Leftovers

Vintage Houston Restaurant Postcards: The Days of Wine and Roses

Although a good handful of Houston restaurants have been around at least as long as my grandparents, the general rule of thumb in this city is that restaurants live fast and die young.

And although you rarely find postcards of current restaurants anymore, in any city, we have that dying medium to thank for some of the most enduring images of Houston restaurants past.

Lavish dining rooms filled with crystal and silver, Tiki-themed restaurants and dance floors -- all hallmarks of a bygone era -- abound in old postcards from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Take a trip back in time with us as we browse some of the vintage postcard offerings at CardCow and try to recall a kinder, gentler time in the Houston dining world.

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Katharine Shilcutt