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A Guide to the
 
IRVING BANK & TRUST CO. PHOTO COLLECTION

Irving Bank & Trust building, 1967


1946-early 1970s

5 linear inches

Accession Number: 0001-36
Collection Number: 70

Prepared by
Kevin Kendro
October 2010

CITATION:  Irving Bank & Trust Co.  Photo Collection, Box 1, Folder number, Irving Archives, Irving Public Library

Historical Sketch

Irving Bank & Trust Co. began as Merchants and Planters Bank in Irving, Texas, in 1906.  Judge George W. Riddle was the owner and founder. Mark Wheeler served as the cashier and bank officer.  Chaney and Fletcher Miller, two local merchants, took over management of the bank in 1907.  They chartered the bank as Irving State Bank in 1908.

In 1911, the Miller brothers built a brick building on the northwest corner of Main Street and First Street (Irving Blvd.) and moved the bank into it.  This building remained the bank’s home until 1947. 

During the 1920s, Dr. D. W. Gilbert replaced Judge Riddle as president.  Gilbert served as president to 1930, when his son, Dr. F. M. Gilbert, became president, a position he held until 1954.  In 1929, John Brandenburg joined the bank, and he and A. P. Mauk served as the bank’s staff.  Brandenburg stayed with the bank until his retirement in 1975. 

As the city began a rapid population growth after WWII, the bank out- grew its forty-five-year-old building.  In 1947, a new Irving State Bank building opened on the east side of Main Street across the street from the original building.  A motor bank opened in 1954.  By 1955, due to the city’s swelling population, the bank directors found it necessary to make a large addition to the eight-year-old building to accommodate its growing business. 

In 1952, R. N. Pittman joined the bank as cashier and Phillip Reid was hired as the bank’s president in 1954.  These two men, along with John Brandenburg, guided the bank through years of strong growth during the middle decades of the twentieth century.  All three men retired on the same day in 1975.

Irving State Bank became Irving Bank & Trust Co. in 1962.  In 1967, a ten-story bank and office tower was adjoined to the 1947 building.  In the late 1970s, the bank was purchased by Texas Commerce Bank.  Chase Bank later bought Texas Commerce Bank.  Chase tore down the ten-story bank and office building in 1999.

Biographical Sketches
(from Collection 48: The Phillip Reid Collection)

Phillip Reid began his career in banking as a file clerk at the Citizens National Bank of Cameron in Cameron, Texas.  He spent 13 years there during the 1920s and 1930s learning the banking business.  In 1936, he left the bank and joined the U. S. Treasury Department for a few years and then spent 14 years as director of the National City Bank of Dallas. In 1954, he was hired as president of Irving State Bank (later Irving Bank & Trust Co).  He was later appointed to the board of directors of the bank.  Reid remained at the bank until his retirement in 1975.

R. N.  Pittman graduated from Dublin High School in Dublin, Texas, and then attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville, Texas.  He began his banking career at the First State Bank of Stephenville in 1924. He worked there until 1931.  Pittman served as mayor of Stephenville from 1948-1952.  In 1952, he joined Irving State Bank (later Irving Bank & Trust Co.) in Irving, Texas, as cashier. He served as senior vice president and later was named executive vice president of the bank.  He was named to the bank’s board of directors in 1954.  Pittman retired from Irving Bank & Trust Co. in 1975.

John J. Brandenburg attended Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas.  His father worked at First State Bank of Cedar Hill, Texas, and this is where Brandenburg received his early training in banking.  He attended SMU and the University of Texas before coming to Irving in 1929 to work at Irving State Bank.  At that time, the bank’s staff consisted of Brandenburg and one other employee.  Irving State Bank later became Irving Bank & Trust Co.  Through the years, as the bank grew, Brandenburg worked his way up the ranks to become executive vice president.  Later he was named vice-chairman of the board.  Brandenburg worked at the bank for 46 years until his retirement in 1975.

Scope and Content Note
 
The Irving Bank & Trust Co. Photo Collection is arranged in three series and housed in one legal-size manuscript box. 

Series I, and the overwhelming majority of the collection, consists of photographs relating to Irving Bank & Trust Co.  Most of the photos are black and white, and very few of them are dated.  Although most of the photos are not dated, research indicates that they date primarily from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s (bulk 1955-1969). 

A group of photos of employees and the interior of the bank before and after the 1955 expansion can be dated to 1955.  A number of these are used in a promotional pamphlet from 1955, thus helping to date them.  Another group of photos is of employees, a Christmas party, and employees decorating a Christmas tree.  These appear to date from the early to mid-1960s.  There are also photos of the ten-story bank building and its grand opening that date from 1967 to the early 1970s. 

