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Midland was a young farming and ranching community on the southern edge of the Llano Estacado when the real-photo postcard era began near the opening of the 20th century. Businesses, residents, and promoters embraced this new technology to produce images capturing Midland's unusual rural-and-cosmopolitan mix. As postcards changed to linen and chrome, Midland also underwent dramatic changes. The city on the plains worked hard to become an indispensable part of the vast 1920s Permian Basin oil industry. In post–World War II years, Midland grew into an urban center of West Texas, positioned strategically at the midpoint of Interstate 20's path from Fort Worth to El Paso.
ISBN: 9781467134460
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Historian James Collett has partnered with Doug Page, longtime Midland resident and collector of vintage Midland postcards, to create a multifaceted view of key eras in Midland's history. These vintage images from their collections and the Midland County Historical Museum archives preserve a unique look at yesterday's Midlanders.
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