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[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~
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[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~
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[Sabine Pass Docks]

Description: Photograph of a ship at Sabine Pass Docks. The ship is anchored at the dock, and the dock stretches from the front of the ship to the middle. In the foreground, there is land.
Date: 1940~
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[Thomas Jefferson High School]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of a brick building identified as Thomas Jefferson High School. Trees and bushes surround the building. Text below the photograph says "abt 1948 Thomas Jefferson High School."
Date: 1948
Creator: Everett, James
Item Type: Photograph

[Wallings Dairy Farm]

Description: Photograph of wooden buildings identified as Wallings Dairy Farm, located on the north side of State Highway 365 in Nederland, Texas. There are two silos in front of a wooden building. To the right of the silos, there is a wooden house with a car parked in front of it. Several cows are spread out through the grounds. In the foreground, there is a wire fence.
Date: 1944
Creator: Everett, James
Item Type: Photograph

[Webster School]

Description: Photograph of a building identified as a Port Arthur Independent School District administration office. Several men are working on top of the roof. A sign on the front of the building says "School Administration School Taxes." In the foreground, there are trees and a street. The number "1947" is handwritten at the top of the photograph. This building was built in 1900 with a $15,000 bond. It was formerly an elementary school, and since students found it hard to use the stairs, it became the administration building. A business card for Mac Roofing and Supplies, Inc is attached to the back of the photograph.
Date: 1947
Creator: J. C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph

[Young Men's Christian Association Building]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) building on Lakeshore Drive at Pleasure Island Bridge. Several bicycles are parked in a front yard. Two cars are parked at the curb. In the foreground, there are other cars parked beside a curb. In the background, there is a building identified as Mary Gates Memorial Hospital.
Date: 1940
Creator: Everett, James
Item Type: Photograph