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Aerial Amarillo: 1943

Aerial Amarillo: 1943

March 1943. "Amarillo, Texas, general view, South Tyler at SW 10th Avenue -- Santa Fe R.R. trip." This is the uncropped version of a smaller image posted here five years ago. 4x5 Kodachrome by Jack Delano. View full size.


Many buildings still there!

A view from the air, today:

And of course, the building this shot was likely taken from.

Wood Paneled Sedan

I am puzzled by the wood paneled sedan at the intersection across from the Conoco station. It looks to be a 1942 Buick, but to my knowledge, they did not make a wood paneled sedan. They did make a station wagon, but no sedan.

[Looks like a taxi - tterrace]

Two lonely people!

I can find a grand total of TWO people in the whole town! One is standing next to a car at the house with the turret directly above the Conoco gas station, and the other is waiting on the corner to the right of the white building with a dome in the center of the picture.

. . . to put up a parking lot.

Comparing this photo to the current view, it's striking how completely the homes near the center of the photo have been replaced by parking lots. And in each of the aerials in Google Earth since 1995, those lots are largely free of cars and people. It would be interesting to know how much of that transformation just happened on its own, and whether it was aided by scorched-earth urban renewal practices common in the 25 years after World War II. A December 1961 news article from the Amarillo Globe Times indicates that urban renewal was hadn't really begun yet.

Skyspotting Amarillo

It's amazing to see a vibrant mixed 1940's neighborhood and the mostly barren industrial parkingscape of today.

Still in today's picture:
Amarillo Furniture Company now ABC Blueprints
Franks now Randy's Shoes
???R-A-WAY=Blackstone Cafe/Young Sushi
Academy of Music & Art now AKA Gaylynn's Bail Bonds and others?
Texaco Station now Vacant
Blue Bird Station now Qdesignworks
??? now Computer Shop
The older St. Mary's Cathedral School buildings on the far side of Elwood Park

Dear Shorpy

After googlemapping I found the location, the photo was taken from the Santa Fe building(now the Potter County tax office) and looks S.W. The intersection you can actually see is SW 10th Ave and S. Harrison St. At least two of the buildings are still there.

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No A/C !

As a Californian I can't imagine living there in the summer.

Old Stomping Grounds

I spent the first six years of my life exactly here. Fortunately not quite old enough to be seen running away from home in my pedal car in Jack's picture, but old enough that some places well-depicted in that picture are among my vivid early memories.

Academy of Music & Art

"Music Dancing Expression"

I thought that was illegal in Texas.

Frank's creativity

He sure comes up with some imaginative and fascinating window displays.

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