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We May Never Go Home

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 a happy smiling face from a side profile separating the text "We May Never Go Home".
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Thought for Today

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 a face wearing a cowboy hat with a finger at his mouth in a pondering gesture. The text "Thought for Today ..." appears below it.
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Love and Kisses

Description: Postcard from the 1968 World's Fair known as HemisFair '68, held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio, Texas. The words "Love and" appear on the postcard but the images of 'kisses' in the form of lips, rather than the actual word appears below the text.
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

It's Boss, Man

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 a bearded man with sun glasses on with a big toothy grin on his face. He is barefoot, wearing stripped trousers and a cut-off shirt with a flower pattern on it. The text "It's Boss, Man" appears above his head.
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

If I had a penny for every time I've thought about you

Description: Postcard from the 1968 World's Fair known as HemisFair '68, held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio, Texas. The text "If I Had a Penny for Every Time I've Thought About You ..." appears against a black background.
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Even an old grouch like you would like HemisFair '68

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.
Date: 1968~
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

After A Few Minor Problems

Description: Postcard from the 1968 World's Fair known as HemisFair '68, held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio, Texas.
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Bravo

Description: Postcard from the 1968 World's Fair known as HemisFair '68, held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio, Texas. The illustration on the card shows a mustachioed grinning character wearing a sombrero with the word "Bravo" above it.
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Hello from San Antonio Texas : the HemisFair '68 city

Description: A HemisFair '68 folding postcard illustrated with a picture of a grinning character. Above him is the message "Hello from San Antonio Texas". The side of the card for writing addresses includes a picture of the Tower of the Americas and an idealized view of downtown San Antonio.
Date: 1968~
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Espectacular Magnifica Gradiosa Maravillosa Estupendo Colosal

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.
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Theatre and Rivercourt

Description: Photo on a postcard of the Theatre of the Performing Arts, which was used to house special HemisFair '68 attractions. The building is fronted with a mural by Juan O'Gorman. In the foreground of the photo is the River Court, where visitors arrived at the fair on colorful boats. The Tower of the Americas is in the background.
Date: 1968?
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Humble Pavilion

Description: "The old Schultze Store, restored to its Victorian charm, has become the Humble Pavilion. Within, at the Touring Center, fairgoers can find answers to all travel questions."
Date: 1967
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

The Tower of the Americas

Description: Photo on a postcard of the Tower of the Americas taken from one of the HemisFair '68 walkways. The tower is 622 feet tall and features two observation decks, a revolving restaurant, and glass fronted elevators. To the left of the tower is a ferris wheel. The walkways are crowded with visitors.
Date: 1968?
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Howdy You-All From Us All

Description: Postcard from the 1968 World's Fair known as HemisFair '68, held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio, Texas.
Date: 1968
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Normanna Gin 1910

Description: Postcard of the cotton gin in Normanna in 1910. Santa Domingo was the community’s first name. It was located nine miles north of Beeville where the Santa Domingo Creek joined the Medio Creek, and was settled about 1848. Jose Maria Uranga’s eleven leagues, the largest single Mexican grant in Bee County (1831), covered much of the community. In 1874 it was known as Walton Station after the sheriff of Bee County, D.A.T. Walton. In 1893 a Norwegian colony moved into the area and settled two miles east of Walton. That settlement is still called the Colony. A Walton post office was established in 1894, but another Texas town already had the name of Walton, so the town became Normanna. (Norwegian for “far north or one from the far north”.) In the early days Normanna had three churches, two doctors, two schools, a hotel, a weekly newspaper, five general stores, a drugstore, a gin, barbershop, a tin shop, a saloon, dance hall, the post office and a general store.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

John F. Pettus Homestead

Description: Postcard of the John Pettus Homestead, the name sake of Pettus, Texas. Virginian, John Freeman Pettus, was one of Stephen Austin’s original “Old Three Hundred” settlers. Mr. Pettus’ land grant was in Goliad, but he bought thousands of acres near what is now Pettus in north Bee County because he needed more grazing land. He paid 25 cents to $1.25 per acre. In order to watch his stock Mr. Pettus built an adobe one-room cabin with a chimney. Here he lived for approximately twenty years, but went home on weekends to stay with his family. Over time more people moved to the area and established a community, which was named Pettus in honor or John Pettus, the first land owner. John Pettus daughter Sarah married John Sutherland Hodges, and the young couple came to live near her father. They built a five or six-room cottage. The lumber for the cottage was brought by wagon train from Saint Mary's. The wagons were pulled by oxen. The Hodges family lived here until the land was purchased by the late G.A. Ray St. in 1895. Mr. Ray built a two-story house on the same spot as the Hodge/Pettus house and used some portions of the cottage in his house.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Section House in Pettus