Also included in the collection is a photo of the bank staff on the day the 1947 building opened and a photo of the 1946 Irving High School band, majorettes, and cheerleaders.  The back of the photo says that this was Irving High School’s first band, but further research indicates that students formed an informal band in 1938, and the school organized a formal band program in 1939-40. The dates listed in the photo inventory, when not exact, are the best estimates that could be determined.

The photos have been digitized. 

Series II. is made up of newspaper clippings about the bank and newspaper advertisements for the bank from the mid-1950s, a pamphlet promoting the bank, 1955, and an invitation to the retirement reception for bank officers Phillip Reid, John Brandenburg, and R. N. Pittman, 1975.  The clippings appear to have been in a scrapbook at one time.  The newspaper clippings have been photocopied to acid-free paper for preservation purposes.

Series III. consists of two small artifacts: a political campaign ruler and a small tape measure promoting Texas Power & Light.

A Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce scrapbook, 1963-64, the year in which the donor of this collection, Lee Wilcox, was president of the group, was removed from this collection and placed with the Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division collection in the Irving Archives.   

Provenance Statement

The Irving Bank & Trust Co. Photo Collection, accession 0001-36, was donated to the Irving Archives by Lee Wilcox on November 16, 2000. Lee Wilcox was a long-time bank employee and came into possession of the photos through the course of her work.  Prior to that, they were housed at Irving Bank & Trust Co.

Literary Right Statement

Permission to publish from the Irving Bank & Trust Co. Photo Collection must be obtained from the Irving Archives, Irving Public Library.

Note to the Researcher

For further information on Irving Bank & Trust Co. see Collection 48: The Phillip Reid Collection.  He was president of the bank for 21 years, 1954-1975. Series I. Photographs, 1946-c. 1972

Container List

Series I. Photographs, 1946-1972

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Box 1

Folder 1
 
Photo

1. People at a dinner seated around a table, c. early 1960s
2. Group at dinner posing for a picture, c. early 1960s. Seated: on left, Alyne Herron Meads.
Standing: l to r: Kurt Pyka; unknown; Pansy Partain; unknown; Peggy Van Zandt; unknown; Laura Mitchell
3. Holiday Inn sign saying Welcome Kiwanis, Lt. Gov. Joe Vardeman, c. early 1960s
4. Irving Bank & Trust vault: man standing in vault, c. early 1960s
5. Irving Bank & Trust vault: two women in vault with safety deposit box: woman on right is Ione Jackson, c. early 1960s
6.-11.Exterior of ten-story bank building and parking garage looking west down Irving Blvd., c. 1969
12. Two men at walk-up window.  Man on left is Joe Vardeman, c. early-1960s
13. Employee Faye Fisk Porter (16-year employee at the time), c. mid-1960s
14. Employee Dorothy Lamb, c. mid-1960s
15. Employee Myrt Lowe (19-year employee at the time), c. mid-1960s
16. Employee Mildred Crandall (15-year employee at the time), c. mid-1960s
17. Employee Lois Dunnavent (24-year employee at the time), c. mid-1960s
18. Employee Mary Cross (13-year employee at the time), c. mid-1960s
19. Three men signing papers: seated on left is bank president Phil Reid, c. mid-1960s
20-24.Young man seated looking at paper and scratching head, c. mid-1960s
25. Automobile in bank parking lot: Dodge with 1964 license plates - rear and driver’s side view, 1964
26. Automobile in bank parking lot: Dodge with 1964 license plates - front and driver’s side view, 1964
27. Employee Peggy Van Zandt at desk, c. mid-1960s
28. Employee and bank officer Tommy Pearce, c. mid-1960s
29. Employee and bank officer Bill Jones, c. mid-1960s

Folder 2

30. Employee and bank officer Bill Jones, c. mid-1960s
31-33.Excavator truck next to 1947 bank building: Irving Bank & Trust sign visible on top of building, c. mid-1960s
34. Employee Bill Jones, c. late 1950s
35. Employee Bettye Powers, c. mid-1960s
36. Employee Bettye Powers, c. mid-1960s
37. Two men at a machine, c. late 1960s
38. Woman seated at adding machine, c. late-1960s
39. Woman seated filling out form, c. late-1960s
40. Mrs. Lois Lucas (Cooke County Jr. College Business Dept. head);
 Gene Glazier; C.E. Glazier (father of Gene), 1963
41. Two women talking on phone, c. mid-1960s
42. Child saluting American flag, c. late 1960s
43. Woman in teller’s window, c. late 1960s
44. Eight women posing for picture: seated l to r: Evelyn Creed; Ruth Puckett; and unknown.  Standing: second from left: Augusta Corry, c. mid-1960s
45. Four women posing: third from left is Lee Wilcox, c. mid-1960s
46. Three women standing: Lola Brock on left, c. mid-1960s
47. Sign saying “Good Luck Cardinals,” c. mid-1960s
48. Joe Vardeman looking through microscope, c. mid-1960s
49. Three men standing next to Exchange Club banner: Bill Jones on right, c. mid-1960s
50. Four men standing next to Exchange Club banner: Bill Jones on right, c. mid-1960s
51. Women receiving a shot from a nurse: seated: Myrt Lowe; standing: nurse; l to r: Martha Callaway; Lillie Rutledge; unknown, c. early 1960s
52. Young lady filling out slip at night depository, c. early 1960s
53. Proof Department running proof machine: l to r: Betty Vaughn; Barbara Millhollen; Faye French; Barbara Blanchard, c. early 1960s
54. Employee Betty Powers, c. early 1960s
55. Three seated at banquet table: l to r: Mrs. Robert Walker; Mrs. Max Spann; Max Spann, c. early 1960s
56. Two men in a gift store standing near a promotional wishing well: on left, unknown; on right, John Brandenburg, c. mid-1950s
57. Front of Irving State Bank building, 1947: at entrance on left is Wayne Winton, coming out of door, unknown, Eleanor Bell, and Fowler Brock, c. mid-1950s
58. Birds-eye-view of 10-story bank building and downtown area looking from west to east, 1969 
59. Ribbon cutting for Irving Bank & Trust 10-story building: standing at microphone Joe Vardeman; on left is Verla Brandenburg; John Brandenburg behind her; behind John Brandenburg is John Harper; over Vardeman’s left shoulder is Phil Reid, 1967

Folder 3

60. Ribbon cutting at Irving Bank & Trust’s 10-story building: l to r: unknown; Merle Reid; Bob Pittman; Phil Reid with box in hand, 1967
61. Promotional photo of Johnnie “Scat” Davis (who performed at the bank’s opening banquet), 1967
62.  Promotional photo of Johnnie “Scat” Davis (who performed at the bank opening dinner), 1967
63. Johnnie “Scat” Davis singing at the grand opening banquet, 1967
64. Snooky Lanson singing at the grand opening banquet, 1967
65-66.Promotional photos of Snooky Lanson, 1967
67-68.Promotional photos of Harry Ranch, 1967
69. Promotional photo of Darlene, 1967
70. Promotional photo of Darlene, 1967
71. Commercial tellers: l to r: Loretta Daniel; Ollie Glavin; Doris Petty, c. late 1960s
72. Tellers: standing Bill Neal; seated Lucy Sullivan, c. mid-1950s
73. Phyllis Brunner (left); Dorothy Lamb right, 1955
74. Phyllis Brunner (left); Dorothy Lamb right, 1955
75. Phyllis Brunner (left); Dorothy Lamb right, 1955
76. Phyllis Brunner (left); Dorothy Lamb right, 1955
77. Bookkeeping: l to r: Pat Elliot; June Jones; Ann Blythe; Mildred Landrum; Tommy Pearce, c. 1955
78. Machine

Folder 4

79. Two men holding Irving Bank flag: Phil Reid (left); Ben Love of Texas State Bank, which brought Irving Bank & Trust (right), c. 1975
80. Four men holding United Way plaque: l to r: Leo Jackson; Bill Jones; Sid Selby; unknown, c. early 1960s
81. Decorating Christmas tree: Pansy Partain and Joe Vardeman, c. mid-1960s
82. Decorating Christmas tree: Lee Wilcox kneeling, c. late 1960s
83. Hanging garland: Joe Vardeman, c. late 1960s
84. Hanging garland: Joe Vardeman, c. late 1960s
85. Decorating tree: Joe Vardeman on left; Jim Wilcox hanging ornament, c. late 1960s
86, Two women at base of Christmas tree, c. late 1960s
87. Woman on ladder decorating tree, c. late 1960s
88. Woman on ladder decorating tree, c. late 1960s
89. Woman on ladder decorating tree, c. late 1960s
90. Bowling promotion in bank lobby: Bob Heckendorf, manager of Triangle Bowl on left, c. early 1960s
91. Three men in front of Kiwanis Club banner: l to r: Joe Vardeman; Dr. Alan Withee; and Dr. Richard Bates, c. mid-1960s
92. Kiwanis Club meeting with Joe Vardeman speaking, c. mid-1960s
93. Tommy Pierce in stands at football game, c. mid-1960s
94. Tommy Pierce in stands at football game, c. mid-1960s
95. Gene Glazier in computer room, c. late 1960s
96. Kurt Pyka in computer room, c. late 1960s
97. Gene Glazier in computer room, c. late 1960s
98. Kurt Pyka (foreground) and Tommy Pierce in computer room, c. late 1960s
99. Computer room, c. late 1960s
100. Computer room, c. late 1960s

