For Sale: Cache of Baltimore Sun Archival Photos of the Texas Centennial Exposition

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From the archives of The Baltimore Sun
Not sure if you're aware of it, because damned if I've seen mention of this anywhere, but we're mere days away from the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park. Gates opened June 6, 1936, and it ran through the end of November. I do know the Dallas Center for Architecture's planning something to commemorate the work of architect George Dahl, who remade the park in advance of the World's Fair. But till that exhibition's a little further along, there's always this:

Whilst looking for Expo keepsakes on eBay this afternoon I stumbled across the most remarkable collection of photos, all from The Baltimore Sun archives and each one being sold individually by the Tribune Company. Some have a day or two left on the bidding; others, a few weeks. But they're all original wire-service photos from the archives, each one coming with its own certificate of authenticity, groovy.

I found eight: here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. The latter, described as "crowd listening to and watching radio broadcast in Dallas," is a favorite -- my God, look at all those people. But they're all worth owning. Bring 'em home. Somebody?
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El Rey
El Rey

I picked up the Tournament of Flowers Parade photo with the Alamo on the left side of the photo. Very nice historical context! Too bad it doesn't have a great view of the Alamo facade, just the top of it.

Ynotryme
Ynotryme

the gene autry movie filmed at the cenrennial is the big show 1936

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

These are amazing, wish I could afford em

DallasCFA
DallasCFA

We need those for the exhibition you mention!  Which, by the way, will open in late August to coincide with the State Fair.....

pak152
pak152

fantastic find! 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Thinking about posting those Expo eBay finds, one a day, till June 6. I mean, it was the event that put Dallas on the national map, after all.

pak152
pak152

dallas was already on the national map. just look at the Elks convention in 1908 (a national event) what made the difference is the movies and radio. those two items alone helped to increase the exposure around the country. folks who couldn't come were able to experience the exposition. just look at the exposure Gene Autry's film provided. would love to see what the newsreels were like for the Centennial

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