TULSA DECO, & Historic Photos & Ephemera
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Above:  We found this beautiful advertisement featuring Tulsa's Grand Opera House, on a brochure from 1909.  We took a high-resolution scan of the piece then tidied it up a bit so that we could recreate prints of this rare bit of history for your home or office! 

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Above: This is one of "That Man Stone's" famous, wide angle, group photos, dated 1906. This time signed F.L. Stone. The scanned image is over 4 feet long. Also written on front is "14th Annual Session Grand Lodge I.O.O.F Tulsa IT (Indian Territory) April 9-10-11-12 -06. The building in the center is Tulsa's Grand Opera House which was completed the year the photo was taken. The building is located on the north side of 2nd Street between Boston Ave. and Cincinnati. The building served both as a meeting place for large groups, and theater. It also housed offices, retail stores and the Tulsa Conservatory of Music. The building was torn down in 1972.

Above: This photo is from a Tulsa Shoe Repair Shop dated 1920.  We were able to zoom in on the two calendars and make out that it was actually February of 1920. We will have to do a little research to see if we can find out which shoe repair shop this might have been. 

ABOVE: A photo showing a group of boys on the steps of the Will Rogers High School, one of Tulsa's Art Deco treasures. The photo was likely taken in the 1950's. 

BELOW: A contemporary photo showing some of the beautiful Art Deco details on the Will Rogers High School.  

Above: A beautiful, original photo from our collection featuring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky in the movie "Son of the Sheik" 1926.  This was Valentino's final role before his untimely death at age 31. 

Above: Photo closeup.  The popular Jazz Age slang of calling a man or woman a "Sheik or Sheba" was in part due to Valentino's famous roles in "The Sheik" and in this movie "Son of the Sheik" 

Above: A great promotional postcard featuring "Oklahoma's Greatest Industry". Back of card is postmarked 1918. 

ABOVE & BELOW: Neat old Tulsa photo from 1908!
The sign in the background reads "Lumber, Cement, Lime, Brick, Doors, Windows." The good sized photo actually has a lot of detail. (We only post lower resolution images online to help protect the image rights). They probably had to hold pretty still to get this photo. Look to the middle left and you can just make out the hoof and blurred leg of another horse as it was passing through the scene as the photo was being taken.

BELOW:  Photo postcard, circa 1917, showing a new Tulsa home just as it is being completed, along with some of the proud workers who built the home.  
220 S. Victor Ave.

BELOW:  Dick Bardon's was part pawn shop, department store, sports store and credit & loan. Touted as being one of the earliest and largest stores in Tulsa. These photos are from March of 1942. 

BELOW:  Speaking of stores, A G Boswell's was one of Tulsa's earliest jewelry stores. 

BELOW:  This photo is from around 1912 and features an A. Y. Boswell Jeweler at 2nd & Main. It is also fun to note the signage on the windows of the building at the far left of the photo. 

BELOW: Note the signage on the windows on one of the buildings in the above photo.  Not something you see on the upper floors of buildings today!

BELOW:  Fun cover art for "The Tulsa Tribune, 1929 International Radio Atlas. 

BELOW:  Tulsa Street Railway car on South Main St, May 1912.

BELOW:  Photo of Tulsa's 1920's Skyline at night as viewed from the North.