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Matchbook Cover I found in this book I got at Half Price Books!


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Looks to be a boxing ring that was operating in 1953 and therabouts. Heh, I guess they did some racy stuff between boxing matches. That same match book is being sold on an ebay listing for $6.

Bozo St. Clair regaled Houston audiences in the late 1940
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510 Milby? Houston, right? Anyone know about this joint?

Milby Street? Unless there's another Milby Street I don't know about, I have to tell you this joint was on the east side of town, in what was then, and still is now, the arm pit of Houston.

510 Milby is at the corner of Milby and Harrisburg, far from downtown, at least a couple of miles east of the overhead 59 Eastex Fwy.

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Looked it up on Google Maps and rode my bike over there. I intended to trespass ( ;) ) and see what was up. What is now 516 Milby looks to have been it, possibly. Or maybe it was to the right of that in either what is now an empty field or at a gas station that appears to have taken severe weather damage.

516 Milby is a really rundown looking building. Attached to it in the back is a building made out of metal siding-type stuff. This part of the building has a big hole in the side of it. Inside you can see a clock, some tables, a locked raised area...I saw some guys in there. Wasn't clear if they were homeless or what. I decided not to go in.

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"Bozo St Clair"? Naked boxing girls? Interesting find there. The mind boggles... :blink:

Don't get your hopes up. The boxing girls just wore very skimpy outfits. You could call it an ancestor of "female mud wrestling." I don't think Houston had what we would call real "strip clubs" in those days. Our local vice laws and vice cops saw to that.

Bozo St. Clair was an old Vaudevillian who did his song, dance and comedy schtick at Houston night clubs in the 1940

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Underneath the black panel there's a sign. It starts with the letter R, so it might say Ringside. Maybe not Ringside Club, though, because I didn't spot the top of a C.

Good detective work, Kylejack! How many times have HAIFers driven by that, and never had a clue what it was. Those matchbookcovers are priceless.

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Good detective work, Kylejack! How many times have HAIFers driven by that, and never had a clue what it was. Those matchbookcovers are priceless.

Go to Google Maps, type in "510 Milby, Houston, Texas" and you'll get a satellite eye view of the intersection of Harrisburg and Milby. You will also see that directly across from what once stood at 510 Milby is the Maxwell House Coffee Plant.

You know? As I recall, we learned in an earlier discussion here on HAIF that -- before it started producing coffee, this facility was a parts and assembly plant for Ford Motor Company until 1942. It produced trucks and other vehicles for the U-S military during the war, and only later did it become what it is today.

My point is: can you think of a better place to open a night club with boxing ladies and gents than right across the street from a large manufacturing plant? Especially during the war? When everybody had more money to spend? I'm betting the old Ringside Club was one hot and jumping east end night spot in its hey days before and during WWII.

I could be wrong, but I don't think the windowless building someone photographed is the old Ringside Club. The address on that building is 516 Milby. Google mapping 510 Milby turns up one of those 360 degree photos of that stretch of Milby, and you can see that the windowless building at 516 is very big, and goes back from Milby quite a ways -- all the way back through the block in fact. I'm guessing the Ringside Club was closer to the corner of Milby and Harrisburg. Maybe even the now vacant lot next to 516.

On the other hand, the Ringside Club did need a fairly big building to accommodate a night club that offered floor shows, and a boxing arena with seating for several hundred people. That means the building at 516 could have been the Ringside Club. Address numbers have been known to change over many years.

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ringsideclub01ol7.jpg

By the way terrbo, what was the book you purchased at Half Priced Books? A book on matchbook collecting?

It's called..."Striking Images" by Monte Beauchamp.. a collection of vintage matchbook cover art. Tons of great stuff.

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