S.H. Kress Photos

Here are some photos I was able to find within the Beryl Ford Collection of the old Kress Store.


In the only photo not from the BFC, you can see the front of the Kress building to the far right.  Streetcar tracks are being taken up- can you find Ike's chili in this photo?  This is Third St looking west between Main and Boulder.  The Federal Building and Wright Building are still standing.







13 comments:

Kathleen said...

My mother remembers Kress and said there was a basement with things marked down. She graduated from Central High School in 1955. Her name was Patsy Johnson (now James) but she has since passed away. She was born at St. John's Hospital in '37 and I was in '66. -Katie

Gayle C said...

What I would give to be able to walk through Kress circa 1955, and peruse all the counters. I have lots of great memories of this fabulous old store, but I think the best one is picking out oil cloth to take to school to put on my desk so I could play with clay in the first grade. It was a requirement at Eliot Elementary, and I loved picking out which color I wanted. Life was a little simpler then!

Anonymous said...

My great aunt worked at Kress and when they closed was the assitant manager she worked for a long time as the food and lunch counter manager. I as a kid "worked" there for a long there. the doghnuts were the best never had any better especially if they were fresh. ate a bunch the next day at home.

Anonymous said...

The bassment use to have the toys and a big lunch couter and other things wich might have been the marked down stuff I was to young to know that probaly

Anonymous said...

I remember Kress, especially the basement lunch counter. The hot beef sandwich (beef and gravy with bread and mashed potatoes) was the best!

Patricia Wilson

DorothyTysonNoahWiggins said...

I worked p.t.on the toy counter in the basement of Kress at Christmas season,1951. I was a sophmore at Central H S. The Bread Pudding at the Kress lunch counter and the candy counter upstairs were my favorites. You could buy 1/4 lb of chocolate covered peanuts for a dime. I was born in Tulsa, 1935 and was 3rd generation then. Now we have had 6 generations here. Beryl Ford was married to my 1st cousin, Lydia Tyson for 56 years.
Dorothy Tyson Noah Wiggins

Anonymous said...

I remember Kress' smell. No other store have that smell. Loved the store. M.A.

Rodger said...

Newberry's is the store that really had a distinctive smell. I loved to go in there for the smell ...it was like the midway at the fair. Of course, Kress' was the only place to shop for toys.

Anonymous said...

In the 1960's my brothers and neighborhood buddies used to catch a bus at Admiral and Sheridan and go to Kress'. They had a pet department and would would buy Chameleon lizards.

Ron C.

Susan Oxford Coman said...

In 5th or 6th grade, my friend Susan Ritchie and I used to ride the bus downtown, try on clothes at Brown Dunkin, maybe see a movie at the Rialto, and ALWAYS go to Kress's to get a cherry coke at the lunch counter. Great memories!

Anonymous said...

me and my mom went downtown almost every sat on the bus from the nortside i was 5 or 6 i guess i remember kress renburgs so nice and clean im 57 now my mom and dad or both gone seeing your pics make me home sick and proud to be a tulsan BTW74

Anonymous said...

I worked at KRESS in late 50s, especially during Christmas and attended Central High. I got to work in the Jewelry department, that was so much fun! Back when ID bracelets and dog tags were in fashion. I had a great boss, Ms.Peveto. Does anyone remember her? I wish we had taken pictures this time was so special.

Anonymous said...

Dennis
I can remember going "downtown" with my grandmother. The minute we entered the store THAT SMELL that wonderful smell!! and the wooden floors that creaked when you walked in and the big lights that hung down. We would walk down the aisles and I remember the counters that kept the excess merchandise under them with little sliding doors. Oh if only I could go back.
Rockford IL