TULSA DECO, & Historic Photos & Ephemera
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Above: Vintage Postcard featuring the Mayo Hotel.  The 600 room hotel was the tallest building in Oklahoma when it was built in 1925. 

Above: Vintage Postcard featuring the lobby of the Mayo Hotel. The hotel is located in Tulsa's historic Downtown Deco District. 

Above: Vintage Postcard featuring the Marine Grill inside the Mayo Hotel. Definitely a later remodel, but we love the fun, bright colors and Streamline Deco feel. We would love to someday do a reproduction painting of the Art Deco mural on the back wall if we can find a better photo of it! 

Above: We were excited to acquire this photo for we have yet to see this image shared anywhere else. However, searching the National Archives we found a video with this exact background made in 1918 for the Ford Motor Company. The video "Will Rogers Says" shows Will Rogers doing lasso tricks, along with some humorous quips. You can find the video #2 here... https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91355

CLICK  HERE! To purchase a matted copy of this print!

Above: A DECOPOLIS exclusive!  This artwork was created by Tulsa Artist William A. Franklin just for us! DECOPOLIS is on 11th street in Tulsa, which is old Route 66.  In 1952 Route 66 was rededicated as the Will Rogers Highway. 

Above: "Bobby" The world's famous educated steer! Bobby, who had a bobbed tail, was spotted by his trainer, Monte Reger of Buffalo Oklahoma, as something special when he noticed how the steer would perk up and go out into the pen when there were crowds of people around. Bobby would refuse to come out of his barn even to eat, but if a crowd of people showed up, he would come out and strut around. Bobby was wild and took months to train, but with patience and time Monte was able to get him to do a numer of tricks, including jumping over cars. Monte took the act on the road and over the years they even played in Madison Square Garden! Monte sold photo postcards like this one for a nickel a piece. The postmark on the back of this one was October 1936 and the sender notes how the livestock show and acts were full of thrills and some of the best he had ever seen!

Above: Some Tulsa homes. Miller Photography of Tulsa, stamped on back. 

Above: Photo of the Birmingham Mansion on Peoria Ave. in Tulsa. Photo taken in 1930

Above & Below: We found a fun, Art Deco, Jello recipe booklet from 1930. We digitally "repaired" and cleaned up the pages to share some of its colorful imagery with you.  Who knows, perhaps one of the fashionable dishes from this booklet could have been served on the lawn of the beautiful mansion in the image above! 

Above: A booklet cover, featuring great Art Deco furniture and decor, from Tulsa's Miller-Leggitt Furniture, 1933. 

Above.  How elegant! Seidenbachs was a high-end women's department store in downtown Tulsa.  Fashions changed quite a bit in the Deco Era, during the late teens, to the 1940's. This ad was in Vogue Magazine, October 1943. 

Above: A fun photo with some fun facts! 
This is a rare, early photo of an Ice Cream Cone. 

There are numerous claims as to who first to invented the edible Ice Cream Cone as we would recognize it today. Many converge on it happening during the 1904 Worlds Fair in St Louis Missouri, which ended in December of that year. There was actually a lawsuit, a few weeks after, mentioning an “Ice Cream Cornucopia” sold by a different vendor, being an infringement on the plaintiffs exclusive food and beverage franchise. Regardless it was the invention/appearance at the World’s Fair in 1904 which started the rapid spread of this idea throughout the US, for by the following summer and fall, numerous state and county fairs were granting “Ice Cream Cone” concessions to vendors. In 1924, an amazing 245 million cones were produced. 

On the back of the above image is the name "William Worth Waltermire" Looking online we discovered a William Worth Waltermire that was born March 14, 1893 in Souix City Iowa. Died, Feb. 14, 1959 in Souix City at the age of 65. He would have been about 14 years old in this photo. 

Above: Birds Eye View of Main Street looking North from 4th Street. Tulsa Oklahoma. 

Above:  1920's Tulsa Boxing Program. 

Above:  Image stamped on front of letter. Date stamp on letter is Dec 9. 1936

Above & Below:  Tulsa's International Petroleum Expositions featured several versions of the Golden Driller over the years.  These photos show the one from the year 1959.

Above: Golden Driller souvenir postcard. Designed exclusively for DECOPOLIS! 

Above: Arkansas River in Tulsa. Flood, June 1923 

Above: We aren't sure why these kiddos are so glum looking.  Might it have something to do with the flood of the same year? (see previous image) Regardless, we always enjoy seeing the children's fashions from this era. 

Above: Tulsa Club Building, 1927.  This beautiful, Zig Zag Art Deco building was designed by Tulsa architect Bruce Goff and built for the Tulsa Club and Chamber of Commerce.  The building was abandoned for almost 20 years and could have been lost during a fire. In 2014 the building was brought back to life, including a renovation of the stunning Grand Ballroom on the top floors, as the Tulsa Club Hotel.