Texas Centennial Series

There are so many great stories arising from the massive celebration of the Texas Centennial in 1936, and one of Gayle's blog posts touches on some of them and how she ended up stalking centennial-related items on eBay. Because she was not the only person touched by nostalgia, prices were too high for her to pursue. But a local collector, Sarah Reveley, lent her many of the items incorporated in this series of digital collages that debuted in her solo show at King William Art in 2011.

1936 Texas Centennial ~ No. 1, "Yellow Rose of Texas"

Edition limited to 25 prints, $75 each. 8 1/2 x 11 inches

Copy of Official Texas Centennial sheet music written by David Guion “in honor of the one hundredth birthday of Texas and dedicated to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” Combined with 1936 Centennial envelope postmarked La Grange and an official Centennial Sam Houston medallion, who would have been eternally grateful to the Yellow Rose if it were true she kept Santa Anna distracted prior to the Battle of San Jacinto.




1936 Texas Centennial ~ No. 2, "Blue Bonnet Girl"

Edition limited to 25 prints, $75 each. 8 1/2 x 11 inches

Official Centennial sheet music: “Down in Texas there’s a blossom blooming in the moonlight. She nods a greeting like a sweet blue bonnet bathed in starlight. She’s my angel come from above….” Combined with Centennial blue bonnet card.




1936 Texas Cemtennial ~ No. 3, "WHOO-pee! The Night is Young."

Edition limited to 25 prints, $75 each. 8 1/2 x 11 inches

While the sanctioned music of the official state Centennial Celebration in Dallas featured lyrics such as that above, the Fort Worth version was much less tame.  Lyrics from Casa Manana’s “The Night is Young and You’re So Beautiful” begin: “So proper and polite upon this lovely night, we sit here making foolish conversation, instead of making bright; let’s be ourselves tonight and take advantage of the situation….” The cover of the sheet music is combined with a souvenir stamp. Sorry no photos from Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch included.



1936 Texas Centennial ~ No. 4, "Wonderful World of Wild Women"

Edition limited to 25 prints, $70 each. 8 1/2 x 11 inches

This postcard of “Cow Waddy” from Amarillo with a cowgirl hinged with a hinge in her side allowing her to assume varying positions on the back of the saddle seemed to capture the wilder Fort Worth Centennial spirit. An official Fort Worth Centennial cover and “Good Luck” medallion accompany the image.




1936 Texas Centennial ~ No. 5, "The Alamo Always Trumps"

Edition limited to 25 prints, $75 each. 8 1/2 x 11 inches

Official Centennial souvenirs included everything one would need for a themed ladies’ bridge party, such as this Centennial “Six Flags” plate. The well-worn playing cards are from an earlier deck of San Antonio landmark cards. While the gourmet sandwich roll recipe can be viewed, missing are the recipes for absolutely plain gelatin in star moulds and “cocktails” – equal part orange and grapefruit juices, dash of lemon juice, slice of orange, sprig of mint, a red cherry and a green cherry.

Please bear in mind the website intensifies colors; the actual print colors are much more subtle.

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