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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Superman Serial 1948


SUPERMAN, 1948 serial from Columbia, a 15-chapter cliffhanger starring Kirk Alyn as The Man of Steel and Noel Neill (who only recently passed away) as Louis Lane, with Carol Forman as the notorious Spider Lady. Not the best serial by any means, but the one that made an unforgettable impact on an 8-year-old boy in 1948. I had only discovered Superman and Batman comic books the year before when my family moved us to Wichita Falls, and for me, the day Superman began at the Tower Theater on Indiana Street was the beginning of my love for serials. It has remained one of my favorites since childhood. I was planning on waiting until 2018, the 70th anniversary of its premiere, to watch it again, but this past week’s medical emergency taught me that we are not promised two more years, or indeed, even one more year, so I watched it again this past weekend. I still plan on watching it one more time in summer of 2018, if I’m still around.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hey!!!Kids, Comics


Hey!!! Kids, Comics: I wish I still had my comic book spinner racks. I never thought much about them until after I gave them away when we closed the bookstore.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Parade

Parade in Houston, I believe, with Gene Autry and Champion. I don't have the date of this picture, and just guessing it's in Houston.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FATE Magazine


FATE Magazine, June 1957. Not long after Russia launched Sputnik, we were seeing a rash of other things in the sky. I think Sputnik made us look up more, for these “UFOs” had been in our skies long before the Russians got involved. I had left Wichita Falls in 1956, but one of the magazines I enjoyed reading was, of course, FATE Magazine.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shazam - The Marvel Family


SHAZAM – The Marvel Family. As most of this Blog’s viewers know by now, The Marvel Family was one of my favorite comic book series back in the day. Although I preferred color panels, this black & white illustration is also very nice. Just thought I would share.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

NEWSSTAND


NEWSSTAND: Here is another vintage newsstand. Unfortunately, I’m not sure where the picture was taken. Or the time period for that matter, but probably in the 1940. Old magazines, candy, and assorted items could be bought in these old stores.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mighty Mouse

Okay, I admit it, I was a huge fan of any comic book with Mighty Mouse inside even through my teenage years. He was my hero. I even learned to draw using Might Mouse as a model. But those were long ago days, and my illustrious art period is long past. But I still like the character.