Tyler Texas Postcard Collection: Businesses


Postcards represent yet another media, in addition to text, stories and photographs, that enables us to visualize, and remember, the past.

Peoples Bank Building, 105 N. College Avenue, Tyler, TexasKnowing the value that such cards possess in documenting the past of Tyler and East Texas, we have assembled a small collection of historic postcards, and present them on this website.

Thus, this section attempts to build a more complete collection depicting the architecture of Tyler and East Texas during the first 50-60 years of the 20th Century. It is hoped that its availability will provide another media contributing to the enjoyment and edification of those of you with East Texas connections.

Peoples National Bank was founded in 1892. Peoples Bank Building, opened November, 1932, at the corner of North College Avenue and West Erwin Street, Tyler, Texas.

It stood for many years as the tallest building in the United States West of the Mississippi River.

It was announced in April 2012 that Tim Brookshire and Andy Bergfeld have formed a new partnership, The Peoples Petroleum Building, LLC, which will renovate the building back to its original grandeur of the 1930s.

The iconic, multi-colored neon tower was added in 1950, and removed in 1980. Today, the search continues for the location of the tower so it can be part of the restoration efforts.

Note that the tower is shown on the first postcard to the right. The tower is not shown in the following postcard from an earlier era.

 

Peoples Bank Building, Tyler, Texas

The Peoples National Bank Building, downtown Tyler, Texas
The Peoples National Bank Building, downtown Tyler, Texas

A Landmark Is Reborn ... billboard on Loop 323 in Tyler, Texas
Photo by the TylerTexasOnline staff, 11/02/2012

A Landmark Is Reborn ... billboard on Loop 323 in Tyler, Texas

Carl's Famous Brown Derby, 1905 South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas
Opened December 1935, closed 1953, demolished 1958

Carl's Famous Brown Derby, Tyler, Texas

Bergfeld Shopping Center, Tyler, Texas
Bergfeld Shopping Center, Tyler, Texas

Grapette Bottling Company, Tyler, Texas
Grapette Bottling Company, Tyler, Texas

Ideal Bread, Tyler, Texas
Ideal Bread, Tyler, Texas

Automatic Gas Company, Dallas Highway at City Limits, Tyler, Texas
Automatic Gas Company, Dallas Highway at City Limits, Tyler, Texas

J.W. Gilley Awning Company, 111 S Glenwood, Tyler, Texas
J.W. Gilley Awning Company, 111 S Glenwood, Tyler, Texas

Nawlins Ornamental Iron Works, Tyler, Texas
Nawlins Ornamental Iron Works, Tyler, Texas

Country Club, Tyler, Texas
Country Club, Tyler, Texas

Cotton Belt Railroad, Depot, Tyler, Texas
Cotton Belt Railroad, Depot, Tyler, Texas

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