Austin Waaaaaay Back in the Day (Photos)

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Sixth and Congress, date unknown (Photo by Austin History Center)

When I first moved here, the old-school Austin test was based on how many shows you attended at Liberty Lunch. The Austin History Center has us all beat with photographic evidence to prove it.

Tightrope walker John Devier on Congress Avenue, 1867 (Photo by Austin History Center)

Browse online through a handful of collections with photos from the 19th century through the 1980s, including the Neal Douglass collection (The Austin American-Statesman's first photographer).

You can also purchase prints for $30 plus tax, including this amazing capture of the May 4, 1922, tornado:


May 4, 1922, tornado (Photo by Austin History Center)

Browsing the portraits in the Hubert Jones Glass Plate Negative Collection is quite entertaining – especially the facial hair on the men.


This guy would kill at the Misprint Beard & Moustache Competition (Photo by Austin History Center)

Now, get to browsing or go for a visit!


Fulton's Ice Cream Parlor, March 20, 1897 (Photo by Austin History Center)

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