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[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.4074]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "(Aerial photo of downtown Oklahoma City with "Clark" and "Bekins" at the bottom middle, at middle right "Harbour-Longmire Co" and "Hotel Black," middle left is the "Cravens Bldg" and "Hales Bldg," and more.)"
Date: August 30, 1955
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.2141]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Downtown Airpark was under water Thursday after drenching rains swamped parts of Oklahoma City about midnight Wednesday. Boats were being used to get to the administration building as water slowly receded. Note stranded airplane in background."
Date: June 16, 1955
Creator: Albright, Bob
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.4058]

Description: Photograph used for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "(Aerial photo of a large strip mall, cleared area around it, another business to its left, housing from the far left to across the top. Backside handwriting: "Meridian Shopping Center.")"
Date: August 30, 1955
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.10946]

Description: Photograph used for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "(Photo of the hosue/senate floor mostly full, some visitors/watchers at left top, two at the podium facing each other at upper middle, and more. Backside typing: "Young-Cutlines Swearing in of speaker, justive Denver Davison of the State Supreme Court here administers the oath of office to B. "Bill" Harkey, Oklahoma County house member, during preliminaries of the legislative session opening Tuesday. Lawmakers will get down to legislating Wednesday after Tuesday hearing Gov. Murray in a joint meeting of the house and senate. Gov. Murray gave lawmakers a report on the condition of the state.")"
Date: January 4, 1955
Creator: Cobb, Richard
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.6046]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Firemen Tuesday were digging through the smouldering ruins of three business firms destroyed by a blaze Monday night that caused damage estimated at $500,000. Smoke was still drifting out of the basement of the Fryberger and K of C buildings in the 200 block S Bickford that housed the C. R. Anthony store, the Brinkley furniture store and the Parks Furniture and Appliance Co. The fire broke out about 6 p.m. Monday and raged for six hours before it was brough under control. City Hall Damaged Firemen were chiefly cornered Tuesday over the K of C building, which they declared is "just a shell and might fall at any moment." They blocked off the area and were preparing to lower the walls before they tumble. The fire, famed by mild south wind, spread to the city hall, causing minor smoke and water damage to the fire department. The firemen's living quarters were threatened for a while, but the blaze was quickly brought under control. Cause of the fire was not immediatley determined, but it is believed it broke out in the basement of the Parks store, probably by spontaneous combustion.' Fire left this damage in its wake Monday night in downtown El Reno."
Date: June 28, 1955
Creator: Tapscott, George
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.3423]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Here is a detailed map of Indian City, USA, Inc., development of which is now under way near Anadarko. When completed it promises to be one of the most elaborated Indian showplaces in the country."
Date: 1955
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.5209]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Everybody knows that an orchestra plays, a conductor conducts, and an audience listens. . . it's elementry. Who ever saw an orchestra and conductor in the act of listening? The answer is, whoever looks at the picture. It shows the Oklahoma City Symphony contract players, with conductor Guy Fraser Harrison on the podium. . .They are listening, and listening intently, some with ears cocked, some chin in hand, and all in a brown study. . .This strange departure from usual preceded the Orchestra's first Mutual Broadcasting company concert of the season last Sunday in Oklahoma City University auditorium, when an hour spent in alternate playing and listening...Locally it will be heard from station KOCY. For the second concert Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in OCU auditorium, conductor Harrison will feature the first symphony of Weldon Hart, director of the school of music of West Virgiana University. It was written while the composer was reading Thomas Wolfe, and shows the melodic and rhythmic influences of American folk music. Beethoven's "Fidelio" and Mozart's Italian symphony will complete the program. It is free."
Date: October 28, 1955
Creator: Gumm, John
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.7495]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Ten days and billions of gallons of water made the difference in these pictures of the municipal boat dock area of Lake Hefner. The dry picture was made Saturday, May 21. Since then, the city's largest reservoir has risen 15 feet as the result if water flowing from the Northy Canadian. It gained 1.15 feet Tuesday, raising it above the highest level it reached last year. The peak elevation last year, from a flow in June, was 9 feet from capacity. The lake Wednesday was 8.9 feet from the full mark and due to be completely filled before the flow stops. Boats strandedmost of the year, high and dry from lack of water, have been moved back into the boat docks. For the first year since 1951, boat owners are assured of having water in the docks for the rest of the boating season. The city will have an 18 mongths' supply of water when both Lake Hefner and Overholser are filled. Some 8 to 9 billion gallons of water will be stored in Canton reservoir upstream, to be released on signal from city officials. The city reservoirs have taken a total of 10 billion gallon of water from the North Canadian river since rains began 2 weeks ago."
Date: May 21, 1955
Creator: Peterson, Dick
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.2271]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "An estimated 25,000 state catholics converged on the state fairgrounds here Sunday afternoon for elaborate ceremonies celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the church's Oklahoma dioceseā€¦C. G. "Pete" Baker, fair manager, said the second largest crowd was at another religious assembly more than a month ago when 12,000 persons turned out for an Assembly of God convention meeting......a "Golden Jubilee" pageant featuring a cast of thousands. the pageant featuring of the dicoese from 1905 to the present time. The colorful floats, designed by proffesional craftsmen, depicted the most important events during the growth of the Catholic church in Oklahoma."
Date: October 8, 1955
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.4487]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Here is a panoramic view of the state fairgrounds as it looked Saturday, a week before the big exposition opens. The view is northwest from the top of the gradstand."
Date: September 16, 1955
Creator: Gumm, John
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.7539]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Water and Davy Crockett were the big attractions in Oklahoma City Saturday. At least they drew the biggest crowds. The scene at left is part of the heavy traffic jam which turned up at Lake Overholser and Lake Hefner to watch the city's reservoirs filling up with water. At right, children cling to the fence and other high places at Municipal airport in hopes of getting a glimpse of their hero, Davy Crokett. the buckskinned hero (Foss Parker) arrived here for three days of personal appearances."
Date: May 21, 1955
Creator: King, Cliff
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.6225]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Making its first appearance in Oklahoma or the southwest, this massive B-52 is just about to touchdown at Tinker airforce base Thursday to dedicate the new 12,199 foot north-south runway there. The runway was lengthened and widened - at a cost of $2,746,000 - so Tinker could handle the B-52, newest front line bomber of the airforce. State and city leaders attended dedication ceremonies for the new runway after the Stratofortress landed."
Date: November 10, 1955
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.8366]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Muffin is a lion, but she doesn't know it. She's not sure whether she's a kittenm a puppy or a baby, but she's never heard of lions, the king of animals. Muffin is bottle-fed and house-broken. But soon, she'll be going on display at Lincoln Park zoo like any other self-respecting lion in these parts. Meanwhile, she's enjoying family life with Mr. and Mrs. Pete Pinyan, their two children, two puppies and two Persian cates. Mam's Too Tame Muffin is the daughter of Leolitam the zoo's motherly lioness who used to be a circus performer Leolita was given to the zoo when she became too lame for circus performing. Instead of doing her act, she'd wander around looking at the crowd to find someone she knew. When she did, she'd lie down and purr and look like anything but a ferocious, man-killing lion.........That's when Pinyan, zoo animal trainer, and JHarley Wall, zookeeper, took the two young lions to their homes to be bottle-fed until they were big enough to eat the regular zoo fare for lions Wall's lion hasn't progressed as well as Muffin. Muffin's still taking the bottle whenever she can get it, but she's also learned to eat meat. Mrs. Pinyan gets the credit from her husband for bringing the sickly Muffin to health. "When we first took her, my wife fed her a bottle of milk, every two hours, day and night," he said. The young lion gets plenty of affection from the entire Pinyan family, all animal lovers, but particularly from the two Pinyan children, Jenna Sue, 11, and Doyle Edwin, 9.......Most people figure he would have an easy job training Muffin to do all kinds of stunts when she grows older. Not Pinyan. ...
Date: December 7, 1955
Creator: King, Cliff
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.0318]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "The Junior Symphony, 60-strong, versatile all-around musicians and a sprinkling of "Little geniuses" of which this cross section shows: fromleft in front. Geraldean Evans and concertmaster Nancy Burns; middle row, Mary Evans, Johnna Vogel and Margie Zelinger; at back, Nancy Dyer and Anne Marbury. Some 60 of the state's most promising young musicians will be heard Sunday at 3 a.m. when the Oklahoma City Junior Symphony takes the stage of Oklahoma City University auditorium for its first concert of the season. They have been handpicked in competitive auditions and while most are Oklahoma Cityans, and other commute from Edmond, Yukon, Norman, Guthrie, Chandler, Nicoma Park, Bethany and Moore. They will be playing a program of classics, with a few "pops," chosen by conductors Eric Parham and Everett Gates to give full rein to thier talents and skills. the program shows composers from Richard Wagner to Cole Porter; from Brahms, Corelli and Schubert to Sigmond Romberg. Among the members are contingent who look forward to careers in music, and are engaged in intensive preperation. About a dozen are also members of the OCU orchestra, playing under conductor James Neilson. Charles Griffin, violist, is one who has "perfect pitch" and plans to be conducter. He is and advanced piano student, last year led a section of the elementary city school orchestra, and now is engaged to play with this and that group like the professional he is beginning to be. Several gifted family groupsare members. Nancy Burns is concertmaster, and her mother, Mrs. C. V. Burns plays in the violin section. Mrs. Burns is one of three adults who are faithful at rehearal and concerts. Mary Evans, 13, and Geraldean Evans, 11, a sister team in the first violin section, each ...
Date: November 16, 1955
Creator: Gumm, John
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.8198]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Heavy rains have fallen in the North Canadian river watershed during the past few days but the only flow in the river is from water released two days ago from Canton dam. Several locations along the watershed have reported rain measuring more than three inches but the dry ground has soaked up most of the moisture. The rains have conditioned the river bed to take most of the Canton released without loss and that release is expected to reach Lake Overholser Friday."
Date: 1955
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.2485]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "This isn't a closeup of a battleship. It's seen daily by tourists coming to Oklahoma City. This is how the greatly-expanded and modernized Will Rogers field terminal building looks to thousands of visitors to Municipal airport these days. It ii not the largest but is one of the most functional buildings of its type in the country. (T-9-25-58S) 6 - Will Rogers airport terminal building. (T-12-4-68 Bill George) Almost five years after Charles Lindberghy flew the Atlantic in his single engine airplane, a new buff brick building was opened a few miles southwest of Oklahoma City...Since 1966, however, it has stood empty and forlorn, destined to be the target of demolition crews within the next few months............. (T-12-15-55 Henry Burchfiel) If Oklahoma City achieves its goal of a 600,000 population by 1960, the county planning commission will have played more than an incifental role in that development......Members of the board often find themselves the "middle men" in heated zoning disputes...Will Rogers field, which is Oklahoma City's Municipal airport, was involved in two skirmishes fought before the board in recent weeks......City officials had asked the county board to approve zoning necessary to expansion of the big port. Private property owners on both east and west sides of the field protested....The planning commission acts in advisory capacity to the board of county commissioners, which must pass finally upon all zoning for the county."
Date: November 5, 1955
Creator: Matheson, Mandell
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.5395]

Description: Photograph used for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "(backside typing: This aerial view shows the Oklahoma state capitol building and grounds in the background, with capitol office building in the left foreground and the state historical building on the right.)"
Date: August 30, 1955
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9460]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Traffic on U.S. 66 will soon be flowing over, around and under this overpass now nearing completion at NW 39 and Grand blvd. This view in picture at right, looking northeast, shows one of two overpasses and part of a traffic circle that form a traffic seperation that ultimately will be part of a four-lane expressway to be developed along Grand blvd. The curving road in foreground is a temporary route for U.S. 66 traffic until the overpasses are opened. In final development, this will be a frontage road leading south through a railroad underpass over Grand blvd. Cost of the overpass and traffic seperation was more that $500,000. This picture at left shows relative position of the two overpasses."
