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    Posted 6 months ago

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    Found at an Estate sale in Dallas Texas. 8x10 Black and White Photo of John Wayne and A Theater Executive doing the Publicity tour in Texas, promoting the Alamo. Photo circa 1957-59 not exactly sure, don’t know the mans name holding a white hat. 2nd photo shows John Wayne accepting a proclamation of some kind with the Texas Flag on the Document. Anybody know who is presenting to Him ?

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    1. keramikos keramikos, 6 months ago
      Foundaroundtown, Cool.

      I found some more pictures from the same (1951) tour:

      That unt dot edu site has a mapping function, and places their photographs near Winters, TX, but being that this was a Texas tour, they probably stopped at numerous locations.

      Sorry, no ID on the gentleman making the presentation to Wayne yet.

      Although that particular picture seems also to have been taken in Texas, it looks like it was from a different session and of a different vintage from the others (1951), because Wayne looks a bit older, and also seems to be in costume.

      I doubt it's from the time of 'The Alamo" (1960), because Wayne doesn't seem to have worn a uniform like that in that film.
    2. Foundaroundtown Foundaroundtown, 6 months ago
      Great information Keramikos, had seen the 1st two pictures.
      Thanks for the feed back
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      I'm having trouble imagining John Wayne on a bus ! Hope it doesn't enter my dreams !
    4. keramikos keramikos, 6 months ago
      blunderbuss2, If imagining John Wayne on a bus is the worst of your nightmares...I dunno what to say.
    5. keramikos keramikos, 6 months ago
      Foundaroundtown, Revisiting this.

      The first two images in your post seem easy enough to date (1951), thanks to the University of North Texas.

      In 1951, Wayne would have been 43-44 years old. He wasn't in costume, and you can see that he was still fairly lean, but his natural hairline was receding.

      The third picture is more difficult. Wayne looks older than 44 (toupee not withstanding), and seems to be in costume. He's being presented with something from the State of Texas.

      It may be a red herring to assume that this presentation necessarily took place in Texas. Per an article in the Texas Monthly, Wayne was in only two movies that were actually filmed in Texas (The Alamo [1960] and Hellfighters [1968]):

      While Wayne was old enough by the time of the filming of The Alamo (1960) to look as he did in your third picture, he doesn't seem to have worn a costume like that.

      Wayne made a lot of movies where he wore 19th century military uniforms, but some of them seemed to have the bib-front variety of shirt. The one he's wearing in your photo isn't a bib-front, indeed it seems to be a coat. He's also wearing a neckerchief, but it seems to have a printed pattern.

      Movies where Wayne wore a single-breasted, 19th century U.S. Army uniform with epaulets: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), and Rio Lobo (1970).

      (There may be more, but that's what I have so far. I think he was still too young in the first two to be a good match, and besides, his character also wore a mustache.)

      Still from Rio Lobo (1970):

      Rio Lobo (1970) was filmed in Arizona and Mexico.

      Of course, the uniform Wayne seems to be wearing in your photo could be another red herring. *shrug*

      No success in running to ground the other gentlemen in your pictures, but the one in the first two pictures has been vaguely identified as a "theater executive." Since this was a Texas tour, one is tempted to think he was a Texan. The gentleman in the third picture is making a presentation of something from the State of Texas. Perhaps a Texas government official?
    6. keramikos keramikos, 6 months ago
      Foundaroundtown, I don't know if you're still following this, but that outfit Wayne was wearing in the picture where he's being presented with something from the State of Texas might be a red herring.

      The neckerchief he's wearing seems to have a pattern.

      Apparently, it was not uncommon for 19th century U.S. military troops to wear neckerchiefs of any color or pattern:

      However, I couldn't find any movie stills of Wayne wearing a single-breasted coat with epaulets, and a bandanna rather than a solid color neckerchief.

      That doesn't mean it didn't happen, only that I didn't find any evidence of it. };-)

      It seems possible that Wayne donned the coat for the presentation photo op. Regardless of what he was wearing, he looked every day of fifty years old or more to me.

      No, I still have no idea who the presenter was, nor the place and year.
    7. Foundaroundtown Foundaroundtown, 6 months ago
      Very interesting observation. Yes I’m still trying to figure out who that guy is.
      Thanks for the information
    8. keramikos keramikos, 6 months ago
      FWIW, you're welcome. :-)

      Is it just me, or does the general appearance of the presenter suggest the 1950s?
    9. Foundaroundtown Foundaroundtown, 6 months ago
      Yep I’d say the 50’s
    10. keramikos keramikos, 6 months ago
      Foundaroundtown, Of course, the presenter could have been an old-fashioned guy out of step with the times, clothes-wise.

      I keep going back to how Wayne looked, not just his clothes, but the lines in his face. He was born in May 1957, so he would have been 'only' in his early fifties at the end of the 1950s.

      Then again, he smoked, and had spent quite a bit of time out in the sun.

      Here's an image of an open letter to Wayne in 1960:

      And here is an excerpt that includes some of the language on that image, courtesy of Google Books and the book "Not Thinkin'... Just Rememberin'... The Making of John Wayne's 'The Alamo" by John Farkis:


      Several Texas millionaires, including H.H. Coffield, John Mecom, Glenn
      McCarthy, Frank Waters, Vernon Frost, Al Parker, and O.J. and I.J. McCullough,
      paid $29,375 (plus $1,187 in artwork) for a full-page ad saluting Wayne and the
      ?lm in the March 7, 1960, issue of Life. Superimposed over the iconic A.Y. Owen
      photograph of Wayne, it stated:

      "An open letter to John Wayne on the occasion of the 124th anniversary of the Alamo: March 6, 1960. We have heard and read of the great award which the State of Texas, through the Headliners Club and Governor Price Daniel, has bestowed upon you; an award bearing this inscription: To John Wayne, Who has made motion picture stardom one of the very great professions; Who has made The Alamo an international symbol of man’s undying ?ght for freedom..."


      The Headliners Club apparently was founded in 1955:


      The Headliners Club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015, is Austin's premier downtown private club.


      So maybe the presenter was the founder of the Headliners Club, Charles E. Green? No joy on finding a picture of him yet.
    11. keramikos keramikos, 6 months ago
      D'oh! Wayne was born in 1907, not 1957. };-)

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