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100 Years Ago in Texas: A Selection from the General Photograph Collection

January 6, 2021

For our first blog post this year we display a few images that give us a glimpse of Texas in 1921.  They show typical small businesses in a time before chain stores.  Views in rural communities reveal streets reminiscent of the 19th century.  At the same time, urban areas were growing fast.  We selected one image to illustrate the expanding role of military bases as one of the vehicles of growth.  There were no major events in Texas that year other than the tragic flooding that took place in Central Texas in September, caused by a dying hurricane moving over the area.  At least 215 people died, including 51 in San Antonio.  Most of these photographs are copies from family collections.

La Gloria, 101 South Laredo Street, San Antonio, one of many small neighborhood grocery stores before the arrival of chain supermarkets. (098-1119, courtesy of Patti Elizondo)

Brooks Field, San Antonio, the primary military airship facility in the state.  (075-0913, courtesy Express Publishing Company)

Pontoon boat outside the Gunter Hotel on North St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, during the flood of September 9-10.  (091-0290, courtesy of Minnie Campbell)
 
Main Street, Granger, Williamson County, September 10.  (098-0193, courtesy of Dan Martinets)
 
Business district of Gallatin, Cherokee County.  (081-0663, courtesy of Gertrude Gatlin)
 
Barbecue held to bring farmers and townspeople together, Victoria.  (084-0487, courtesy of Margaret Virginia Crain Lowery)

Lane family and friends picnicking at Anderson Ways, Galveston Island.  (117-0058, courtesy of Andrew Grohe)

Del Rio boy scouts on a rattlesnake hunt, Val Verde County.  (091-0301, courtesy of Jo Beth Palm Fawcett)

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  1. January 6, 2021 11:42 am

    Reblogged this on stillness of heart.

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