Downtown Dallas Was Happening! In 1898.

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Speaking of downtown Dallas ...

Here's something I stumbled across on eBay this morning -- and, lucky you, three whole days remain to bid on this trio of photos, for which the opening bid's stuck at a whole $6.99. Says the California seller -- and the back of the pictures -- they date back to an 1898 Shriners parade through downtown, which appeared back then to be quite walkable. Must have been all the glass-box retail and free parking.

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NewsDog
NewsDog

Who much did the city charge for the parade permit? Got to make those revenues you know.

Crusoe
Crusoe

One of you experts check me - is that a hearse at center bottom of the left picture? "Sorry, buddy, you don't get buried until the Shriners clear out."

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

How many of those guys ended up in FrogTown after the parade?

Noah Jeppson
Noah Jeppson

The old Dallas City Hall (all decorate in the right photo) was a very interesting looking building; that much be the site of today's AT&T Plaza.

Duality of Man
Duality of Man

It seems as if the amount of space available for parking is the same back then as it is now.

madannie
madannie

If only Dallas still looked like that! I can see myself checking out every stoefront. Minus of course the long dress and hat.

busterkeaton
busterkeaton

Looks like a parade. Parades always seem a little bit busier.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Do you bid on/buy all these photos of old Dallas? I suppose you could create a time warp room that would be like walking into Dallas, when it was still good. Is that your goal, Robert? Sounds kinda...hmm...

pak152
pak152

oh great now the bidding will be jacked up!

rubbercow
rubbercow

Wrong, Wilonsky! I don't think the tunnels were dug yet. No tunnels=walkable, vibrant downtown.

Ellum08
Ellum08

That City Hall was demolished for the Adolphus Hotel. Even back then the City bent over backwards for the business community.

TimCov
TimCov

Without the long dress and hat, you would have been ridden out of town on a rail for being a loose and immoral woman.

Don't forget to avoid the horse apples.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Sorry. I see it's up to $31 now.

But this explains why you didn't recommend this one. So you only send me the ones you're NOT bidding on?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I'm still kicking myself over that missed opportunity. I blame day's end and the rush to get out the door for a drink.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Fair enough, but I barely ever wait for the days end before I start my rush for a drink!

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