Folder 5

101. Left, Peggy Van Zandt; right, Marion Carmean Howard (color), c. late 1960s
102. Left, Lee Wilcox; right, Marion Carmean Howard (color), c. late 1960s
103. Seven women in a group talking: fourth from left with back to camera, Lee Wilcox; fifth from left, Peggy Van Zandt, (color), c. late 1960s
104. Three people making Christmas bells: l to r: Jim Wilcox, Lee Wilcox, and Mary Dilworth, c. late 1960s
105. Two men decorating Christmas tree, c. late 1960s
106. Two women making Christmas bells: on right, Evelyn Creed, c. late 1960s
107. Six people posing for photo: l to r: Phil Reid; Merle Reid; Larry Bellah; Audrey Bellah; Odell Parsons; and Frances Parsons, (color), c. late 1960s
108. People in group: first man on left, Bill Jones; men with backs to camera, Paschal Brandenburg and John Brandenburg, (color), c. late 1960s
109. Religious display, (color), c. late 1960s
110. Irving High School homecoming display, 1965
111. Eight seated at table: left to right around table, Bill Jones, front left; Bill Neal at far end of table; Mildred Crandall in front right, c. mid-1960s
112. People dancing at Christmas party, c. mid-1960s
113. People dancing, Christmas tree in background, c. mid-1960s
114. People seated at a table, c. mid-1960s
115. People seated at a table, c. mid-1960s
116. People seated at a table: front left, Carl Neal; woman in white, Merle Reid; front right, Gus Crassons; to his right is Bob Pittman; and to Pittman’s right is Edna Mae Pittman, c. mid-1960s
117. People seated at a table: third from left, Tommy Pearce; and next to him is Jean Pearce, c. mid-1960s
118. A Mother’s Day display, late 1960s
119. Permalite and Permalome display in bank lobby, c. mid-1960s
120. People seated at table: l to r: behind man front left is Lola Brock; then John Brandenburg; Verla Brandenburg; Augusta Corry; H. P. Corry; lady in pink, unknown; and Annie Lou Chambers, c. mid-1960s
121. Irving Bank & Trust Company pavilion at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
122. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
123. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
124. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
125. Irving Bank & Trust Company checkbook, c. mid-1960s
126. Silver dollar coin, 1964
127. Parade float contest winners - Phil Reid in center, 1964
128. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
129. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
130. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
131. “The Three Windjammers” musical trio performing in front of bank display, 1965
132. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
133. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
134 Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
135. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
136. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
137. Irving Bank & Trust Company display at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
138. “The Three Windjammers” playing to group in front of bank display, Nov. 1965
139. Six people seated at tables in second floor employee lunchroom: l to r: Odell Parsons; Eddie Smith; unknown; Mr. Copeland (principal of grade school); unknown; Fowler Brock, c. mid-1960s
140. Irving Bank & Trust Company pavlion at Irving Jaycee Circus event, 1965
141. Unidentified IISD elementary school, c. mid-1950s
142. Irving High School band; cheerleaders; pep squad; and majorettes, 1946
143. Irving High School band and Toy Tigers performing in the Astrodome, c. 1970
144. Bank pavilion with “The Three Windjammers” singing, Nov. 1965
145. Bank officers: men along back wall: l to r: Kenneth Hurst; Tommy Pearce; Sid Selby; Odell Parsons, c. late 1960s
146. Interior of bank lobby with customers, sign announcing lobby remodeling, c. early 1970s
147. Interior of bank lobby, publicity picture, after lobby remodeling, (color), c. early 1970s
148. Proof sheet of photo of Irving Bank & Trust and parking lot looking west up Irving Blvd., 1969
149. Architect’s renderings, two different designs (5 and 10 story), of Irving Bank & Trust building that opened in 1967, c. 1965

