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Colored People - Own a Lot in Austin, Real Estate Brochure, circa 1940s

Grandview Place Addition Austin's Best Home Property for Colored People, real estate pamphlet. 10.5 x 14 in., 4pp. on pink paper. Published by The Trentman Co. Realtors, listed at Fort Worth, Texas, and Wichita, Kansas. N.d., circa 1940s.

Advertises: "$100 Down - $100 Weekly," with illustrations of bungalow-style homes. Interior spread touts available amenities: "Have plenty of room for Garden - every lot has good soil and will raise a fine garden. Have plenty of space for chickens and a cow - plan enough room for a few fruit trees...." Verso reports "...[Y]ou get immediate possession, and may build a garage for a temporary residence, thereby saving your rent money, which will soon pay for your lot."

African Americans began to establish "Freedman's Towns" around Austin after Emancipation, with many centered on Clarksville, Wheatsville, Masontown, and Kincheonville. A 1928 city planning regulation dislocated non-white Austin residents from the city to east of East Avenue (now IH-35), where this neighborhood is located. Grand View was established circa 1925. It is not certain when this addition was set up, but likely around the time of WWII. 

Condition:

Minor scuffing on right edge. Some professional repairs at folds, especially on front.

Starting Price: $750
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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