San Antonio chili queens, circa 1933. I love the historical photos of the Central and South-Central Texas region. There is a rich cultural diversity here that has direct links to the multitude of different ethnicities that first populated the area. Tex-Mex culture in particular fascinates me, in large part because I love the cuisine. Tex-Mex cooking is a genuine regional treasure, and the history that surrounds it is the story of the people and the collision of cultures itself.
Preston DeCosta, 15 messenger for Bellevue Messenger Service. I ran across him and took photos while he was carrying notes back and forth between a prostitute in jail and a pimp in the Red Light. He had read all the notes and knew all about the correspondence. He was a fine grained adolescent boy. Has been delivering message and drugs in the Red Light for 6 months. "A lot of these girls are my regular customers. I carry 'em messages and get 'em drinks, drugs, etc." Location: San Antonio, Texas.
Catherine PICHOT was born on 7 Dec 1852 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. She died on 29 Jul 1926 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas. She was buried in Roselawn Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas 1. Catherine married Leopold BRIEDEN on 12 Jun 1870 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas.
Castroville, Texas “Mission life was lived in real poverty. The house had only three rooms, a stable serving as the kitchen. The little cot on which I slept served a two-fold purpose: a bed for me at night and a chicken roost during the day.” --Sister Eugenia Kaiser, Haby Settlement, close to Castroville, Texas
I'm not sure what the occasion was (probably a barbecue) but the men separated for a while to have their picture taken having a beer (or two). The women are in another picture. The picture was taken by my great uncle, who made some extra money taking photographs and sometimes selling them on postcards. It is approximately 1918 and the photograph was taken in Cat Spring, Texas, 80 or so miles west of Houston. The little girl in the shot moved a little during the long exposure.
The San Jacino School in the town of East Dallas, Texas, was built on land originally occupied by a mule barn at the end of the streetcar line owned by Col. William Keller. The school was on the corner of Washington Street and Ross Avenue with entrances on both streets. The town of East Dallas was later incorporated into the city of Dallas. This picture of a fourth grade class was taken in 1893.
In the opinion of many, Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin is the greatest of all gunfighters, and Lord knows he was just about the deadliest. Today, people from all over the world visit El Paso's Concordia Cemetery to see the final resting place of one of the most ruthless gunfighters to have ever lived.
1955, Marfa, Texas– On the set of GIANT, James Dean leans against his dressing-room trailer. Wary of being typecast, he took a supporting role as a bitter, oil-rich Texan in the movie, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson