Found in Georgia, From 1954, the Creepiest Photo Ever Taken at State Fair of Texas

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Photo by Roy Addis, courtesy Ron Hart
Whilst doing some housekeeping before heading out for the new year, I came across this gift you see above. It was dispatched by our new friend Ron Hart, the Atlanta photographer who earlier this month was kind enough to send us that never-before-seen color photo of the giant Santa who briefly sat atop Porter Chevrolet on Mockingbird, along with those two photos of Big Tex taken during separate visits to the State Fair of Texas in the mid-1950s.

This photo, like the others, comes from the camera of Roy Addis, a Tucker, Georgia, resident who traveled the country and preserved his memories on Kodachrome transparencies locked away in a box and forgotten till Hart began sifting through the memories. This particular one, Ron writes, was labeled: "'Freddy' the Friendly Ford Tractor at TX State Fair, Dallas Tex. 1/50 f6 10 ft. 10/12/54." Nothing friendly about it. But it does give me an idea for a Christine sequel.

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Charlessbates
Charlessbates

Funny how the story title said this was the creepiest photo ever taken at the state fair. I just wasted ten minutes of my life for a stupid tractor. I thought I was going to big tex looking up some girls dress or something. Man some authors these days will say anything to get you to read their ad.

Stillw
Stillw

I think Reddy was still there in the 60s

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

"Maximum Overdrive:  The Early Years"

Elsie
Elsie

It looks like his eyes may have moved.  If the dark line from the corner of his lips to the bottom of his chin indicates a mouth that opens Freddy the friendly Ford tractor may have talked too.  If someone could find Freddy perhaps he could be the ambassador to Fair Park to fill in for Big Tex while the State Fair is not in operation.  For example, "Howdy folks, welcome to the Electric Daisy Carnival".  That would be a sight to see. 

pak152
pak152

Looks like a character from Thomas the Tank Engine

RC
RC

I love Reddi. I barely remember that monorail that ran on about 10 feet of suspended track.

DD
DD

Fascinating shot.  Freddy the Tractor and the lower half of Reddy Kilowatt.  Keep 'em coming RW.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

i thought that picture was from the Electric Daisy Carnival

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