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San Antonio in the 1930s: Fascinating Historical Photos of Streets, Landmarks and Everyday Life

During the 1930s, the population of San Antonio increased by 43%, and the city was developed rapidly, especially in the Downtown area. To accommodate street cars and modern traffic, streets and roads were widened. Mexican workers in the city experienced numerous hardships during the 1930s, as revealed by several critical events. One of the city’s most notable causes of national attention was the Pecan Shellers’ Strike against the Southern Pecan Shelling Company in 1938.

In 1900, San Antonio became the state’s largest city. It remained in the top spot until 1930 when Dallas and Houston overtook the Alamo City. In addition to connecting the city to major markets, it contributed to the mainstream of American society. The 1930s were when record labels such as Victor, Bluebird, OKeh, Columbia, American Record Corporation, Decca, and others sought out artists for field recordings in San Antonio.

Below are some stunning historical photos that will take you back to 1930s San Antonio. They show us a whole different world than we know today.

#1 Ed Rivas with mule-drawn streetcar at Main Plaza with Bexar County Courthouse in the background, 1933

Ed Rivas with mule-drawn streetcar at Main Plaza with Bexar County Courthouse in the background, 1933

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#2 Striking pecan shellers picketing on the sidewalk in front of the Southern Pecan Shelling Company at 135 East Cevallos Street, 1938

Striking pecan shellers picketing on the sidewalk in front of the Southern Pecan Shelling Company at 135 East Cevallos Street, 1938

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#3 A striking pecan sheller throws a stone as he stands in the street, 1938

A striking pecan sheller throws a stone as he stands in the street, 1938

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#4 Bluebonnet Hotel, San Antonio, 1930

Bluebonnet Hotel, San Antonio, 1930

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#5 Aerial view of Alamo Plaza, 1931

Aerial view of Alamo Plaza, 1931

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#6 Looking east down Houston Street at the Battle of Flowers Parade, 1939

Looking east down Houston Street at the Battle of Flowers Parade, 1939

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#7 1927 Ford Roadster pickup truck decorated with slogans supporting the pecan shellers’ strike, 1938

1927 Ford Roadster pickup truck decorated with slogans supporting the pecan shellers' strike, 1938

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#8 Demonstration of unemployed workers outside City Hall, 1930

Demonstration of unemployed workers outside City Hall, 1930

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#9 Views along the Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad, 1939

Views along the Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad, 1939

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#10 Views along the Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad, 1939

Views along the Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad, 1939

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#11 Feast of Christ the King procession from St. John’s Seminary, 1930s.

Feast of Christ the King procession from St. John's Seminary, 1930s.

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#12 Procession crossing the west side of Military Plaza on way to the consecration of Most Rev. Joseph M. Preciado, rector of San Fernando, to be titular bishop of Tegea, Panama, 1934

Procession crossing the west side of Military Plaza on way to the consecration of Most Rev. Joseph M. Preciado, rector of San Fernando, to be titular bishop of Tegea, Panama, 1934

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#13 Franklin Roosevelt and party in front of the Alamo during his visit to celebrate the Texas Centennial, 1936

Franklin Roosevelt and party in front of the Alamo during his visit to celebrate the Texas Centennial, 1936

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#14 Beginning restoration of the granary at Mission San Jose, 1932

Beginning restoration of the granary at Mission San Jose, 1932

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#15 Buster and Sissie, chimpanzees named for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s grandchildren, posed with Paramount newsreel camera at the Brackenridge Park Zoo, 1934

Buster and Sissie, chimpanzees named for Franklin D. Roosevelt's grandchildren, posed with Paramount newsreel camera at the Brackenridge Park Zoo, 1934

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#16 Women formerly employed by Finck Cigar Factory at 602 Buena Vista Street, 1933

Women formerly employed by Finck Cigar Factory at 602 Buena Vista Street, 1933

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#17 Police arresting Aurora Vallejo during the San Antonio Laundry Strike, 1937

Police arresting Aurora Vallejo during the San Antonio Laundry Strike, 1937

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#18 Strike pickets outside of Shirlee Frock, 109 S. Pecos Street, 1937

