Postcard Views of Austin

Austin has been the subject of countless picture postcards in the last 100 years, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Here are a few favorites from my collection. These postcard views range from the 1890s to the 1950s. The color postcards were mostly tinted by hand, so if the coloring looks unrealistic, blame the postcard company!

Early 1900s

City Hall

Congress Avenue

Scarbrough Building, 1910.

Littlefield Building, 1911.

Congress Avenue Viaduct

Austin High School, 1920s

Austin High School, 1940s

Stephen F. Austin Hotel, 1930s.



Scarbrough Building, 1939.

State Capitol

Battle of San Jacinto, painting inside the Texas Capitol

Surrender of Santa Anna, painting inside the Texas Capitol

University of Texas

Barton Springs, 1950

Mount Bonnell

Tom Miller Dam