Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Downtowner: Part 2

On almost every page of this little pamphlet there is a tiny ad for Canada Dry’s Spur Cola (click on photos to enlarge). I have always associated that brand name with Ginger Ale, but my research shows Canada Dry produces more flavors than I ever realized! And we all know who their direct competition was for cola products, so it stands to reason they advertised a lot back then.

In the early 1920’s Hunt’s was a dominant department store in Tulsa. In 1924 John A. Brown and John Dunkin of Oklahoma City bought the store and renamed it Brown-Dunkin. This is my great-grandmother selling Singer sewing machines at Brown-Dunkin in the late 1920’s.

My mother did a lot of modeling for Brown-Dunkin from her high school years through college. Most of these photos were in local publications featuring the fashion preview for the next season. She got to be the cover girl for Magazine Tulsa in 1946, just after she graduated from Will Rogers High School.

Other fabulous stores downtown were Seidenbachs, Renbergs, Vandevers and Frougs to name a few.

In the 1940's and 1950’s, downtown Tulsa was considered The Place to shop for fashion clothing.

Next Up: Sports On Parade


Anonymous said...

Your mother is lovely! I hope she is doing well.
I have one copy of a Downtowner and I cherish it. It is almost falling apart.
I love the photos of the downtown stores. I recently took a picture of the Vandevers Building just east of the Sinclair Building. I hope it is there forever. I love to look at it and imagine how busy it once was.

Nancy said...

Sadly, next month will mark 8 years that my Mom has been gone. She passed away 3 days after 9/11.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Sorry about your Mom. You are fortunate to have all those modeling photographs of her.

Nancy said...

Thanks. I have many more photos but had to stop myself from posting all of them. I AM very fortunate and that is why I want to share what I have with others.

Susan Misch Hoop said...

My aunt Kathleen Misch Campbell modeled for the Brown Dunkin Tea room in the mid 1940's. She was married to Richard Campbell who was a weather man for KOTV. They later moved to North Hollywood where Dick worked for Columbia Studios and Johnny Carson.

Nancy said...

Susan, are you any relation to Fanny Misch?

Marcia said...

My Dad, Dean Jones, came from Omaha, Nebraska to Tulsa in 1955--brought his wife and 4 kids to warmer country. Had no job but lots of get-up-and-go and soon went to work for Vandever's Downtown (started out as credit manager). A few years later he was moved to the Utica Square store as manager. When Vandever's opened a store in Bartlesville, he was asked to move there but commuted for a full year (about 1964-65) before deciding he didn't want to move our family there. He was then approached to manage Brown-Dunkin in Southland which a few years later was bought by Dillard's out of Arkansas. He managed that store until, I believe 1979. We enjoyed our years growing up in Tulsa. My mother is in the Tulsa history book. She spearheaded the Polio Vaccination campaign and was a public school nurse for many years.

CarFreak said...

I am really glad I found this site! I'm a 2nd generation Tulsa, and a fourth generation Oklahoman. My GGF was under-sheriff of Tulsa County circa 1910-1930. My GF was a Tulsa detective (oh, the stories!) and Police and Fire Commisioner after that. I love old Tulsa homes and Tulsa pictures from the past. Keep up the good work. And I have one small request: Can you find/publish some photos of the old Sheridan Village at Admiral and Sheridan? There's a CVS there now, but it used to be my old 'stomping grounds'. PS My grandparents lived behind Mayo Meadow shopping center too! They rode horses all over that area before it was developed. Thanks again!

CarFreak said...

Started my IT career as night computer operator at Renberg's downtown in the fall of 1977. They had just finished the Forum (Connolly's, Magic Pan, etc) and the pedestrian mall. Herb Renberg loved to come down to the basement (IT dept) and discuss sports. George was always really kind to me. My grandfather and George Renberg went to school together at Central High. My gramps said that George came to school in a different suit every day and that he was jealous about that!

Russell Litterell said...

Somehow I stumbled upon your blog from Pinterest and it made my day. My mother worked at Seidenbachs for many years until Mr. Seidenbach passed away and the store closed. I have a beautiful photo of the storefront that someone gave me and an old hatbox from the store. I wonder if you know anything about Colonial Furniture Company, a furniture store that was originally located on Cherry Street and later moved to South Harvard. I think it is now a True Value Hardware store. It was owned by Mr. J.C. Jones. My father worked there for many many years but I cannot find a single thing about the store or any photo's. Mr. Jones had a daughter who now lives in Colorado and would be about 70. Thanks again!

Nancy said...

Hi Russell,
I remember well the store and I cannot find any photos of it either. Thanks for posting!