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[Elementary School Drill Team]

Description: Photograph of the Lamar Elementary School Drill Team. The drill team is made up of children in uniforms holding batons. Two girls in the back of the line are holding drums, and a few girls in each line are doing the splits. Handwriting on the border of the photograph dates it from 1952.
Date: 1952
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Carver School Teachers]

Description: Photograph of teachers from Carver Elementary School. They are wearing black outfits with flowers pinned to their shoulders. They are in two rows and there are flowers in vases in on the floor.
Date: 1952
Creator: Briscoe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Woman With Texaco Products]

Description: Photograph of a woman wearing a white shirt advertising Texaco products. She is standing behind a table that has multiple cans of different varieties of motor oil, capella oil, havoline, and other gasoline products.
Date: July 26, 1958
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Photograph of Sunbonnet Sue Operetta]

Description: Photograph of Sunbonnet Sue Operetta cast at Tyrell Elementary School. Rows of students are lined up and wearing mostly agricultural costumes. Janis Joplin is the fifth child from the right. Behind the children, there is a backdrop of a night scene set along the stage curtain. A mixed group of adults and children are seated before the stage.
Date: 1954-05~
Creator: Rice Studio
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Photograph Featuring Janis Joplin at Tyrell Elementary School]

Description: Photograph of the Tyrell Elementary School' 1952 Christmas Program. Children are arranged onstage in a raked pyramid in front of a curtain. Each child is wearing a white top and holding a microphone. The girl sitting to the far right of the bottom row is Janis Joplin. An adult woman is sitting before the stage in a wooden chair, and other people can be seen sitting behind her.
Date: December 1952
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Parking Lot and Roller Coaster at Pier]

Description: Photograph of cars in a parking lot at the Pleasure Pier in Port Arthur, Texas. There is a roller coaster to the right, and Lake Sabine is visible in the background.
Date: 1951~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Group of Men]

Description: Photograph of a group of men posing in front of a brick structure in Port Arthur, Texas.
Date: April 1, 1955
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Parade Queen]

Description: Photograph of Barbara Putnam sitting on the back of a convertible during a parade in Port Arthur, Texas. A crowd of people stand in front of the building in the background.
Date: 1953
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Woman Sitting on Small Car]

Description: Photograph of a woman in a long dress with flowers in her hair sitting on a small car driven by a young boy in a cowboy hat, during a parade in Port Arthur, Texas. A man walks beside them, and a crowd of people stand in front of the building in the background.
Date: 1953
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Ship at Grain Elevator]

Description: Photograph of a large boat at a grain elevator. The elevator is connected to a building that is on the left side of the photograph. There is another boat in the background and a water tower in the distance. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: July 19, 1956
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Aerial View of Drawbridge]

Description: Aerial photograph of Pleasure Pier Drawbridge. A large ship has just passed through the bridge and it is still drawn. There are cars waiting for the ship to pass, and the town can be seen on the other side of the river. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: September 17, 1955
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[View of Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]

Description: Photograph of a town on the edge of a river with a ship passing through a bridge, identified as Pleasure Pier drawbridge. Cars are waiting for the ship to pass on either side of the bridge. There is what appears to be a factory in the distance with multiple smokestacks. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: November 19, 1952
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Aerial View of Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]

Description: Aerial photograph of a ship and a town on the edge of a river. The ship is passing through a bridge identified as Please Pier Drawbridge, and cars can be seen waiting for it to pass. The buildings extend into the background.
Date: 1955
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Staff Posing in Front of Restaurant]

Description: Photograph of a group of people identified as staff of The Schooner Restaurant standing outside. There are two women in white dresses and two men, and they are standing by the corner of the building. There are four visible cars parked in front of the restaurant. A sticker on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as James Everett from Groves, Texas., and dates the image 1955.
Date: 1955
Creator: Everett, James
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Officer With Automobile Accident]

Description: Photograph of Officer Tommy Baxter standing behind an automobile accident. Two cars have been badly damaged, and one is flipped upside down and on top of the other one. There is one man standing in the background looking at the wreck. Writing on the back of the photograph states that there was a death involved.
Date: 1954
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Employee Photograph of Dorothy Ingram]

Description: Employee photograph of Dorothy Ingram from Lamar Elementary School. She is shown from the side and looking forward. Her hair is short and curled, and she is wearing a patterned top.
Date: 1950
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Dedication of Carver Elementary School]

Description: Photograph of the dedication of Carver Elementary School. There is a man standing behind a podium on a stage, and other people seated in chairs. The audience can be seen from behind, facing towards the stage.
Date: 1950~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Dorothy Ingram at Teaching Desk]

Description: Photograph of Dorothy Ingram seated at her teaching desk. She has short dark hair and is wearing a black blouse. She is holding a pen in her hand and looking towards the camera.
Date: 1956
Creator: Briscoe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Decorated Stores]

Description: Photograph of decorated stores on a road in Port Arthur, Texas. A few cars are parked in front of the buildings.
Date: 1953
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Thomas W. Hughen School for Crippled Children]

Description: Photograph of the exterior of the Thomas W. Hughen School for Crippled Children building in Port Arthur, Texas. A dirt road runs up to the front door, and there are a few scraggly trees in front of the building.
Date: February 12, 1958
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Photograph of Aerial View of Rainbow Bridge, 1957]

Description: Photograph with aerial view of the Rainbow Bridge spanning the Neches River near Port Arthur, Texas. Shadows of several clouds dot the landscape. A ship is passing underneath the bridge. Several canals branch off from the river on its way to Sabine Lake, which encompasses much of the background. The other side of the photo has a handwritten note saying that this was a gift of A. W. Catanach, 1992.
Date: August 2, 1957
Creator: Watkins Studio
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

April 1959, Fire Destroyed the Port Arthur YMCA Building

Description: Photograph of the remains of the burned YMCA building in Port Arthur, Texas, 1959. All that's left are twisted steel I-beams, charred wood, and stone. Firemen can be seen working in the wreckage.
Date: April 1959
Creator: Cricchio Studio
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

April 1959, YMCA Burns to the Ground - Nothing Saved

Description: Photograph of the remains of the YMCA on the Southeast corner of Austin Avenue in Port Arthur, Texas, 1959. Fire crews are spraying the wreckage with water. All that remains is a pile of twisted steel I-beams and stone.
Date: April 1959
Creator: Cricchio Studio
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast