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Description: Photograph of a museum display depicting the first queen of Port Arthur, Texas, 1923. A mannequin wearing a tiara and ornate dress stands between a display case to the left and a document display case and chair to the right. Small signs amid the mannequin's feet note the dressmaker, Ida Griffin, and the first queen of Port Arthur, Mary Donaldson. Near the bottom of the photo is a photo of the original queen wearing the dress. To the far right is a sign urging pioneer families to display at least one item from the case.
Creator: Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of a parade for the ribbon cutting ceremony of Rainbow Bridge. The procession is being lead by African American men in military uniform. On either side of the parade is a crowd watching from both the street and from the windows of nearby buildings.
Description: Photograph of a large sailing vessel being pulled by a smaller tugboat in choppy waters. The larger sailing vessel is to the left and has nine rhomboidal and triangular sails. To the right and in front of the ship is a small tugboat in shadow.
Description: Photograph of a "shantytown" on the outskirts of Port Arthur, Texas. A group of African Americans stand in a group beside a row of dilapidated houses.
Description: Photograph of aerial view of Gulf Oil Corporation buildings, storage tanks, and refineries. Simple housing can be seen in the bottom left side of the photo. Smoke from in the background is blowing to the left.
Description: Photograph of Port Arthur, Texas, with an aerial view of the courthouse, bridge, Pleasure Island, and YMCA. The courthouse stands in the stone building in the center of the photo, surrounded by streets that are lined with cars. The bridge is raised for a passing boat. Beyond the bridge, a roller coaster can be seen. The Watkins Studio mark is in the bottom right corner.
Date: August 1, 1945
Creator: Watkins Studio
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
Description: Photograph of the Standard Brass and Manufacturing Company (1926-1972). The scene features a series of industrial buildings set along a dirt road and a series of railroad tracks. The fenced complex has several smaller buildings along its perimeter, as well as a scrapyard visible in the lower right corner. Several 1940s style automobiles are parked outside.
Creator: J. C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of Arlene Fischer (Mrs. Harrison Fisher) reading a children's book with her daughter. Both are wearing white dresses. They are sitting on a chaise lounge with ferns on either side of them and a curtained window behind.
Description: Photograph of August and Theresa Furchner posing for a portrait. August Furchner is sitting in a wicker chair to the left, wearing a suit and hat. His wife Theresa is standing to the right with a hand on her husband's shoulder. She is wearing a floral embroidered dress with a striped collar and a floral hat.
Description: Photograph of Barbara Lynn standing to Dick Clark's left side. Barbara Lynn is wearing a lightly colored dress and is standing with her hands behind her back. Dick Clark is wearing a suit and speaking into a microphone.
Description: Photograph of Barbara Lynn wearing a shiny dress. She is holding on to the pegboard of an lightly colored electric guitar that is standing vertically in front of her. Her name is printed on the bottom left corner of the picture, while the bottom right corner has management information that has been covered with correction fluid.
Description: Photograph of J. P. and Adrianne Richardson sitting at a diner table and drinking.
Description: Photograph of Bill Hall standing in the center of a group of people in formal attire. On either side of Hall stands a man with a woman. All of the men are wearing tuxedos. The woman on the left is wearing a lightly colored evening dress and carrying a fur coat. The woman to the right is wearing a dark evening dress and carrying full glass.
Description: Photograph of Bill Hall holding a sheet of paper while standing at a podium with the labeled with the letters "BMI." He is holding the paper with a man standing to the right. To the left of hall is a woman speaking into a microphone, and to the left of her is another man with his head turned toward the paper. All are wearing formal attire.