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Ghosts of Oklahoma City

text and photos by Lynne Rostochil As a photographer, I love to snap all kinds of things — people, architecture, abandonment, old cars — but perhaps most of all I love to photograph old and weathered painted signs that grace mostly brick buildings.  These faded signs from yesteryear that advertise long-gone businesses or products are known as ghost signs, and if you look, you can...

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Oklahoma Journal on OKCTalk!

by Steve Lackmeyer For the past several years, Oklahoma City native Peter Brzycki has operated OKCTalk, a community website that includes a great nostalgia section.  OKCTalk.com, working in conjunction with the Atkinson Heritage Center and Rose State College, has published a huge library of historic Oklahoma Journal newspapers.  The center and college are the repository if these archives and...

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Century Chest Then and Now

by Lynne Rostochil Last week, members of Retro Metro OKC got a sneak peek at some of the Century Chest goodies that were excavated recently from the First Lutheran Church downtown.  Among the items that were so carefully packed in the chest back in 1913 were 50 copies of the Oklahoman that, miraculously, remain in excellent condition after being buried underground for 100 years.  Chad Williams,...

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The Demise of Dunn’s Dairy Queen

by Steve Lackmeyer When Dairy Queen recently announced it was returning to the Oklahoma City metro, the first response among many was “why did they ever leave?” Old timers in Oklahoma City recall when “Dunn’s Dairy Queen” was routinely a part of any post little league baseball game celebration or a special treat enjoyed on an outing with one’s grandparents. Celebrating DQ’s...

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The Discoveries You Make In Vintage Design Books

text by Lynne Rostochil One of my many passions is collecting vintage architecture and design books, and one I picked up a few years ago for 10 cents at a garage sale has always been one of my favorites.  The book, New Dimensions in Shopping Centers and Stores by Louis G. Redstone, FAIA, is an early 70’s collection of the best and most innovative store design going on at the time, and it...

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The Discoveries You Make in Old Design Books

text by Lynne Rostochil One of my many passions is collecting vintage architecture and design books, and one I picked up a few years ago for 10 cents at a garage sale has always been one of my favorites.  The book, New Dimensions in Shopping Centers and Stores by Louis G. Redstone, FAIA, is an early 70’s collection of the best and most innovative store design going on at the time, and it...

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