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Red Front Cafe, Lyons, Texas

Red Front Cafe, Lyons, Texas

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: "Red Front Cafe, Lyons, Texas"; framed in barnwood; "P. Johnson" and title handwritten on bottom
Contributing Partner: Star of the Republic Museum
[Joe Molly's "The Whang Doodle"]

[Joe Molly's "The Whang Doodle"]

Date: 1941
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a young woman standing in front of Joe Molly's "The Whang Doodle" a soda fountain in Orange, Texas. There are venetian blinds in the windows and a double screen door on the entrance. A neon sign above the door reads, "Home of the Whang Doodle, 5 cents, Fountain Service" The woman is wearing a dark dress with a white collar and cuffs.
Contributing Partner: Heritage House Museum
[Postcard of the Little Mexico Restaurant in Orange, Texas]

[Postcard of the Little Mexico Restaurant in Orange, Texas]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographic postcard picturing the Little Mexico Restaurant. The description on the back reads, "Little Mexico Restaurants, Inc., In the heart of Orange, on Hwy. 90, Serving the Finest of Mexican Food, Steaks, Oysters, Shrimp, and Fried Chicken. Private Dining Rooms for Banquets and Dinner Parties. Recommended by Leading Connoisseurs. Also Beaumont, Texas." The building is in a Spanish-style architecture with a tile roof. A large palm tree grows outside of the restaurant. The sign is shaped like a sombrero.
Contributing Partner: Heritage House Museum
Street Scene in Ft. Worth, Texas

Street Scene in Ft. Worth, Texas

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a street scene in Ft. Worth, Texas. The street has trolley tracks, old cars and horse-drawn buggies. Tall commercial buildings line the road and there are street lamps and people on the sidewalks. A sign on the left side of the frame reads, "CAFE".
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library
Galveston, Texas After Storm in 1915

Galveston, Texas After Storm in 1915

Date: 1915
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Galveston, Texas after a storm. In the foreground on the right is a large pile of debris, mostly wooden beams. On the left side of the frame is a man walking beside a building with a covered sidewalk. On the awning it reads, "Cafe Hotel, Seawall Cafe". Further down the sidewalk are more buildings and a few people on the wet sidewalk. On the right side in the background are parked cars.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library
The Texas Historian, Volume 40, Number 3, January 1980

The Texas Historian, Volume 40, Number 3, January 1980

Date: January 1980
Creator: Texas State Historical Association
Description: Journal published by the Texas State Historical Association containing articles written by members of the Junior Historians about various aspects of Texas history.
Contributing Partner: Texas State Historical Association
[Oden's Drive Inn]

[Oden's Drive Inn]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This restaurant and grocery store was once located at 3403 Highway 280 east in Mineral Wells. It is no longer [2012] in existence. The photograph shows 1940's and 1950's cars parked in front. The Odens resided above the business.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
Pete Caruso

Pete Caruso

Date: September 8, 1949
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Man standing behind counter next to cash register waiting on woman customer. Caruso's Cafe & Delicatessen was located at 311 W. 6th Street. Owner was Pasquale Caruso.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Chinese Kitchen Restaurant

Chinese Kitchen Restaurant

Date: March 22, 1946
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Exterior photo of Lung's Chinese Kitchen restaurant. The Chinese Kitchen was located at 1128 Red River St.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[Group of Men and Women in Mexico]

[Group of Men and Women in Mexico]

Date: 1977
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a group of men and women at a Christmas celebration in Mexico. They are seated at a table in a crowded restaurant. They are all holding beverages, and have several empty and half-full bottles and glasses on the table already. From left to right, they have been identified as Sibyle Wind, Ruth Brodsgaard, Julia Knudsen, Henry Knudsen, Chris Brodsgaard, and Iver (Jack) Wind.
Contributing Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society
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