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#101 360texas

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:59 PM

Yes #17 looks better now

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 03:17 PM

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Jennings & Vickery - 1956

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2008. Now, where did I put that chain saw?

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 06:47 PM

QUOTE (Phil Phillips @ Jan 13 2009, 03:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Jennings & Vickery - 1956



2008. Now, where did I put that chain saw?



You're the master. Incredible comparison.

I am amazed how little has changed in 52 years. I do wish the signage was still there. Classics.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:26 PM

I wonder if that's same telephone pole at the intersection?

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 04:01 PM

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From Post #44. Oakwood Cemetary 1970s

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Reshot with no leaves and no drilling rig.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:58 PM

I love seeing the crane and lower skeleton for the Fort Worth National Bank in the first photo become The Tower in the second. It's also amazing how much the Tarrant County Justice Center changed the view from that direction, though not necessarily for the better.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:42 PM

Cbellomy, that crane and steel skeleton belong to the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building (now AT&T) expansion. If you look carefully, you can see that it is behind the Commerce Building in the first photo.

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:36 PM

At first, I thought I could see the girders continue in the foreground in front of the Commerce Building. Now, I'm not as sure. They seem to be too far to the right of W.T. Waggoner to be the SW Bell Building, but as that addition predates the FWNB tower; and as it clearly doesn't appear in the photo anyplace else; I concede the point. Nice catch!

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 04:07 PM

New "now" photo from Oakwood on post #105. Forgot to remove polarizing lens and sky appears dark. Oh well.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:14 AM

Did one of my own - southwest corner of 7th & Houston, circa 1949 vs. today, using an old photo and Google Street View:

http://fortwortholog...ow-7th-houston/

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 01:36 PM

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Texas State Bank 1918 - Houston & 9th

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Houston Place 2009 with a couple of extra floors

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 08:06 PM

Yet another fantastic New & Old from Phil.

The old is a great one for comparison. Don't think I have ever seen it. But I must say, the building itself, though growing in height etc... has not changed as much as you would think. I know of a few other buildings in town that were made shorter than its architectural capability. I would like to have a list of them. (Pretty sure the Ashton Hotel is one.)

BTW, we don't hear much from the people that bought condos in that building... I wonder how life is treating them there.
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 09:01 PM

QUOTE (Atomic Glee @ Feb 9 2009, 12:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Did one of my own - southwest corner of 7th & Houston, circa 1949 vs. today, using an old photo and Google Street View:

http://fortwortholog...ow-7th-houston/


Kevin this is a great comparison. Shows how much empty space really is downtown, in places.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 10:16 AM

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Looking south on 8th Ave at Pennsylvania in 1913. Note the unpaved streets and hitching posts.

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2009. Shame that first house on the right was replaced by an ugly doctor's office.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:43 PM

Thanks, Phill. Seems like 8th Ave. and Hemphill must have been "Silk Stocking Rows" at one time. We've seen a lot of fine old houses on those streets demolished, burned and deteriorated in our lifetime.
The Celeborelle restaurant on Hemphill is a nice re-use. And yummy.

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 01:33 PM

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Looking south on Throckmorton at 5th - 1948

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2009

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 02:10 PM

What happened to the decorative pointy things at the top of the Ft. Worth club in the old photo?

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 01:51 PM

They were removed at some point in time. The typical reasons for removal of these elements were that they were loose an they could fall off and kill someone on the sidewalks. Parapets of this design with higher decorative elements often leak; therefore, a quick and simple fix would be to remove them and then do the work to eliminate the leaks. To make a long story short, they were removed for ease of repair of leaks and for public safety on the street below.

If you look carefully in the photograph, you can see that the finials on the Petroleum Building once extended above the top of the wall. These elements have been long removed from the building.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 02:42 PM

I continue to be amazed at the amount of ground-floor retail once available downtown.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 07:32 PM

Phil has just plain nailed this comparison project. Just amazingly good work!

He is going to have to publish of book of his work.
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 09:17 PM

QUOTE (avvy @ Jun 2 2009, 03:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I continue to be amazed at the amount of ground-floor retail once available downtown.



I'm amazed by the second to last set of pictures that we still use these ugly wooded transmission poles. At what point do we bury these horrific things?

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:01 PM

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I'm amazed by the second to last set of pictures that we still use these ugly wooded transmission poles. At what point do we bury these horrific things?


My guess is never - at least not in neighborhoods with existing lines. Who would be willing to pay for it? Think of what the cost would be. Not only would the street/sidewalk have to be dug up for new transmission lines and transformers, a cut would also have to be made across each customer's property in order to access the buildings - which would also have to be rewired at the entry point.

If the cost were paid for by the individual property owners - well that would be a HUGE assessment and, for most, a big hardship for electrical service they are already getting. If the electric company were to pick it up, the cost would have to be passed on to all electric customers in a price increase - which would be substantial because there are LOTS of overhead lines still around.

