Friend of Unfair Park PeterK, who knows of my affection for old Dallas photos, sends word of this rare gem for sale on eBay
: a portrait -- or, perhaps, a self-portrait -- of Charles Erwin Arnold. If you're unfamiliar with the name (or the nickname, "Painter of the Lens"), perhaps you've seen some of his photographs of Dallas circa 1900
, about 700 of which are in the possession of the Dallas Historical Society; even more reside in the John W. Carpenter Special Collection at the University of Texas at Arlington
. Notes Peter, who's well familiar with Arnold's work, this is the "first time I've ever seen of a photo of him." And now it can be yours for the low, low price of ... $29.99? Seems quite the steal. As a side note, Arnold also set up
"Dallas' first police ballistics and crime lab."