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 Resource Type: Postcard
 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2009
El Encanto de un Pueblo

El Encanto de un Pueblo

Date: 1967
Creator: unknown
Description: Exhibit hall with brightly colored exterior walls, one red with a geometric sun, one orange and one blue with a light blue crescent moon with a face. This is where the Alexander Girard Foundation collection of folk art, with over 10,000 pieces of Latin American folk art was exhibited. The mini-monorail can be seen just at the right edge.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio
Espectacular Magnifica Gradiosa Maravillosa Estupendo Colosal

Espectacular Magnifica Gradiosa Maravillosa Estupendo Colosal

Date: 1968
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard from the 1968 World's Fair known as HemisFair '68, held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio, Texas. The image on the card shows the head of a mustachioed man wearing a tall sombrero that covers his eyes and a scarf. The text "Espectacular Magnifica Gradiosa Maravillosa Estupendo Colosal" appears above the image.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio
Even an old grouch like you would like HemisFair '68

Even an old grouch like you would like HemisFair '68

Date: 1968~
Creator: unknown
Description: A comical folding postcard with a grinch-like frowning face printed on the front with the words "Even an old grouch like you". The message continues on the other side "...would like HemisFair '68". The side of the card for writing addresses includes a picture of the Tower of the Americas with an idealized view of downtown San Antonio. with "HEMISFAIR' 68" at the bottom of the card. A HemisFair'68 held from April to October.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio
First Methodist Church Beeville

First Methodist Church Beeville

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard of First Methodist Church of Beeville, Texas. In 1861, three years after Bee County was organized, the Rev. Berry Merchant of Corpus Christi assisted Beeville Methodist in establishing the Methodist-Episcopal Church. Circuit-riding preachers served the congregation and held services in the courthouse until the early 1870’s, when they built their first church on the corner of Bowie and Monroe Streets. Relocated to 106 East Cleveland in 1904, and blessed with a new sanctuary in 1955, the church continues its role in the religious life of the community.
Contributing Partner: Bee County Historical Commission
First National Bank Building and World War I Postcard

First National Bank Building and World War I Postcard

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard of the "First National Bank Building, Beeville, Texas". This first bank in Beeville opened its doors in 1890. In 1894 it moved to this location at Washington and Bowie Streets. Notice that there are no powerpoles in this picture. According to the message on the back, this postcard was part of a package of letters sent by family members to a soldier in WWI. The writer mentions a hope for peace. “The Express said last night that the Germans only had until 11 o’clock Mon Nov. 11 to give their answer whether they surrender or fight. Of course we are all praying anxiously as I know you boys are too.”
Contributing Partner: Bee County Historical Commission
First National Bank of Beeville

First National Bank of Beeville

Date: January 24, 1913
Creator: unknown
Description: A 1913 postcard with an image of a two-story, brick building labeled "First National Bank Building, Beeville, Texas." The postcard was sent from Beeville January 24, 1913 and addressed to Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Billingsly in Mineral, Texas. Part of the postcard is damaged, but the text reads "...certainly did...ourselves while w...all day think I will fo...my good time any ways...You must come and see us when you come...With Love from R[..]erta & Lonnie"
Contributing Partner: Bee County Historical Commission
First National Bank of Beeville

First National Bank of Beeville

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard showing Washington Street in Beeville Texas. The ornate building on the left, at the intersection of Bowie and Washington, was the First National Bank of Beeville's location from 1894 to 1960. The First National Bank of Beeville was organized on December 30, 1889, and opened on the courthouse square in 1890. Prior to the opening of First National Bank, people left their money either in sacks under loose floor boards behind the counter of Captain A.C. Jones’ store on the east side of the Public Square, or in kegs under that same counter. The increase in population and trade volume brought on by the arrival of SA&AP, and the Gulf, Western & Pacific Railroads in the late 1880’s made the establishment of a bank necessary. Note the electrical lines along Washington Street. Electrical lights went on in Beeville on November 30, 1896.
Contributing Partner: Bee County Historical Commission
Fowler Saloon in Skidmore

Fowler Saloon in Skidmore

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard showing men standing in the Fowler Saloon in Skidmore. Skidmore In the early 1900’s the population of Skidmore was close to 3,000. Skidmore had eight stores, three saloons, two drug stores, three garages, three churches, a lumber yard, bakery shop, two gins, a newspaper, and the First State Bank of Skidmore (1907-1937). Most of these businesses were burned in the fires that almost destroyed Skidmore through the early years of the 1900’s.
Contributing Partner: Bee County Historical Commission
Golden Cycle Oil Fire

Golden Cycle Oil Fire

Date: 1919
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph on postcard of the Golden Cycle oil gusher on fire in 1919. Flames and smoke billow into the sky.
Contributing Partner: Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame
Gulf Oil Company Building

Gulf Oil Company Building

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph on postcard of a white building with eight exhaust stacks on the side. The building belongs to the Gulf Oil Company and is located at the McElroy oil field in Crane County, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame