The Republic of Texas’ somewhat-hidden embassy in London, England

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the Republic of Texas did business in England and across from St. James Palace.

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the Republic of Texas did business in England and across from St. James Palace.

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the Republic of Texas did business in England and across from St. James Palace.

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the Republic of Texas did business in England and across from St. James Palace.

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the Republic of Texas did business in England and across from St. James Palace.

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On a street in London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this is where the

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Greetings from ‘So Big’ Texas, a large letter postcard with views of the state in each letter, 1937. A scene of cowboys roping cattle is in the background. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Greetings from ‘So Big’ Texas, a large letter postcard with views of the state in each letter, 1937. A scene of cowboys roping cattle is in the background. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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 Postcard view of the exterior of the West Wind Motel showing the one story brick structure, the large neon sign, and a small pay area. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

 Postcard view of the exterior of the West Wind Motel showing the one story brick structure, the large neon sign, and a small pay area. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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HOUSTON – 1937: Vintage postcard showing the train, “Sunbeam,” along with two smaller views of train car interiors. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – 1937: Vintage postcard showing the train, “Sunbeam,” along with two smaller views of train car interiors. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the famous St. Patrick’ Day Parade showing the Will Rogers Range Riders. The street is lined with people watching the parade. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images) less
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the famous St. Patrick’ Day Parade showing the Will Rogers Range Riders. The street is lined with people watching the parade. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty … more

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1941: Vintage linen postcard showing a woman holding a gift who is pulling aside her dressing gown to show off her hosiery. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1941: Vintage linen postcard showing a woman holding a gift who is pulling aside her dressing gown to show off her hosiery. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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HOUSTON – 1938: Vintage postcard showing separate views of the Gulf Building, San Jacinto Memorial and Esperson Building. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – 1938: Vintage postcard showing separate views of the Gulf Building, San Jacinto Memorial and Esperson Building. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Getty Images

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RANGER, TEXAS, circa 1910, A real photo postcard shows a plethora of activity on the main street of Ranger, Texas around 1910, Wagons, signs, flooding, animals, and oil wells are all visible in the image. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images) less
RANGER, TEXAS, circa 1910, A real photo postcard shows a plethora of activity on the main street of Ranger, Texas around 1910, Wagons, signs, flooding, animals, and oil wells are all visible in the image. … more

Photo: Getty Images

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Postcard shows an aerial view of the main offices and plant of the Hughes Tool Co., owned by American industrialist, aviator, and film producer Howard Hughes, Houston, Texas, August 15, 1938. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) less
Postcard shows an aerial view of the main offices and plant of the Hughes Tool Co., owned by American industrialist, aviator, and film producer Howard Hughes, Houston, Texas, August 15, 1938. (Photo by Hulton … more

Photo: Hulton Archive, Getty Images

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UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1930: Postcard of Ferry Crossing Galveston Bay. ca. 1930, GALVESTON-BOLIVAR FERRY, GALVESTON, TEXAS. Galveston-Bolivar Ferry motor coaches cross Galveston Bay on modern ocean-going Highway Ferries. Only fifteen minutes time required in crossing bay. (Photo by LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images) less
UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1930: Postcard of Ferry Crossing Galveston Bay. ca. 1930, GALVESTON-BOLIVAR FERRY, GALVESTON, TEXAS. Galveston-Bolivar Ferry motor coaches cross Galveston Bay on modern ocean-going Highway … more

