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Marriage Bureau: 1939

Marriage Bureau: 1939

March 1939. "Mexican woman standing in front of bureau. San Antonio, Texas." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Re: Is it wood?

A Google images search reveals only one example for sale on E-Bay. It is describes as "FANTASTIC 1800'S SPIRITS 11" BOTTLE DISGUISED AS TREE TRUNK WITH CUT LIMBS - EXC PATINA AND CONDITION / 4" WIDE - RARE SUPERB TREE TRUNK BOTTLE!". Alas, all searches seem to find this as only example.


I suspect it's a bottle encased in plaster of Paris and 'woodified' with dinner fork and paintbrush. An 'art object', for certain definitions of 'art'.

Is it wood?

Since no one else has asked, my curiosity compels me to inquire about that log or piece of art on the bureau surface beside the two clocks and the two religious icons. It could be a curious piece of wood, trimmed to become a knick-knack, or, because of what looks like a bottle rim at the very top, it could be a glass form of art or craft. Any ideas?

Bat Men (and Woman)

Bartholomew "Bat" Corrigan, Justice of the Peace (and Lawyer) in Bexar County (San Antonio, TX), was born in Laredo, TX (Webb County) on November 20, 1891. He died in San Antonio, TX on July 27, 1948 (natural causes).

His father, also Bartholomew "Bat" Corrigan, was born in Ireland in 1852. At the age of 18, the elder Bat sought and found his fortune in Mexico. He became a preeminent railroad builder, constructing the National Railways of Mexico. He died in San Antonio, TX on December 16, 1915.

The younger Bat's mother was Julia Corrigan, nee Harrington, a native of Leavenworth, Kansas. Unfortunately, she died on April 24, 1936, just about three (3) months after her son performed the marriage of the subject of this Shorpy image.

All three Corrigans are buried in Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery
in San Antonio, TX.

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