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 or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Gem Theater

The Gem Theater, about 1915. Thanks to Larry Weldman for sharing this old picture of the Gem Theater from Ohio Street, one the magic palaces I called home every Saturday morning.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Cowgirls Romances

Cowgirl Romances #4: Westerns and comic books weren’t just for boys back in the Golden Age. As you can see, Oulhoot Cowgirl Romances were definitely for the girls.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Nick Carter

Nick Carter pulp magazine: Here’s an old black & white photo of a gentleman reading the May 1936 issue of the Nick Carter pulp magazine. I own many of the Nick Carter magazines.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pilgrim Theater

PILGRIM Theater, featuring The She Creature and It Conquered The World. Ah, for the days when such theaters in towns showed great movies (LOL).  I wish everyone would share pictures of their local theaters, if you have them. They are such a delight. More, please.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Yet Another Old Newsstand

Here’s yet another old newsstand. Two young boys are reading Mutt & Jeff comic books. To the left is a stack of pulps, but I can’t make out the titles.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Another Old Newsstand

Here's another old newsstand that shows a youngster reading a magazine from the rack. Ah, those were the day, my friends.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Old Newsstand

Old Newsstand: Here’s another old newsstand. The young boy is reading a Golden Age Captain America. I see some pulps to his right: Clues, Ten Detective Aces, Black Mask, and others. There’s a Blue Book to his left. I remember reading comic books at Kress’s on Indiana Street in Wichita Falls at a rack like this.