Photo: Getty Images

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HOUSTON – 1958: Vintage postcard showing a split view of the Houston Skyline (top) and Houston International Airport (bottom). (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – 1958: Vintage postcard showing a split view of the Houston Skyline (top) and Houston International Airport (bottom). (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Vintage linen advertising postcard showing the Hammond Laundry Cleaning Machinery & Supply Company’s all purpose cleaning unit. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Vintage linen advertising postcard showing the Hammond Laundry Cleaning Machinery & Supply Company’s all purpose cleaning unit. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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Greetings From Texas, The Lone Star State, a large letter postcard of Texas showing a views of the state in each letter, 1938. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Greetings From Texas, The Lone Star State, a large letter postcard of Texas showing a views of the state in each letter, 1938. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1930: A Suburban Residence District, El Paso, Texas Postcard. A Suburban Residence District, El Paso, Texas Postcard (Photo by LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1930: A Suburban Residence District, El Paso, Texas Postcard. A Suburban Residence District, El Paso, Texas Postcard (Photo by LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1930: El Paso, Texas Postcard. ca. 1888-1905, El Paso, Texas Postcard (Photo by LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1930: El Paso, Texas Postcard. ca. 1888-1905, El Paso, Texas Postcard (Photo by LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1942: Postcard view of a Texas Long Horn Steer out in a pasture. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1942: Postcard view of a Texas Long Horn Steer out in a pasture. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard advertisement for Star Quality Tires showing four styles of tires and two each large and small cars and trucks. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard advertisement for Star Quality Tires showing four styles of tires and two each large and small cars and trucks. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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A native poses within the recesses of cliff dwellings for a photo postcard made early 20th century in Frijole Canyon, Texas. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

A native poses within the recesses of cliff dwellings for a photo postcard made early 20th century in Frijole Canyon, Texas. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Color postcard with a map of the state of Texas, It highlights several scenes and vistas particular to the state, The postcard was published by E,C, Kropp Company of Milwaukee (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images) less
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Color postcard with a map of the state of Texas, It highlights several scenes and vistas particular to the state, The postcard was published by E,C, Kropp Company of Milwaukee … more

Photo: Getty Images

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Greetings from Texas, a large letter postcard of Texas showing views of the state in each letter, 1935. A cattle roundup is in the background. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Greetings from Texas, a large letter postcard of Texas showing views of the state in each letter, 1935. A cattle roundup is in the background. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1895: Color lithographic trade card published by Donaldson Brothers for Arbuckle Coffee depicting a map of Texas, the US’ Lone Star State, The card highlights the cattle ranching industry (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images) less
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1895: Color lithographic trade card published by Donaldson Brothers for Arbuckle Coffee depicting a map of Texas, the US’ Lone Star State, The card highlights the cattle ranching industry … more

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard view of the Alamo Cenotaph memorial to the Alamo dead shows the marble and granite monument. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard view of the Alamo Cenotaph memorial to the Alamo dead shows the marble and granite monument. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard advertisement for shoes showing four styles of shoes and an inset image of people dancing on a patio by a beach. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard advertisement for shoes showing four styles of shoes and an inset image of people dancing on a patio by a beach. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1941: Postcard advertisement for Panther Battleship Roof Coating showing a panther on top of a mountain with her cubs. Lightening strikes in the background. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images) less
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1941: Postcard advertisement for Panther Battleship Roof Coating showing a panther on top of a mountain with her cubs. Lightening strikes in the background. (Photo by Lake County … more