Strike pickets outside of Shirlee Frock, 109 S. Pecos Street, 1937

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#19 Members of the jury for the Maury Maverick poll tax trial, 1939

Members of the jury for the Maury Maverick poll tax trial, 1939

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#20 Robert Hein and Fred Stark in zoo pony cart, 1939

Robert Hein and Fred Stark in zoo pony cart, 1939

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#21 War Mothers Memorial outside windows in Municipal Auditorium that were broken during riot protesting Communist rally, San Antonio, 1939

War Mothers Memorial outside windows in Municipal Auditorium that were broken during riot protesting Communist rally, San Antonio, 1939

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#22 Protestors and spectators outside Municipal Auditorium before beginning of Communist rally, San Antonio, 1939

Protestors and spectators outside Municipal Auditorium before beginning of Communist rally, San Antonio, 1939

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#23 Concrete arch over the San Antonio River, 1939

Concrete arch over the San Antonio River, 1939

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#24 Firemen turn hoses on the rioters outside Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, 1939

Firemen turn hoses on the rioters outside Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, 1939

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#25 San Antonio Missions on the outfield of Tech Field, 1937

San Antonio Missions on the outfield of Tech Field, 1937

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#26 Italian American members of San Antonio Missions eating spaghetti, 1939

Italian American members of San Antonio Missions eating spaghetti, 1939

Members of San Antonio Missions baseball team and an umpire eating spaghetti lunch: (l. to r.'' Emil Bildilli, Art Passarella (umpire), Tony Criscola, and Johnny Lucadillo.

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#27 San Antonio Laundry Strike – women getting into company truck, 1937

San Antonio Laundry Strike - women getting into company truck, 1937

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#28 Philippine President Manuel Quezon visiting San Antonio, 1937

Philippine President Manuel Quezon visiting San Antonio, 1937

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#29 San Antonio Missions team, 1937

San Antonio Missions team, 1937

Photograph shows posed team pictures of the San Antonio Mission baseball team.

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#30 Parking meter in middle of weeds near corner of Jefferson and E. Pecan Streets,1938

Parking meter in middle of weeds near corner of Jefferson and E. Pecan Streets,1938

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#31 Office of Roscoe R. Haley, M.D., 216 N. Santa Rosa Avenue, San Antonio, 1939

Office of Roscoe R. Haley, M.D., 216 N. Santa Rosa Avenue, San Antonio, 1939

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#32 Sanitary Tortilla Manufacturing Company, 108 S. Laredo Street, San Antonio, 1938

Sanitary Tortilla Manufacturing Company, 108 S. Laredo Street, San Antonio, 1938

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#33 Demolition of houses near Vera Cruz and San Jacinto Streets, 1939

Demolition of houses near Vera Cruz and San Jacinto Streets, 1939

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#34 The San Antonio River, looking south, 1930

The San Antonio River, looking south, 1930

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#35 Jerrie Smith, Corinne Miller and Taddie Klein (l.-r.) scrub flats which will serve as scenery at the opening production in the Little Theatre, 1938

Jerrie Smith, Corinne Miller and Taddie Klein (l.-r.) scrub flats which will serve as scenery at the opening production in the Little Theatre, 1938

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#36 Barefoot boy at ticket window of Teatro Progreso, 1938

Barefoot boy at ticket window of Teatro Progreso, 1938

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#37 Kenneth Savage standing beside his speed boat, Goo-Goo, 1937

Kenneth Savage standing beside his speed boat, Goo-Goo, 1937

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#38 Pinky Ponce on top of train full of donated toys at Miller Park, 1938

Pinky Ponce on top of train full of donated toys at Miller Park, 1938

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#39 Street litter from 1939 Fiesta Parade, 1939

Street litter from 1939 Fiesta Parade, 1939

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#40 Crowd lining Alamo Plaza for 1937 parade, 1937

Crowd lining Alamo Plaza for 1937 parade, 1937

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#41 John Williams and children on ferris wheel at 1938 Fiesta Carnival, 1938

John Williams and children on ferris wheel at 1938 Fiesta Carnival, 1938

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#42 Model of Mission San Jose, 1933

Model of Mission San Jose, 1933

Photograph shows unidentified man kneeling beside model of San Jose Mission Church. In background, far right, is rock wall and wooden gate, leading to ruins of church.

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#43 Mrs. J.A. Petty and Mrs. Fannie Applewhite posed beside the Alamo gate, 1939

Mrs. J.A. Petty and Mrs. Fannie Applewhite posed beside the Alamo gate, 1939

Marchers arrive in Floresville, the hometown of Governor John Connally.

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#44 Retirement review for Gen. Ovenshine, 1937

Retirement review for Gen. Ovenshine, 1937

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#45 Mrs. Ray Elliott and Mrs. Albert Robey in car in front of the Alamo, 1937

Mrs. Ray Elliott and Mrs. Albert Robey in car in front of the Alamo, 1937

Mrs. Ray Elliott of Laredo, in car, and Mrs. Albert Robey of San Antonio leave from in front of Alamo on Laredo-Kansas City, Mo., trip. They will represent Mothers of America at conclave of safety experts in Kansas City. Their organization has taken Mothers' Safety Appeal into 26 states.''

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#46 Train at train station, 1948

Train at train station, 1948

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#47 San Antonio firemen in drills at Central Fire Station, 1937

San Antonio firemen in drills at Central Fire Station, 1937

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#48 Ruins of church and convento, Mission San Jose, 1931

Ruins of church and convento, Mission San Jose, 1931

Ruins of entire south elevation of church and sacristy (left) and convento (right)'' View looking north. In center, across road from entrance, is soda stand decorated with advertisement for Dr. Pepper.

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#49 San Antonio firemen in drills at Central Fire Station, 1937

San Antonio firemen in drills at Central Fire Station, 1937

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#50 Views of the new Federal Building and Post Office on Alamo Plaza, 1937

Views of the new Federal Building and Post Office on Alamo Plaza, 1937

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#51 Views of the new Federal Building and Post Office on Alamo Plaza, 1937

Views of the new Federal Building and Post Office on Alamo Plaza, 1937

The post office from the Alamo Plaza bandstand. Photos show both the front of the post office and the Medical Arts Building.

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#52 New Salado Valley School on Bitters Road, construction aided by W.P.A., 1938

New Salado Valley School on Bitters Road, construction aided by W.P.A., 1938

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#53 Kampmann Building before demolition, 1939

Kampmann Building before demolition, 1939

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#54 Photograph shows J.G. Finnegan (left) and Kenneth Laird with Brack, an enridge Park donkey), 1939

Photograph shows J.G. Finnegan (left) and Kenneth Laird with Brack, an enridge Park donkey), 1939

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#55 Various floats in the 1937 Battle of Flowers Parade, 1937

Various floats in the 1937 Battle of Flowers Parade, 1937

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#56 Floats in the 1937 Battle of Flowers Parade,1939

Floats in the 1937 Battle of Flowers Parade,1939

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#57 Hippopotamus building at the San Antonio Zoo during construction, 19363

Hippopotamus building at the San Antonio Zoo during construction, 19363

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#58 Bexar County track meet at Edison High School, 1937

Bexar County track meet at Edison High School, 1937

440-yard dash at the Bexar County Track Meet held at Edison High School. L-1562-A shows K. L. Berry, Jr., of Alamo Heights High School leading at turn. L-1562-B shows Walter O'Conner of Edison High School winning at finish line. L-1562-C shows Walter O'Conner with a muscle cramp.

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#59 Rear of caliche block house, behind 112-114 S. Laredo Street, San Antonio, 1935

Rear of caliche block house, behind 112-114 S. Laredo Street, San Antonio, 1935

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#60 Lucky Teter, a daredevil automobile stunt driver, attempting to turn over a 1935 Plymouth 4 drive car at Hell Drivers exhibition at Eagle Field.

Lucky Teter, a daredevil automobile stunt driver, attempting to turn over a 1935 Plymouth 4 drive car at Hell Drivers exhibition at Eagle Field.

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#61 The fire escapes at Brackenridge High School, 1935

The fire escapes at Brackenridge High School, 1935

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#62 San Antonio Laundry strike – View of women pickets carrying umbrellas, 1937

San Antonio Laundry strike - View of women pickets carrying umbrellas, 1937

Photograph shows A. F. of L. laundry workers, holding umbrellas, picketing outside the San Antonio Laundry.

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#63 Seating area under construction at outdoor river theater, 1939

Seating area under construction at outdoor river theater, 1939

Picture above shows tiers for seating arrangements / The outdoor theater will seat more than 1000 when completed.'

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#64 Portrait of Bill Nelson, a baseball player for the San Antonio Missions, 1937

Portrait of Bill Nelson, a baseball player for the San Antonio Missions, 1937

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#65 San Antonio River flood photographs, 1935

San Antonio River flood photographs, 1935

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#66 Street vendors unloading cushions for the 1937 Battle of Flowers Parade, 1937

Street vendors unloading cushions for the 1937 Battle of Flowers Parade, 1937

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#67 One-story frame apartment house, 811 1/2 W. Travis Street, San Antonio, 1938

One-story frame apartment house, 811 1/2 W. Travis Street, San Antonio, 1938

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#68 Battle of Flowers parade on Broadway, 1939

Battle of Flowers parade on Broadway, 1939

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#69 Exterior of building, southwest corner of S. Pecos and E. Commerce Streets, 1937

Exterior of building, southwest corner of S. Pecos and E. Commerce Streets, 1937

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#70 Members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, 1937

Members of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, 1937

They are picketing on Haymarket Plaza after being removed from sidewalk across the street in front of Shirlee Frocks, Inc., 109 S. Pecos Street, San Antonio.

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#71 Small attached houses, Numbers 9 and 4 Dinero Alley, San Antonio, 1937

Small attached houses, Numbers 9 and 4 Dinero Alley, San Antonio, 1937

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#72 Mansion of Mrs. Alice T. Morgan on Alameda Circle in San Antonio, 1936

Mansion of Mrs. Alice T. Morgan on Alameda Circle in San Antonio, 1936

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#73 Sig Gryska, a baseball player for the St. Louis Browns, 1937

Sig Gryska, a baseball player for the St. Louis Browns, 1937

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#74 A newly built bridge on Highway 66 over the Guadalupe River, 1936

A newly built bridge on Highway 66 over the Guadalupe River, 1936

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#75 Felesfora Benavides sweeping street after 1937 Battle of Flowers Parade, 1937

Felesfora Benavides sweeping street after 1937 Battle of Flowers Parade, 1937

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#76 W.W. Lorrilard standing beside new road grader, 1939

W.W. Lorrilard standing beside new road grader, 1939

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#77 Portrait of Wallace Ingram standing in front of a 43-foot pleasure boat his father, Jack Wallace, had recently completed building, 1936

Portrait of Wallace Ingram standing in front of a 43-foot pleasure boat his father, Jack Wallace, had recently completed building, 1936

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#78 Ice plant near Comfort, 1939

Ice plant near Comfort, 1939

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#79 Women in travel trailer encampment, 1939

Women in travel trailer encampment, 1939

Photograph shows Anna Baxter (left) leaning out window of trailer talking with Mrs. Jeanette Scaifferl who is standing on steps of her trailer. Taken to accompany article on first annual reunion of the American Trailer Travel Association.

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#80 A boat with a construction site in the background at Port Lavaca, 1936

A boat with a construction site in the background at Port Lavaca, 1936

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#81 The state penitentiary in Huntsville, 1935

The state penitentiary in Huntsville, 1935

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#82 2nd Division motorcycle squads on review, 1939

2nd Division motorcycle squads on review, 1939

The 2nd Division on review at the Fort Sam Houston parade grounds. Motorcycles passing in review.

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#83 Portrait of Phil Scott of Brackenridge High School football team, 1936

Portrait of Phil Scott of Brackenridge High School football team, 1936

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#84 Goliad State Park auditorium under construction, 1937

Goliad State Park auditorium under construction, 1937

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#85 Portrait of tennis player John Bromwich, 1937

Portrait of tennis player John Bromwich, 1937

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#86 The 2nd Division on review at Fort Sam Houston, 1939

The 2nd Division on review at Fort Sam Houston, 1939

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#87 Back of apartment house, 538 N. Laredo Street, San Antonio, 1937

Back of apartment house, 538 N. Laredo Street, San Antonio, 1937

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#88 Building a steel and concrete bridge across the Medina River, ten miles south of San Antonio, 1935

Building a steel and concrete bridge across the Medina River, ten miles south of San Antonio, 1935

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#89 Exterior of the James Vance Residence, 1939

Exterior of the James Vance Residence, 1939

Reminders of former glory still linger among modern improvements in the Texas State Employment Service building facing the Bexar County Courthouse on Nueva Street. The French colonial styled home was started in 1847 by Hames Vance, an Irish immigrant. 19th century notables such as Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. Sam Houston, Gen. Grant and the noted Indian fighter, Gen. Bullis, are said to have been among the dignitaries who dined and danced in the palatial 16-room residence.

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#90 Exterior of the J.B. Nelson residence, 1930

Exterior of the J.B. Nelson residence, 1930

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#91 Pvt. E.G. Clohecy placing covers on headlights, 1937

Pvt. E.G. Clohecy placing covers on headlights, 1937

Photograph shows precautions taken during infantry division tests conducted at Camp Bullis.

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#92 Herbert Abbott chaining bicycle to fence, 1937

Herbert Abbott chaining bicycle to fence, 1937

Most popular form of transportation at Brackenridge Senior High School is bicycling as is evident from this array of 'bikes'. Herbert Abbott, 213 Arlington Court, chains his bicycle to wire fence at school, which is used as parking place by students

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#93 John Nance Garner and Ross Brumfield fishing, 1939

John Nance Garner and Ross Brumfield fishing, 1939

A series of images showing Ross Brumfield and John Nance Garner preparing for and participating in a canoeing and fishing trip.

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#94 L.A. LeLaurin stands beside tree removing machine, 1939

L.A. LeLaurin stands beside tree removing machine, 1939

L.A. LeLaurin, garbage department superintendent, stands beside tree moving machine built of salvage steel, old auto parts, at a cost of {dollar}450. The ingenuity of members of the city garbage department saved the park Commissioner the price of a new machine. One other such machine in the city cost {dollar}3000.

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#95 Newly completed DRT meeting hall at the Alamo, 1939

Newly completed DRT meeting hall at the Alamo, 1939

Photograph shows Crockett Hotel in background on right. Looking northeast across Crockett Street.

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#96 Jack Davenport, archaeologist, repainting a Tongan totem pole donated by Porter Loring which stands in front of the Witte Museum, 1938

Jack Davenport, archaeologist, repainting a Tongan totem pole donated by Porter Loring which stands in front of the Witte Museum, 1938

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#97 Dinky Boeck, 1938

Dinky Boeck, 1938

Photograph shows Dinky Boeck riding down home-made roller coaster from treehouse. Unidentified children in background (shadow).

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#98 Photograph of the front of the Municipal Auditorium showing the Rotarian Christmas tree, 1930’s

Photograph of the front of the Municipal Auditorium showing the Rotarian Christmas tree, 1930's

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#99 Jerry Smith and Imogene Hawley, Lasso Girls, in cab of train engine, 1939

Jerry Smith and Imogene Hawley, Lasso Girls, in cab of train engine, 1939

jerry Smith, left, and Imogene Hawley wave from engine cab as they depart from Missouri-Pacific Railroad Station on a 13-day trip to New York World's Fair. They belong to the Lasso Girls from Thomas Jefferson High School. They will advertise Texas and San Antonio

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#100 Parade of unemployed workers, on W. Houston Street, on way to City Hall, San Antonio, 1930s

Parade of unemployed workers, on W. Houston Street, on way to City Hall, San Antonio, 1930s

Parade passing in front of Specia Plumbing and Hardware Store and Crawford Motor Company on W. Houston Street. Some of the placards read: ''Unemployment is a Dangerous Scourge,'' ''Clean Sanitary Housing,'' and ''Immediate Relief for the Unemployed.''

