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  1. Kiddie Wonderland was the amusement park with the pony ride. Not Playland Park.
  2. The Green Parrot on MacGregor Way. It was opened in the early 1950s.
  3. The MacDonald's on Main at Gray was a carhop drive-in. It was there at least as early as 1955, because we ate there at least that early. The family that owned it and the other two local carhop MacDonald's couldn't have opened it to extort money from the national McDonalds, because in 1955 the McDonalds we know today was a small regional chain that Ray Kroc hadn't even bought yet.
  4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/slaidblade/3871451920 See the comment below the photo from the person who uploaded it.
  5. Have you seen this one? It's from the Pine Grove Press photostream, same guy who has the Wired For Sound blog. https://flic.kr/p/kSLC5
  6. Anchor Fence, which was founded in Michigan, was making and installing chain link fencing a good 40 years before Hurricane Fence was founded.
  7. Price's Hamburgers was the brainchild of Price Lovelady. According to a newspaper story way back when, he was financed by one of the Klebergs of King Ranch fame in exchange for 50% of the profits. For a short time he sponsored and appeared on a local kiddie show called Uncle Price's Party. This would have been in the early 60s. He seemed uncomfortable around the kids.
  8. Palm Center opened about 1955. The FedMart to the east @ Mykawa opened no more than a couple of years later.
  9. The Gemco in that area was on Fondren just south of Beechnut. When we were visiting back in the 80s it had become a Sam's Club. No idea what the 7005 Beechnut location was, but there wasn't a Globe there either.
  10. Mickey's Diner in St. Paul is still very much in business. http://www.mickeysdiningcar.com/
  11. That looks like the store on Westheimer in front of Tanglewood.
  12. Lewis & Coker stores were around long before Kmart. As a teenager I worked at the Holcombe at Greenbrier and Palm Center stores, and later at the store adjoiining the Kmart on Van Fleet off South Park.
  13. I agree with TielsBetter, this thread is useful, if for no other reason than to set the record straight. A few observations: There were never separate shopping sections anywhere in Houston, period. Separate restrooms and water fountains, yes. Separate lunch counters or restricted to whites only, yes. But absolutely no separate shopping areas. Woolworth's record department was bigger than average, but If you wanted a good selection of records, you went to a record store. There were dozens of them. They had different selections depending on their neighborhood and clientele, but none of the
  14. Tinker, In 1950, we moved right off 9600 South Main, and I'm quite familiar with the South Main/OST junction in 1954 and well beyond. There was not a bar called the Hitching Post at South Main and OST; not next door to Prince's, not across the street from Prince's. It wasn't there. Period. Prince's only next door neighbor was its competitor Stuart's Drive In directly to the north. The Palladium fronted on OST, across the street from the OST side of Stuart's. Across South Main there was a drive-in grocery/cafe, the Ace Trailer Park and Lee's Den Chinese restaurant. There was no building
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