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I recently purchased this etching (?), “The ‘Hot Peanut,’” at a local thrift shop. I was intrigued not only by the subject matter, early Brooklyn Street, but even more so by the note on the back. Lola Mueller (1889-1949) was a respected San Antonio artist known mainly for her watercolors. Ed H. Herpel was listed in the 1940 census as residing at 246 Cloverleaf Ave. in Alamo Heights.
There is another work similar to “The ‘Hot Peanut’” online, “The Hominy Vendor,” seemingly in the same area of San Antonio. I would like to know more about the connection between (Emil) Rasmussen and the Herpels, and did downtown Brooklyn Street ever look like that?