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- [Aerial View of Port Arthur, Texas]
Postcard of Port Arthur seen from the Marconi Radio Tower, dated in the early 1900s. The panoramic view shows Lake Sabine and Port Arthur Highschool on the left, and multiple streets and houses on the right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202285/
- [Church float in parade]
Postcard of a church float in a parade. There is a man driving and a boy sitting on the front of the car holding a sign that reads, "First Church Built in Port Arthur 1897 - Now has 33 Churches." There are spectators in the background watching from the side of the road and from a balcony on a house. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201827/
- [Covered wagon in parade]
Postcard of a covered wagon drawn by two horses in a parade. The side of the wagon reads, "1898 Port Arthur or Bust." The horses have American flags attached to the harnesses on their heads. There are two men riding in the front of the wagon, one has a pipe in his mouth, and a line of spectators in the background behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201822/
- [Debris From Gulf Tanker Explosion]
Postcard of the debris after the explosion of Gulf Tanker "Venezuela." The tanker can be seen by the dock in the distance. The caption written on the photograph reads, "Explosion of the Gulf of Venezuela, Pt Arthur, Tex." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202331/
- [Fruit and Dairy Farm]
Postcard of John Gates' Farm in Port Arthur, Texas. The view is from across the street and there is a small road and fence in front of the farm. There is one large, two-story building on the right with a porch. Two other smaller buildings are on the left, which appear to be barns. The caption beneath the photograph reads, "John W. Gates' Model Truck, Fruit and Dairy Farm, Port Arthur, Tex." The back of the postcard has partially illegible handwriting written on it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202128/
- [Horses and float in parade]
Postcard of a float in a parade from behind, with horses and multiple people walking alongside. There are women sitting in the float, which is drawn by horses and covered in decorations. There is a large mast or pole on the float that has a sail attached to it. Small children wearing hats are walking behind the float carrying flags, and people observe from porches on houses in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201826/
- [Horses Hitched to Wagon]
Postcard of horses facing left hitched to a wagon. A man is bending down in front of the horses attaching them to the hitch, and another man is standing behind the wagon. The back of the postcard is stamped by Trost Studio. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202187/
- [Photograph of Cotton Smyth]
Postcard showing a young man in uniform, posing with a rifle outside of a tent. His uniform includes a dark shirt and tie, light-colored pants that are wrapped around the bottom, and a hat; he is also wearing a belt with pouches. The name "Cotton Smyth" is handwritten at the top and "Cotton" is written near the bottom, with some partially-legible notes; the name "Johnnie" is written along the right side. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202133/
- [Port Arthur parade float]
Postcard of the Miss Port Arthur parade float. The float is shaped like a boat, and there are people dressed in sailor suits aboard it. There are cars driving on the opposite side, and the parade appears to be going down a residential street. The back of the postcard is blank. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201813/
- [Postcard of a Flooded Street in Port Arthur, Texas, August 1915]
Postcard depicting a group of men standing in a flooded street in Port Arthur, Texas. The waters rise over the knees of the men gathered at the intersection of Austin and 5th Street. Two telephone lines and two buildings loom above either side of the street; the building to the right is the Port Arthur post office. Trees and several other buildings can be seen in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth221876/
- [Postcard of Crowd During Parade, 1923]
Postcard with view of a crowd on Proctor Street in Port Arthur, Texas, during a parade in 1923. People wearing predominantly straw hats gather on both sides of the street, with many watching from the second story windows of the shops along the way. A float shaped like a sailing vessel can be seen followed by a brass band. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201817/
- [Postcard of Crowd During Parade, 1923]
Postcard with view of a crowd on Proctor Street in Port Arthur, Texas, during a parade in 1923. People wearing predominantly straw hats gather on both sides of the street, with many watching from the second story windows of the shops along the way. A float shaped like a sailing vessel can be seen followed by a brass band. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201816/
- [Postcard of Pleasure Pier in Port Arthur, Texas]
Postcard of an aerial view of Pleasure Island in Port Arthur, Texas. Pleasure Island is near the bottom of the photo, featuring a roller coaster and several buildings along the waterway. A boulevard stretches from the Pier towards Port Arthur, wherein several buildings are visible. Along the background, oil refiners and tanks are visible.
The reverse side of the postcard has a description on the upper left, the words "Jumbo Post Card" to the right, and a three cent stamp bearing the profile of Thomas Jefferson in the upper right corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201980/
- [Postcard of the Plaza Hotel]
Postcard featuring a view of the Plaza Hotel in Port Arthur, Texas. The hotel, right, is a three story structure with grounds that have been landscaped with palm trees. It is standing along a car lined intersection, down which one can see several buildings along either side and a streetcar making a turn. A smudged circular red mark is in the upper right corner.
On the reverse side is a description of the scene and the area. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201926/
- [Postcard of Three Women in Hats]
Postcard of three women in a row wearing elaborate hats and lacy, white, and high collared blouses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202012/
- [Postcard with View of Several Port Arthur Buildings]
Postcard with a view of Port Arthur College, First Methodist Church, High School, and Library. The multiple storied stone buildings stand along an intersection that is planted with palm trees and shrubs.
The reverse side has a handwritten description by Harriet Edith Meme. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201925/
- [Princess of Nederland]
Postcard of a flower-covered automobile in a parade. A man wearing a suit and hat drives the car down a road with houses, other cars, and large plants in the background. There is a person sitting next to the driver, holding a sign that reads, "Princess of Nederland," and a woman sits in the back of the car beneath an umbrella that is also covered in flowers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201823/
- [Princess of Port Neches]
Postcard of a man driving a woman in a convertible in a parade. The woman is sitting underneath an umbrella, and a sign on the car reads, "Princess of Port Neches." The man driving is wearing a suit and a hat and the car is decorated with streamers. There is a large building or house in the background with spectators watching from the porch. There are two other visible cars behind the one in the foreground. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201824/
- [Shipping float in parade]
Postcard of a float in a parade with one large ship and one small ship on it. It is being drawn by horses, and two men sit at the front. The banner on the float reads, "Shipping Growth," and states the growth in numbers of ships. There are houses in the background with people watching from the porches, and other cars driving along the other side of the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201828/
- [Submarine Driver]
Postcard of a man in a diving suit standing on a dock. He is identified as Nick Kahl, a submarine driver. There are two men standing next to him, and another man in a diving suit climbing out of the water. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202334/
- [Texas Company parade float]
Postcard of the Texas Company parade float going down a road, followed by two people carrying flags. Spectators holding umbrellas and wearing hats line the opposite side of the road, and two people watch from railroad tracks in the foreground. The float itself is shaped like the Texas Company factory, with buildings and smokestacks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201821/
- [View of parade crowd]
Postcard of a parade crowd on Proctor St. in Port Arthur. There is a large group of people on both sides of the street, and spectators are looking on from above in building windows. American flags are hanging down across the street. There is a man on a horse in the bottom-left corner of the photograph. The men are dressed in suits and hats and the women are in dresses, and many people are carrying umbrellas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201825/
- [View of Plaza Hotel]
Postcard of the Plaza Hotel on Lakeshore Drive, dated early 1900s. The photograph was take from in front of Pleasure Pier Bridge. There are telephone poles and wires across the street, and houses can be seen in the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202286/
- [View of Sabine After Flood]
Postcard of the town of Sabine after a flood. There is a man in the foreground leaning down to pick up a chair out of the water. The street is covered with large puddles, and buildings and stores in the background have been damaged. The writing on the front of the photograph dates it September 16-17, 1915. The back of the postcard has a handwritten note about the flood, addressed to Port Arthur, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202130/
- [Woodsmen of the World Parade]
Postcard of a Woodsmen of the World Parade, dated in the early 1900s. there are cars driving on the road and a marching band walking behind them. Spectators line the opposite side of the street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth202287/