In some neighborhoods they are even using the existing poles to bring fiber into businesses. Doing a cut through the street is VERY expensive so often using the poles is the only cost effective way to bring the cost down to the point that it is viable.

In new parts of town, it might make sense because the utility infrastructure has to be built from scratch anyway. But so long as power and communications are delivered by wires, those poles that are already here will still be with us.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 01:00 PM

QUOTE (avvy @ Jun 2 2009, 03:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I continue to be amazed at the amount of ground-floor retail once available downtown.

Downtown(s). Me too.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 08:08 PM

Downtowns used to be the centers of retail activity in cities. Now, in most of the United States, they are not. I'm sure that more retail will open up on the ground floors of our buildings here in Fort Worth as the need arises and the market dictates. Personally, I would like to see more ground floor retail in downtown.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 08:44 PM

I hope this fits in the "Then and Now Thread. Friday, June 5, 2009 the Fire and Police Memorial in Trinity Park was dedicated honoring the 95 Firefighters, Police Officers and City Marshals that have given their lives protecting our community.

Here is a picture of the police officer a year or so ago in the Sculptor’s studio.



And here is the completed statue with the Firefighter, Riderless horse and the Police Officer.





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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:01 PM

All of these are really, really good.
I love this stuff.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:11 AM

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Stop 3 of the Tandy Subway in 2002
Photo courtesy of Dr. Jon Bell, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

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Stop 3 in 2009. As I walked to the front of the building, I noticed a guy asleep on a mattress on the floor.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:14 AM

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Stops 2 & 3 from the Henderson St. Bridge in 2002
Photo courtesy of Dr. Jon Bell, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

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2009.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:27 AM

In a way kind of sad. I assume the building in the center of photo #2 is the Pier 1 HQ?
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Posted 18 September 2009 - 10:04 AM

Yep - Pier 1 tower. On the left, you can also see Trinity Terrace's new City Tower, which wasn't there in the old photo.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 11:03 AM

Outstanding job Phil! Just crazy good.

I was not downtown for the subway days. Did not even remember it was configured that way down there. Guessing that huge building was maintenance for the cars. I rode those cars just a few times when I had Jury duty. I would walk to the court house some times depending on the time of day. Used to be a crap neighborhood.
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Posted 18 September 2009 - 11:54 AM

Still think it was remarkably short-sighted to close the Leonard's subway and close off the tunnel when they built the Radio Shack campus. Radio Shack might not have had to build that huge parking structure along Henderson if they hadn't.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 11:42 AM

QUOTE (Fort Worthology @ Sep 18 2009, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Still think it was remarkably short-sighted to close the Leonard's subway and close off the tunnel when they built the Radio Shack campus. Radio Shack might not have had to build that huge parking structure along Henderson if they hadn't.


Hooray for the vertical parking structure! Still, I agree that closing the tunnel was short sighted. Now that the plug where the entrance used to be is publicly owned (TCC District) it might be possible to reopen the tunnel, if not as a transportation route then as a "bat cave" for Tadarida brasilienses, the Mexican Free tailed bat. This is a migratory species who are insectivorous, and live in large underground colonies where mother raise their single pup each year. These bats have enormous economic benefit through destructive (and annoying) insect control. These are the bats that thousands of people gather to see fly from their roosts under the Congress Street bridge in Austin on summer evenings. Here is a link to the Mexican free-tailed bat. If the tunnel entrance was opened and appropriately gated so that bats could pass in and out and curious people couldn't, the mosquitos along the river area would decline significantly in number, making bike riding, boating, walking/running, or sitting in bluff-side cocktail patios more comfortable, and might bring more people downtown to see the flight.


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Posted 21 February 2010 - 07:20 AM

I got this Picture from Jack White yesterday and thought I would do a before and after. (Not a Phil Phillips masterpiece but worth checking out .)

This is the JH Greer building. (Chilies? Jakes?) The old pic from 1907 the new one from yesterday.
BTW: In the old photo you see there was a Dentist. No, that was not really the good old days. I'll pass.




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Posted 21 February 2010 - 08:38 AM

Thanks Brian, I really reviewing the old and the new and compare each detail.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 02:40 PM

It's also interesting to see how much this building has been altered over the years.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 04:35 PM

These before and after photo comparisons are extremly interesting! Concerning the most recent pair, what is the ball-shaped object on the sidewalk directly in front of the entrance to Greer Jewelers?

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 03:13 PM

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City Hall 1938

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City Hall 2010
I had looked at taking this photo several times before, but the trees blocked too much. Now that the trees have been cut, it's worth comparing. No....I didn't cut the trees!