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#101 Aerial view, looking northeast, of downtown San Antonio, June 1930

Aerial view, looking northeast, of downtown San Antonio, June 1930

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#102 Warehouse buildings, San Antonio Arsenal, 1930

Warehouse buildings, San Antonio Arsenal, 1930

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#103 The front of the Municipal Auditorium showing the Rotarian Christmas tree, 1930

The front of the Municipal Auditorium showing the Rotarian Christmas tree, 1930

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#104 Interior of Chapel of the Miracles, San Antonio, 1920s

Interior of Chapel of the Miracles, San Antonio, 1920s

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#105 Ground crew inspection, Brooks Field, 1930s

Ground crew inspection, Brooks Field, 1930s

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#106 Exterior of the Milam Building, 105-125 W. Travis Street, San Antonio, 1920s

Exterior of the Milam Building, 105-125 W. Travis Street, San Antonio, 1920s

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#107 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1930s

Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1930s

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#108 Hill near Helotes, 1930

Hill near Helotes, 1930

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#109 Smith-Young Tower and the San Antonio River between Martinez and Nueva Streets, San Antonio, 1930

Smith-Young Tower and the San Antonio River between Martinez and Nueva Streets, San Antonio, 1930

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#110 Aerial view of Smith-Young Tower, Plaza Hotel, and surrounding buildings, San Antonio, 1930

Aerial view of Smith-Young Tower, Plaza Hotel, and surrounding buildings, San Antonio, 1930

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#111 Aurora Apartments under construction, San Antonio, 1930

Aurora Apartments under construction, San Antonio, 1930

Southwest towards Aurora Apartments (509 Howard Street) shortly before completion of construction. Crockett Park on left.

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#112 Kollett House, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1930s

Kollett House, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1930s

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#113 Alamo and Medical Arts Building, San Antonio, 1930

Alamo and Medical Arts Building, San Antonio, 1930

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#114 Looking southeast from the Milam Building towards Gunter Hotel and Gunter Office Building, San Antonio, 1930

Looking southeast from the Milam Building towards Gunter Hotel and Gunter Office Building, San Antonio, 1930

In center is the Gunter Hotel and its ''Gunter Terrace'' (lower left). Just beyond the Gunter is the Majestic Building with sign for the Majestic Theater on its roof. Roof of the Texas Theater is at bottom right.

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#115 Mexican curio store, San Antonio, 1930

Mexican curio store, San Antonio, 1930

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#116 Smith-Young Tower and the Plaza Hotel from Dwyer Avenue, 1930

Smith-Young Tower and the Plaza Hotel from Dwyer Avenue, 1930

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#117 J. C. Penney Company, 305 W. Commerce Street, 1930

J. C. Penney Company, 305 W. Commerce Street, 1930

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#118 Bexar County Courthouse, Main Plaza, San Antonio, 1930

Bexar County Courthouse, Main Plaza, San Antonio, 1930

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#119 Medical Arts Building decorated with lights, 1930

Medical Arts Building decorated with lights, 1930

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#120 Johnson Street Bridge, San Antonio, 1937

Johnson Street Bridge, San Antonio, 1937

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#121 Casino Club Building, 102 W. Crockett Street, 1930s

Casino Club Building, 102 W. Crockett Street, 1930s

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#122 National Bank of Commerce, San Antonio, 1933

National Bank of Commerce, San Antonio, 1933

Exterior of National Bank of Commerce at 401 W. Commerce Street (north side of Main Plaza). Soledad Street on right.

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#123 Cos House, San Antonio, 1920s

Cos House, San Antonio, 1920s

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#124 Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Station, San Antonio, 1937

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Station, San Antonio, 1937

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#125 Sears-Roebuck Store in Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1935

Sears-Roebuck Store in Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1935

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#126 Feast of Christ the King procession from St. John’s Seminary (background, left) to St. Peter’s and St. John’s Orphanage. Mission Concepción in background, 1930

Feast of Christ the King procession from St. John's Seminary (background, left) to St. Peter's and St. John's Orphanage. Mission Concepción in background, 1930

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#127 Bull in Roegelein Packing Company, 1930s

Bull in Roegelein Packing Company, 1930s

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#128 The San Antonio River, looking south, 1930

The San Antonio River, looking south, 1930

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