Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lone Star... A Cow

Yes!  A giant cow!
Here is her story (in her own words)

Here is another postcard that I found online
Miss Maulsby also owned the smallest cow living.  Lady Star traveled the fair circuit with Lone Star.  She is three years old and Lone Star is 11 years old in this picture.  (They are not related)

Here is another picture of Miss Maulsby and Lady Star.  Miss Maulsby changed a lot in just a couple of years!
There are a lot of these postcards for sale online from $7.00 to $25.00!
Who knew that cows could be so interesting?
Thanks for visiting and your comments!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in San Antonio

The Sunset Station was built in 1902.  In Feb. 1907 it was nearly destroyed by a fire caused by the electrical lighting.  It is said that they went to work rebuilding it immediately and finished the reconstruction/restoration in seven months.

From my postcard collection:
The first card is in color, undivided back, postmarked 8, Nov. 1907 from Nacona, Texas.
Before 1907 only the address was allowed to be written on the back of a postcard.  Hence, people wrote as much as they could on the front.

The next two postcards have divided backs but were not written on or posted.  I am not sure which of the two is older.  But, the one in color has a huge cactus growing next to the right side of the building.  Both cards were published by Van Noy - Interstate Co.  I am guessing that the black and white one is older because the publisher is just written out whereas the color one has their logo.
The last card is postmarked Feb. 28, 1927.  It has a brief description of the subject printed on the back.  And the statement "THE WINTER PLAYGROUND OF AMERICA"  This card is the only one of the four that has a flag on it and it looks added.
(good luck reading her penmanship)

Today the Sunset Station is a venue for events, entertainment, weddings and banquets.  It still looks beautiful!
Hope you enjoyed my little history lesson through postcards.