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Low water bridge at Austin dam, Mayor Emma Long with dignitaries

Low water bridge at Austin dam, Mayor Emma Long with dignitaries

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Low water bridge Austin Dam
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Low water bridge at Austin dam, Mayor Emma Long with dignitaries

Low water bridge at Austin dam, Mayor Emma Long with dignitaries

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Photograph of a group of people at the opening of a low water bridge at Austin Dam.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Traffic Jam on Congress Avenue

Traffic Jam on Congress Avenue

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Large truck transporting a boiler trying to turn south onto Congress Avenue resulting in a traffic tie up.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Capitol Chevrolet Sales Personnel

Capitol Chevrolet Sales Personnel

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Photograph of James J. Stahl, who was a salesman at Capitol Chevrolet in 1949.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Capitol Chevrolet Sales Personnel

Capitol Chevrolet Sales Personnel

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Photograph of Jack A. Fulkes.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[View of a Kitchen]

[View of a Kitchen]

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Studtman Photo Service
Description: Photograph of a small kitchen with a small stove, oven, and table. The walls are covered in newspaper. The floor is uneven and stained. This was most likely the kitchen in the home of an African American family.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[Family Outside Their Home]

[Family Outside Their Home]

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Studtman Photo Service
Description: Photograph of a family with two small children and a dog outside of their wooden house. Laundry is hanging to dry on lines. Other wooden houses in the background. Dirt, patches of weeds, and small trees surround the houses.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[Interior view of a Home]

[Interior view of a Home]

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Studtman Photo Service
Description: Photograph of a kitchen with a small stove and pots hanging on the walls, as seen from a bedroom. The door between the two rooms is made of a cardboard. Most likely this was the home of an African American family in Austin.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[Low Water Bridge at the Austin Dam, Mayor Emma Long with Dignitaries]

[Low Water Bridge at the Austin Dam, Mayor Emma Long with Dignitaries]

Date: August 8, 1949
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Photograph of a group of cars parked over a bridge spanning the Austin Dam; the water underneath is very close to the bottom of the bridge. Mayor Emma Long is standing there with her dignitaries.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
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