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#1 Brian Luenser

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:07 PM

An interesting story in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, tells of actress Diane Keaton buying a large quantity of Fort Worth photographer Bill Wood's Pictures from the 50's and 60's. They will be displayed in a museum in N.Y.. They are also going to be in a book that includes 240 pictures. I plan to be the first in town with a copy in my hand. If I had the time I would go to New York to see them all. (Use some of those tax-free but income just the same, frequent flyer miles accumulated in business.)

I love Bill Wood Photos; incredibly real. I especially love his insurance photos done for business. (I have bought several originals on E-bay)
His insurance photos are usually intersections in town where there was an accident. The pictures have people in them that are not posed. Real people from the era. Incredible, to me.

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 08:02 PM

I just received this book, "Bill Woods Business" tonight. Ordered it over at Barns and Noble here downtown.

Really just an incredible book. (270 pgs.) all with big pictures.

For a guy like me, that loves Fort Worth, Photography, the 40s and the 50s, small old time businesses and Diane Keaton this big book is a dream come true. I will have it always. I may buy a second copy to keep so I can abuse (read frequently with coffee in hand) this copy.

For those of you that don't have this book, I would love to tell you about some of the pictures. (Would love to scan and share, but know better) But... I want you guys to buy this book. It was an investment on Diane Keaton's part. If it doesn't interest people in Fort Worth, it may be in trouble. Let's reward her for buying all of Bill's negatives composing a book, publishing and sharing with us. Not to be overly dramatic, but if we never saw these pictures it would be a tragedy.

What a gift to the world she has given us.


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Posted 01 September 2008 - 12:03 PM



All images below are hosted directly from http://www.icp.org International Center of Photography exhibit “Bill Wood’s Business.” (I hope this isn't a violation of copyrights or forum rules.)

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[Promotion at Bill McDavid Pontiac Co.], 1959
© Billye Cooper and Connie Bruner
International Center of Photography
Promised Gift of Diane Keaton
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Bill Wood
The C.S. Striper, 1964
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Bill Wood
Ace Reid, Cartoonist, 1963
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Bill Wood
[Five men in basketball shorts], 1960s
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Bill Wood
[Aerial Blight Control offices], 1960s
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Bill Wood
[Chest X-ray demonstration], 1955
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Bill Wood
[Man in front of his store], 1959
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Bill Wood
[Woman demonstrating jalousie window unit], 1960
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Bill Wood
[Supervisor training his staff], 1963
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Bill Wood
[Supermarket promotional contest], 1960s
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Posted 01 September 2008 - 12:12 PM

I think the forum is covered.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 12:25 PM

Did you notice on "[Supervisor training his staff], 1963" what appears to be photo of the Landmark Tower with Clock hanging on the wall?

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 09:31 PM

I am digesting this great book still this evening. I would like to point out this fact. Diane Keaton bought the 20,000. negatives 25 years ago! But just recently had the time to to assimilate and publish.

Sure enough is interesting to hear Diane Keaton talking about Fort Worth and my street. (Throckmorton)

I would also like to remind people that this is a big book. Hard cover, 270 pages full of big pictures. Seeing Internet images of a few should just be considered a very minor preview. Very good stuff.
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 10:27 AM

I found the picture of my sister Helen Bowles (lady with the flag) and my brother-in-law Herman Blackwell. Photo shot through the door at Southwestern Life Insurance in Continental National Bank Bldg (even though it was identified as being in Dallas.)

We're on vacation, so can't give you the page numbers.

Incidentally, the book, Bill Wood's Business is available in the Gift Shop at the Modern Art Museum. They have it at a good price especially with a member discount

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 01:16 PM

QUOTE (EwingFTW @ Sep 2 2008, 11:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found the picture of my sister Helen Bowles (lady with the flag) and my brother-in-law Herman Blackwell. Photo shot through the door at Southwestern Life Insurance in Continental National Bank Bldg (even though it was identified as being in Dallas.)

We're on vacation, so can't give you the page numbers.

Incidentally, the book, Bill Wood's Business is available in the Gift Shop at the Modern Art Museum. They have it at a good price especially with a member discount


At this morning's breakfast table, while sharing oatmeal with Mrs. monee9696 (The vivacious and enchanting) , we both were wondering if there would be people coming forward that recognize these Fort Worth people. (Almost none had a known identity.) One page is the building directory for The Transport Life building. (Continental Life, then.)

