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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

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.

 

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: http://www.magnoliahotels.com/pdf/pegasus-article-121211.pdf

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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