Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Victoria Texas 1913 Old Antique Vintage Postcards

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Victoria Texas is only 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and Port Lavaca and was named for General Don Guadalupe Victoria who was the first president of independent Mexico. Guadalupe Victoria was founded in 1824 by Don Martin De Leon on the Guadalupe River and was primarily a Mexican settlement. The town supported the Texas cause against Santa Anna but was occupied during the fighting. Once Santa Anna was defeated, the Mexican residents were mistreated and driven from the city as the Anglos took over and changed the name to just Victoria. The city served as the capital of the Republic of the Rio Grande in 1840. In 1910, the population was 3,673 and by the 1930s it had grown to almost 6,000. The 2000 census put the population at just over 55,000 and today it is the cathedral city of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Texas. The first post card shows the Nazareth Academy on this 1913 Curt Teich view.

The second view is a 1931 Curteich postcard showing the Denver Hotel and both of these post cards are avialable in my Texas listings along with 10,000 additional postcards on my website Moody's Postcards. Postcards provide many hours of entertainment and researching their subject matter is fun, eductional and very easy on your computer. CATCH POSTCARD FEVER! The best hobby ever with a budget to fit everyone and something new to learn with every postcard.

1 comment:

phil said...

My grandfather used materials from the Denver Hotel to build his house in Victoria, but this was in 1920. The first Denver was built of wood, began as a house in the 1890's and had additions made which added 12 rooms in 1907. The original building was moved across the street in 1913 to make room for the new Denver which had it's grand opening on January 14, 1914. The materials for the Bianchi Home at 107 N. Wheeler were from the original building, constructed by William A. Wood in the 1890's. The Bianchi House is still occupied, as of 2009. Philip Bianchi