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  1. Oakland Pontiac Dealership at 7030 Harrisburg Blvd. Fox Apartments are upstairs. Year -1929.
  2. I always wondered why the Luby's matchbook covers (8440 Gulf Frwy) had the two names Romana's and Luby's. That was in the late '70's. The newer Luby's (5300 block of Gulf Frwy, east side) didn't last long. The bldg is stll there, stands empty.
  3. Here's a very old auto sales business. Milby Auto Company was located at 210-12 Broadway. Looks like the business expanded to include 222-24 Broadway. (source: HPL digital collections -Images & Directories, Houston (1923,1926). I'm guessing the later address (8222 Broadway) is an error. Maybe it was supposed to read "at 222 Broadway". Cross streets have block numbers of 8000 & 8100. The original photo's outside staircase with small mid landing is the matchup clue to the GoogleEarth image. The front facade has been altered.
  4. John Grant Tod Milby was the owner of the house on Medina (x Channelside). He was the son of Charles H. Milby. JGT Milby's sister was Mary Josephine Milby Hamman. She and her husband George lived in the old house on Broadway with her mother. After she died in 1941, Mary Jo. and George Hamman moved to the OGR estate. The 1920 Houston directory (source: HPL) shows the Medina st. resident as: John GT Milby, Cattleman, residence - West side of Medina. (N. of Myrtle) st. (later known as Lawndale, then Channelside), Harrisburg, Tx. He married Orlean Allen Milby in 1909 in Harrisburg, Tx. John GT and Orlean Allen Milby had two children, Abbie Louise Milby Feagin (b.1910) and Charles Dow Milby (b.1912). So the big house at 920 Medina must have been Charles Dow Milby's childhood home. His obituary was an interesting read. He graduated from U.T., served in the Coast Guard during WW2, and worked in the real estate and oil and gas industries. He loved to sail. That was no surprise, as there were Navy men on both sides of his family history. It also explains why he moved to Seabrook. One home address was on Todville Rd. There may be a link to the Sam Allen cattle estate through the father of Orlean Allen Milby. Her father's name was Charles Dell Allen (Navy man). He may have been the younger brother of Sam E. Allen. The S.E. estate sat near the intersection of Sims and Buffalo bayous. John GT Milby died in 1954 and Orlean Allen Milby died in 1958. Below are Historic Aerial pics of the Medina st. house. It was standing in 1958 and gone in 1962. Thank you Rome for sharing your mother's story. It had no clue that house ever existed.
  5. I only knew of the 1960's Gulfgate location. It was above the bowling alley.
  6. My grandmother took her car to the Harrisburg Blvd. location in the mid to late '60's. What a surprise. It's still there and has the same name.
  7. The C.E.Schaff residence is listed on this Park Place brochure. (source, on-line - *HPL digital collections, Images). The map shows the house in the same place as the George Hamman and Mary Josephine Milby (daughter of Charles H. Milby) estate. I studied the Park Place Facebook article with news clippings of the "two" houses. I also found old photos of the Schaff estate with fig orchards.(source-*HPL digital collections, Images, Schlueter collection) It looks like the same place. Note the entrance gate columns in third pic and the line of oak trees in the last b/w photo. The news articles state that Mrs. Hamman bought land adjacent to her property to create Milby Park, in memory of her father and to develop a Simms bayou neighborhood. But, the depression, chemical plants and sewage treatment plant shut down that idea. At some point, the estate was sold and slowly deteriorated. Historic aerial maps show the house standing in 1973 and gone in 1976.
  8. The Directory of Discount Department Stores, 1980 (digital) Internet Archive (source) lists a Fedmart at 3030 Woodridge. (typed in error as Woodbridge). It also lists the other Houston Fedmart locations, including the Mykawa store. One search for Globe Shopping City lists their Gulfgate store at 3030 Woodridge with "later occupants" as Fedmart #291, and Mervyn's #118 (source - BluePages Wiki). I actually visited that Woodridge Fedmart with my father when I was young (as mentioned in an earlier post).
  9. I don't remember Cargo Houston. I only went to Westbury Square a few times. But World Market reminds me of the 1970's Pier One. I loved that store. It was located on I45S. (Gulf Frwy), just past Bellfort.
  10. I don't remember Globe being near the cinema on 610 Loop S. I remember Fedmart was located off Woodridge behind those old apartments on Village Way. So, where exactly was the Globe store?
  11. This house is much older than the HCAD - 1930's built info. says..(nothing new). I'm guessing it is at least from the early 1900's, if not older. The property directly behind the pictured house (all the way to Polk) is listed as the "Brady Estate" (Map, year 1908). Wondering if this house has a link to J.T. Brady.
  12. The movie theaters I experienced as a kid in the '60's had sloped ramps. You entered through doors from a straight back wall and walked down. The Broadway and Santa Rosa theaters come to mind. The Santa Rosa had a balcony with stairs. I remember the circular lobby couch, port hole windows in the doors, thick carpeted stairs, and double "love seats" on some of the aisle ends. The Alabama seemed grander to me than the Santa Rosa. I only visited it when it was the Bookstop. The restoration company did a good job. They retained many of the original features. The stairs, balcony, and screen were still there. I vaguely remember a sloped aisle in the book shelves area. Too bad it all disappeared with the recent transformation. The Gulfgate Twin Cinemas had those sloping aisles, but no balconies.The original screens and theater areas were huge. The color scheme included bright white, deep red and royal blue colors. The outside covered ticket booth area had painted red concrete floors. The stained glass lobby was beautiful.
  13. Thanks for posting the photo of The Safari. I had no idea. What a nice MCM design.
  14. My father drove a two-door '62 Pontiac Bonneville. It was white with a beautiful maroon interior. The upholstery and details were so impressive. I wonder what happened to that neon Pontiac sign in the original post photograph.
  15. Those are most likely the houses that Cherry Moving Co. has been paid to move off lots in Houston and surrounding areas. They are listed for sale on their website.
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