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Vintage Houston #2- A Rare Glimpse at its Past #Houston #Htown #Vintage

Going to 7-Eleven in the Heights as a kid to get a Slurpee was a highlight when visiting my grandma and grandpas' house. Convenience stores were like Heaven to me back then with all the candy choices available I was always eyes wide open.

Vintage photograph of a Houston Texas

The cars were a ride I had to ride when I was small. They looked like so much like a real car I would imagine myself driving that little convertible round and round.

Classic flat Houston allows you to see for miles, now covered completely in concrete.

The Alabama Theatre is a historic movie theater located at the intersection of Alabama Street and Shepherd Drive in the Upper Kirby district of Houston, Texas.

The chain expanded into Houston in 1948 Joske's, founded by German immigrant Julius Joske[1] in 1867, was a department store chain originally based in San Antonio, Texas. In December 1928, Hahn Department Stores acquired the company along with the Titche-Goettinger department store of Dallas, and three years later Hahn became part of Allied Stores. Allied was taken over by Campeau in 1986, and Campeau in turn sold the Joske's chain in 1987 to Dillard's.[2] All Joske's stores were then quickly converted into Dillard's locations.

History about Toddle House

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In 1917, he moved to Galveston, Texas from the advice of a friend. Gambling had become legal and the island was booming. He opened a small sandwich shop selling fried fish sandwiches on toasted po boy bread. It was an instant hit. Christie’s stayed in Galveston until 1934. Houston was the next big town according to his friends so he relocated and opened a much larger restaurant with three dining rooms and servers. It was where the present day Medical Center is. There were other restaurants with the name Christie’s in different parts of Texas, but were not affiliated with Mr. Theodore Christie.

The once thriving ballroom and concert venue known as the Esquire Ballroom is now Neon Boots Dancehall and Saloon. Built in 1955 by Raymond Proske, the Esquire Ballroom was home to many well-known acts of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Most notable is Willie Nelson, where he was offered a job by house performer Larry Butler after Nelson asked him to listen to a few songs he had wrote including one called “Crazy.” Nelson, desperate for money offered the songs for $10 each. Butler knowing that these songs were “too good” instead offered Nelson a $50 loan and job performing with his band. One night during his commute from Pasadena to The Esquire Ballroom, Nelson wrote the song “Night Life” about working at the bar.

Sometime in the late 1950s, a swarthy-looking, cigar-chomping, ever-smiling Greek fellow named Jimmy Menutis bought The Wayside, an east end suburban movie theatre on Telephone Road, near Wayside Drive, and turned it into a club for contemporary music and dancing. For about five years, the place flourished as the biggest big-name rock ‘n roll music venue to ever hit Houston.

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