Lucky for me, last month I got to enjoy some of that still-warm weather when I visited my brother in Dallas! While there, I got to visit a seriously terrific vintage store, and snap some photos in Dallas' historic McKinney Avenue trolley line, and at a beautiful hotel. I was really keen to get some shots in because, among the many great things about my brother, Spencer is a very good photographer.
The McKinney Avenue trolley is a beautifully restored set of trolleys that run a straight shot through downtown Dallas. Most date from between the 1910s and 1930s, and they're completely charming--and very popular, particularly as it's free to the public! This made it a little difficult to get shots in, but Texans being some of the friendliest people around, they did their best to make room for us. I think I also starred in a few iPhone photos, but I suppose that's a small price to pay!
The trolley we rode, the Melbourne, had some great vintage ads posted alongside more modern ones, as well as a brief history:
I was born across the sea in the city of Melbourne, Australia, and worked for 59 years in daily service. Thousands of American G.I.'s rode on me and my sister trains during World War II including General Douglas MacArthur and Dwight Eisenhower. In 1985 it was decided that I was too old for useful work and should be replaced. Shortly before I was due to be cut up for scrap, the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority purchased me and arranged for me to come live and work in Dallas. Texas is a lot like Australia and I enjoy being here. Thanks for riding! --MatildaI'm not sure how much Australia resembles the Lone Star State, but regardless, it's beyond awesome that Dallas took such pains to preserve and keep functional a part of history.
|Who knew Ivory was such a shop snob?|
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Next up was the Adolphus Hotel, a gorgeous building dating to 1912.
The interior is as stunning as the exterior, and has studiously retained its Gilded Age glamour. Honestly, it was a photographer and vintage blogger's dream:
I'd been waiting for an opportunity to photograph this dress, and with its heavily-embroidered bodice and rhinestone buttons, it seemed just a little bit country, and just a little bit perfect for Texas. I gotta say, though, my brother's photography is a testament to how setup and background can set a garment off in a completely different manner. The dress photographed amazingly, with the coordinating tones of the decor.
I try to make it a point to learn something whenever I'm photographed. This shoot's lesson: I have to smile hard for it to be documented at all. That's right, people. In many of these photos, I was smiling.
My last stop in Dallas was Dolly Python's, an amazing, expansive vintage store.
I hate to be cliché, but I mean, you know what they say about size in Texas.
While my brother checked out their intimidatingly incredible vinyl selection (though many stores advertise a curated collection, Dolly Python clearly takes great pride in the quality of their offerings), I wandered around and found the biggest collection of vintage suits I'd seen in one place. The overall variety and quantity of items was overwhelming, and the store boasts a fantastic selection of vintage shoes and--because it's Texas, after all--cowboy boots and hats.
The store is organized like an antiques mall, with wildly different stalls all combining to set a whimsical yet museum-like tone.
Though none of the suits were quite right for me (bummer), I did find a jacket and hat that'll be featured in a future post, as well as a sweater I'll be wearing as part of a very special, holiday-themed countdown starting on Saturday.
Trust me, if you're a fellow 80s child, a lover of sequins, or hip to the Christmas spirit, you won't want to miss it!
1950s Dress: Swift & Faire Co. Vintage
Shoes, Gloves, & Hat: Thrifted
Bag: Michael Kors
A big thank-you to the Adolphus Hotel, the MATA, and of course, my brother.
All photographs of me courtesy of Spencer J Eggers, all rights reserved, 2013.