DescriptionImperial Cabinet Card Photograph of the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, circa early 1880s. Mission of the Alamo at San Antonio, Texas. Photo mounted on orange mount with imprint of "F. Hardesty, Photo. San Antonio. Texas." The image shows three men with hats and a young boy who look on at the Alamo and the building housing the office of H. Grenet & Company and his "Alamo Museum" at left. Title on verso is "the Alamo," with printed history of San Antonio and the "Siege of the Alamo."
Hardesty was a photographer who had studios at 32 North Flores Street in San Antonio. Merchant Hugo Grenet purchased the "convento" building (also known as the "Long Barracks") when the U.S. Army left the Alamo compound in 1878. Grenet changed the structure into a retail store and leased the chapel for use as a warehouse. After Grenet died in 1882, the mercantile firm of Hugo & Schmeltzer purchased the "convento." The chapel reverted to the church, which sold it to the state of Texas in 1883. Measures approximately 8" x 5".
Condition: Fine, good contrast
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