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Historic Plaque, White Elephant Saloon (Blach Building)

Description: Photograph of a historic plaque in Albany, Texas. It reads: "White Elephant Saloon (Blach Building). The land on this site, Lot 9, Block 3 of the original town plat of Albany, was purchased in 1882 by noted local restauranteur Charles Hartfield. He planned to build a restaurant next door, and the pending establishment was much anticipated by local diners. Shortly before his death in 1884, Hartfield sold the lot to Alabama businessman Max Blach. Blach was vice-president of the Albany Water Company. He and partner N. H. Burns brought a system of running water to the town in 1884. Blach began construction on this one-story native stone structure in March 1884. The building was completed in April and leased to J. R. Davis, who put it to its most infamous use. The White Elephant Saloon opened for business on May 1, 1884. Among its instantly popular features was a white elephant display which was removed from the rooftop early in the establishments heyday. The perpetrators were believed to be citizens who disapproved of the saloon's raucous business. Despite its popularity, Davis announced his intent to close the saloon in February 1886. The Blach building soon was leased to W. M. Wigley, who operated a dry goods and furniture store on this site. Succeeding furniture businesses occupied the building for many years. Blach's heirs sold the structure to S. C. Coffee in 1919. Coffee sold it in 1923 to T. J. Crow, who conveyed it to Albany businessman L. H. Hill (1859-1932) in 1925. The structure was used for various purposes over the years: it was the home of the Albany News in the 1940s and was the workshop and office of a pipe organ maker in the 1950s and 1960s. The Hill family maintained ownership of the edifice until 1977. …
Date: April 14, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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[News Clip: Headline]

Description: B-roll video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story.
Date: December 26, 1978, 6:00 p.m.
Duration: 43 seconds
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[News Clip: Scandinavian furniture]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story.
Date: October 18, 1984, 5:00 p.m.
Duration: 2 minutes 48 seconds
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[News Clip: Small furniture]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story.
Date: October 26, 1979, 10:00 p.m.
Duration: 1 minute 29 seconds
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[A Letter from Mrs. William Wehunt to A.F. Weaver]--dated to About 2002

Description: The letter shown is from "Mrs. William Wehunt", who was the former Katherine Brookshire, whose father owned a furniture store in Mineral Wells. The bank referred to in the letter is believed to have been the Bank of Mineral Wells, that failed in 1924. It had been Mineral Wells' first bank. The Brookshire family of Mineral Wells is believed to be distantly related to the founder of the chain of Brookshire grocery stores.
Date: unknown
Creator: Katherine Brookshire Wehunt
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

[The D. M. Howard Store]

Description: A photograph taken during the construction of the D. M. Howard Store, located at 101 SE 1st Avenue. D. M. Howard was the first of five brothers to arrive in Mineral Wells. He built the first large department store(s) here. This was the first in a complex of Howard Brothers stores, and later housed the J. M. Belcher Furniture Store and its successor, R. & W. Furniture. Howard himself departed this life in 1910. The building was torn down in 1975.
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Taking Turkeys to the Market

Description: Copy negative of the Louise Trading Company store in Louise, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. In the photograph, there are two donkeys pulling a cart full of turkeys. There are also several turkeys standing in front of the store. There is a large sign above the store that reads, "People's Bank. Louise Trading Co, Furniture Harness, Hardware Feed Hay Car."
Date: unknown
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Frank Gabino and employees outside of Alamo Furniture Company shop]

Description: Photograph of Mr. Francisco (Frank) Gabino, son and employees outside of the Alamo Furniture Store on the 1800 block of Congress Avenue, Houston, Texas. Line of delivery trucks in front of store. From left to right: Frank Gabino ; Frank Gabino, Jr. ; Anatoin Reyes ; Ignacio Rodriguez.
Date: 1928
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Frank Gabino and employees on the 1800 Block of Congress]

Description: Photograph of Mr. Francisco (Frank) Gabino, son and employees outside of the Alamo Furniture Store on the 1800 block of Congress Avenue, Houston, Texas. Line of delivery trucks in front of store. From left to right: Frank Gabino ; Frank Gabino, Jr. ; Anatoin Reyes ; Ignacio Rodriguez. The Crystal Cafe is visible at the far corner; it was run by Gus Gavriel.
Date: 1928
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library
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[News Clip: Old man]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story.
Date: May 16, 1981, 10:00 p.m.
Duration: 2 minutes 19 seconds
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Downtown Corpus Christi after the flood]

Description: Photograph of downtown Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919. Debris is being cleared in front of the Nueses Hotel, a furniture company and Lichtenstein's store. Inscribed on the back of the photo, " Clearing away wreckage down-town on Chapaeral St. Lichtenstein's have their things out trying to dry them. X is the Nueces Hotel. This is where the water was up in the lobby."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie
Partner: Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

[Photograph of Goods Drying Outside Furniture Store]

Description: Photograph of businesses in downtown Corpus Christi after the 1919 hurricane. Clothing is hung on lines to dry in front of the furniture store. Horses and wagons stand in the street beside the businesses, Inscribed on the back of the photo, "Sept 1919 - East side of Chap. just north of Lichenstein's (old store) - goods hung out to dry."
Date: September 1919
Partner: Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
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[News Clip: Furniture sales]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story.
Date: April 3, 1980
Duration: 1 minute 44 seconds
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Watson-Lewis [furnished living room]

Description: Photograph of a living room furnished by Watson-Lewis Home Furnishings. A matching sofa and love seat sit on opposite sides of a large coffee-table with cushions in the center of the room. At the window is a table with two bright table lamps and an urn.
Date: November 8, 1954
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Watson-Lewish [furnished dining room]

Description: Photograph of a dining room furnished by Watson-Lewis Home Furnishings. Through a sliding slatted doors, a dining room table and four chairs are visible in the center of the room. A crystal chandelier hangs above the table. On the left near the far side of the room is a sideboard with silver candlesticks and dinnerware. Above the sideboard hangs a gilded mirror. A fifth dining chair sits in against the right-hand wall. The curtains are drawn against the sliding glass doors at the rear of the room.
Date: November 8, 1954
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[John's Furniture Store in Childress, Texas]

Description: Photograph of the east side of Commerce Street in Childress, Texas. John's Furniture Store, Western Auto, and a hardware store are standing side by side. A car is parked in front of Western Auto, all the other parking spaces are empty. There is a street light in front of John's Furniture Store.
Date: unknown
Partner: Childress County Heritage Museum
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