Monday, November 28, 2011

Postcards From The Past

Last month I had the pleasure of presenting one of the museum's programs to the Tulsa Postcard Club.  This wasn't my first time in meeting with these nice people.  In fact, I don't normally do evening presentations any more, unless it's for a special group such as this.  
Postcards are an extremely important link and record to our past.  I only came to realize just how important when I began piecing together my first Tulsa History presentation about our old movie theaters.  Photos of the long-lost gems are hard to come by, but street views in postcards are out there and plentiful.  I have picked out some postcards to share with you here in no particular order.  Hope you enjoy!
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Case in point:  One of Tulsa's first moving picture theaters was called the Lyric and was located inside of an old former grocery store.  Across the street from the Lyric was the Idle Hour theater.  Opening in 1906-07, any photos were rare if not impossible to find. This postcard got me so excited when I chanced upon it:


A blog entry from 2009 focused on pioneer Chauncey Owen and how the pond in Owen Park came to be.  Here is an actual photo postcard of the event afterward.  


Minck's Hotel (now known as the Adams Hotel).

Built in 1927 and designed by Bruce Goff:


To read more about Carl Magee's contributions to Tulsa (including Carlton Place Addition) click HERE.


Kress Store and the Rialto Theatre on the far right.

The sign, circled in red, reads: Ike's Chili Parlor



Formerly known as Orcutt Park, it was turned into Swan Lake residential area around 1917:




Last but not least is another "A-Ha!" find.  A little history first:

Tulsa’s third Methodist Church, then known as the Methodist Episcopal Church South, purchased a lot on East Second St between Cincinnati and Detroit in 1897.  In 1901 the congregation sold that land and purchased a lot on the corner of Second and Cincinnati where they built the first brick church building in Tulsa.  


They stayed in this building from 1901 until 1907 at which time the land was sold and a new home was built for the church at 5th and Boston.  They built an impressive two-story brick church and changed their name to Boston Avenue Methodist Church.  The year was 1908. Services were held in this church for twenty years.  


The congregation began to feel cramped when the Philtower was constructed in 1926.  The Methodists sold their property to Waite Phillips and purchased land at Thirteenth and Boston.  The last service was held in the church on 5th and Boston Sunday, October 14, 1928 and the congregation then moved to their beautiful art-deco style church.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tulsa In 1954

While I was out of town, a new Tulsa history tidbit surfaced that bears sharing here.  If you already watched this over on Batesline, then I urge you to watch it again and see what (or who)  you may have missed.   
This is a 15 minute documentary produced by the U.S. Information Service in 1954 to promote Tulsa.  There are scenes from downtown, T.U. as well as other Tulsa landmarks, stores and buildings long gone.  Share in the comment section below if you recognize any places, people or things.  Enjoy!