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I grew up in the late 50's/early 60's a couple of blocks from MP. As a kid there were plenty of attractions there. I remember an organ grinder and monkey making appearances in the courtyard and Easter chicks in rainbow colors for sale I believe at Woolworth. I also seem to recall them selling tiny alligators like the ones that will eventually end up in the sewer system ;)

Maddings Drug had a fine soda fountain with occasional promotions where you could draw prices out of a hat for a banana split (3-33 cents). Maddings was my favorite haunt to get all the 10 cent comics and baseball cards keeping a lookout for those 1962 Colt gems. Woolworth also had a snack bar. The pharmacy was on the front side of the store near the parking lot and the snack bar was in the back near the door to the courtyard. Both stools and booths.

Playhouse toys used to hold Duncan yo-yo and spinning top competitions. I used to get clothes at Meyer Bros as well as Hardy Boy books from their book dept. Woolworth always had a dazzling Halloween section with all the vintage goodies that collectibles now.

My mom shopped at Henke's.

I recall Meyerland losing its appeal after the enclosed Sharpstown Mall with cool A/C and more stores opened up.

Here's a few photos showing Mading's Drugs (one 'D' not two) and Meyers Brothers, as well as a few arials. All of these are from 1957, the year it opened.

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Here's a few photos showing Mading's Drugs (one 'D' not two) and Meyers Brothers, as well as a few arials. All of these are from 1957, the year it opened.

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That car on the far left, in picture #2, sure looks like a '62 Chevy. TJones... help!

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I found these hiding on my computer:

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1993

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Those pics look familiar. I remember going to the Meyerland area with my mom around that time when she went shopping. She would take me to this pizza place when she was done shopping, and I always thought it was in the strip center at N. Braeswood and Chimney Rock, but that pic of the atrium at Meyerland Plaza looks familiar. Was there a pizza place in there in the early 90s?

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Thanks for the wonderful pictures. They really help jog the old gray cells. A bonus for me is that my childhood Meyerland house is shown in #4. Back in the days when there were "free-range" kids, I walked the 2 blocks to MP as primary after school entertainment.

Did Playhouse toys have a clown logo?

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Thanks for the wonderful pictures. They really help jog the old gray cells. A bonus for me is that my childhood Meyerland house is shown in #4. Back in the days when there were "free-range" kids, I walked the 2 blocks to MP as primary after school entertainment.

Did Playhouse toys have a clown logo?

Not just a logo but I think they had a clown model ( head and shoulders) sticking out of the araea above the entrance to the store. Maybe there was a record store next door as well.

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Thanks for the wonderful pictures. They really help jog the old gray cells. A bonus for me is that my childhood Meyerland house is shown in #4. Back in the days when there were "free-range" kids, I walked the 2 blocks to MP as primary after school entertainment.

Did Playhouse toys have a clown logo?

I remember colored building blocks (blue, red, & green) on the sign at Gulfgate, think it was a Playhouse Toys. Don't recall a clown, mid-60's.

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I seem to remember the floor of Playhouse Toys had green and yellow linoleum tiles in a checkerboard pattern. Some of the tiles had clowns on them.

The tiles sound familiar in that I entered a Duncan Spinning Top contest at Playhouse in Meyerland and one of the tasks was to hit a colored tile with the top and keep it in the square.

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The Rumble Seat was awesome!! Do you remember the "Red Telephone" restaurant; I believe it was owned by the same people. It was one my favorite places (along with Astroworld and Goonie Golf). There was a red telephone on each table and you placed your order by using the phone. My older brother and I enjoyed picking up the phone to quote dialoge from the live-action series Batman. "Yes, this is Commissioner Gordon here. That's right Batman..."

I can remember two restaurants that featured the telephone-ordering approach. One was Kings restaurant, next door to Goonie Golf (opposite side from library), and Across the Street, on Hillcroft just south of Westheimer. For some reason I remember eating onion rings at Kings, and curly fries at Across the Street.

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Those pics look familiar. I remember going to the Meyerland area with my mom around that time when she went shopping. She would take me to this pizza place when she was done shopping, and I always thought it was in the strip center at N. Braeswood and Chimney Rock, but that pic of the atrium at Meyerland Plaza looks familiar. Was there a pizza place in there in the early 90s?

Great pictures! I remember the atrium area not so empty and open. It seemed more cluttered and filled with planters, trees, concrete benches, etc.

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What is the link to the historic aeriel maps site? I grew up in Meyerland from 1964 to 1973 and do not remember seeing a grocery store there. Perhaps it was before or after my time.

I do however remember the toy store adjacent to Meyer Brothers. A Lost In Space robot for $7.99 and the Time Machine 400 degree cooking machine for $10 that turns lumps of plastic into smelly multi-colored monsters.

If something like that came out today every lawyer in the country would have a wetdream. Aaahh...the good ol days when folks took responsibility for their actions.

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Another great picture! Wow, this really goes back to my early days. I do remember heating up the colored squares / flat cubes in the plastic chamber, and slowly seeing the small creatures emerge

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Those pics look familiar. I remember going to the Meyerland area with my mom around that time when she went shopping. She would take me to this pizza place when she was done shopping, and I always thought it was in the strip center at N. Braeswood and Chimney Rock, but that pic of the atrium at Meyerland Plaza looks familiar. Was there a pizza place in there in the early 90s?

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At some point the spire had a stacked wall arrangement built of scalloped terra cotta on either side of the spire. I remember this well because I thought it a disaster when the mall was bulldozed. Why? Because the wall had become a gathering point every evening beginning at about 710 PM for Purple Martins to come to it and the immediate trees behind it to rooost for the evening in preparation for their migration to the south after raising their young here. The Martins would literally fall out of the sky to land there, an onto those trees.

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