As you scroll through these Sidewalk Photos, you will discover that when folks went to Town in the forty’s and fifties, they dressed up. Ladies in nice dresses with nylons and high heels and hat’s. The men dressed up also, most with hat’s. In those days everything was Downtown. There was all the big department stores such as Leonards, Everybodys Striplings, Monnings, Coxs. Department stores such as Greens were downtown. All record stores were downtown. The Big Theaters were Downtown, The Hollywood, the Worth and the Palace. Downtown Fort Worth was a vibrant place to be and the people came. And where the people were, there were the sidewalk Photographers plying their trade. And so, today we have these treasures of a time long past.
Joe Dearing: The picture which has ‘ME’ on the back could very well be my aunt, Mary Eudy. She always lived on the North Side. The picture of the three telephone operators definitely has another of my aunts in it, Lois Dearing. Love the old photos and I remember the photographers taking random shots on the streets of Fort Worth.
Back in the 40’s and 50’s if you ventured out upon the streets of downtown Fort Worth. it was very likely you would encounter a sidewalk photographer. These Photographers would snap your photo on the run having but a split second to capture a image that would encourage you to send in your money. For a small price and the coupon they handed you, you would soon receive a postcard size photo of you frozen in Time. On City Sidewalks, That’s the way we were.
The following information about Fort Worth Sidewalk Photographers was contributed by Deborah Robertson.
The sidewalk Photo Company was ACTION SNAPS owned by my friends father, photographer GENE SCARBOROUGH. He would come in at night & we would help him organize ticket stubs, in numerical order & file them. He had a darkroom at their house, I think it was on 5th in the Southside, off Berry. A wonderful family. Gene, beautiful wife, Grace, daughters Grace & Betty.
Carol Berger: Thank God for all those photographers and thank you for putting this collection together. !
Mary Dan Hayes: My Grandmother Hollis never got on the bus to go downtown without her hat and white gloves. Wonderful memory.
Veda Hendrix….. No pictures but remember as a very little girl riding the bus from Haltom City to go downtown with my big sister and Mom. She wore high heels and of course hose. Gloves and hat. Sister and I also wore our patten leather Mary Janes. Dresses with petty coats under. It was called pride in appearance
David Burgess: What a great resource! The sidewalk pictures underscore how everyone used to get dressed up to go shopping.
My granny Ruth Yarger Hatley and her twin sister Dorothy Yarger Newman walking in downtown Fort Worth Tx in the early 1940’s – cameramen would be walking down the street.. Love these pics – my loving Granny went to heaven Sat at 91 yrs young as she always said. Just thought I would share!
If you have a “Blast from the past” Sidewalk Photo in your possession that was taken on the streets of Fort Worth, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you can, give me any info. you have about it. We all have some interesting relatives and every now and then some “Toads”. I even read where a woman found a stub in her husbands pocket and when she sent off for it, it was a photo of her husband, with another woman.
Effie Daniella Hitch ,mother, Elgate Daniel Hitch, father, sister Frances Merlynn, and myself Dan R. Hitch. Most of Hemphill was my paper route in 1960 ,Star Telegram. We lived at the corner of So. Adams and Seminary Dr. Was born on West Terrell right behind Fugahs food store a one room store that made Bar B Q I have some more street pictures I will post. Contributed by Dan R. Hitch