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[Buildings near Rio Grande River]
Photograph of the International Bridge across the Rio Grande River. View from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. In the background the building with a tower was the old convent building.
[Mission Dolores about 1833]
Photograph of Mission Dolores about 1833.
[Water Vender]
A water vendor on the riverbank. Water vendors were called barrileros or aguadores.
[Oxen carts in front of a pawn shop]
Oxen carts in front of a pawn shop, Laredo, Texas. There is a letter on the back of the postcard addressed to Mr. Wilfred Hellser from "H. W."
[Hotel Iturbide, Monterrey]
Photo of Hotel Iturbide in Monterrey, Mexico. Postmarked January 24, 1940 in Rochester, Minnesota. There is a letter on the back of the postcard addressed to Matt and mentions two inches of snow in Laredo, Texas.
[Barracks at Ft. McIntosh, Laredo, Texas]
Barracks at Ft. McIntosh, Laredo, Texas in the early 1900s; soldiers in uniform are standing outside the building.
[Troop K, 14th Cavalry, Ft. McIntosh]
Men in uniform on horseback
[Destroyed remains of International Bridge]
Image of bridge destroyed by cyclone of April 28, 1905. Viewed from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
[Mercy Hospital and Jarvis Plaza, Laredo, Texas]
Postcard of Jarvis Plaza in Laredo Texas. Mercy Hospital is visible in the background.
[International Bridge over the Rio Grande]
Postcard with a southwest view of the International Bridge over the Rio Grande, from Laredo, Texas. There is a short letter on the back of the postcard mentioning a "new baby boy." Notes were added later regarding the identities of the parents, the baby, and the addressee who was a cousin of the writer.
[Market House, Laredo, Texas]
Postcard of a building (writing at the bottom labels it "Market House, Laredo, Tex."). The building is surrounded by horse-drawn carriages and several pedestrians are visible in the foreground of the image.
[Street scene, Laredo, Texas, c. 1910]
Photograph of the market building on the left looking down Hidalgo Street, Laredo, Texas about 1910. A man in the foreground is smoking a cigar and looking at the camera.
[First grade class, Laredo, Texas, 1893]
Portrait of 53 first grade students, Laredo, Texas March 9, 1893. The teacher on the right was Julia Schultz.
[Troop J, 14th Cavalry, Ft. McIntosh]
Group of men on horseback. Soldiers at Ft. McIntosh getting ready for a parade. The soldiers are carrying Colt M1911 pistols which the U.S. Army adopted in 1911.
[Ruins of First Webb County Courthouse]
Postcard of ruins of old Webb County Courthouse that burned down in 1906. Postcard dated October 23, 1906 and addressed to Miss Sarah Mowry.
[Railroad Bridge Destroyed by Flood]
Postcard of the International Railroad Bridge destroyed by flood.
[Buildings destroyed by tornado 1905]
Buildings destroyed by 1905 tornado. Shows railroad in foreground. Jerry Thompson's book, Laredo: A Pictorial History, describes this photo as damage to buildings of Mexican National Railway, totally destroyed by the tornado.
[Oxen carts and Pawnshop]
Postcard of oxen carts in front of a pawnshop. There is a letter on the back of the postcard addressed to Miss Margaret Murphy from "Will."
[Hidalgo Street, Laredo, Texas]
Scene of Hidalgo Steet in Laredo, Texas in the early 1900.
[Immigration officials, Laredo, Texas]
Photograph of five immigration officials in Laredo, Texas.
[View of Laredo, Texas in the early 1900]
View of Laredo, Texas in the early 1900. Looking Northwest from the top of the Federal Building. Postcard sent from Roberto in Laredo to Sra. Laura G. de Arriaga in Plazuela de Tepito, Mexico on January 21, 1909.
[Mexican Water Cart]
A water cart drawn by two burros. Water vendors were called barrileros or aguadores.
[Oxen Carts, Laredo, Texas]
Postcard of men with loaded oxen carts in front of a pawn shop in Laredo, Texas.
Plano de los Dos Laredos
Plat of the 'two Laredos' (Laredo, Texas and New Laredo, Mexico) from January 1881. The map appears to be a cadastral map with numbered (and lettered) lots in both cities, likely showing ownership. Some streets are labeled as well as Fort McIntosh (noted as a "U.S. Military Reservation") in Laredo and the Campo de Marte in Nuevo Laredo.
[International Bridge, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico]
View of International Bridge, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. There is a note written on the back of the postcard addressed to Mr. Fred C. Barron.
[Survey of Webb County]
Survey of the Southern part of Webb County noting geographic features as well as some man-made constructions (railroads, highways, pipelines, windmills, etc.). Scale 1:48,000
[Richter Building, Laredo, Texas]
Postcard of the Richter Building, location of City Drug Store. Postmarked April 11, 1914 at Laredo, Texas. There is a letter on the back of the postcard addressed to Miss Bertha Murphy.
