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Forum Five

Description: Presented by the Public Affairs Department of Fort Worth’s WBAP News, this episode of “Forum Five” looks at the educational opportunities afforded by and local importance of Texas Christian University. WBAP reporters Lowell Duncan and Bruce Neal first overview some of the university’s leading academic programs, such as the TCU Research Foundation. They also outline how the university contributes to Fort Worth and Tarrant County, from the many workers it employs to the leaders it shapes to the cultural activities it supports. TCU Chancellor James Maddox Moudy and Professor of English Jim Corder also speak.
Date: 1969
Creator: Public Affairs Department of Fort Worth WBAP News
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

[Postcard of Western Hills Hotel Swimming Pool]

Description: Postcard of a busy swimming pool and people resting in the shade of colorful sun umbrellas. The back of the postcard adds, "Swimming Pool and Cabanas Western Hills Hotel Fort Worth, Texas This fabulous resort hotel is located at the western entrance to Fort Worth on Highways 80 and 180. Overlooking this beautiful, tropical scene is the terraced dining room of one of the West's most hospitable stop-overs for travelers, vacationers and business men."
Date: unknown
Creator: John A. Stryker
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Tarrant County Court House in Ft. Worth]

Description: Postcard of a grand stone court house with a clock tower on the rooftop, described as "Tarrant County Court House, Ft. Worth, Texas." On the back, the letter reads, "I certainly hope you will not be gone when I return, for I surely want to see you again before you leave. Am having a great time, being at home and etc. I expect to return about Friday. Eve N. Elm." The postcard is addressed to "Miss Mamie McFadin 1906 McFadin Ave Beaumont, Tex."
Date: September 10, 1911
Creator: Eve N. Elm
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Flatiron Building in Ft. Worth]

Description: Postcard of a narrow multi-story building, described as "Flatiron Bldg., Ft. Worth, Texas." The letter on the back reads, "What's the good word? When are you coming home? Regards to Carolyn and Joseph. C. D. B." The postcard is addressed to "Miss Mamie McFaddin Gunston Hall Washington, D. C."
Date: April 22, 1911
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[George Marshall's Sympathy Card]

Description: A letter from General George C. Marshall, the United States Army Chief of Staff, expressing his condolences for the death of an unidentified soldier. The text reads: "General Marshall extends his deep sympathy in your bereavement. Your son fought valiantly in a supreme hour of his country's need. His memory will live in the grateful heart of our nation."
Date: 1945
Creator: Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959
Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives

[Portrait of Harold Gilbert]

Description: Photograph of Private 1st Class Harold Gilbert, a soldier from Fort Worth, Texas. In this portrait, he is pictured from the chest up, wearing his uniform and beret. Gilbert was killed en route from England to France in 1944, when his troopship was torpedoed by the Germans in the English Channel. Fort Worth's Rubin-Gilbert AZA chapter (the B'nai B'rith youth group for boys) is named after him and Lt. Alvin Rubin, who also died in the war.
Date: 1944
Creator: W. C. Stripling Company
Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives

[Western Union Telegram]

Description: Photostat of a telegram from the United States Secretary of War to Mrs. Rose H. Gilbert, expressing his condolences for the death of her son, Private Harold Gilbert.
Date: January 14, 1945
Creator: United States Secretary of War & Dunlop
Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives

[Letter to Gilbert Family]

Description: Photostatic copy of a typed letter from the United States Secretary of War, Henry Stimson, to Max Gilbert. The letter awards Gilbert's son, Harold Gilbert with a Purple Heart for his service, and it expresses Stimson's condolences for the death of Harold Gilbert.
Date: February 13, 1945
Creator: Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950
Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives

[Letter to a Gold Star Mother]

Description: Typed letter from Amon Carter and his son, Amon Carter Jr. to "a Gold Star Mother." Gold Star Mothers is a support organization formed for mothers who lost a son or daughter in World War II. The letter expresses condolences and comfort to Rose Gilbert and was accompanied by a gift basket of grapefruits, as noted in the letter.
Date: December 22, 1947
Creator: Carter, Amon Giles, 1879-1955 & Carter, Amon G., Jr.
Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives

[Ladies Cemetery Society Minutes]

Description: Handwritten minutes for the Ladies Cemetery Society commenting on the death of Private Harold Gilbert, the son of the society's recording secretary, Rose Gilbert. The text notes: “The absence of the secretary ...who had the misfortune of losing her son, Harold, Dec. 25, 1944, in the European Theater of the war, made the meeting a sad one; each and every one of the members present were in tears.” On the second page of the minutes, the group’s long-time president Mrs. Becky Goldstein recalls how she and Mrs. Gilbert used to “go out to collect dues at 25 cents each. Mrs. Gilbert furnished the horse and buggy.”
Date: January 16, 1945
Creator: Mehl, Mrs. I. N.
Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives

Car Fender.

Description: Patent for a car fender "adapted to be fitted to an extremity of a street car, and adapted to undergo an automatic swinging motion when an obstacle is encountered, which motion will tend to sweep the obstacle from the track of the car" (lines 10-15). The patent includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 25, 1914
Creator: Russell, William D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

World-Chronometer

Description: Patent for a globe set on top of a pedestal, where the globes rotates by clock work to instruct the user of the time for any given place on the globe. Sides of the pedestal also allow for advertising.
Date: December 29, 1914
Creator: Agnew, Walter F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Land-Breaking Plow

Description: Patent for a plow that also includes rotary drums. The rotary drums carried "sub-soiling and breaking plows; and the object is to provide plows which can be used to break the land to any desirable depth in any kind of soil without turning over the soil."
Date: October 13, 1914
Creator: Reed, Arthur
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Piano-Action

Description: Patent for a new piano-action that will get rid of unwanted sounds and reduce the amount of cushioning needed. Other goals are to ensure that strings cannot not be prevented from vibrating, and that a certain sound can be made.
Date: March 17, 1914
Creator: Blessing, John T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Portrait of Men]

Description: Tintype portrait of two unidentified men, both of whom are mustachioed. The leftmost man wears a dark jacket with light-colored buttons, a hat, and a tie. In his right hand he holds a cane, while his left arm rests on the shoulder of the other man. The rightmost man wears a pale suit and a patterned tie. The wall behind them is ornately detailed. A large vase is visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Portrait of Men and Women]

Description: Tintype portrait of two unidentified men and two unidentified women. One man and woman are seated in the foreground of the photograph, while the two others stand behind them. The men, left, are mustachioed and wear suits. The woman in the foreground wears a dark dress with vertical stripes and lace detailing. The woman who stands behind her wears a white blouse with a dark bow affixed to the collar and a dark skirt.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Portrait of Man]

Description: Tintype portrait of an unidentified young man. The man wears a dark jacket with a white bow-tie and straw hat. A watch chain is attached to his vest. The man rests his left hand on a stack of two books. Curtains are visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Portrait of Man]

Description: Tintype portrait of an unidentified man. The man sits on a bench. He wears a suit, tie, and bowler hat. His left arm rests on the back of the bench. Foliage is visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis