Introduction

Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at fadingshadows40@gmail.com or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Majestic Theater

Here is another good shot of The Majestic Theater in Wichita Falls. During the three year period I lived on Ohio Street in Wichita Falls, I went to all the down town theaters, except the Majestic. The Majestic was kind of odd the beaten path on Scott Street, and I just never went there when looking for a good movie on the Saturday Matinees. I probably missed some good shows.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Kresses

Here's another good shot of S. H. Kresses, my favorite Five & Dime store in Wichita Falls, Texas. It was located on Indiana Street between 8th & 9th Streets, I believe.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pulp Rack, 1942

Pulp magazine rack from 1942. I love this one, as I’ve got 90% of the magazines showing on the rack. G-Men Detective, The Phantom Detective, The Ghost Detective, The Lone Eagle, and those Westerns. Rio Kid, Thrilling Ranch, Texas Rangers, Thrilling Novels. Great reading.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Parkway Theater

Parkway Theater. It just so happens, Elvis is playing on the bill. Sure would like to go back and see the movie at this theater that night.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Newsstand 1940


Newsstand from 1940, probably: The pulps on display are dated 1941, but likely released December 1940. So my guess is this was taken in the 1940/41 winter. Look at those old cars in the background. I wish I knew where this was taken, but I have no idea. Sorry I haven’t been around for a while. I’m still having a lot of medical issues, and not up to much activity.