Vol 72, No 11 (2011)


Cover Page
This month’s cover image is from Robert O. Barney’s 1948 book The Romantic Story of Dallas: From Buckskins to Top Hat. For much of the 20th century, the Flying Red Horse, Pegasus, atop the Magnolia Building in downtown Dallas, home of the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting, was the unofficial symbol of the city. Especially at night, when approaching the city limits from the surrounding prairies and cotton farms, visitors found the Flying Red Horse to be an inspiring landmark, symbolic of the wealth and aspirations of “Big D.” At 29 stories, the Magnolia Building was the tallest skyscraper in town until 1941, when the Mercantile Bank tower opened.

The book is held by the Southern Methodist University DeGolyer Library. For more information on the special collections at the DeGolyer Library, visit smu.edu/cul/degolyer.