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  Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
 Collection: Abilene Photograph Collection
Wedding Portrait
Copy negative of a wedding portrait of Sallie Parker Willis and Thomas Middlebrook Willis believed to be taken in Abilene, Texas. The photograph was either taken the day of the wedding or the day after. He is sitting in a chair on the right holding a hat, and she is standing behind him on the left holding her hat. They are in front of a studio background with columns. An official Texas historical marker was placed at Thomas Middlebrook Willis' grave in 2009 at the Masonic Cemetery of Abilene, TX. The historical marker states that after graduating from the Law School of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, T.M. Willis moved to Abilene and established a practice. In 1886 he married Abilene resident Sallie Parker at the First Presbyterian Church of Abilene and the couple had eight children. Willis was elected City Attorney and later served as City Judge. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth53265/
Cars and Salesmen at Abilene Candy Co. #1
Photograph of Abilene Candy Company salesmen standing by cars lined up outside the brick building. There are power lines and trees along the street, and the Abilene Elevator Co. building is behind it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth59659/
Cars and Salesmen at Abilene Candy Co. #2
Photograph of Abilene Candy Company salesmen standing by cars lined up outside the brick building. There are power lines and trees along the street, and the Abilene Elevator Co. building is behind it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth59660/
Air Base Water Pump
Photograph of an air base water pump pumping flood water in Abilene. There is a pipe spewing water in the front and a hose and pump in the back. There is a car in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60256/
Kraft Cheese Display at Thornton's #1
Photograph of a product display in a grocery store identified as Thornton's. The display consists of bottles of Kraft brand oil in small boxes surrounding an oven. On top of the oven, there are three signs, two of which are the same. Text on the duplicate signs say "Free Recipes Here! How to make any cake (requiring shortening) with Kraft All-Purpose Oil Fully Pink 29¢;" they also have a picture of a cake missing a slice on them. The headline on the middle sign says "Ladies! You Can Win Valuable Prizes in Thornton's Cake Bake Contest." That sign also lists prices and cooking ingredients, and has illustrations of a cake, oven, Kraft brand oil, and the exterior of Thornton's. In the background of the photograph, there are aisles of groceries, an unidentified man, and a banner sign that is partially visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60400/
Kraft Cheese Display at Thornton's #1
Photograph of a display for a grocery store identified as Thornton's. The display consists of a tall stack of packages of Kraft's Parkay Margarine sitting besides a meat display case; the display case is filled with various meat products. On top of the case, there is a television set with packages of Kraft's Parkay Margarine displayed beside it. Beside the margarine, there are various canned and bottled products. There are four identical signs in the display; text on the signs say "Win a 21" RCA Victor Color TV Set in Parkay Margarine's BIG $75,000 Jingle Contest 45 Color TV sets - 354 Prizes in all...3 Contests First contest closes March 12, 1955 Second contest closes March 26, 1955 Third contest closes April 9, 1955." There is also an illustration of Parkay Margarine on the signs. In the background, there is a door and vent; there are streamers above the television. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60401/
Kraft Cheese Display at Thornton's #2
Photograph of a display for a grocery store identified as Thornton's. The display consists of a tall stack of packages of Kraft's Parkay Margarine sitting besides a meat display case; the display case is filled with various meat products. On top of the case, there is a television set with packages of Kraft's Parkay Margarine displayed beside it. Beside the margarine, there are various canned and bottled products. There are four identical signs in the display; text on the signs say "Win a 21" RCA Victor Color TV Set in Parkay Margarine's BIG $75,000 Jingle Contest 45 Color TV sets - 354 Prizes in all...3 Contests First contest closes March 12, 1955 Second contest closes March 26, 1955 Third contest closes April 9, 1955." There is also an illustration of Parkay Margarine on the signs. In the background, there is a door and vent; there are streamers above the television. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60402/
Kraft Cheese Display at Thornton's #2
Photograph of a product display in a grocery store identified as Thornton's. The display consists of bottles of Kraft brand oil in small boxes surrounding an oven. On top of the oven, there are three signs, two of which are the same. Text on the duplicate signs say "Free Recipes Here! How to make any cake (requiring shortening) with Kraft All-Purpose Oil Fully Pink 29¢;" they also have a picture of a cake missing a slice on them. The headline on the middle sign says "Ladies! You Can Win Valuable Prizes in Thornton's Cake Bake Contest." That sign also lists prices and cooking ingredients, and has illustrations of a cake, oven, Kraft brand oil, and the exterior of Thornton's. In the background of the photograph, there are aisles of groceries, an unidentified man, and a banner sign that is partially visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60399/
Woolworth Drug Store
Photograph of a display window at Woolworth Drug Store in Abilene, viewed from the sidewalk. There are signs and merchandise behind the glass. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60385/
Woolworth Drug Store
Photograph of the inside of Woolworth Drug Store in Abilene. There are shelves with merchandise, people sitting at the bar, decorations, and signs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60390/
Woolworth Drug Store
Photograph of people sitting at the bar at Woolworth Drug Store eating. There are signs on the wall including a large "Cheese Burgers" banner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60389/
Woolworth Drug Store #1
Photograph of a display window at Woolworth Drug Store in Abilene, viewed from the sidewalk. There are signs, merchandise, and decorative cows behind the glass. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60387/
Woolworth Drug Store #2
Photograph of a display window at Woolworth Drug Store in Abilene, viewed from the sidewalk. There are signs, merchandise, and decorative cows behind the glass. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60386/
Air Shots of Abilene State School
Photograph of an aerial view of the Abilene State School and the surroundings. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57349/
Air Shots of Abilene State School
Photograph of an aerial view of the Abilene State School and the surroundings. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57348/
Air Shots of Abilene State School
Photograph of an aerial view of the Abilene State School and the surroundings. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57350/
Western Cotton Oil Offices
Photograph of a woman wearing glasses sitting in an office flipping through files. There is a typewriter behind her and a desk with a small calendar and a telephone in front of her. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth58661/
Western Cotton Oil Offices
Photograph of a woman wearing glasses sitting a small desk typing on a typewriter. She is looking at a few papers to the side of the typewriter as she types. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth58662/
Western Cotton Oil Offices
Photograph of a woman looking through the files in an open drawer of a file cabinet. There are four rows of file cabinets in the office and a plant sitting on top of the cabinets. A desk with a paper tray, telephone, and other items can be seen in the foreground. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth58660/
Abilene Women's Club
Photograph of a Christmas parade float. The float consists of a man dressed as Santa Claus inside an artificial plane decorated with leaves. Text on the side of the float says "Here Comes Santa Clause Abilene Savings & Loan." In the background, there is a crowd of people. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57034/
Chamber Banquet at Rose Field House
Photograph of an unidentified group of men and women standing at the Chamber of Commerce banquet in the Rose Field House. The men are wearing suits, and the women are wearing skirt suits and hats; one woman is wearing a fur stole. In the background, there are other people and a sign on the wall that says "Refreshment Center." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57277/
Chamber Banquet at Rose Field House
Photograph of trucks in front of the Rose Field House. This event was the chamber of commerce banquet in Abilene, Texas. A man stands next to one of the trucks that has the sign "explosives" on the front. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57258/
Chamber Banquet at Rose Field House
Photograph of an unidentified man standing at a podium at the Chamber of Commerce banquet in the Rose Field House. There is a floral centerpiece in front of the podium. In the background, there is a large sign with an illustration of a man wearing a hard hat and carrying a wrench; text above the man says "Petroleum," and to the left of the man says "Petroleum Pete." To the right of the man, there are illustrations of Texas with a zoom-in of Taylor County and the surrounding counties. There are illustrations of drops of oil with text inside of them; the text says "Lift Costs (Oil Production) $20,020,452," and "Production to Royalty Owners $25,030,296." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57269/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated with a Christmas tree with presents beneath. Two men sit behind the Christmas tree. Behind the men is a large picture of a building with a Shriner logo above it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57018/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. A man is standing on top of the float and a child is sitting. The float is decorated as a desert scene, with barbed wire and cacti. "B & P V," and "F & M Bank" can be seen written on the side of the float. A crowd watches from the side of the street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57002/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated with a sled and model reindeer. Three people ride in the sled, including a man dressed as Santa Claus. The side of the float says, "Abilene Secretaries Associations." The side of the sled says, "Christmas Fantasy." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57016/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated with drawings of Disney characters. Beneath the drawings are the words, "US Marine Corps Reserve." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57013/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. A woman in robes and a halo is sitting on the top of the float. The side of the float says, "American Business Women's Association." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57019/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of "The Night Before Christmas" themed Christmas float. The float resembles a living room with a fireplace, Christmas tree, lamp, rug and furniture. There are four children on and two adults on the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57027/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated with a church tower with two bells. Two women in dresses are standing on each end of the float. A banner on the side of the float says, "The Bells of Noel," and a banner on the front says, "Colt Club." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57006/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated like Santa Claus's workshop, with children dressed as elves and playing with toys. A man dressed as Santa Claus is sitting at the top of the float. "Zeta Alpha" is written on the side of the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57004/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a Christmas parade float. The float consists of a wreath on a platform with an reindeer in the middle of it, and a man dressed as Santa Claus sitting on the platform. Towards the front of the float, there is a group of children. Candy canes and leaves decorate the float. A sign on the front of it says "West Texas Utilities Company." A sign on the side of the platform says "Santa and Helpers." In the background, there are two women walking, an empty set of bleachers, and another float with a Christmas tree on it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57036/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated with a model farm set, as well as a model sled and horses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57020/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. Four women are sitting on the float. They are holding a rope attached to a giant Christmas card at the top of the float. "Joy To The World," is written on the side of the float, and "Alpha Omicron" is on the front. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57005/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated with a Christmas tree with presents beneath. Two men sit behind the Christmas tree. Behind the men is a large picture of a building with a Shriner logo above it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57017/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float in the Christmas Parade in Abilene. On the side of the float are the words "Suffer little children to come unto me." There is a woman dressed like an angel standing next to a Christmas tree and two children on the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57029/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated like a living room, with a fireplace, Christmas tree and a woman in a rocking chair. The side of the float says, "Soroptimist 'Cheer The Golden Years.'" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57014/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float in the Christmas Parade in Abilene. On the side of the float are the words "Suffer little children to come unto me." There is a woman dressed like an angel standing next to a Christmas tree and two children on the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57028/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float, a carriage, is being pulled by horses. A man in a top hat and a woman in a dress sit in the back of the carriage. The side of the carriage says, "The Friendly First." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57011/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of the front view of the Kiwanis and Theta Sigma float in the Christmas Parade. There is a woman wearing a robe sitting behind a replica of an organ. In front of her are two little boys in robes kneeling on the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57024/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a Christmas parade float. The float consists of one woman dressed as an angel, two men dressed as shepherds, and an artificial sheep. A sign on the back of the float says "Desk & Derrick Club. Sponsored by Miami Operating Co." Text on the side of the float says "I Bring You Good Tidings of Great Joy." In the background, there is a house and a float with a sign that says "Santa and Helpers." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57033/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a Christmas parade float. The float consists of a man dressed as Santa Claus inside an artificial plane decorated with leaves. Text on the side of the float says "Here Comes Santa Clause Abilene Savings & Loan." In the background, there is a crowd of people. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57035/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of "M" System Food Stores float. The words "Freedom From Want" are on the side of the float. There is a woman dressed as an angel standing between two small boys sitting on the float. There is also a cornucopia with gifts all around it on the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57025/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The float is decorated with animal models with musical instruments. The side of the float says, "H-SU Cowgirls Thornton's." A banner on the front of the float says, "A Musical Merry Christmas." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57015/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a Christmas parade float. The float consists of three people, one woman dressed as an angel, and two men dressed as shepherds. Beside the men, there are three artificial sheep. The side of the float says "I Bring You Good Tidings of Great Joy." In the background, there are empty wooden bleachers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57031/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of the Kiwanis and Theta Sigma float in the Christmas Parade. There is a little boy on the float kneeling in what appears to be a choir robe. There is also something on the float that looks to be a replica of a cathedral. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57023/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. A man is standing on top of the float and a child is sitting. The float is decorated as a desert scene, with barbed wire and cacti. "B & P V" can be seen written on the side of the float. A crowd watches from the side of the street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57003/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a float at a Christmas parade on Cypress street in Abilene, Texas. The church is decorated as a woodland with animal models and a small tree. The float is titled "Woodland Holiday." A Foremost logo is on the front of the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57007/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a Christmas parade float. The float consists of a wreath on a platform with an reindeer in the middle of it, and a man dressed as Santa Claus sitting on the platform. Towards the front of the float, there is a group of children. Candy canes and leaves decorate the float. A sign on the front of it says "West Texas Utilities Company." A sign on the side of the platform says "Santa and Helpers." In the background, there is a crowd of people. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57038/
Christmas Parade
Photograph of a Christmas parade float. The float consists of men and boys sitting in two rows. Between the boys, there is a cut-out of Santa Claus in a sleigh, with cut-outs of reindeer attached by ribbon. On the back of the float, there is an emblem and sign that says "Suez 17 17 Shrine Hospitals for Crippled Children." On the side of the float, there is a sign that says "Suez Temple." In the background, there is a crowd of people. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth57037/
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