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard view of grapefruit hanging on a tree. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard view of grapefruit hanging on a tree. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of a soldier sitting in a tank in a field. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of a soldier sitting in a tank in a field. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Vintage linen advertising postcard showing two studio beds with upholstered headboards and blue mattresses. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Vintage linen advertising postcard showing two studio beds with upholstered headboards and blue mattresses. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard view of a cluster of oranges hanging on a tree. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard view of a cluster of oranges hanging on a tree. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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Large letter postcard of Texas showing views of the state in each letter, with copy that reads “Greetings from Texas”, 1939. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Large letter postcard of Texas showing views of the state in each letter, with copy that reads “Greetings from Texas”, 1939. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard advertisement for Airmaid Hosiery showing a mother and daughter in a bedroom looking at a pair of hosiery. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard advertisement for Airmaid Hosiery showing a mother and daughter in a bedroom looking at a pair of hosiery. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view showing two soldiers riding in a jeep that is airborne. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view showing two soldiers riding in a jeep that is airborne. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard view of the causeway over Galveston Bay to Galveston, Texas shows vintage automobiles driving along the four lane highway. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1940: Postcard view of the causeway over Galveston Bay to Galveston, Texas shows vintage automobiles driving along the four lane highway. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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Greetings from Austin, Texas, a large letter postcard of Austin, Texas showing views of the city in each letter, 1937. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Greetings from Austin, Texas, a large letter postcard of Austin, Texas showing views of the city in each letter, 1937. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1941: Vintage linen advertising postcard showing the interior of the Old Seville Restaurant. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1941: Vintage linen advertising postcard showing the interior of the Old Seville Restaurant. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of a texas Diamond Back Rattle Snake in a desert scene. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of a texas Diamond Back Rattle Snake in a desert scene. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1942: Postcard advertisement for Neoplex vitamin supplement showing the bottle and label. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1942: Postcard advertisement for Neoplex vitamin supplement showing the bottle and label. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1942: Postcard view of army aircraft flying in formation. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1942: Postcard view of army aircraft flying in formation. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of a close up of a brown and white Hereford calf. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of a close up of a brown and white Hereford calf. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of the statue of Christ on top of Mt. Cristo Rey. The valley below is visible. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of the statue of Christ on top of Mt. Cristo Rey. The valley below is visible. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Large Letter postcard showing view of Dallas in each letter. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Large Letter postcard showing view of Dallas in each letter. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade showing people lining the main street as cowboys ride steers in the parade. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade showing people lining the main street as cowboys ride steers in the parade. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of soldiers sitting in tamk destroyerthat has a 75mm gun mounted in it. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of soldiers sitting in tamk destroyerthat has a 75mm gun mounted in it. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the nmotel and tourist district along route 66 in Amarilli, TexasA little cowgirl with a suitcase stands on the side of the busy street. Vintage cars and neon signs are visible. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images) less
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the nmotel and tourist district along route 66 in Amarilli, TexasA little cowgirl with a suitcase stands on the side of the busy street. Vintage cars and neon signs … more

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the Plainsman Motel showing the cedar and red brik structure and the large neon sign at the entrance. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the Plainsman Motel showing the cedar and red brik structure and the large neon sign at the entrance. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of Rice’s restaurant shows the brick construction and neon sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of Rice’s restaurant shows the brick construction and neon sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of the Sundown Motel showing the one story building, vintage autos and a large neon sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of the Sundown Motel showing the one story building, vintage autos and a large neon sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of the Park Plaza Motel. The building is southwestern style stucco and has a neon sign out in front. Vintage autos are parked at the entrance. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images) less
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of the Park Plaza Motel. The building is southwestern style stucco and has a neon sign out in front. Vintage autos are parked at the entrance. (Photo … more

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view showing two soldiers using a qudrant in a wooded area. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1943: Postcard view showing two soldiers using a qudrant in a wooded area. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of the Sun ‘N’ Sand Motor Inn showing the one story structure, office, swimming pool and large neon sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of the Sun ‘N’ Sand Motor Inn showing the one story structure, office, swimming pool and large neon sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of the golden Spread Motel showing the swimming pool, the large neon sign and a picnic and play area. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1900: Postcard view of the exterior of the golden Spread Motel showing the swimming pool, the large neon sign and a picnic and play area. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of a Texas Horned Toad in a desert setting. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

CIRCA 1943: Postcard view of a Texas Horned Toad in a desert setting. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Getty Images

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CIRCA 1900s: Postcard view of the Tower Fuel Stop showing its leaning tower and neon sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

CIRCA 1900s: Postcard view of the Tower Fuel Stop showing its leaning tower and neon sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Getty Images

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CIRCA 1900s: Postcard view of US Highway 66 as it travels through the state of Texas. A US 66 sign is visible. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

CIRCA 1900s: Postcard view of US Highway 66 as it travels through the state of Texas. A US 66 sign is visible. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Getty Images

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CIRCA 1900 Postcard view of a stretch of Route 66 running through Texas. A small boy playing golf stands by a Texas US 66 sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

CIRCA 1900 Postcard view of a stretch of Route 66 running through Texas. A small boy playing golf stands by a Texas US 66 sign. (Photo by Lake County Museum/Getty Images)

Photo: Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Getty Images

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