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WELCOME TO OLD SHREVEPORT AND YOUR WONDERFUL MEMORIES of trolleys, slower times, and the good old days. Visit your memories and enjoy the website. Gracing the top spot in this month's feature page is a n early 1920s  view of Texas Street with an early streetcar near the corner of Texas Street and Marshall Street. HEARNE'S Dry Goods sign is visible and would be directly across from the courthouse in this view. Bricks had been laid on Texas Street and  streetcars were in Shreveport before they came to New Orleans. Looking for old Shreveport postcards and ephemera? Visit my shop at RIVER CITY ANTIQUE MALL, 6363 Hearne Ave (Sunset Acres Shopping Center near Hearne at Mansfield Rd). Look to your left as you enter for the sign on the west wall about Postcards, Ephemera  and Books...call 621-1009 for hours, open daily. (Ernie Roberson collection- see ebay vuky14 for more items like this postcard)


ERIC BROCK'S latest book which features Shreveport's history through rare and obscure postcards is now available. Look for it at Barnes & Noble in Shreveport in the "Local Authors" section. Brock uses his insightful research and historical comments to document the social and traditional history of Shreveport. Many of this website's postcards are featured in the book with further explanations. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by OldShreveport.com. Looking for old postcards for your collection- search for seller "vuky14" on ebay.com


1910 Shreveport Police Paddy Wagon parked in front of a building at the State Fair grounds. What kind of vehicle?  It is chain-driven and Shreveport had Ford and Dodge paddy wagons around WW1 era as a photo exists of the Ford version in the Ford Museum collection. During this era Shreveport still had a legal Red Light district adjacent to downtown, oil and gas had just been discovered, it had numerous local breweries and riverboats still plied the Red River with cotton and farm goods. One could imagine that the Shreveport Police had good use for this paddy wagon !  (Ernie Roberson collection)


The beloved PLAZA CAFE across from Centenary College at the corner of Kings Hwy and Gladstone. It was the forerunner of EL CHICO in Shreveport and the Cuellar and Velasco families worked at the Plaza. For the real oldtimers out there, did Winfield Farmer, the old shuffling waiter at the El Chico on Greenwood Road (US Hwy 80) work at The Plaza? Brother's Hair Design occupies its space today. (Ernie Roberson collection)