BTW: I paid 50 bucks even for my book. Would have paid 10 bucks a picture on E-bay were it necessary. A steal I'm telling you! (A savings of $2,650.00!)
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 03:06 PM

QUOTE (monee9696 @ Sep 2 2008, 02:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (EwingFTW @ Sep 2 2008, 11:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found the picture of my sister Helen Bowles (lady with the flag) and my brother-in-law Herman Blackwell. Photo shot through the door at Southwestern Life Insurance in Continental National Bank Bldg (even though it was identified as being in Dallas.)

We're on vacation, so can't give you the page numbers.

Incidentally, the book, Bill Wood's Business is available in the Gift Shop at the Modern Art Museum. They have it at a good price especially with a member discount


At this morning's breakfast table, while sharing oatmeal with Mrs. monee9696 (The vivacious and enchanting) , we both were wondering if there would be people coming forward that recognize these Fort Worth people. (Almost none had a known identity.) One page is the building directory for The Transport Life building. (Continental Life, then.)

BTW: I paid 50 bucks even for my book. Would have paid 10 bucks a picture on E-bay were it necessary. A steal I'm telling you! (A savings of $2,650.00!)


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Posted 03 September 2008 - 04:30 PM

Went to Barnes & Noble and they had to order as it was not in any of the local stores. Can't wait to see the photos
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:16 PM

I have finished and put away this grand book of Bill Wood's business. As I have stated previously, I love the book very much and will keep it as a treasure. 20,000 negatives, 250 or so were printed in this book. I just have this question. How about the other negatives?

Here is where I am coming from. This big book was not produced as a gift to Fort Worth. It is a book of art, really. The pictures they selected are the pictures people in New York would want to look at. (From this simple businessman in Texas) I have no problem with that concept. But the kind of pictures I am most interested in have more buildings and places in them. The things that are less interesting to people in Seattle. Every now and then you get a shot of downtown or in one of our grand buildings, but it just leaves me wanting more.

Note to Diane: Give us the rest of the negatives! And thanks for the book. I love what I have and only because I am greedy am I desirous of the rest. We care more about the rest of the negatives than anyone else. Maybe I should write her a letter and suggest another book for the fine lovers of Fort Worth. (That is, fine lovers of Fort Worth, as opposed to fine lovers of Fort Worth)
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 08:24 PM

How great would that be to see more of the photos of Fort Worth from the old days. A tribute to Fort Worth's past.
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:55 PM

Picked up a copy of Bill Wood's Business. It was very interesting to look at the old photos of Fort Worth and try to figure out where some of the locations were. Although I moved to Fort Worth in 1966 I do know some of the buildings. Will have to visit with a friend and 4th generation Fort Worth boy who will know some of these and he has a keen memory of everything Fort Worth. His Grandfather was Mayor back in the late 30's.

The Vandergriff Chevrolet dealership in 1967 showing a young Mayor Tom and his father Hooker Vandergriff. A great piece of history for Fort Worth.
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 05:39 AM

QUOTE (cajunmike @ Sep 11 2008, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Picked up a copy of Bill Wood's Business. It was very interesting to look at the old photos of Fort Worth and try to figure out where some of the locations were. Although I moved to Fort Worth in 1966 I do know some of the buildings. Will have to visit with a friend and 4th generation Fort Worth boy who will know some of these and he has a keen memory of everything Fort Worth. His Grandfather was Mayor back in the late 30's.

The Vandergriff Chevrolet dealership in 1967 showing a young Mayor Tom and his father Hooker Vandergriff. A great piece of history for Fort Worth.


That was the picture that told me for sure, "These people ain't from around these parts." Tom and Hooker Vandergriff and not even I.D.'d?
Just makes you wonder who else is pictured in this book without even a mention.

Sure enough. We need a Fort Worth version with more titles and information!
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 07:40 PM

Seems like I would have posted this picture before but I can't find it. I won it on E-bay. It is an 8x10" Bill Woods original that he took for insurance purposes. It is the intersection of Riverside Drive and Rosedale. it is looking West. I love it. The back of the photo is signed by Bill Woods. Also it is in a manila envelope with his writing all over it. Pretty special now that I have have the book. "Bill Woods Business".

This shot was taken at 2:45pm on August 16, 1954. Check it out!


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Posted 28 June 2009 - 08:56 PM

I found my sister and brother-in-law in Bill Wood's Business:

On page 163 is Helen Bowles, known at the time as the "Flag Lady of Fort Worth."

On page 178 is my brother-in-law Herman Blackwell at the Southwestern Life Insurance Company. Although the caption says it was in Dallas, it was actually on the 8th floor of the Continental National Bank Building in Fort Worth.



