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Above: Tulsa Skyline circa 1930
We hope you will enjoy browsing these images from our collection. We love how they can evoke the feeling of the times, the people, places, fashions and events of Tulsa, its surrounding areas, and the world at large. These images help give a "living" context to our collection of artifacts, which together help us travel back in time to Tulsa's age of myths and legends.
Above: This beautiful photo was found in an album from an Oklahoma photographer having numerous photos of the Tulsa area. This section of the album was dated 1920, and the neighboring photos were marked "Near Cleveland Oklahoma" which is to the west of Tulsa. We have been told that this photo was taken from bluffs on the east bank of the Arkansas river opposite Cleveland. (upper left).. old hwy 99 is visible in the center of the floodplain headed north to Hominy...
Above: River view near Oilton Oklahoma. Postcard photo, Dated on back; 3 - 22 - 1915. Oilton is a small town approximately 35 miles due West of Tulsa, located in Creek County on the south side of the Cimarron River. Oilton began as an oil boom town during the development of the Cushing-Drumright Oil Fields and the first lots were sold in January of 1915. The first post office was established May 5th 1915. Oklahoma State Highway 99 passes through the community.
Above: The "Hotel Tulsa" Dated 1914 on the back. The hotel opened in 1912, on the corner of 3rd and Cincinnati in downtown Tulsa, and was touted as being one of the finest in the Midwest. The who's who of the oil industry conducted business in its spacious lobby. It was said that Oilman Josh Cosden once casually wrote a 12 million dollar check at a table in the lobby. For a time, Harry Sinclair ran his offices out of the hotel. The building was torn down in 1972.
Above: "Tulsa Boy" written in pencil on back. Date unknown
Above: Vintage, Hotel Tulsa Luggage Label (with the addition of DECOPOLIS)
Above Left: Original photo of Miss Unity Ledbetter, pilot. Above Right: 1928 Newspaper Clipping..."A 78-year old grandmother, Mrs. Lena Ledbetter of Tulsa, Okla., (below), has announced she and her daughter, Miss Unity Ledbetter, are having a tri-motored monoplane constructed with the idea of celebrating the mother's birthday by starting August 17 on a flight from New York to Paris. The daughter (above) is a licensed pilot.
Above: "Tulsa skyline, 1909.
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