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Sweetie Ladd's Historic Fort Worth (SIGNED COPY)

Ladd, Sweetie;Lale, Cissy Stewart

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ISBN 10: 0875651968 / ISBN 13: 9780875651965
Published by Forth Worth, Texas, U.S.A.: Texas Christian Univ Pr, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Sweetie Ladd's Historic Fort Worth (SIGNED ...

Publisher: Forth Worth, Texas, U.S.A.: Texas Christian Univ Pr

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Sweetie Ladd was Fort Worth’s own “Grandma” Moses, a folk artist who captured the city’s history in watercolor and lithograph. In her sixties when she began painting, Ladd once told a fellow artist she didn’t know how she achieved her distinctive style. “Just paint poorly, dear,” she advised. In truth, she had attended painting workshops in Paris, Spain, and Mexico and studied under Fort Worth artist Bror Utter. After she took a class on perspective, her teacher advised her to discontinue formal training and paint what came naturally.

Sweetie Ladds Historic Fort Worth presents twenty-eight paintings from the Landmark Series, paintings of historic Fort Worth structures, many of which no longer stand today: the T&P Station, Lake Como Pavilion, the Nine-Mile Bridge Casino, the Worth Hotel, the lobby of the Majestic Theater, Goat Island, and the Lake Erie Interurban. The book also contains the “Cries of Fort Worth” series based on Wheatley’s “Cries of London.” These ten paintings portray such old-time peddlars as the ice man, the scissor man, the bottleman, and the tamale seller.

Ladd didn’t simply draw the buildings or landmarks. She put them in an action setting. “The Day Fort Worth Burned” shows several young children watching the flames from a field. Two of the children are Sweetie Ladd and her sister, who were in that very field that day. Two young boys also watching could have been the Monnig brothers, Otto and Oscar. She remembered they were there that day.

Other pictures include names longtime Fort Worth residents will find familiar: the horse-drawn Ballard Ice Cream Truck passes in front of the Scott home, now known as Thistle Hill; Mrs. Baird’s Bread is the sign on a horse-drawn carriage in “The Breadman”; a Stripling’s delivery cart is in front of the J. E. Moore home (now part of the Woman’s Club); a horse-drawn funeral procession passes in front of the old Washer Brothers building; and Fuqua’s Grocery sits next to Anderson Drugs in “Extra—Extra,” one of the “Cries” series in which a young boy passes out the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Sweetie Ladd’s paintings were shown at the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth and accepted in juried shows of the University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Art Museum, and the Texas Fine Arts Association. These historical paintings are now owned by the Fort Worth Public Library and have been reproduced with their cooperation.

Cissy Stewart Lale’s text elucidates each painting, explaining details and their historical significance. The book begins with brief essays on Mrs. Ladd and Fort Worth history.

About the Author:

Before she took up painting, Sweetie Ladd worked with her husband, Homer, at the Ladd Furniture Company (which appears in one painting). She died in 1990.
Journalist Cissy Stewart Lale, the former women’s editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has contributed to other TCU Press projects. She is a past president of the Texas State Historical Association and of the East Texas Historical Association.

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