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Posted 28 June 2009 - 09:49 PM

QUOTE (EwingFTW @ Jun 28 2009, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found my sister and brother-in-law in Bill Wood's Business:

On page 163 is Helen Bowles, known at the time as the "Flag Lady of Fort Worth."

On page 178 is my brother-in-law Herman Blackwell at the Southwestern Life Insurance Company. Although the caption says it was in Dallas, it was actually on the 8th floor of the Continental National Bank Building in Fort Worth.



Both really interesting photos Jim. Are they handy to appreciate their stardom?

Don't you just love this book? I feel like buying another copy so I don't have to treat this one like Moses brought it down from a mountain top.
It is funny how I do that with a book. If it has very special pictures in it, I feel like I have to take very good care of the book. My 1991 Tarrant Historical society book is my best example. I treat it with great respect but it is just a book that can be replaced. (I wish with one from 2009) It is an 18 year old book about a hundred years ago.
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 09:57 PM

Bill Woods Photo Book is a fantastice B&W look at days gone by in Fort Worth.

EwingFTW, I attended Westcliff Methodist church until 2004 when we moved to Coppell, but I remember your brother in law Herman and your sister.
Very nice people. When we first attended Westcliff in 1990 they had members who would drop off a plant. We get home at around 12:30 and this guy rings the doorbell and has this Bright Purple jacket on . Could not tell he liked the TCU Horned Frogs much and it was Herman. I always enjoyed speaking with him at chruch.
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 08:52 PM

And old thread, I know..........but Diane Keaton didn't get ALL his negatives and prints. I bought several boxes at the Cattle Barn Flea Market years before she got her collection.

Is there any catalog of the material she has in hand?

Is it all B&W? Because I have some color stuff.



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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:16 PM

QUOTE (wrench @ Aug 7 2010, 09:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And old thread, I know..........but Diane Keaton didn't get ALL his negatives and prints. I bought several boxes at the Cattle Barn Flea Market years before she got her collection.

Is there any catalog of the material she has in hand?

Is it all B&W? Because I have some color stuff.


Can't you post a sample for us!
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:21 PM

My thoughts exactly, please share.

Better Business Bureau:  A place to find or post valid complaints for auto delerships and maintenance facilities. (New Features) If you have a valid gripe about auto dealerships, this is the place to voice it.


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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:29 PM

I may be able to. I'm recovering from surgery right now and will have to acquire a flatbed scanner to do so.

When the exhibit was showing in New York, I corresponded with someone there offering my personal info to forward to her or the book author but nothing ever came of it.

What I am wondering is did I get the dregs? Some of these negs are in very bad condition, some are in great condition.

The lady at the Flea Market always watched for more stuff like this just for me but nothing ever came up.

And yes, Bill Woods truly did take pictures of just about anything.


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Posted 07 August 2010 - 10:00 PM

Your run of the mill HP all in one printer scanner works great for photos and negatives, one trick I stumbled on for negs that don't fit stock scanner negative holders is to put a layer of glass on top of your scanner's glass to hold the negs at the same height of the holder that comes with the scanner / printer. I have boxes of negatives that will not fit the stock holders, plus you can scan a good number at a time.


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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:42 PM

My wife checked out this wonderful book from the library last week. It's amazing. After thumbing through all of the photos several times, I read all of the intro material. Wish I had done that first, as it helps set the context for the photos.

While I was quite young in the sixties, Wood's shots from that time frame brings back sharply how things looked and felt during that time, such as grocery stores, cars, street scenes, etc. I agree with the intro writers in that while Bill may have had no intention of his photos being an expression of art, time has made them that way. Which means when I'm out and about taking pictures of what would strike about all of us as current everyday scenes...that's just it. It's a "current" everyday scene that we take for granted. Give it ten, twenty, thirty years...folks might look at one of my pics and say..."Oh, wow. Sure is different from now." I find that possibility encouraging. Another lesson I picked up from Bill is that he photographed the ordinary very well, which I think should be an essential basic aim of any hobby or enthusiast photographer.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:58 PM

I bought the book when it came out. I love those old photos of Fort Worth and just people doing their normal routines. I took it over to a friend (who by the way still has it) as he knows about every building in Fort Worth and picked out some areas and discussed what is there now. Yes one day others will see photos of todays locations and ask those same questions.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 10:39 PM

Well, I'm still here and still have those negatives. I've had several more surgeries since 2010. I've since moved across town. And the box still gathers dust. I see Art Cooper has his location as SW FW.....that's where I live now. What area are you in Art?






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