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The Fire Captain – Early 1900’s
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> The Fire Captain – Early 1900’s

By Story Sloane III
Several years ago I wrote about my great-grandfather, Drew King. He was captain of the city of Houston’s Fire Station No. 7 on Milam. He joined the department shortly after the …

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Frontier Fiesta Days
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Frontier Fiesta Days

In researching Houston’s history over the years, one thing has become crystal clear: its citizens were never going to be without entertainment. Edna Saunders booked world-class performers at the old Houston Auditorium, and the grand …

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The Energy Capital of the World
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br>The Energy Capital of the World

Early last century my grandfather, Story Sloane Sr., relocated from the state of Louisiana to Texas so that he could pursue opportunities in the oil field. His desire to strike it rich would take him …

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Museum Dreams…
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br>Museum Dreams…

It has always been a dream of mine to see a museum of Houston’s history and culture established. Houston’s past is full of distinguishable events and outstanding personalities that should be highlighted in a place …

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History in Motion
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br>History in Motion

By Story Sloane III
It is hard to say when the first moving film was made in Houston. The film Thomas Edison produced from Galveston after the 1900 storm is certainly one of the oldest made …

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The Sounds of Success
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br>The Sounds of Success

By Story Sloane III
Two of the more important technological advancements that came out of the 1800s were photography and radio. To capture light was truly a fantastic thing, and the ability to hear sounds from …

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Food for Thought
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Food for Thought

Over the past several years there have been many books released dealing with the history of Houston. That is a good thing because Houston is a city where its history

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Sporting Life
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Sporting Life

Over the past several years there have been many books released dealing with the history of Houston. That is a good thing because Houston is a city where its history is seldom preserved. My book …

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Houston’s Early Nature Lovers
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Houston’s Early Nature Lovers

Houston has always had its fair share of adventurous types, despite the humid subtropical climate and sweltering temperatures. One historic group of nature enthusiasts banded together with Joseph “Joe” Heiser in 1923 to form the …

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The End of an Era
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> The End of an Era

By Story Sloane III
It was announced early this year that Macy’s (Foley Brothers) will be closing its Main Street store. That is very significant because it marks the demise of department store shopping in downtown …

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The Family Photographer
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> The Family Photographer

Blink an eye and the year is gone. The resolution list I created in 2010 has been carried over to 2011 without much forward progression on the tasks it contained. One item I have addressed …

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History Book Fair!
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> History Book Fair!

By Story Sloane III
There is a chill in the air and that means it’s time again for my annual Houston History Book Fair and Symposium. This will make the third year I have partnered with …

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Forward momentum on preserving the past
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Forward momentum on preserving the past

By Story Sloane III
If you have been following my articles over the years, you will know that from time to time I like to highlight the lack of historical preservation in Houston. I use photography …

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Romantic Traditions
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Romantic Traditions

By Story Sloane III
For generations, Valentine’s Day has stereotyped February as the month of love. It has become a tradition for most men and women to use Feb. 14 as the perfect occasion to spoil …

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A Helping Hand
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> A Helping Hand

 

By Story Sloane III
Back in June, I wrote about my 35mm historic movie collection of Houston and the surrounding communities. The group TAMI out of Austin was assisting me with the difficult task of transferring …

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Happy 175th Birthday… HOUSTON!
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Happy 175th Birthday… HOUSTON!

The Bayou City celebrates her dodransbicentennial with exciting events for everyone
Vintage photos courtesy of The Sloane Collection
By Cheryl Alexander
Houston is celebrating! The Bayou City doesn’t need much of an excuse to throw a party, but …

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Houston History Book Fair and Symposium
HISTORICALLY HOUSTON<br> Houston History Book Fair and Symposium

By Story Sloane III
Over the years I have discovered that finding captions for my photographs can sometimes be an exercise in futility. Even though the popular Google search engine can track down a wealth of …