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Holiday Lights in San Antonio

December 21, 2015

San Antonio is known for the dazzling light displays that appear after Thanksgiving each year. Tourists come to the city to stroll beneath the lights hanging from the Cypress Trees along the River Walk. People enjoy driving by the colorful lights in the oaks on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word.   Numerous residences are decorated with strings of lights.

Though illuminated holiday decorations became more common in the second half of the 20th century, there were interesting displays in previous decades. These photographs document some of the holiday lights from the late 1930s to 1950s.

 

Lights on the Gibbs Building and the Rotary Club Christmas tree, behind the Cenotaph on Alamo Plaza, early 1950s. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: 0364-A-06)

Lights on the Gibbs Building and the Rotary Club Christmas tree, behind the Cenotaph on Alamo Plaza, early 1950s. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: Z-0364-A-06)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. L. Clark’s Gulf Super Service Station Number One, 1739 Fredericksburg Road, 1939. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: 0967-B-04)

J. L. Clark’s Gulf Super Service Station Number One, 1739 Fredericksburg Road, corner of North Zaramora Street, 1939. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: Z-0967-B-04)

 

Sears, Roebuck and Company, Romana Plaza Store, corner of Navarro and Soledad Streets, circa 1948. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: 2274-B-01)

Sears, Roebuck and Company, Romana Plaza Store, corner of Navarro and Soledad Streets, circa 1948. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: Z-2274-B-01)

 

Transit Tower (now Tower Life Building), from the corner of St. Mary’s and Nueva Streets, circa 1948. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: 0364-A-07)

Transit Tower (now Tower Life Building), from the corner of South St. Mary’s and East Nueva Streets, circa 1948. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: Z-0364-A-07)

 

Houston Street looking east from St. Mary’s Street, 1947. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: 0364-A-01)

East Houston Street looking east from St. Mary’s Street, 1947. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS 355: Z-0364-A-01)

 

Houston Street looking west from Broadway, 1958. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS : 0364-4)

East Houston Street looking west from Broadway, 1958. (Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection, MS : Z-0364-4)

 

Frank T. Brady residence, 300 Alameda Circle, Olmos Park, 1940. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: 2626-L)

Frank T. Brady residence, 300 Alameda Circle, Olmos Park, 1940. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-2626-L)

 

 

 

 

 

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