between the 1930 through 1945 is by postcard! And one of the best online collections of Texas postcards is at the Boston Public Library’s Texas Postcard Collection.
These cards are part of the massive Tichnor Brothers Collection which contains approximately 25,000 office proofs of postcards of the United States published by the Boston firm Tichnor Brothers Inc. These are color postcards with a linen texture dated ca. 1930-1945. The concentration is on American vacation places. You can find the start of this collection “The Tichnor Brothers Collection” here.
Here’s just a couple of the postcards for Houston. My husband is an “old timey” ex-resident of Houston and as we looked at a few dozen postcards he could tell me where most of the buildings/businesses were located.
The Buffalo Inn Hotel was located on Buffalo Speedway, which was called Buffalo Drive back then.
Located at 216 Hathaway near downtown Houston, Hathaway is now named Elgin. The next photo is a current picture of the same Cra-Bell Building. Notice the clock above the building’s name – still there after so many years. Notice the indoor extension cord powering it!
My husband offered up this 1961 map of Houston. You can see Hathaway circles south of Gray. He lived at 500 Hathaway (he thinks that was the address) in 1960. His father, the artist Gheorge Deaca, had his art gallery in the house:
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