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 08:59 PM

Phil, Thanks for the pics of Then and Now. I always enjoy them. I remember going to what was then City Hall and the city jail in that building in 1967 for the first time. At that time the Fort Worth Police had a Buddy Patrol program that citizens could do a ride along. The Officer I rode with G. Wilkes took me on a tour of the city jail. Mostly just a few in the drunk tank. I also know they had changed the name of the building at one point to the Cato Hightower building. I believe he was one of the citys Police Cheifs.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 09:57 PM

QUOTE (Cowtown Mike @ Jun 13 2010, 09:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Phil, Thanks for the pics of Then and Now. I always enjoy them. I remember going to what was then City Hall and the city jail in that building in 1967 for the first time. At that time the Fort Worth Police had a Buddy Patrol program that citizens could do a ride along. The Officer I rode with G. Wilkes took me on a tour of the city jail. Mostly just a few in the drunk tank. I also know they had changed the name of the building at one point to the Cato Hightower building. I believe he was one of the city's Police Chief.


The Buddy Program was started in 1968 when I was Community Relations Director. Sgt. Dick Yaws, a member of the Community Relations Division created this program. This developed into the Code Blue program and other similar programs which today is very successful in Fort Worth.

Chief Hightower was indeed a great Chief of Police and their is a plaque in his honor in front of the Fire and Police Training Center, 1000 Calvert.





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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:26 PM

I was close on the date for the Buddy Program. Was Dick Yaws one of the traffic guys on WBAP also?

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE (Bill Sievers @ Feb 21 2010, 5:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
These before and after photo comparisons are extremly interesting! Concerning the most recent pair, what is the ball-shaped object on the sidewalk directly in front of the entrance to Greer Jewelers?

Bill Sievers


I'd be willing to bet that since the pic was from 1909, that the ball shaped object was some
sort of hitching post for wagon/buggy teams.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 06:14 AM

Great "before and after" Mr. Phillips.

Also clears up some confusion on the street for me. I have old post cards of that intersection that looks quite a bit different. I now see that the area front and center where they just cut down the trees was not there at all in 1938. Really, I would have guessed the trees were older than that which sounds pretty silly now that I see the 1938 pic. That intersection is really just a mess. Glad they are addressing it. People that drive up to the intersection just look confused, like they want to just back up and go somewhere else. It is hard to figure which streets are one-way, which are two-way and which are just private driveways for the delivery of donuts to City Hall...
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 08:51 AM

QUOTE (Cowtown Mike @ Jun 14 2010, 12:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was close on the date for the Buddy Program. Was Dick Yaws one of the traffic guys on WBAP also?


Dick Yaws got interested in radio traffic reporting shortly after we started the
Community Relations Division in the Police Department. He would go up each morning with either
KXOL or KFJZ helicopters (can't remember which) and report to work after the morning rush.
After I left the PD, Dick either quit police work or probably retired and went to WBAP. I think he was
as much, talent there, as he might have been traffic.


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Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:05 PM

QUOTE (GenE @ Jun 14 2010, 10:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Bill Sievers @ Feb 21 2010, 5:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
These before and after photo comparisons are extremly interesting! Concerning the most recent pair, what is the ball-shaped object on the sidewalk directly in front of the entrance to Greer Jewelers?

Bill Sievers


I'd be willing to bet that since the pic was from 1909, that the ball shaped object was some
sort of hitching post for wagon/buggy teams.

GenE Shockley


Ok Gene. I thought that might be the case, but it seems too low for a hitching post, don't you think? Maybe some sort of post or rod was affixed to the top of the ball. Anyway, it's intriguing whatever it is. Thanks!

Bill

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 08:36 PM

Here are some new Now and Then's taken tonight. This thread seems like the best home for them. Thanks again gdvanc for turning us on this stuff. I'm hooked.

Again, this is a learning process and I am new. Way tricker than it looks. (2 focuses, 2 exposures, alignment, focal length, flash comps...) I used my flash tonight to get a better shot at my old pics.
Though not perfect, take a peek at this new crop after I got home. (First time ever I like Daylight Savings Time.

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I bought this old photo on E-bay. This is on 8th Street.
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:47 AM

Here are some new Now and Then's taken tonight. This thread seems like the best home for them. Thanks again gdvanc for turning us on this stuff. I'm hooked.


Wonderful first effort at this technique, Brian. :)

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:47 AM

Thank you Bruce. This is going to provide me with a lot of fun for sure.

Here is one I forgot to put in last night's set.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:14 PM

2 more from tonight.


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Posted 16 March 2011 - 09:25 AM

It would be very neat to figure out how to use a slider to adjust the opacity of the foreground photo. Kinda like the sliders in these photographs of the before/after of the Tsunami in Japan:

http://www.nytimes.c...er-tsunami.html

I dunno how they do it, but it is neat!




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