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johnlp

Member Since 02 Feb 2006
Offline Last Active May 27 2006 02:45 PM
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Topics I've Started

Should the Blue Flame be restored?

22 March 2006 - 12:56 PM

You all know me well enough to know that I have a passion for the vintage roof signs. All of which are now gone with the exception of our old friend The Blue Flame.
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Of all the old signs in Downtown Ft. Worth, this one would seem to be the easiest one to restore………(or would it)?
For those of you who might not remember the Blue Flame in its prime, it was a "bling-bling" sign! rotflmao.gif
..meaning, it not only was illuminated at night and rotated, it "flickered" like a flame...almost a mesmerizing, bordering on psychedelic, display of blue and white neon.
We know we can never have the CNB clock again or the WSL (SLC pre 1973) forecast sign and let us not forget the red and white Conoco inverted triangle surrounded by the Continental Life red neon letters. smile.gif
I would think that "ol' Blue" would be sort of an eternal flame of the Ft. Worth Skyline, a sign and symbol maybe worth restoration. Thoughts???

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Am I simply romanticizing a worn out broken piece of blue metal?

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CNB Clock History

28 February 2006 - 09:37 PM

From December 1957, I am pleased to share with you.......

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This was found among my Grandfathers things that were in storage. There are interesting fact that I never knew.

Stay tuned, I will be....
  • posting images of the clock under construction (while still on the ground)!
  • Photo of the two Ft. Worth children selected to start the clocks rotation and illumination in 1957!
  • Images from INSIDE the clock!
and hopefully more from the gang here!

I felt the clock is worthy of a thread of its own. John, feel free to move if needed! smile.gif

Johnlp

Rotary Apartments

17 February 2006 - 03:34 PM

The Rotary Apartments were on the corner of 7th and either Summit, Penn or another street. Anyone know for sure which one?
Also, anyone know when they were torn down??

Thanks!

John

1970s Scale Model FW Skyline

15 February 2006 - 11:52 PM

Who remembers the scale model skyline that was at the Noble Planetarium at the FW Museum of Science and History back in the 70s?
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It was complete with a revolving CNB clock and WSL sign and the lights in the windows worked as well. It was very cool and a thrill to see when I was a kid.
Other buildings include Montgomery Wards and the Will Rogers Tower. Some buildings I am not sure about.
It is sad to know that they threw the skyline in the trash after it got "too out of date" and damaged by water from a roof leak.

I've thought about makeing one. I can not tell if they did a photo cut of the skyline or an architectural model. Anyone know for sure? Knowone at the FWMoS&H seems to know. I'd like to know who made it! smile.gif

1216 Pennsylvania Ave.

15 February 2006 - 04:03 PM

I am looking for photos of 1216 Pennsylvania Ave. Prior to 1947 it was the Woodlea Apartments. In 1947 it was renovated into The Proffesional Building. This was the studios of KXOL from 1947-1953.
The building was torn down in in the 60s. It was located next to Gordon Boswell Flowers (the parking lot to the east).
I have located an artist rendering at the Ft. Worth library but would really like a true photo.

Thanks,
John