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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks for posting the photo of The Safari. I had no idea. What a nice MCM design.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Nice pics. Its always nice to visit this one in person. I can picture how beautiful it would be at night, with the right landscape lighting.
  10. Thanks for the tip. I would probably use some gravel and stepping stones, as well. I’ll have to research the grasses of Texas.
  11. Can you name a few alternate grasses to use in high traffic (two large dog) areas? I’m not a big fan of St. Augustine grass. The trees I prefer are pines.
  12. This location sits behind the first Almeda Mall multi-movie theater bldg. (corner of Kleckley and Kingspoint).
  13. In the 1950's - 60's, pony rides were very popular. The kiddie park or carnival mentioned frequently "before Holcombe" or "by the Prudential Bldg". was maybe Kiddyworld. I assumed in an earlier post that it was the one near Braes Bayou, called Kiddie Wonderland. Like you said, the one near Rice didn't last long. Maybe it had something to do with the university, due to the location. That's just a guess on my part. see link - https://ricehistorycorner.com/2014/08/26/singing-cowboy-1955/ One thing is for sure, that area in the 1950's had a huge horse presence. There was a circus farm with stables, oval rings, and animal cages. I saw those on Sanborn maps. There were numerous other oval ring tracks, including one at the front of Playland Park, at one time (GoogleEarth). And don't forget the name of (now demolished) The Stables Restaurant that sat at Greenbriar and S. Main. Hmmm....And on the other side of Hermann Park sat the Almeda riding stables.
  14. I had no idea there was an old South Main... I've been tracing it tonight, using GoogleEarth - old (1940's-50's) views along with the new maps... you can still detect the road's path. Parts are overgrown or completely covered by new development. There are road blocks that hint at where the old path crosses over other newer roads. And what's up with those loop roads? One is over by Holmes Rd. You can see where the Old Main St. takes a somewhat sharp turn around Knight and Fannin, forks off right after crossing Old Spanish Trail (Alt 90) and passes behind the Astrodome.
  15. Jo-Jo's --- that's the 1970's coffee shop/ late night, after clubbing, Denny's style place, correct? I remember a round window at the entrance.
  16. That makes sense to me... with the Sears - Oak Forest/ Garden Oaks store (1949) on N. Shepherd having a detached garden bldg. I know the Sears - Main St. store (1939) had a detached auto center. I think it was once a garden center, too. I probably saw it on an old Sanborn map. It sat SE, right across the street. The Sears - Pasadena store (1956) had an attached but outdoor fenced garden type area to the right, with the auto shop in the rear. The key shop was a separate small booth located in front of the store, on the south side, by the right entrance doors. I remember it vividly. The colored keys always caught my eye. The catalog dept. was to the left, back side. I don't recall what setup the Sears - Harrisburg store (1947) had...think it may have been detached and close by. The Sears - Memorial City (1961) has/ had a detached auto center. The original 60's, heavy-looking but easy- gliding silver handled doors were still present in recent years. They may have disappeared in the last medical center/ shopping mall remodel. The Memorial City Sears key booth was like the Pasadena store. It sat on the West entrance, in its own little booth. The Sears built dates may be approximate. I've included them mainly to see how the garden/ auto center design evolved.
  17. That slide bar comparison feature is one I've used quite a bit on the Historic Aerials site. Nice to see GoogleEarth offering it as a research tool.
  18. That name was The Eagle Drive-In. I mentioned it in a recent post about drive-ins. I don't think it lasted very long, 1950's to early sixties. Hurricane Carla may be to blame.
  19. Cinema Houston mentions the Parkway Drive-In at 7300 South Lake Houston Parkway (North Houston) "operated through the late seventies". p.223 I couldn't find anything on the Cedars.
  20. That's a tricky one to pinpoint. It's often confused with the Town & Country Drive-In, located at 4716 Red Bluff. If you use the approximate address of 3903 Red Bluff, it will get you in the general area of the Eagle. Its concession stand concrete foundation is behind and to the right of Amegy Bank. I verified this info. with my brother-in-law. He grew up in the area. The 1950's Eagle Drive-In had a large neon green eagle on the screen backside. The "I Grew Up in Pasadena, Tx" facebook group has quite a bit of info. on all of the Pasadena area theaters. FilioScotia is right, those aerial maps are amazingly detailed. Sometimes, you have to use both HistoricAerials and GoogleEarth to see the progression, through the years. Cinema Houston book mentions Town & Country, but not The Eagle Drive In.
  21. That is one of my favorite books. It utilizes Sanborn maps, diagrams, personal stories, and photos. The oral histories are so interesting. They recount a time when there was a whole blend of cultures in the Galveston alleyways, through the many plants, trees, music and food the workers brought with them. I recall one story of the fragrant air, the sandy path and the moonlight. If you are careful, you can see traces of alleys in some of the older Houston neighborhoods. Park Place, Riverside, and Pineview come to mind.
  22. google: Cite 69 l OffCite - By The Wayside for info. on the Lawndale Village Apartments... p.30, 3rd paragraph. Architect/ developer was William Giddings Farrington. You can find his biography at - Uhsystem.edu - interesting note - he would later develop Tanglewood. The sources mention the strong design of the yr.1944 apartment units, the war defense effort and Hughes Tool. The Lawndale Village Apartments were similar to the ones by the VA Hospital. He designed those, as well. Interesting, about the Redwood Apartments. It is a huge place. The redwood Wahoo Bar sat next to them, facing Lawndale Dr. I wouldn't be surprised if the apartments housed pilots and the families of WWII workers. And after WWII ended, there was a housing shortage. So, they could have had many uses.
  23. I had high hopes that the old mansion would be fully restored. But the restoration stopped a while back. Scaffolding is still standing and a front window is open to the elements. One of the old topographic maps shows that the natural bayou was located closer to the house. You can see traces of it on old aerial maps.
  24. All I remember about auto dealerships growing up in the sixties is --- the HUGE Rocket neon sign on Gulf Freeway near Gulfgate (outbound), the auto import place with small cars and round glass showroom, on the Gulf Freeway (inbound, close to Prince's & Finger's) and the mcm auto showrooms on S. Richey (Pasadena).
  25. http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/32479 ...an update to the link for finding some of the defunct HISD schools and other school histories. ... wondering --- Why isn't previous Fullerton Elementary (Harrisburg Blvd.) on the list... or have I just missed it? This link says it was donated to the mission... http://www.opendoorhouston.org/about/our-history/ If my childhood memory is correct, there was a huge old Victorian structure with a double porch that sat to the left of Fullerton Elementary. In the late 60's, it was a type of halfway house, remember the men all around as we passed by... had a chain link fence, with a gate, long sidewalk entry, and a bus stop waiting area just outside it...it always intrigued me. I have always wondered about it's history. Was a worn wooden structure, 2 story, with porch that ran the length of the front facade. It may have had corinthian columns, not sure. Anyone remember it?
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