Collections

Herman’s Seafood Collection

Herman’s Seafood Collection

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Hale Photography Collection

Hale Photography Collection

For decades, Hale Photography was one of Oklahoma City’s leading commercial studios. Founded by George Cassel Hale in 1913, the downtown studio photographed everything from weddings to proms to civic clubs to commercial buildings. The studio passed from one generation to another when it was taken over by Hale’s son, George T. Hale. He operated the business until his death in 1983, at which...

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Coit’s Collection

Coit’s Collection

In their youth, they were rivals at Grant, Southeastern and Capitol Hill high schools, but years later, grayer but mostly wiser, a group of south Oklahoma City residents began to gather one Saturday a month to relive their memories and browse through old yearbooks. Those get-togethers have continued since 2009. The gathering spot, every time, has been Coit ‘s Drive-In at SW 25 and Western...

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First Methodist Church Collection

First Methodist Church Collection

Although services were conducted in the new town of Oklahoma City on the first Sunday following the Land Run, the First Methodist Episcopal Church, with 17 members, was formally organized on June 23, 1889 by Rev. James Murray, the same Murray who was elected mayor in the “big tent” election of the Walker-Murray colony. He was deeply immersed in the town politics, and was succeeded on...

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Automobile Alley Collection

Automobile Alley Collection

Historians note that the wide expanse of Broadway just north of downtown Oklahoma City’s central business district was designed so that a horse and wagon could do a full circle changing direction. But in decades that followed Oklahoma City’s early days, Broadway quickly became known as “Automobile Alley” – the place to buy a car – or at least shop for one. It was where one could find...

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WKY-TV Collection

WKY-TV Collection

Background Pioneering WKY was the first radio station in Oklahoma City. Crackling to life in 1921, the station dominated Oklahoma City radio for over 20 years. In 1949, the station received the first television cameras in the state and established studios in the Municipal Auditorium. Originally WKY-TV broadcast shows from all four major networks but they soon affiliated with NBC for national...

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Oklahoma Mattress Company Collection

Oklahoma Mattress Company Collection

The photos for this collection are displayed in the offices of the Oklahoma Mattress Company, 915 NW 4. They were captured by Retro Metro member Norman Thompson. For more on Oklahoma Mattress Company see the following news item from The Oklahoman. MADE IN OKLAHOMA: OKLAHOMA MATTRESS CO. The Oklahoman – Wednesday, July 8, 2009 CUSTOMIZED PRODUCTS MAKE IT A...

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Kenyon Morgan Collection

Kenyon Morgan Collection

Kenyon Morgan was a graduate architecture student at the University of Oklahoma in 1973 when he began working with Sam Bowman at the Neighborhood Services Organization to assemble a plan for the Riverside Neighborhood Association. As part of that plan, and in preparing a proposal for Mesta Park, Morgan became interested in how the city was using money from the federal 312 loan program. It ...

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Leo Sanders Collection

Leo Sanders Collection

Leo C. Sanders was born in Union City, Oklahoma (south of El Reno), on April 2, 1894. He worked his way through the University of Oklahoma, earning his degree in civil engineering in 1920. A laborer at 19, a general contractor sought after by the nation’s leading builders at 35. It was said that Sanders could level entire business blocks overnight, set foundations over weekends and left...

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Veazey Drug Company Collection

Veazey Drug Company Collection

The Veazey Drug Company story begins with the arrival of Stephen F. Veazey in Oklahoma City from Gibson County, Tennessee in 1900. The company narrative maintains that Veazey came to town with $20 and learned the pharmacy business through a series of jobs in local drugstores. This may be true but, Veazey and his brother James appear to have had a grocery store back in Dyer, Tenn. so he wasn’t...

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Springlake Amusement Park Collection

Springlake Amusement Park Collection

Springlake Amusement Park was a popular Oklahoma City attraction from the 1920s through the 1970s. Admission to the park was free and rides and the pool were on a pay-as-you-go basis. If you just wanted to picnic by the lake there was no charge. Although the amusement-park no longer exists, its memory is honored by the presence of the Metrotech educational facility in its stead on at Martin...

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The Bricktown Collection

The Bricktown Collection

It started with a gunshot – Legally, there were no residents at all in Oklahoma City when gunshots rang out on April 22, 1889. The shots heralded what may be one of the most sudden births of a city in the history of mankind. The Land Run of 1889 offered hope and opportunity for anyone brave enough to stake their lots and gamble their fortunes that a great city would rise at Oklahoma...

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