Though postcards of local landmarks are a given, there was a time when they were also used to advertise businesses and even places of worship. We combed through the Tichnor Brothers Collection of vintage postcards at the Boston Public Library to find postcards showing a slice of life in Dallas, Texas in the 1930s and 1940s.

The collection may be light on monuments and other souvenir-worthy sites, but it makes up for it in kitsch. Take a look:

Sivils Drive In

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Downtown Dallas

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Used Cars

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If you can’t make out the sign, it reads “I’m just a poor little girl from the country. Don’t take advantage of me.”

All American Gym

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The location is now Doug’s Gym.

Acapulco Café

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The site is currently El Fenix restaurant and has been serving Mexican food since 1918.

Another eatery

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Gospel Lighthouse Church

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Another used car lot

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A roller rink

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Don’t call Dallas home? Check out postcards from Houston, Washington, DC, Chicago and San Francisco.

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