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Cavalry Review, Fort Bliss, Texas

This image shows a parade ground at Fort Bliss, Texas with serveral large formations of cavalry as they approach the camera.

A “Natural-Finish” Card made by Greycraft Card Co, Danville, Va.

There is no description on the back of this card.

As this is a very large cavalry unit, and the standing army in the United States was not large before the First World War, it is likely that this image dates from the late 1910s, when units were being assembled for deployment overseas.

If this is the case, then this is most likely the 15th Cavalry Division, large portions of which were stationed in Fort Bliss in 1917 until deactivation in 1918.

Capitol Building, Austin, Texas

This unusual card has a different layout from almost any other on this blog. The image is on the address side, and takes up the area normally used to write a message. The ‘front’ of the card has a long, detailed description of the Texas State Capitol building.

 The description states:


The Capitol si shaped like a Greek cross, fronting sought, with projecting center and flanks, having a rotunda and dome at the intersection of the main corridors. Construction work was begun February 1, 1882, the cornerstone was laid March 2, 1885, and the completed building was decimated May 16, 1888. It was built at a cost of 3.000.000 acres of land of the State taken from the public domain. This land today is worth about $50,000,000. Architect — E.E. Myers  Contractor — Abner Taylor.

Dimensions are as follows: Length, including porticos but not steps, 528 ft. Greatest width, including porticoes but not steps, 290 ft. Height, 311 ft. from grade line to top of statue on dome — 7 ft. taller than dome of National Capitol. Among the Capitols of the Nation, the Texas Capitol is second in size only to the National Capitol, and at the time of construction, was said to be the seventh largest building in the world. Grade line is 600 ft. above sea level.

There are 392 rooms, 18 vaults, 924 windows and 404 doors. The exterior walls were built with more than fifteen thousand carloads of red granite, hauled over 75 miles of specially built railroad from the inexhaustible quarries of Burnet County. The wainscoting is made of old, pine cherry cedar, walnut ash and mahogany, with an aggregate length of about 7 miles. The building proper covers three acres of ground and has about 18 acres of floor space.

Prepared by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and City of Austin.

–Since the time of writing, the building is now the sixth tallest of the State Capitols. This building is the third such to serve as Capitol.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.

Texas Longhorn Cattle in the Field

This image shows a few longhorn cattle as they appear while grazing in a pasture.

Baxtone, Box 175 Amarillo, Texas

The description states simply: Longhorn Steers

–The steer is a bull which has had its testicles removed to reduce aggressiveness. Both steers and cows tend to have longer horns than bulls.

This card was used and is from the 1950s.