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 Decade: 1940-1949
 Collection: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Photograph of Chuck Foster's Orchestra at the Pleasure Pier]

[Photograph of Chuck Foster's Orchestra at the Pleasure Pier]

Date: December 18, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Chuck Foster and his orchestra performing at the Port Arthur, Texas, Pleasure Pier. Five men with saxophones are standing at podiums in the foreground, with a man and woman in evening wear sitting on the right. Behind the front row to the left are two men sitting at a piano, and other musicians to the right are obscured by the standing men. A banner printed with "Chuck Foster" and "Merry Christmas" are hung above an image of Santa Claus' head, all of which hangs over the band. Plants and wreaths are festooned across the wall in the background. On the lower portion of the photo, Chuck Foster has autographed the picture with "To Jean with love."
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Photograph of Bob Wills and Band]

[Photograph of Bob Wills and Band]

Date: ~1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Bob Wills and his band performing at the Port Arthur Pleasure Pier as people gather by the stage.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Officer on Motorcycle]

[Officer on Motorcycle]

Date: 1942-1949
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an officer, identified as Tommy Baxter, on his motorcycle. He is wearing a full uniform and sunglasses, and driving towards the camera. Writing on the back of the photograph reads, "Seawall 1942-1949."
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
Texas City Disaster

Texas City Disaster

Date: 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the twisted wreckage of a 1940s automobile sitting beside a building.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Photograph of Tex Beneke and Orchestra]

[Photograph of Tex Beneke and Orchestra]

Date: May 16, 1948
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Tex Beneke and his orchestra performing at the Port Arthur Pleasure Pier. The group is lined up underneath a sign bearing Beneke's name.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Elementary School Performance]

[Elementary School Performance]

Date: 1940-1950~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a school performance at Carver Elementary School. There are children seated on a stage with various instruments. The background of the stage is painted with a landscape mural.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Second Grade Classroom]

[Second Grade Classroom]

Date: 1940-1950~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a second grade class at Carter Elementary School. The children are seated in their desks and facing towards the front of the classroom. The teacher is standing in the back corner of the room and looking towards the camera.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Third Grade Classroom]

[Third Grade Classroom]

Date: 1940-1950~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a third grade class at Carver Elementary School. The children are seated in their desks and facing towards the camera. The teacher is standing on the opposite side of the classroom with her hands on the back of two students' chairs.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Opening Scene of Play]

[Opening Scene of Play]

Date: 1946
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the opening scene of "Heaven Bound," a Dorothy Ingram production. The play is being performed at 6th Street Baptist Church. There is a large staircase build on the stage, and performers are dressed in white gowns with wings. The back of the photograph is a postcard.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
[Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]

[Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]

Date: 1947
Creator: Everett, James
Description: Aerial photograph of a ship passing through the drawbridge of a canal in Port Arthur. The town can be seen on the opposite side of the canal, and there are many buildings and houses along the streets. Two billowing clouds of dark smoke are visible in the distant background. A sticker on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as James Everett from Groves, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
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