Friend of Unfair Park Peterk, always on the lookout for vintage Dallas photos of note available on eBay, sends our way this morning a genuine (and genuinely cool) relic: a photo of the Camp Dick jazz combo
. And what, you might be asking, was Camp Dick? Well, writes Art Leatherwood in the Handbook of Texas Online
, "Camp John Dick Aviation Concentration Camp, also known as Camp Dick, was a personnel holding pool for graduates of ground training schools. It was located on the State Fairgrounds in Dallas from January 1918 until January 1919."
A little further digging turns up this nugget
concerning its connection with General Jimmy Doolittle, who led the first raid on Japan following Pearl Harbor: "Commissioned a second lieutenant on March 11, 1918, Doolittle was assigned to Camp John Dick Aviation Concentration Camp, TX as a flying instructor." I think I just found my Halloween costume.