Monday, September 8, 2008

Old Antique Vintage La Grange Texas 1907 Postcards

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More Texas towns today with two fantastic views of the main business section of La Grange Texas. Both of these post cards were produced circa 1907 but a close examination of them convinces me that the pictures used to produce the postcards were taken several years before that. There is nothing on either post card but hitching posts and horse drawn wagons. Automobiles were not common in 1907 but they were around and that is why I think these views are closer to 1900. The first postcard shows the South side of the Public Square and if I have my directions right that would be the East side of the square in the distance. In the right foreground I can read the signs for the La Grange Saddlery Co and The Von Rosenberg Company but those are the only ones.

The second postcard shows the North side of the Public Square and the first store on the left with the horse and wagon tied up has a sign that says T. S. Brown. The only other sign I can read is farther down the street where two wagons are tied up and that is the Saloon. Look at the surprise on my face! Together, these postcards give a great early view of La Grange which was first settled in 1822 and was a major site of German and Czech settlement since the country side reminded them of their homeland. The town still shows their influence in customs and architecture and you will not be surprised to know that they only gave token support to prohibition. CATCH POSTCARD FEVER! Your only regret will be that you did not discover it earlier. Both of these postcards can be found in my Texas listings along with 10,000 more postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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