Odd Connection to Texas Centennial

I am not among those who wants to eradicate the current businesses operating around Alamo Plaza, just need to respectfully corral the signage in the historic district.  That is not to say I love what is housed in the historic buildings that line Alamo Street, but the buildings themselves need their dignity preserved. 

What is unbelievable to me is Ripley’s Odditorium actually has a historical connection to Texas, one that dates back at least as far as the Texas Centennial in 1936.  Plucked this proof off of ebay:

 In the words of Robert Ripley, “Believe It or Not!”

 And as a courtesy to the seller of the postcard….

 P.S.  Don’t forget to bail Gayle out of jail!

3 thoughts on “Odd Connection to Texas Centennial

  1. Don’t forget Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch at the 1936 exposition in Fort Worth! Next year is the 175th Anniversary of the Centennial, maybe we could get the vendors on Alamo Plaza to participate. 8-P

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    • Oh my gosh, thanks. I knew nothing about Sally Rand. For other non-native Texans, Clay Coppedge provides enlightenment on TexasEscapes.com, http://tinyurl.com/2a3t34f.

      Amon Carter wanted the Centennial event in Fort Worth to rival that of Dallas so coined the phrase: “Go Elsewhere for Education, Come to Fort Worth for Entertainment.”

      Coppedge wrote: “The idea of bringing Sally Rand to Fort Worth began with Billy Rose denouncing her during an impromptu press conference announcing his involvement in Casa Mañana. Rose promised that his show would have ‘neither nudity or smut’ and added, ‘we don’t need any fans or bubble dances at the Texas Frontier Celebration.’ Later, Carter asked Rose what he was talking about and Rose told him about Sally Rand’s fan dance and bubble dance, which she had performed at the World’s Fair. Carter asked if the show drew a lot of people and Rose assured him that it did. That’s when Amon Carter decided that Texas needed Sally Rand to help celebrate its heritage.”

      Also, George Lester fondly recalled Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch, http://tinyurl.com/2btht64: “On our first ascent (on the ferris wheel) we discovered something the producers of the event had overlooked. From high above we could look down onto the roofless show below and see all the scantily clad ladies. We kept riding until we ran out of money.”

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  2. Ripley’s has the Alamo on their website, right next to the shrunken head.
    http://sanantonio.ripleys.com/in-the-area/the-alamo/

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