Hot Wells, Hemisfair & More: 25 Throwback Thursday Photos 

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Aquarena Wedding, 1954; http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/sanmarcos.html March 8, 1954 edition of Life magazine had a story on the underwater theater wedding of Aquarena clown Bob Smith and Aquamaid Mary Beth Sanger. The bride's skirt was lined with lead hoops so it would not billow during the ceremony, and the groom wore shoes with 12 pounds of lead in the soles to steady him.
Casa Rio, 1960s ://www.edwardsaquifer.net/sariver.html A nice 1960s view of Casa Rio with a gondola and one of the early barges.
Bicycle riders in downtown San Antonio, Photograph, 1968; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth66233/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. Girls riding bicycles on the street in front of an entrance to HemisFair '68, in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Many of the people standing outside of the fair's gates are watching the riders pass by. The central concrete shaft of the Tower of the Americas is visible in the background.
[Two Members of Los Flamencos de San Antonio], Photograph, September 1972; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth227098/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas. Teresa Champion and Manolo Valente, members of Los Flamencos de San Antonio, at the Texas Folklife Festival. They are standing next to each to other, Champion on the right and Valente on the left. Champion wears a long-sleeved black shirt with a floral patterned skirt, colored red, yellow, orange and black. She wears a long red scarf around her neck and yellow flowers on her head. She is holding her hands together, palm to palm. Manolo rests his hands on his hips. He is wearing black pants, and a black and white shirt with loose sleeves and a white circle pattern on the torso.
Publicity shots of model- Hemisfair 68 logo and props , Photograph, 1968; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth65938/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.
Young couple eating at HemisFair '68, Photograph, 1968; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth66234/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. A young man and woman eating at a dining pavilion at Hemis Fair '68. The couple are utilizing a thick wooden rail to set their food plates and drink cups on, as the rest of the dining pavilion (background) seems to be filled to the maximum capacity with diners.
People at HemisFair '68, Photograph, 1968; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth66236/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. Foreground features a man and a lady walking at HemisFair '68, each carrying a child on their shoulders. A few more children and adults walking, and a portion of the monorail are visible in the background. One of the kids in the background is wearing a Mexican-style hat, called a sombrero.
Girls getting their feet wet at HemisFair '68, Photograph, 1968; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth66240/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.
Hot Wells Pool Then http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/hotwells.html An old postcard with a view of the pool in the Hot Wells Bath House.
Man on Swinging Bridge, Hot Wells; http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/hotwells.html swinging bridge over the San Antonio River allowed guests to visit the ruins of Mission San Jose.
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Ostriches at Hot Wells http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/hotwells.html Ostrich feathers were a fundamental component of ladies fashion of the day, used to decorate fans, capes, parasols, boas, and hats. Ladies from the city could travel by horse and buggy or trolley car to the farm and purchase the plumes for about $0.05 (Fox and Highley, 1985).
San Antonio Library Parade, Photograph, 1980-2000; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223297/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Danish Heritage Preservation Society, Danevang, Texas.
Grand Champion Steer at San Antonio Livestock Expo, 1962, Photograph, 1962; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth43913/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Cattle Raisers Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph of three men in suits and ties standing behind a steer and two men in denim and button-up shirts holding the harnesses of two steers. All of the men are wearing boots and cowboy hats and one man is wearing glasses. The steer in the foreground has a banner on it's back that reads, "Grand Champion Steer of Show, San Antonio Livestock Exposition, San Antonio, Texas 1962". The group is standing in an indoor corral.
San Antonio River with paddleboats, Photograph, 1968; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth65830/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. Image of a San Antonio River with paddle boats at the 1968 World's Fair known as HemisFair '68, held from April to October 1968 in San Antonio, Texas.
[The Ballet Folklorico de San Antonio Performance], Photograph, September 1974; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth227630/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas. The Ballet Folklorico de San Antonio of San Antonio, Texas performing at the Texas Folklife Festival. The dancers are all young females in traditional Mexican dresses. The dancers are grabbing their dresses and swinging their flowing dresses as they dance.
San Antonio Night Parade, Photograph, 1968; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth66063/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.
San Antonio River Construction, Photograph, 1966; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth66008/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.
A view of the main San Pedro Springs, 1992; http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/spspring.html Children swimming in San Pedro Springs when they flowed after record rains in the spring of '92. These pools contain springs d, e, f, and g in the graphic below. A nearby sign commanded "NO SWIMMING". The view is looking down the bluff towards the spot where the fisherman in the Gentilz painting is seated.
San Pedro Lake Swan Boat, 1891; http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/spspring.html San Pedro Lake, July 4, 1891.
[San Antonio Scottish Society], Photograph, September 1974; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth227718/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas. A man performing a Scottish sport called sheaf tossing, as sponsored by the San Antonio Scottish Society, at the Texas Folklife Festival. People are scattered around a man holding a pitchfork that he used to toss a burlap sack stuffed with hay.
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[Cheerleaders], Photograph, n.d.; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth129504/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting St. Philip's College, San Antonio, Texas.
[Student Council], Photograph, n.d.; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth129472/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting St. Philip's College, San Antonio, Texas. Photograph of the St. Philip's College Student Council for 1971-1972. Two males are sitting in the front row. Two males and three females are standing in the back row. The males are wearing ties and the women are wearing dresses. Houses, a car and a chain-link fence can be seen in the background.
Aerial view of downtown San Antonio, Texas, Photograph, 1968?; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth66150/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. View of downtown San Antonio, Texas. Visible in the background are the central concrete shaft of the Tower of the Americas (without the tophouse) and the HemisFair Arena. The Tower of the Americas and the HemisFair Arena were constructed for HemisFair '68.
[Visit by David Robinson], Photograph, 1998; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth129563/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting St. Philip's College, San Antonio, Texas. Photograph of the San Antonio Spurs basketball player David Robsinson being welcomed to St. Philip's College. Mr. Robinson served as the Honorary Chair of the St. Philip's College Centennial Celebration. He also gave a speech, "New Directions for the Next 100 Years", during the Centennial Lecture Series. In the photograph, Mr. Robinson is wearing a t-shirt and track pants. He is surrounded by members of the St. Philip's community while walking across the campus green. The Arches and the Norris Technical Building are visible in the background.
Photograph of North Texas halftime show in Texas Stadium in Irving, TX, 1995. [North Texas Football Halftime Show], Photograph, 1995; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth164830/ : accessed May 23, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Archives, Denton, Texas.
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Aquarena Wedding, 1954; http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/sanmarcos.html March 8, 1954 edition of Life magazine had a story on the underwater theater wedding of Aquarena clown Bob Smith and Aquamaid Mary Beth Sanger. The bride's skirt was lined with lead hoops so it would not billow during the ceremony, and the groom wore shoes with 12 pounds of lead in the soles to steady him.