Sunday, July 30, 2006

Beryl Ford Collection Coming Online

A huge thanks to Sarah from the Tulsa Now Forums who made the following post yesterday:

You've probably heard about the Beryl Ford Collection, "the largest and most significant collection of photographs and artifacts relevant to the history of the City of Tulsa and the surrounding area."

But did you know that you can view the photos online? The project to digitalize over 75,000 photos has begun, and there are already over 750 images available via the Tulsa City-County Library website! (I wasted several hours the other night just browsing! Very cool!)

Want to see what 4th and Main used to look like? Curious about a particular historic building? Feeling nostalgic for Tulsa in its "glory days?" Check it out! Beryl Ford Collection

For more information about the Beryl Ford Collection visit

For history buffs, preservationists, and people who just care about Tulsa...these photos allow us to compare Tulsa to what it used to be...and think about what we want it to be in the future...

Despite a rather clunky interface for viewing and no ability for public comments, this collection is incredible and well worth some time spent browsing through the photos. I'm excited to see this extensive collection continue to grow online for all to research, recollect and enjoy.

Above photos:
Pythian Bldg 1950's - Beryl Ford Collection / Rotary Club of Tulsa
Pythian Bldg 2003 - Lost Tulsa

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Lost Okmulgee

On our way back from an exhausting whirlwind trip to N. Texas over the July 4th weekend, I spotted two locations in Okmulgee that beckoned me to "hang a U" and take a few pictures. The first place that caught my eye was Bee Line Bowl, a former AMF facility with it's signage still bold with color and fonts straight out of the '60s. Although the lanes are closed and the building is up for sale, these signs seem to still whisper stories of years of family bowling fun.

My camera had just enough battery (and CF space) to also capture the Coleman's Burgers neon sign, which is all that's left standing of the former resturant that was in the process of being bulldozed. The neon on this sign is still in great shape. I'd really like to find a pic of this one lit up at night (anyone?). I'm sure I'll spend many restless nights trying to wrap my brain around the phrase "Good's Food Marvin Too!".

I know nothing about either of these locations, but I just love the style of these wonderful signs. I just hope that someone else with an affinity for these treasures will preserve them for future generations to enjoy.