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Two 115-Year-Old Dallas Souvenirs

I was looking for ... something. I forget what now. (This maybe?) But my late-night quest brought me to this book from 1894: Souvenir guide of Dallas: A sketch of Dallas and Dallas county, their resources, business enterprises, manufacturing and agricultural advantages. It's where this ad comes from, of course -- another image for the imaginary Unfair Park line of tees we'll never make. The book's full of such historical gems and available for reading in its entirety after the jump, if you have a few minutes -- or a day -- to spare.

And while you're on the flip side, check out, also embedded in full, the other 1894 artifact I stumbled on: Clifton Church's collection of photographs titled Dallas, Texas Through a Camera -- otherwise known as what Dallas looked like before parking lots.

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Robert Wilonsky
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