Description: Postcard of the 1886 Railroad Section House in Pettus. On May 17, 1886, the first passenger train backed into Pettus. A depot and a section house had been built; a well was dug, and a cedar tank had been erected just north of the depot, where the train got water. A section house was where the crew foreman and his family normally lived. Most meals and other get together would take place for all the railroad workers at the section house. There was usually a bunk house where the crews slept near the section house. A tool shed would also be nearby to store the tools used to maintain tracks along the section, and there had to be a source of water. The spacing of the camps was based on the distance a locomotive could travel on a tank of water and how far a maintenance crew could travel by handcart in one day.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Oil Tanker at the Maggie Ray McKinney Oil Well

Description: Postcard of the first Humble Oil Tanker taking out the first load of oil from the Maggie Ray McKinney oil well. On December 29, 1929 as the Houston Oil Company drilled for gas, the first oil well in Bee County was brought in on the JJ McKinney land east of Pettus. Humble Oil and Refining Company completed McKinney No. 1 Oil Well, Bee County, January 31, 1930. The discovery brought a rush of people to the community of Pettus. The discovery of oil relieved the pressure of depression. By 1937, the county boasted of 53 gas fields, with 212 wells, and 62 oil fields, with 456 wells, producing 1,863,806 barrels of oil. Oil and gas are still important industries in Bee County.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Public School In Pettus

Description: Postcard of school children standing in front Pettus school. In 1892 this one-room schoolhouse, 18’ by 24’, was built in Pettus. It had two windows on the north side and two windows on the south. The boards on the inside of the east end were painted black to be used for a blackboard. The only door was to the west. The benches were home-made and the children brought their own lunches and water to drink. Miss Evelyn Hardeman was the first teacher and she had 13 students in grades first through fourth. As the community continued to grow the school was classified as a third-class high school in 1912. In 1917 or 1918, a stucco school building was erected
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

SA&AP Railroad Depot, Skidmore, Texas

Description: The building of the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad through Bee County in 1886 was one of the greatest history-making events that occurred in this little pioneer section. Driving cattle to various markets was a tiring trip; cattle could now travel by rail. Frank O. Skidmore, a rancher on the Aransas Creek, gave SA&AP the right of way across his land and also donated land to develop the town site of Skidmore. To provide a rail connection with the Texas Mexican Railway, Uriah Lott, the man who built the SA&AP Railroad, built a line south from Skidmore to Alice in 1887. As an indication of the importance of Skidmore as a rail center, it had a round house and by 1926, an icing dock to re-ice the vegetables from the alley. It was the only icing dock between Edinburg and Hearne. The eleven-mile section between Skidmore and Beeville accommodated an average of eighteen trains a day, with as many as forty-two trains during the peak of the harvest season
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Commercial Hotel in Skidmore 1912

Description: Postcard showing people sitting on the porch of the "Commercial Hotel" in Skidmore. The picture was taken on December 4, 1912. The names of the individuals sitting on the porch are on the back of the postcard going from left to right. The Commercial Hotel was destroyed by fire.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Skidmore High School in 1929

Description: Postcard showing the Skidmore High School in 1929. This modern seven-classroom school was built with a large auditorium and library after the old high school was condemmed in the late 1920's. Professor R.J. Gladney was superintnedent then. This high school was used until the present one was built in 1953, when a larger high school became necessary.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Fowler Saloon in Skidmore

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.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Bee County Courthouse, 1912

Description: Postcard showing the Bee County Courthouse built in 1912. The Bee County Courthouse was built in 1912 by local architects W.C. Stephenson and F.W. Heldenfels. It is the county’s fourth courthouse. Recorded as a Texas Historical Landmark in 2000, the county courthouse is part of the Texas historical Courthouse Preservation Program. In 2006, after a large scale restoration, a rededication ceremony took place. Features original to the courthouse, such as the rotuda and district court balcony, as well as the details of the tile and marble, were carefully restored. After being repaired and regilded, Lady Justice was returned to the top of the courthouse in 2005. Unlike most representations of Justice, this lady reigns from her top-of-dome perch, not with a blindfold, but with her eyes open. W.C. Stephenson sculpted Lady Justice. The Courthouse is also on the National Register, and is located on the courthouse square which borders Washington, Houston, Corpus Christi, and St Marys Streets.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission