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[Franklin's Dress Shop]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of Franklin's Dress Shop, a popular ladies clothing store. Display windows in the front of the store show mannequins wearing dresses and hats. There is a smaller doorway on the left side of the store's entrance. Signs above the entrance say "Franklin's."
Date: 1944

[Golden Arrow Drive - In Staff]

Description: Photograph of nine women standing in a row, identified as the Golden Arrow Drive-In service staff on 248 Seventh Street. They are all wearing uniform skirts, bolero jackets, blouses, and change purses. They are standing in front of a window of the restaurant.
Date: 1946
Creator: Everett, James

[Golden Jubilee Parade Float]

Description: Photograph of the Murphy's Bakery parade float, made by Pete Balch for the Golden Jubilee Parade. The float consists of a four-tiered circular cake shape, with a sign on the top that says "50." On the side of the float, cursive text says "Murphy's." A man is standing in front of the float. In the background, there are houses.
Date: 1948

[Gulf Service Station]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of a Gulf Service Station on Seventh Street and Savannah Avenue. There are gas pumps underneath an awning stretching out from the front of the building. Signs in front of the building say "Vulcanizing Recapping," "Gulf," and "Flats Fixed." In the background, there is another business with cars parked outside of it. The front of the building says "Viator Auto Service - Gen'l Repairing."
Date: 1944
Creator: Everett, James

[J. B. Jameson Groceries]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of J. B. Jameson Groceries on Orange Highway and Stadium Road. Text on the building says "Drink Coca-Cola" and "J. B. Jameson Groceries Beer." Two gas pumps are under an awning in the front of the building.
Date: 1944
Creator: Everett, James

[Jubilee Parade]

Description: Photograph of a crowd of people gathering on the 600 block of Procter Street for the Jubilee Parade. Several businesses are lined along the street. Text below the photograph says "Before the Parade" and "By A.W. Ellsworth." On the back of the photograph, there is another photograph of the Jubilee Parade. A crowd is gathered in the street covering the view of the parade. People are sitting on the edges of the tops of the buildings lining the street. Text above the photograph says "P.F.: Celebrations Golden Jubilee- 1948;" text below the photograph says "The Jubilee Parade" and "By George Moon Printed by Einar Hansen."
Date: 1948
Creator: Ellsworth, A. W.; Moon, George & Hansen, Einar

[Lyndon Johnson]

Description: Photograph of a man piloting a helicopter that says "Lyndon Johnson for U. S. Senator" on the side. The helicopter is hovering above a field of grass. In the background, there is a crowd of people standing in front of Jefferson County Sub-Courthouse.
Date: 1948
Creator: Everett, James

[Men Waiting to Unload Train]

Description: Photograph of a group of men identified as local grocers waiting to unload food from a train car. Some men are leaning on cars, and other men are standing in the doorway of a train car. In the background, a train car says "Plessala Bros. Complete Food Stores Port Arthur, Texas" on the side.
Date: 1946
Creator: Everett, James

[Mitchell Automotive Supply]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of Mitchell Automotive Supply on 1300 Gilham Circle. An awning extends off the front of the building and has gas pumps underneath it. Text on the top of the building says "Mitchell Auto Supply phone 2-4031." A sign extending from one corner of the awning says "General Tire." In the background, there are two men standing outside of a garage.
Date: 1945~

[Old and New Fire Trucks]

Description: Photograph of two fire trucks; a 1916 American LaFrance, sixty-five foot aerial and a 1948 American LaFrance, eighty-five foot aerial. A man identified as Dave Montgomery is sitting in the driver's seat of the older truck. A man identified as Alvin Montgomery is sitting in the back of the older truck, and has both hands on a tiller wheel. The ladder is raised on the newer truck. In the background, there are buildings.
Date: 1949
Creator: Moon Photographic Service

[Paragon Sandwich Shop]

Description: Photograph of ten women identified as car hops standing outside of Paragon Sandwich Shop on 2600 Memorial Boulevard. Five of the women are wearing uniforms with skirts and hats, and the other five women are wearing uniforms with pants and capes. In the background, there are several signs on the building; a top row of signs say "Pig & Beef," "Drink Coca-Cola," and "Fountain Service." A sign in the center says "Paragon," and signs on a bottom row says "Fountain Service," "Chicken Dinner," "Dutch Lunch," "Bar-B-Q Beef," "Juicy Pig," "T-Bone Steak," and "Stuffed Crabs."
Date: 1941
Creator: Everett, James

[Pleasure Pier Ballroom]

Description: Photograph of a group of six young people sitting at a table at the Pleasure Pier Ballroom at Pleasure Island. They are identified as Nick Carcara, Marjorie Baxley, Jerry Fontenot, Yvonne Aaron, Jimmie Robinson, and Geraldine Hillard. On the table, there are empty and half-full soda bottles, two bowls, and a paper card that says "110." In the background, there are empty tables. Accompanying material is a card from Pleasure Pier.
Date: 1948

[Plessala Brothers Number Two Grocery Store]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of Plessala Brothers Number Two grocery store on Gulfway Drive. An awning hangs over several display windows in the front of the building. Signs along the top of the building say "Grocery Market," "Plessala Bros. No. 2," and "Fruits & Vegetables." A car is parked to the side of the building. In the background, there are houses and people standing in a yard.
Date: 1944
Creator: Everett, James

[Port Arthur Police]

Description: Photograph of eight men in the Port Arthur Police Department. They are all wearing suits and hats. Seven of the eight men are identified as (from left to right) Claude Goldsmith (Chief), Garland B. Douglas, Joseph C. Enright, Minchew, Malcom Jay, Smith, and Sunnie Edmund Oster.
Date: 1943~

[Port Arthur Water Plant]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of a Port Arthur Water Plant. The building is one story tall, and there are bushes along the exterior. The plant was built in 1926, and then updated in the 1950s; it currents serves 60,000 citizens daily.
Date: 1941

[Silver Hut Drive - In]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of Silver Hut Drive-In on 3800 Procter Street. There are illegible neon signs on the front of an awning, and a sign at the top of the building that says "Chicken Hand" and "Silver Hut." The drive-in was a popular place for teen-aged people to gather.
Date: 1946

[Smith - May Motor Company]

Description: Photograph of a brick building identified as Smith-May Motor Company on 900 Procter Street. An awning hangs from the building. A sign on the front of the building says, "Smith-May Motor Co." A sign facing the sidewalk says, "Smith - May Motor Co. Buick - Pontiac." One man is walking on the sidewalk and cars are parked along its curb.
Date: 1946~
Creator: Everett, James

[Smith - May Motor Company]

Description: Photograph of three men identified as the owners, Leslie Cloar, Howard Smith, and Roy Cloar, standing in front of a row of cars at Smith-May Motor Company on 949 Procter Street. Behind the cars, there are buildings with signs on them that say "Smith-May Motor Co. Buick Pontiace GMC Trucks," "Serviing Port Arthur Motorists for more than a third of a Century," and "Better Used Cars."
Date: November 19, 1948
Creator: Everett, James

[Speedboat Race]

Description: Photograph of three speedboats racing. One man is in each boat. The boat in the foreground says "Eight Ball III" on the side, the center boat says "Winkie," and the boat furthest says "gray goose 4th." In the background, there is an eroding shoreline.
Date: September 3, 1945
Creator: Everett, James

[Texas Library Association Conference]

Description: Photograph of two men and three women at a Texas Library Association (T. L. A.) conference. From the left to right, the people are identified as Z. T. Fortescue (Superintendent of Port Arthur Independent School District), Buster Crow (Port Arthur Mayor), Arless B. Nixon (T. L. A. President), the Assistant Librarian of San Antonio Library, and Pearle Burr (Tyrell Public Library). In the background, there is a group of people on board "Ava," a Texaco Company yacht.
Date: 1948