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[Allotment Authorization]

[Allotment Authorization]

Date: October 26, 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Allotment authorization form filled out by Justin L. Bible.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum
[Three Girls]

[Three Girls]

Date: October 1950
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Photograph of three young girls standing together, possibly in Lynchburg or Cumberland Gap, Tennessee during the 1950's. The girl in the center is identified as Eloise Cline, and the other girls are Patricia Cline (back) and Christine Hill (front).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
[State Fair of Texas Exhibitor's Ticket for Nora Gibbs]

[State Fair of Texas Exhibitor's Ticket for Nora Gibbs]

Date: 1950
Creator: State Fair of Texas
Description: Exhibitor's ticket for the State Fair of Texas. The blue ticket bears the signature and photograph of Nora Gibbs. In the photo, Gibbs wears a dark blouse and stands in front of a painted woodland scene. Squares on the top of the ticket are filled with numbers from seven to twenty-two. The letters "SFT" have been punched into the card and a red stamp pressed into its back.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Mary Newton Maxwell
[State Fair of Texas Exhibitor's Ticket for Rosa Fleetwood]

[State Fair of Texas Exhibitor's Ticket for Rosa Fleetwood]

Date: 1950
Creator: State Fair of Texas
Description: Exhibitor's ticket for the State Fair of Texas. The blue ticket bears the signature and photograph of Rosa Fleetwood. In the photo, Fleetwood wears a dark blouse and eyeglasses and stands in front of a painted lake scene. Squares on the top of the ticket are filled with numbers from seven to twenty-two. The letters "SFT" have been punched into the card and a red stamp pressed into its back.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Mary Newton Maxwell
[Side View of Tex-Mex Dormitory]

[Side View of Tex-Mex Dormitory]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the side of a student dormitory building. The building is two floors and is made of alternating stripes of light colored brick and medium colored brick. There is a small ridge at the top of the stripes of light brick. The shuttered windows are placed equally along the walls in pairs, except for the last two windows at the end of the building on the left. A single electricity pole and shrubs can be seen far behind the building in the background. There is handwriting on the back of the photograph that reads, "Tex-Mex. Institute A+12 10/9/50 New dormitory. Dedicated 10/10/50".
Contributing Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
[School Buildings on Tex-Mex Campus]

[School Buildings on Tex-Mex Campus]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of school buildings on a Tex-Mex campus. The campus grounds is a dirt clearing with a few trees and shrubs visible. On the right side of the image in the foreground, part of the front of a building facing to the left can be seen. Another small building is visible on the left in the background behind a row of shrubs. This building has a dominant triangle tapered roof. On the righthand side of the image, there is a row of three long buildings with coupled windows. They are made of alternating lines of light colored brick and darker colored brick. The door at the end of the first and foremost building of the three is open. There is handwriting on the back of the photograph that reads, "Tex-Mex Inst. A-14 Dormitories at the left ; dining hall right."
Contributing Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
[Tex-Mex Student Dormitory Building]

[Tex-Mex Student Dormitory Building]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the side of a two-story student dormitory building. The brick building starts on the left side of the image, and then from there continues diagonally across the image until it cuts off at the edge on the right. Windows with shutters run along the building in pairs. There is a closed door with a small landing and stairs leading up to it at the end of the building on the left. Parts of two other buildings can are visible in the background on the lefthand side. Handwriting on the back of the photo reads, "Tex-Mex Institute A-11 Dormitory dedicated 10/10/50".
Contributing Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
[The John Milligan Special - Slingshot]

[The John Milligan Special - Slingshot]

Date: October 21, 1950
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph of a "John Milligan Special" slingshot. It lies on a table with four steel ball bearings, used for precise target shooting, beside it. John Milligan, a machinist in Detroit, Michigan who was also the “country’s greatest slingshot expert. “He won local fame by shooting the marks out of playing cards, hitting objects in mid air and bagging game in the field.” Joe took John national with his photos documenting his talent and accuracy. To assure accuracy, he has designed his own precision-built aluminum sling, called the Milligan Special. Additional photos and information can be found in the Clark Family Collection. Photos from this series appeared in eight national publications. Here you can find articles in “Life Magazine . February 3, 1961. Pages 80-83. And in a fifteen page pictorial in the book “Photojournalism” by Joe Clark, HBSS. Photo by: Joe Clark, HBSS.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
Carlino Case

Carlino Case

Date: October 26, 1950
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Photograph of two people (including Percy Foreman?) sitting in court.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Bells, tuning bells, carillon keyboard

Bells, tuning bells, carillon keyboard

Date: October 23, 1950
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Young man sitting at carillon keyboard (UT)
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
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