Silverberg Visuals

Gallery of images related to The Silverberg Business.

Powderhorn Wetlands and Indianola
The town of Indianola was supposed to be huge someday, but hurricanes, two of them (1875 and 1886), had other plans for the area. Not much there today.
Charles A.A. Dellschau—Many years ago, the writer Elizabeth Hand posted a link to an article about some old friends of hers at the Smithsonian’ National Air and Space Museum, Tom Crouch and Gregory Bryant. Bryant had recently created models of various fanciful flying machines, based on art and newspaper reports that were in the museum’s collection. One of those was the figure above, from the artwork of Charles A.A. Dellschau. I brought the flying machine and Dellschau into The Silverberg Business. Go here for more on Bryant’s project.
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys—I put Bob Wills in the novel but call him Teddy Wells because the story takes place before he was born. My Bob is based on the character in the 1941 movie Take Me Back To Oklahoma, in which Tex Ritter, Bob, and the band play and sing on the roof of a stagecoach.
Southern Pacific Depot, Victoria, Texas—photo from the Victoria Regional History Center. Timetable comes from digital image of the Victoria Advocate, available from Google News Archive. According to this website, Southern Pacific built the depot in 1888–89, so it may not have been complete when Shannon was in Victoria.
Detail from street map of the era. Shannon’s hotel was on Main Street.
Exposition grounds, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. Six hundred and ninety acres of temporary opulence.
Aftermath of the 1900 storm. Photos from the Galveston and Texas History Center at the Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas.
“…this film material represents some of the oldest motion pictures in the world.” More clips available at the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.