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[Billboard for the Gay Community Center]

[Billboard for the Gay Community Center]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Roadside billboard advertising the AIDS Resource Center in the 1980s. Board features the phone number and address for the center
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
[Lesbian and Gay Rights Billboard]

[Lesbian and Gay Rights Billboard]

Date: 1979
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a billboard in Dallas announcing the 1979 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Billboard depicts several people holding hands in a box labeled "In celebration of human rights." Text below the figures says "March on Washington October 14, 1979 For lesbian and gay rights. For information call (214) 522-6702."
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
Two Men Sitting on Billboard

Two Men Sitting on Billboard

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of Frank Hale (left), and Van Graves (right) sitting on a billboard advertising a clothing store outside Abilene.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Moutray Gasoline Billboards

Moutray Gasoline Billboards

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a Moutray Gasoline billboard in an open field. Billboard image includes the Moutray Oil Company logo and slogan: "it's TOPS with motorists everywhere." Two identical photographs are positioned horizontally in the negative.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Girl by Billboard

Girl by Billboard

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of Pearle Knox Aneff standing in front of a billboard for the city of Abilene and United States Tires with a field in the background.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Billboard

Billboard

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a billboard advertising Abilene as "The Key City of West Texas" with a cartoon cowboy on the left, a shape of Texas with star at Abilene, and a list of services and products offered in the city on the right.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Theater Billboard

Theater Billboard

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of the Paramount Theater's marquee in Abilene, Texas. The marquee reads, "Max Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Roadshow Presentation - 2 Shows Only - 3:30 & 8 P.M.". In the foreground is an empty street. Written below the photograph is, "War Bond Parades, World War II".
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Men in Railroad Costume

Men in Railroad Costume

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative Wally Akin and Ted Waggoner standing in front of the Paramount Theater in Abilene, Texas. The men are dressed as railroad conductors and are standing next to a small locomotive on wheels. A sign above the locomotive reads, "The Picture Evolution of Railroad Safety" and painted on the engine is, "Union Pacific, Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck. Paramount Mid-Nite Sat. and Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed." On the theater marquee is, "Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in Vernon and Irene Castle".
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Early HSU Welcome Sign

Early HSU Welcome Sign

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a billboard in Abilene advertising Hardin-Simmons Univversity. The sign is in a field behind a fence, in front of a house, has a picture of a cowboy on the left, and is lit.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Billboard

Billboard

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a billboard in Abilene, Texas. It reads "Welcome to Abilene, Sports Capitol of West Texas. Home of ACC Wildcats, 1973 Naia National Football Champions".
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
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