Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Don Bryan Postcard Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Don Bryan
Title: Don Bryan Postcard Collection
Dates: 1910-1925
Abstract: Don Bryan gave the South Texas Archives permission to re-photograph the postcards from his extensive collections of memorabilia about and from the Border Service, which served on the U.S./Mexico Boarder following the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
Identification A2000-071
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=Bryan%20EAD
Quantity: 1967 negatives
Location: Negative File
Language: English; Spanish

Historical Note

Much of Mexico's history for the decade of 1910-1920 was recorded by hundreds of photographers on postcards. Using glass plate cameras and early cut film cameras, primitive by today's standards, the photographers faced injury and death to obtain negatives which would be printed on postcard stock and sold to the soldiers and general public on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Some of the views were obviously posed, and others showed the death and destruction resulting from the violence of a nation involved in a bloody civil war. Many times the revolution spilled across the border or involved U.S. military forces. The United States occupied Vera Cruz for nearly seven months in 1914 after Mexican officials arrested an American seaman. In 1916, Mexicans raided Glenn Springs, Texas, and Pancho Villa and his army crossed the border at Columbus, New Mexico, burned part of the town and killed seventeen soldiers and civilians. President Woodrow Wilson ordered General John J. Pershing to lead a "Punitive Expedition" into Mexico to kill or capture Villa. Villa eluded Pershing, and after eleven months the expedition returned to the United States. (by John Hardman for RevMex. www.netdotcom.com/revmexpc/default.htm) Individuals who lived and worked in the Border area extending from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California took many other photographs. Memorabilia from that era has become collectors’ items and Mr. Bryan spent many years collecting uniforms, weapons, statues, films, sound recordings, medals and photographs, especially postcards. Many of the postcards that were re-photographed by the South Texas Archives included notes on the backside from the Service man and describe incidents and events on the Border.

Scope and Contents

The Collection includes negatives of postcards taken by people with the Border Service following the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Where there is writing on the back side of the postcards, the reverse side is also re-photographed.



Arranged in the order it was received.

Index Terms

Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923
Villa, Francisco, 1878-1923
Carranza, Venustiano, 1859-1920
Madero, Francisco I., 1873-1913
Orozco, Pascual, 1882-1915
Pershing, John J., 1860-1948
Ealles, Plutarco Elias, 1877-1945
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
Bryan, Don, 1935-2004
Texas Rangers
Nueces County Historical Society
South Texas Historical Society
North American Mexican Coin Collectors Society
Geographical Names
United States -- Boundaries -- Mexico
Mexico -- Boundaries -- United States
Texas -- History -- 1910-1920
Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920
Texas -- Relations -- Mexico
Mexico -- Relations -- Texas
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1867-1910
Veracruz (Veracruz, Mexico)
Columbus (N.M.)
Postcards -- Texas, South
Postcards -- Mexico
Border security -- Texas -- Laredo
Frontier and pioneer life -- History
Frontier and pioneer life -- Mexican-American Border Region
Revolutionaries -- Mexico
Revolutions -- Mexican-American Border Region -- History -- 19th century
Revolutions -- Mexican-American Border Region -- History -- 20th century