Saturday, April 23, 2011

Self's Store, on Earl Garrett Street in Kerrville

Of all of the photographs I have in my collection, I chose one to hang by my desk at the print shop.  It shows a muddy Earl Garrett Street (then called Mountain Street), the Masonic Building (now the home of Sheftall's Jewelers) and a little frame shop with large lettering: "SELF."  It was one of the first images I collected, and I love the typography on the building, the clock hanging from the awning.
But my friend James Partain brought by a better copy of the image, one that shows a lot more detail.  In my copy, you cannot see into Self's store; you cannot see a man under the porch of the Masonic Building; you can't see the sign reading "Post Office" under the Masonic Building awning.
I'm blown away by the details I'd never seen before.
Click on image to enlarge
Masonic Building and Self's, Kerrville, around 1900
To order Joe's book of Kerrville historical photographs, please click here.


  1. I especially like the triangle eye that is hanging in the window of SELF.

  2. This is a great picture. The clarity is very impressive.

    I see a man sitting in front of the post office, and in the store next to the post office there seems to be a man or woman standing in the doorway.

    I can't enlarge this photo so what I see in the doorway of the Oscar Rosenthal store may not be a person.

    It may be an optical illusion.


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