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[Photograph of Tornado Damage in Laredo, Texas]

Description: Photograph of buildings destroyed by a tornado in Laredo, Texas in 1904. In Jerry Thompson's book, Laredo: A Pictorial History, this photo is described as remains of the depot and roundhouse of the Mexican National Railway.
Date: 1904
Item Type: Photograph

Plano de los Dos Laredos

Description: 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.
Date: January 1881
Creator: Laroche, E. R.
Item Type: Map

[Richter Building, Laredo, Texas]

Description: 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.
Date: April 1914
Item Type: Postcard

[Rio Grande Flood of 1954, Laredo, Texas]

Description: 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."
Date: July 1954
Creator: Yates, Frank
Item Type: Postcard

[San Antonio Female Academy]

Description: 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.
Date: October 18, 1910
Item Type: Postcard

[Sociedad Concordia Theater Building]

Description: 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.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[St. Peter's Church, Laredo, Texas]

Description: Photograph of a church on the corner of a street in Loredo, Texas. There is a note from "Nettie" written under the picture. Postmarked June 27, 1907. The church was mislabeled as a cathedral.
Date: 1907
Item Type: Photograph

[Street car, Matamoros, Mexico]

Description: 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.")
Date: August 14, 1911
Item Type: Postcard

[Students at Central School, Laredo, Texas, 1919]

Description: 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.
Date: March 1919
Item Type: Photograph

[Survey Map of Webb County]

Description: Survey map of 19.73 acre tract in the Northwest corner of "porcion" 28, Webb County, Texas. Scale 1:2,400
Date: August 1954
Creator: Foster, E. J.
Item Type: Map

[Survey of Webb County]

Description: 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
Date: March 1953
Creator: Foster, E. J.
Item Type: Map

[Thatch Roof Home]

Description: Postcard of a typical thatch-roof home, common along the border area in Webb County around 1900. In the image, there is a dog sitting outside the hut which is surrounded by a wire fence. There is a note written on the back.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard