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
I recently purchased a little red autograph book from Curiosities in Dallas. It belonged to an 8th grader named Ramona Holmes who lived in Paris, Texas in 1946.
I’ve spent some late nights researching the people and places referenced in the book. I was also able to cajole my friend Tore into a day trip to Paris for further research.
This post focuses on a favorite teacher…. Continue reading 8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2
A culinary delight at The French Room! Continue reading High Tea at The Adolphus, Easter 2021
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
This is Part 2 of the ongoing series of a wedding couple who stayed at the Tower Hotel Courts. This blog showcases the wedding ceremony, decor and fashion. Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 2
Who were the people who visited the Tower Hotel Courts during its prime and for what purpose? I got my answer.
I was recently contacted by a stranger who has ephemera from the Tower Hotel Courts. These are items that are unique and personal to her family. I asked for permission to share the information and she agreed. I am grateful for this privilege and excited to share the stories. Enjoy! Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, 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
Just recently I was rummaging through my garage and came upon a bucket of the metal junk I had apparently forgotten to discard. With the launch of Empirical Whimsy, you can imagine my excitement. Rediscovered objects!
The s-hook used in this piece is one of the objects removed from the streets of Dallas. If you want a visual it’s the Walnut Hill / I-35 area of town, near liquor stores and other establishments.
I am absolutely thrilled to have turned pieces of junk into lemonade. Continue reading Resilience
This post, will showcase the opening of the Tower Hotel Courts, details about the rooms and amenities, a postcard that shows a room and a help wanted ad. I’ve thrown in a few additional details for fun. Enjoy! Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts on Harry Hines, Part 3
Tore and I picked a direction and started driving. Before long we were in downtown Dallas, visiting our favorite haunt: The Adolphus Hotel!
Neither of us were dressed for the occasion but that didn’t stop us. It is our home away from home and The Adolphus is always welcoming. Continue reading Christmas Day at The Adolphus Hotel
You might be surprised to discover the Adolphus Hotel, Baker Hotel, Statler Hilton Hotel AND the Tower Hotel Courts motel have something in common (aside from my affinity for them!) They were listed in Duncan Hines Travel books in 1962. Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts on Harry Hines Blvd & Duncan Hines, Part 2
This blog is the debut of my research and ephemera of the Tower Hotel Courts that was on Harry Hines Blvd in Dallas, TX. Continue reading Tower Hotel Courts on Harry Hines in Dallas, Texas: Part 1
I saw a post on Facebook during Thanksgiving week: The Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells is letting individuals take a peek inside the hotel on November 30, 2019. Tore Bellis and I packed our camera bags and drove an hour … Continue reading The Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells
I sent a text to my friend Tore on Friday: “there’s nothing to do tomorrow.” Tore’s reply: “Let’s go to The Adolphus to see the gingerbread display!” And so the adventure began. I donned my new blue jacket and Tore … Continue reading December at The Adolphus (home)
Preface: I’ve wanted to write several of these history blog posts but I get caught up in my desire to be as thorough as possible. As a result, I don’t finish them. (I started this blog December 2018). The flip … Continue reading The Statler Hilton Hotel, Dallas 1956 – Part I: Building Materials & Furnishings
A tornado struck the area of Harry Hines Boulevard and Walnut Hill on Sunday, October 20th. When I watched the nightly news, I recognized the very places they showed on television. I used to work in this area. Here is … Continue reading Tornado on Harry Hines Blvd
Friday, May 24, 2019 The big day was here: my return home to The Adolphus. Anything and everything that had occupied my mind up to this point in time vanished. When you walk through the doors of The Adolphus, the … Continue reading My Return Home to The Adolphus, Part 1
I’d liken this post to the finale in a 4th of July fireworks celebration. The best is saved for last, with a battery of colorful fireworks in the night sky. But even as you’re mesmerized by the profusion of color, … Continue reading The Adolphus Hotel – Finale Post