Christmas Time on the Mall

Seminary South at ChristmasThis oddly composed image (An art student would surely expect a groin kick for submitting such a poor composition) shows the interior courtyard area at Seminary South, an open air mall that once thrived in Fort Worth, Texas. On the back:

‘Holiday Festival of Light’
Seminary South, Fort Worth, Texas
With myriads of colored lights radiating from Downtown Fort Worth throughout the shopping centers and home areas, this metropolitan community has gained national fame through the ‘Annual Festival of Light.’
This color picture illustrates a section of the beautiful landscaping, flowers, shrubs, lighting and restful facilities of Seminary South, one of the finest shopping centers in the country.

Cowtown at Night

Cowtown at NightA night view of downtown Fort Worth, Texas that shows the movie theater area. Visible in this picture are the Hollywood and Worth theaters, the Palace Theater being off camera to the left. The Palace had the distinction of being home to one of the longest burning Edison light bulbs, which was installed in September of 1908. (naturally, the bulb has a Facebook page) The Texas Electric Service Co. mascot, Reddy Kilowatt, oversees the intersection. The lengthy exposure prohibits our dating the scene based on automobiles, but a clue comes in the form of the Hollywood Theater marquee that advertises the 1960 film, Exodus.

Swift & Company

Swift & CompanySwift & Company, a business that was key to the growth of Fort Worth, Texas. Mailed to Gainesville, Texas on December 27th of 1908, the postcard has this message on the back:

Dearest Phibe. Many thanks for the dear little tie you sent me. I was so surprised & I certainly do appreciate it. I got so many nice things & what did Santa bring you? My sweetheart brought me the loveliest[?] umbrella. Love you. Write me soon. Your loving friend, [name illegible]

Texas Brewery

Texas BreweryI’ve been looking for one of these postcards (one that I could afford) for years, and finally got my hands on one. Mailed in 1914, the divided back postcard shows the facilities of the Texas Brewing Company, a Fort Worth brewery that was at 9th and Jones St. The company operated from 1890 to 1918.

Stations of the Cross

Our Lady of Victory SchoolOn the grounds of the Our Lady of Victory Catholic school in Fort Worth, Texas is this garden that includes the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and the Stations of the Cross. On the back:

Our Lady of Victory College & Academy, Motherhouse and Novitate of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, Accredited Residence and Day School for young women and girls.