Ladies and gentleman we have been gypped. Modern day Austinites don’t have it anywhere near as good as folks did at the dawn of the 20th century. I took this picture of a picture at the Dairy Queen on Manor Road recently.

Think about a few of the amenities that Austinites enjoyed back in 1900.

Ten cent cigars.

Multiple street car lines.

Everybody’s wearing cool hats.

Turkish baths.

You could get a room at the Driskill for less than $5.

We’re living in the wrong time. Nowadays a decent cigar’s going to set you back $15. The only streetcar takes you straight to Cedar Park. The only hats are baseball and they’re worn backwards. The Turks and their baths got run out of town decades ago and a room at the Driskill’s $367.


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