Folder 6

150. Architect’s rendering of Irving Bank & Trust building (5 story) design, c. 1965
151. Irving Bank & Trust and parking lot looking west up Irving Blvd., 1969
152. Model for proposed expansion of Irving Bank & Trust building.  Shows second tower at east end of parking garage, c. 1970
153. Birds-eye-view of bank building taken looking from east to west along Irving Blvd., c. 1969
154. Woman operating sorter machine, c. mid-1960s
155. Phillip Reid at desk, c. mid-1960s
156. Employee: Collections and Exchange Teller, Bonnie Jordan.  Woman with back to camera, Gail May Chandler, 1955
157. Woman operating proof machine, Gail May Chandler, 1955
158. Employee: Paying and Receiving Teller, Betty Blayney, 1955
159. People at desks. The man standing is Kurt Pyka, c. mid-1960s

Folder 7

160. Irving Bank & Trust safety deposit box room - Phyllis Brunner, back to camera, and Lola Brock, facing camera, c. early 1960s
161. Irving State Bank opening new building in 1947: seated l to r:  unknown; Martha McNeill; unknown; Inez Harkins; Augusta Corry; Maxine McElroy; standing: l to r: Raymond Gill; Annette Williams; Jonetta Toombs; Betty Blayney; Jack Deer; Ray Smith; unknown; John Brandenburg; W. E. Herring; W. B. Gilbert, 1947
162. Irving Bank Club officers, 1965: front row: Kurt Pyka holding DUZ; Lee Wilcox holding box of Trend; Odell Parsons, man in back; Nancy Storey in center holding bar of Zest; to right of her is Estelle Bumpas; and to right of her is Phyllis Brunner, c. mid-1960s 
163. St. Stephens Episcopal Church at Story and Pioneer, c. 1962
164. Park entrance sign: City Park (today Lively Park), c.1962
165. Irving Public Library building on O’Connor, c. 1962
166. Park entrance sign: Senter Park, c. 1962
167. Irving Municipal Library sign with missing letters (O’Connor Rd.), c. 1962
168. Irving Municipal Library sign with missing letters (O’Connor Rd.), c. 1962
169. City Hall building, c. 1962
170. Litter drop-off box in the shape of the state of Texas and advertising Irving Bank & Trust Co., c. mid-1960s
171. Bank lobby interior with no people in it after addition to 1947 building, 1955.
172. Interior of bank lobby with people in line at windows showing addition to the 1947 building, 1955
173. Interior of bank lobby with people in line at windows showing addition to the 1947 building, 1955
174. Interior of bank lobby with people in line at windows showing addition to the 1947 building, 1955
175. Interior of bank lobby with people in line at windows showing addition to the 1947 building, 1955
175a.Interior of bank lobby with people in line at windows showing addition to the 1947 building, 1955
175b.Interior of bank lobby with people in line at windows showing
addition to the 1947 building, 1955
176. People dressed up like Santa and Mrs. Claus, c. mid-1950s
177. Ribbon cutting for 10-story bank building, 1967.  Phil Reid is at microphone laughing with another man.  Woman to left of Reid is Verla Brandenburg; behind her in glasses and partially hidden is John Brandenburg; behind man with cane is R. N. Pitman wearing glasses, 1967
178. Photo portrait: John Brandenburg, c. mid-1960s
179. Phil Reid seated at desk posing for photo, c. mid-1960s
180. R. N. Pittman seated at desk posing for photo, c. mid-1960s

Folder 8

Negatives of the photos of the Irving Bank & Trust pavilion at the  Jaycee’s Circus, 1965; a negative of the bank staff behind a sign that says “We gave 1 day’s pay the American Way,” n.d.; and a color positive of the ten-story bank building, 1970.

Series II. Newspaper Clippings and Publications

Folder 9

Contains newspaper clipping and newspaper advertisements relating to the bank and its promotions from the mid-1950s.  For preservation purposes, the newspaper clippings have been photocopied onto acid-free paper.

Folder 10

Contains photocopies of the original newspaper clippings and advertisements.

Folder 11

Contains a bank promotional pamphlet, 1955; an invitation to the retirement reception for Phillip Reid, John Brandenburg, and R. N. Pittman; a sketch of the 1947 bank building and the 1954 drive-through bank; an Irving Bank (Member Texas Commerce Bancshares, Inc.) statement of condition, 1975.  

Series III. Artifacts

Folder 12

Contains a small ruler used as a handout for an Irving city council campaign for Joe Glover and a pocket-size tape measure promoting Texas Power & Light, c. mid-1960s.