February 9, 2018

Flashback Friday

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Today’s shot pictures Delmar Boulevard looking west from Melville Avenue in the U. City Loop in 1945. Hull-Dobbs Restaurant and the Varsity Theater are pictured on the left side of the photo. University City’s City Hall can be seen in the far distance. The theater marquee advertises “Ernie Pyle’s The Story of G.I. Joe.”

Did you know…

Before it was developed commercially the land along Delmar Boulevard was a campsite for visitors to the 1904 World’s Fair. In later decades, the Loop’s rapid growth was facilitated by its convenient streetcar service.

Photo and caption courtesy of the Missouri History Museum.


7 thoughts on “Flashback Friday”

  1. Joe Mullaney says:

    Delmar, looking west into U. City. I would think about 1946.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Close! 1945

  2. Sean Flynn says:

    University City, Delmar and Leland. 1945. The Varsity is showing the Ernie Pyle movie from that year.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      You got it! Congrats.

  3. steve siegerist says:

    Looking west on Delmar Blvd, west of Mehlville. The rotunda in the distance is University City Hall. I would guess late 1940s

  4. steve siegerist says:

    Not Leland. The westbound streetcar tracks turned right onto Leland and that is not in the photo.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:


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