Emma Johnson’s Autograph Book from December 25, 1885

This book is 136 years old! (Dec 25, 2021 – Dec 25, 1885). I acquired this treasure one week before Christmas. I learned it is 136 years old and was given to Emma Johnson as a Christmas gift from a school teacher! I have been researching for a week, discovering fascinating pieces of history about the people and places tied to this book. Read on for more information. Continue reading Emma Johnson’s Autograph Book from December 25, 1885

The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3

The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3

Preface:  Hopefully you’ve been following along in this series.  If you’re new, the quick rundown:  I fancy myself the “caretaker” of the Tower Hotel Courts in Dallas, even though it has been demolished for many years. 

I was recently contacted by a stranger, Angelia McDaniel, who has ephemera from “my” motel.  Her parents, John Dennis Rush, Jr. and Letha Floyace Grimes Rush stayed at the Tower Hotel Courts for their honeymoon in 1955.  This initial contact with Angelia was the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.  While one can find pieces of ephemera for sale at antique stores or online, having the personal stories tied to the pieces makes it even more fascinating.  Angelia has been very gracious in sharing her family’s stories.  We’ve had a blast going down various rabbit holes during our research.  

Part 3 showcases the journey from the wedding ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls to the Tower Hotel Courts in Dallas.  As Angelia describes it, the “Honeymoon Road Trip”.  Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 - Paris, Texas

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 1

I recently went to my favorite antique store in Dallas (Curiosities) to purchase an autograph book from the 1800s.  But by the time I arrived the book was sold.  Since it’s a long drive – I made the trip worthwhile.  I scoured the store and found a consolation purchase that ended up being an even better gem.  This little red autograph book belonged to Ramona Holmes, a student at J. G. Wooten School, in Paris, Texas.  The autograph book is dated 1946.  Continue reading 8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 1

Empirical Whimsy

I picked this flower just for you!

If you have kids or remember your own childhood, you know that kids tend to yank flowers (often weeds) from the ground and proudly present them to mom.  Their good intentions and exuberance sometimes result in just a petal or maybe just the bud… or in this case, just the stem of the pretty flower!  Continue reading I picked this flower just for you!

An Adolphus Dessert – Guest blog by Tore Bellis

As Tore was eating his dessert at The French Room, it became clear he needed to write a blog.  You are in for a treat.  – Denise By Tore Bellis I normally encourage Denise to order adventurously. If she does, I select a safe option so that, if things go wrong, I can swap with her. But this time she went for the raspberry chocolate souffle, so I was free to go wild. When the ladies’ hat showed up, I knew I had chosen correctly. It was an off-white, fancy bonnet of meringue with a jaunty feather of hard sugar … Continue reading An Adolphus Dessert – Guest blog by Tore Bellis