[City Hall and Washington's Birthday Celebration, Laredo, Texas]
large crowd at the front entrance of City Hall during Washington's birthday celebration
[Market House, San Antonio]
Postcard of the Market House in San Antonio, Texas showing a large building with ornate architecture and a manicured park area with a fountain. There are various people and horse-drawn wagons on the streets and buildings visible in the background. A handwritten note at the top says, "Henry do you remember this place?" A letter on the back is addressed to Henry Kahn from Mary thanking him for a letter and asking about whether or not he plans to go to the Fair.
[International Bridge, Laredo, Texas]
Postcard of the International bridge over the Rio Grande, at Laredo, Texas. There's a letter on the back of the postcard addressed to Mr. Frank Gallager.
[Students at Central School, Laredo, Texas, 1919]
Portrait of 34 students of Josephine Roberts Baird class sitting on the South steps of Central School in Laredo, Texas. The man in the back is a monitor named "Juan." The signatures of all the students appear on the back of the portrait.
[Map of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Properties]
Plat showing the 1951 survey of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company properties in Laredo, Texas. In the lower-left corner, there is a legal statement made by the surveyor attesting to the accuracy of the map. Scale 1:240
[Street car, Matamoros, Mexico]
Postcard of a streetcar drawn by a mule or donkey. The streetcar is being pulled along a track in the center of a street that is bordered by buildings. The picture shows Matamoros, Mexico across the border from Brownsville, Texas. There is a letter on the back of the postcard addressed to "Miss Maria Sanchy" from "E. M." that reads, "Ni la ausencia y la distancia, ni el tiempo de no [v]erte; por ningunas sircustancias he de dejar de quererte, yours for ever." (Loosely: "Neither the absence and the distance, nor the time since I have seen you; under no circumstances have I stopped loving you.")
[San Antonio Female Academy]
Postcard of the San Antonio Female Academy in San Antonio, Texas; according to information on the back, it was a boarding school in Westend (a San Antonio suburb). There are people on the sidewalks and lawn in front of the building. A letter on the back of the postcard is addressed to Master Henry Kahn from Mary.
[Flooded International Bridge, Laredo, Texas]
Airplane dropping lifesavers to men marooned on a flooded bridge.
[Baptist Church Building]
Postcard dated December 10, 1912 of a Baptist church on a corner in Laredo, Texas. There are several people outside of the church, standing and sitting on the steps, as well as carriages visible on the streets.
[International Bridge, Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas]
Photograph of the Mexican Immigration and Customs officials at the International Bridge. A note on the front of the postcard says, "Puente y personal de la hovana y mieracion. Nuevo Laredo, Tamps."
[Matamoros Street in Laredo, Texas]
Photograph of houses on Matamoros Street in Laredo, Texas showing the Bender Hotel and St. Peter's Church in the background.
[Man and Woman on Horseback]
Photograph of Frederico Vidaurri and Herminia Lafon riding horseback around 1910. They are on a street in front of an unknown building; several people are visible in the background.
[Custom House building, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]
Postcard of the Custom House building in Nuevo Laredo. The back of the postcard includes a thank you note addressed to Capt. Elmer C. Croom from L. R. de la Peña.
[International bridge, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]
Scene of the International Bridge from the Nuevo Laredo side of the Rio Grande river. There is a letter on the back of the postcard addressed to Josie from Eugene Kneip discussing his plans.
[Sociedad Concordia Theater Building]
Building of the Sociedad Concordia in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Has the inscription "Teatro de la Sociedad Concordia, 1885-1906." This building occupied the present site of the Palacio Federal in front of Plaza Hidalgo.
[Main market building, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]
Postcard of the marketplace building in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
[International and Great Northern Railway Depot]
Photograph of people, cars, and wagons in front of a railroad depot, identified at the bottom as "I. and G. N. Ry. Depot, Laredo, Texas." Postcard is dated 7/15/1920. There is a letter on the back of the postcard addressed to "Henry" that refers to an attack that day on Nuevo Laredo by revolutionaries.
[Bird's Eye view - Rio Grande Flood]
Bird's eye view of flooding Rio Grande River over the International Bridge.
[Railroad bridge over the Rio Grande River, Laredo, Texas]
Photograph of the railroad bridge over the Rio Grande River, Laredo, Texas. In the foreground, there are women washing clothes on the river bank.
[Ft. McIntosh, Laredo, Texas]
Postcard showing tents of the New Hampshire camp at Ft. McIntosh, Laredo, Texas
[International Bridge between Laredo, Texas and Mexico]
Photograph of several people standing near a vintage car at the International Bridge that connected Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
[Ross Hotel, Laredo, Texas]
Postcard of Ross Hotel in Laredo, Texas, formerly located at the northwest corner of Flores Avenue and Grant Street.
[Rio Grande Flood of 1954, Laredo, Texas]
Postcard of flood water completely covering the International Bridge between Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, Texas. At the skyline is the Mexican Customs and Immigration building. The explanation on the back of the postcard states: "A new four-lane bride is replacing the completely inundated and partially destroyed bridge at Laredo, Texas, by the Rio Grande Flood of 1954. The Mexican Immigration and Customs building is shown in the background."