other public areas of the old theatre as well as the old projection room, which were still intact.

Have you been able to see any of these areas and would you be able to describe what is or is not still intact? Are these areas part of your company's lease or do you have explicit permission to access those areas?

I think it would be very enjoyable and informational for Forum readers if it would be at all possible for someone to photograph any surviving elements of the old theatre and post them here.

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 12:57 PM

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Yes! Yes! You know, our office (Nader Design Group) just moved into the old Hollywood Theatre lobby. What a sense of history just working in that space! I'm trying to dig up some neat old photos to blow up, frame, and display.

Mary Bess


Mary Bess,

Cool - we're about to be neighbors! I'm moving in to a 4th floor loft in the Electric Building this coming Friday.

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 05:41 PM

QUOTE(Atomic Glee @ Mar 5 2006, 12:57 PM) View Post

QUOTE(mbdalton1 @ Mar 4 2006, 09:33 PM) View Post
Yes! Yes! You know, our office (Nader Design Group) just moved into the old Hollywood Theatre lobby. What a sense of history just working in that space! I'm trying to dig up some neat old photos to blow up, frame, and display.

Mary Bess


Mary Bess,

Cool - we're about to be neighbors! I'm moving in to a 4th floor loft in the Electric Building this coming Friday.


Way cool! Please come down and introduce yourself sometime! I have had the pleasure of meeting one of the apartment tennants who happens to live in the apartment directly over the Hollywood Theatre lobby. She said she believes her space was once the old theatre manager's apartment, or something like that.

Good luck with your move!

Mary Bess


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Posted 05 March 2006 - 05:48 PM

QUOTE(Dismuke @ Mar 4 2006, 10:01 PM) View Post

QUOTE(mbdalton1 @ Mar 4 2006, 11:33 PM) View Post


Yes! Yes! You know, our office (Nader Design Group) just moved into the old Hollywood Theatre lobby. What a sense of history just working in that space! I'm trying to dig up some neat old photos to blow up, frame, and display.


I have a question. Someone, I believe on the old Forum, put up a posting a few years ago about walking in the old theatre lobby one day and being able to access some of the other public areas of the old theatre as well as the old projection room, which were still intact.

Have you been able to see any of these areas and would you be able to describe what is or is not still intact? Are these areas part of your company's lease or do you have explicit permission to access those areas?

I think it would be very enjoyable and informational for Forum readers if it would be at all possible for someone to photograph any surviving elements of the old theatre and post them here.



Hi Dismuke,

Yes, I have been able to see some of the old areas of what remains of the old theatre, including the old balcony lobby space, the balcony restrooms, old projection room, area under the balcony seating, old wall safe, old janitor's sink/closet, very narrow iron spiral staircase leading up to upper storage (?), etc.

No, these areas are not part of our lease space. They are closed off completely from the public. It is truly a time warp up there! Major dust too!! Two members of our staff and I were lucky enough to have a private tour of this space by the building's maintenance supervisor. He toured us through on our lunch hour and it was very dusty. And there are no lights or electricity. We had to use our flashlights. Boy, talk about creepy but soooooo very facinating! Seriously, it was a total time warp!

Yes, I was able to take some photos. I do not have a way to host them, however. I'd be happy to email these to someone if they wouldn't mind posting for them for me.

I really wish someone fabulous would come along and donate a ton of money to have this old theatre preserved for future generations, even if it isn't used as a theatre. Just to keep it from deteriorating further! Wouldn't that be great?!!

Mary Bess

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 07:12 PM

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Hi Dismuke,

Yes, I have been able to see some of the old areas of what remains of the old theatre, including the old balcony lobby space, the balcony restrooms, old projection room, area under the balcony seating, old wall safe, old janitor's sink/closet, very narrow iron spiral staircase leading up to upper storage (?), etc.

No, these areas are not part of our lease space. They are closed off completely from the public. It is truly a time warp up there! Major dust too!! Two members of our staff and I were lucky enough to have a private tour of this space by the building's maintenance supervisor. He toured us through on our lunch hour and it was very dusty. And there are no lights or electricity. We had to use our flashlights. Boy, talk about creepy but soooooo very facinating! Seriously, it was a total time warp!

Yes, I was able to take some photos. I do not have a way to host them, however. I'd be happy to email these to someone if they wouldn't mind posting for them for me.

I really wish someone fabulous would come along and donate a ton of money to have this old theatre preserved for future generations, even if it isn't used as a theatre. Just to keep it from deteriorating further! Wouldn't that be great?!!

Mary Bess


Mary Bess,

E-mail the pics to me at kevin@atomicglee.com and I'll be thrilled to host them for you. I'd be excited to see them, myself!

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 12:07 PM

Awe MAN I'd love to see that!

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:42 AM

I've posted mbdalton1's amazing photos. I figured they deserved their own thread:

http://www.fortworth...?showtopic=1411

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 06:32 PM

Thanks Atomic Glee for posting the photos!! I appreciate it.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 11:17 PM

Thanks so much Mary Bess for taking these photos and sharing them with us! Thanks to you, Atomic Glee, for posting them for her and giving all of us a fascinating look into the past!

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 04:48 PM

I wanted to say thank you for posting these old cool photos of Fort Worth. May I copy them and make a presentation?

I sent the link to my mom who is now in NM. She grew up here in the mid 50's.

Too cool!!

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 05:52 PM

Our current skyline, after tomorrow morning, WILL BE A VINTAGE SKYLINE shakehead.gif

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 02:38 PM

Downtown today looks like it has lost a front tooth. ohmy.gif




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