This is the 1909 Smith County Texas Courthouse
you are purchasing a print of this image
Tyler based photographer Robert L. Falkner took this picture from the People’s Bank Building (currently known as the People’s Petroleum Building) prior to the construction of the current day courthouse. This beloved courthouse stood in the center of the Tyler, Texas downtown square for only 45 years, before being lost to the “progress” of the 1950’s. She was the fourth courthouse building to be erected in Tyler, the county seat of Smith and is considered a lost gem of East Texas.
It is part of the collection of negatives and photos that Smith County Historical Society’s Jack T. Greer Memorial Trust Fund acquired from Freddie Black in 2003. Mr. Falkner was born November 10, 1911 at Garden Valley, Smith County, Texas and died October 21, 1992 at Tyler, Smith County, Texas. His career started in the 1940s and continued through the 1980s, covering every subject imaginable. The collection includes family portraits, weddings, passport , schools, area events, businesses, wrecks, clubs & organizations, visiting celebrities, Rose Festivals, and many other topics of local history. An index has been compiled and we hope to have it on-line shortly. After Mr. Falkner’s retirement he sold his business and studio to Donald and Joy Connery. The Connerys tried to promote and maintain the Falkner business, but it did not work out for them and they sold out to Freddie Black (a former military photographer).
Other sizes can be ordered as follows:
5 x 7 — $10.00
11 x 14 — $30.00
12 x 16 — $40.00
20 x 24 — $120.00
20 x 30 — $150.00
Vintage photos and negatives are rarely perfectly shaped and Smith County Historical Society may find it necessary to crop the image slightly or even add a certain amount of white space to fit standard modern sizes. Your purchased print will be a clean image (no watermark or object ID). Custom sizes and applications are available and special prices will apply. (Please use the “Contact Us” button below for more information)
NON COMMERCIAL PERSONAL USE RESTRICTION
The requested photo or images will be printed and can only be used for personal use and can in no way be scanned, copied, printed, forwarded, photographed or reproduced after the order has been received. Any order must be paid for in full in advance, sales tax applies and if needed shipping and handling charges will be added. By purchasing the above photo or any other photo from Smith County Historical Society, the buyer agrees to the Non Commercial Personal Use Restriction.*
*If you want to use this or any image that Smith County Historical Society owns, please use the “Contact Us” button above. We will need to know the details of the use and the person or entity making the request. A fee will apply per image, per use and an agreement with these details must be signed prior to release. Smith County Historical Society reserves the right to decline any request for any reason it feels is necessary or even no reason at all.