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Plaza Garage: 1939

Plaza Garage: 1939

November 1939. "Hotel and garage in Gonzales, Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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There's a sign on the wall of the building to the left of the gas pump. It looks like it says "Credit Cards." Credit cards in a town the size of Gonzales, Texas ... in 1939?

[Gas station credit cards were nothing unusual in 1939. - Dave]

So what happened to the Plaza?

Aww, c'mon. What always happens to Shorpy hotels.

It burned down. In January 1966.

Little Remains

The hotel is gone, though the sides are still there. The Plaza Garage survives with some remodeling.

On the plaza

Hmm, let me guess: The Plaza Garage and the Plaza Hotel face the town's plaza, right? Do I get a prize?

Somebody is going to name those cars. The one with the truck bed is awful cute! Note the three digit phone number. How many telephones in Gonzales in 1939?

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