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Images of America: Oak Cliff
Images of America: Oak Cliff
Images of America: Oak Cliff, from Arcadia Press, was released on April 27, 2009.
The authors of this walk down “Oak Cliff’s memory lane,” Alan C. Elliott, Patricia Summey, and Gayla Brooks Kokel, spent much of their lives in Oak Cliff. To secure information and pictures for this book, the authors sent out a call for historic photographs of Oak Cliff. The results were overwhelming. Cliffites from all over the United States rummaged through their closets and attics and sent their cherished memories and photographs, family stories and anecdotes. Many of these images have never been published.
The authors sifted through an overwhelming 600 donated photographs to select the 200 that tell the story of Oak Cliff from the 1830s to the present.
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The book is also available at:
Ben Franklin Pharmacy 302 N. Main Stree, Duncanville, 972-298-4936.
Bluebonnet Art Gallery and Framing, 1509 Falcon Suite 101, DeSoto, TX 75115, 972.228.2888, bluebonnetart.com, Bbonnet@swbell.net
Bishop Street Market, 419 N. Bishop Ave. at W.7th. 214-941-0907 (offers complimentary gift wrapping!).
Flowers by Sandra, Cedar Ridge, Duncanville
Hula Hotties Cafe, 244 W. Davis, Dallas 75208
International Museum of Cultures, 7500 West Camp Wisdom Road, 972-708-7406
Methodist Dallas Medial Center Hospital Gift Shop, 1441 N. Beckley Avenue
Tejano Mexican Restaurant, 200 W. Davis Ave.
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Oak Cliff's Beginning
Excerpt from the book's introduction: “Oak Cliff derives its name from the massive oaks that crown the soft green cliffs.” So states an early advertisement describing the community just south of the Trinity River from Dallas, Texas.
Three sample images from the book:
At the turn of the century, interurban trolleys connected Oak Cliff to the people of Dallas. This photograph shows Lancaster Avenue at Tenth Street, circa 1900. The building in the center back is Britton and Collin Drugs, and the center front building is Caldwell and Carlton. The interurban trolley can be seen coming down the track on the right. (Photo courtesy of Bill Melton.)
KLIF (oaK cLIFf) Radio blasted onto the airways in November 1947, from a studio in the Cliff Towers Hotel. The station became one of the most influential in the country, helping propel the Top 40 format into a national model. In the 1960s, KLIF’s most cherished personality, Ron Chapman, under the pseudonym “Irving Harrigan,” spun tunes from the station’s downtown Dallas home. Chapman, a Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee, is an icon in North Texas radio broadcasting. (Image courtesy of Cindy Billman.)
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