L.H. Gross collection
Some of the postcards show the damage done to Corpus Christi by a storm that came ashore on the Texas Gulf Coast in its vicinity on September 14, 1919. Mainly due to a devastating tidal surge, the storm caused significant loss of life and property throughout the area, especially in Corpus Christi. Many photographs were made of the storm’s aftermath. Included in these images were numerous picture postcards that visually chronicled the wreckage. The L.H. Gross collection in the Special Collections and Archives Department contains twenty-eight of these postcards, each of an interesting and informative view, as well as one of the city during the 1920's, when it had recovered.
These images poignantly record the damage that directly led to the creation by civic leaders of the protected deep water Port of Corpus Christi, the Corpus Christi Seawall, and other civic improvements that launched Corpus Christi’s growth as a major Texas urban center. They speak volumes about the traumatic event that many historians see as the central natural disaster in Corpus Christi history.
- 1919 - 1989
- Gross, H. M. (Collector, Person)
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Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository
6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States