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Corpus Christi: 1943

Corpus Christi: 1943

June 1943. "Corpus Christi, Texas." The Ascension. Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Two things

Two things about this photo strike a chord with me. In 1969 (when I was nine) a had surgery at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. There was a Pegasus, perhaps the one in kirkbrewer's post, outside my window. I loved looking at it, especially at night. We moved to Corpus when I as a teenager and I lived there until I joined the Navy in 1982 (I haven't been back since, except for short visits). There's not a lot in this photo from which I can get my bearings, but it sure is as flat and nondescript as I remember.

Somebody knows, but I don't

What's the hoopy thing?

[A stand to hold a round sign, like those here and here. -tterrace]

Still ascending over Dallas

The pegasus was originally the logo of the Dallas-based Magnolia Oil Company, which became part of Mobil Oil through a merger in 1959.

A renovated version of the logo "flies" atop the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas. A history can be found here:

Escape from the mundane

This is a classic photographic composition in my opinion, a study in stark contrasts, which includes a narrative: Earth and sky, dark and light, the simplicity of life, and the dream of winged escape from the mundane.

There's a Red Flying Horse By the Road Side

I saw this picture and the line above from the Kevin Welch song "Early Summer Rain" immediately popped into my head. He also has a nice story about memories of the red flying horse on his Blawg. I also have childhood memories of the red flying Pegasus above Mobil stations but they are much fuzzier.

I'd recognize that shadow anywhere.

Having pumped Ethyl as a wee lad, I wore the Mobil Pegasus on my chest while doing so.

Dave's Mobil in Blue Springs, Missouri.

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