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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

Rare Handbill for a San Antonio Architectural Landmark
“A Stone’s Throw of the Historic ‘Alamo’”

234. [SAN ANTONIO]. Menger Hotel, Alamo Plaza. Mrs. W. A. Menger Proprietress, San Antonio, Texas. [below neat line] M. M. Mooney, Power Book and Job Printer, San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio, [1900]. Broadside on tan paper (22.5 x 13.7 cm), with wood-engraved vignette of the hotel. Light marginal chipping not affecting text or image, small stain in upper right blank margin, otherwise a fine copy of a rare survival, printed on cheap newsprint.

            This illustrated handbill for the Menger Hotel praises its amenities, location, furnishings, and restaurant. The engraving shows the hotel before it was renovated in 1909; Menger himself had died in 1871. The hotel was a legendary Southwestern institution that survives to this day in its original location, next to the Alamo. Numerous features of the hotel are mentioned. “The proprietress desires to inform the traveling public that this well-known hotel, opened in 1859, is still by far the largest hotel in the city, large three-story addition, containing pleasant and commodious rooms, having lately been erected. The Menger Hotel is situated in the geographical centre of the city, within a stone’s throw of the historic ‘Alamo’.... The rooms throughout are carpeted and furnished in first-class style, being also provided with electric bells and fire alarms; bath-rooms and closets are on every floor.... The attention of all in search of a mild salubrious climate, has of late years been directed to Western Texas, and the number of persons visiting San Antonio for health or pleasure is steadily increasing.” ($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $150.00; Price Realized: $176.25

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