Date: November 29, 1955
Creator: Albright, Bob
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.6050]

Description: Photograph used for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "(photo of the "C. R. Anthony Company" corner storefront with the "OshKosh B'gosh" painted sign on the right side of the building, the buildings on each side practically destroyed, fire hoses in foreground, and more. Backside handwriting: "date of fire 6-27-55")"
Date: June 28, 1955
Creator: Tapscott, George
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.6049]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Three businesses in downtown El Reno were destroyed by a fire that wiped out a quarter of a block Monday night and threatened to engulf the main shooping district in what was described as the town's "worst fire in 20 years." Damage estimated ranged up to $500,000. Flames roaring 75 to 80 feet in the air swept through the Fryberger building, a three-story structure housing the Brinkley furniture store, the Parks Furniture and appliance and the C. R. Anthony store. Two firemen were overcome by smoke, but no serious injuries were reported...Fire chief Leroy Searcy placed the damage at more than $100,000, but insurancemen estimated $500,000. Searcy called it the city's costliest fire in 20 years...Still burning but under control at midnight, the fire spread to the city hall to the rear of the Anthony's shortly after 6 p.m. When a cloud of smoke and sparks exploded from the inferno. Minor fire damage was done to the city hall, but heavy losses were caused by smoke and water. Flames from three burning stores lighted downtown El Reno Monday night in the city's worst fire of 20 years."
Date: June 27, 1955
Creator: Albright, Bob
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.5600]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Blackwell went about the grim task of counting its dead Thursday night, 20 hours after a roaring twister cut a wide swath through the east side of town, leaving in its wake havoc and desolation. Eighteen persons were officially listed as dead. , with more than 300 injured, seventy of them reported in serious condition in Blackwell General hospital. Others were hospitalized in Ponca City and Newkirk. Two were sent to Oklahoma City. A flood threat on the Chikaskia river which fringes the disaster area added to the city's troubles Thursday night. Residents in the lowlands were being evacuated shortly after nightfall when the river rose to nearly 19 feet due to three-inch rain upstream in Kansas. Flood stage in 22 feet. Workers at the city power plant said the river was rising 8 inches an hour and is expected to go out of its banks before morning. A crest of 24 feet is expected......Capt. George Morgan of the Blackwell police department Thursday night said rescuers are satisfied all storm casualities had been taken out of the wreckage. Rescue operations are being directed by Capt. Bill Hamilton of the highway patrol who has 24 units in the area. "We have found no new casualties, but identification of some of the dead has been difficult," Morgan said. The storm struck an area eight by ten city blocks, destroying 135 homes, according to figures compiled by the Red Cross. A total of 145 homes recieved major damage and 400 more were damaged. Ten buildings in the area were destroyed, 50 damaged, eighteen of them will have to be rebuilt.....The death list gre to 18 when Mrs. J. B. Larson died of injuries at a Ponca City hospital where she had been ...
Date: May 26, 1955
Creator: Cobb, Richard
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.6449]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "The Oklahoma map at right represents the 1955 state highway death toll, 593. Automobiles have killed more people over the years than have tornadoes."
Date: November 14, 1955
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.4428]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Grass and paved roads, and a surprising layout of buildings, are shown in this aerial photo of the grounds of the Oklahoma State fair. It was taken from the main entrance on May avenue, looking west, as the fair was getting set for the September 24 opening. The three race tracks, grandstand and stage can be seen in the lower left. That circle of paving in the background, just above the grandstand, is the new layout for the carnival. Anf that huge bare space is the location of the newly proposed arena for big conventions and livestock shows. The exact circle, upper right, is the center of the whole grounds, with the women's and appliance buildings just to the lower left of the circle; livestock barns upper center of the picture, agricultural building just above the circle, and the Future Farmers of America and 4-H buildings to the right. You can see the lagoon near the entrance. Some day it will be the center of a year-around kiddie land and picnic area of the city's dreams come true."
Date: August 30, 1955
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society