Farewell, 2020: Sing “Auld Lang Syne” as You View These Auld Lang Signs

Another year is almost history. As we ring out the old and ring in the new, seen around town are some signs of times gone by:

Iron Age artifact: The badge of the defunct Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) railroad still adorns the overpass (1931) on Morningside Drive north of Katy Lake.

The crowned head of candy: King Candy Company on East 8th Street.

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Fossil fuel: Sign at Paul Lemon’s restored Sinclair gas station on McCart Avenue. (The Filling Stations That Time Forgot)

Jack Shelton’s plumbing company was located at 1128 South Main Street from 1949 until 1965. The lettering on the storefront is tiled.

On Davis Boulevard near the TEXRail crossing.

Also near the TEXRail track, hanging in a back yard, is the sign that hung at Cromer’s Ace shop downtown. Cromer’s Ace duplicated keys and repaired locks, sold and repaired bicycles, and repaired small electric appliances.

Unhitch ’em here, pardner: The Tower trailer park (c. 1953) on Jacksboro Highway. Update: This sign has been removed.

Smoke signal: The faded ghost sign of Owl brand cigars on the east wall of the Cantina Cadillac building on West Exchange Avenue. (More ghost signs)

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Hush, puppy: “That’s my dog, Tige. He lives in a shoe. I’m Buster Brown. Look for me in there, too.” Buster Brown and his dog Tige began selling shoes in 1904. These two metal signs hang on the wall of Cooper Footcare Facility on Southwest Loop 820. In a full-page ad in 1930 Leonard’s Department Store promised that Buster Brown shoes would impart “glorious foot health for boys and girls.”

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The Rocket’s red glare: The Rocket Club on Jacksboro Highway featured entertainment such as Trudine the quiver queen. The building now houses a muffler shop.

Frozen in time: In front of a building (1912) at the corner of West Allen and Fairmount streets in Fairmount hangs this faded sign for Boswell Dairy’s ice cream. The Boswell family began selling fresh milk from its grocery store in 1900, established a dairy near Saginaw about 1901.

Update: The Boswell sign, I am told, now hangs inside the building, which now houses the Arise Africa ministry. The Fairmount building housed a neighborhood grocery for at least fifty years.

sign building 1925Say it with Green Stamps: W. F. Laurence fine flowers on Magnolia Avenue. This building now houses Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge.

night firestoneRoll model: Firestone service store (1930) on West 7th Street. The building today is part of the Firestone Apartments.

nigh sign montgomeryThe merchant of 7th Street: Montgomery Ward building (1928) on West 7th Street. Today the building houses retail and residential.

night santa fe“All points beyond”: Santa Fe freight depot (1938) on Jones Street. Today the building houses the Fort Worth center of the University of Texas at Arlington.

meadowbrook signEighty cents per car: One of Fort Worth’s yoostabe drive-in theaters, the Meadowbrook, on Riverside Drive. Today homeless people use the theater’s screen for shelter.

signs poly theater poly signMeet the Milligans: One of Fort Worth’s yoostabe indoor theaters, the Poly, on Vaughn Boulevard, owned by Boyd and Imogene Milligan. The building has been vacant for years.

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Three more yoostabes: Azle Theater on Azle Avenue, Berry Theater on Hemphill Street, Isis Theater on North Main Street. The Azle Theater building recently housed a Zumba center. The Berry Theater is vacant. The new owner of the Isis hopes to restore the theater.

sign roxexThe Merchant of Vaughn Boulevard: Rox-Ex exterminating company on Vaughn Boulevard. The building is vacant today.

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A Dodge, a date, and a double cheese: Clover Driftwood drive-in restaurant (later the Boardwalk lounge; today the lot is cleared, but the sign survives) on Lancaster Avenue and the Clover drive-in restaurant (now a bank) on Rosedale Street. Herman and Odell Allen owned the Clover drive-ins and the Clover Grill and Club downtown.

sign ashburn's“Always good”: Ashburn’s ice cream parlor on Rosedale Street. Today Texas Wesleyan University owns the building.

night mehlThe original dollar store: The Mehl Building (Clarkson, 1916) on Henderson Street housed the business of numismatist Max Mehl. Today the building is office space.

Speed dial: Phone numbers had just six digits when this Sanguinet and Staats-designed building (now owned by XTO Energy) on Calhoun Street was the Binyon-O’Keefe storage warehouse. Cattle baron C. A. O’Keefe also built the Blackstone Hotel.

“Half the fun of having feet”: The Solomon shoe store building (1903) on Houston Street now houses a bar.

sign daiches 2012“Convenient credit terms”: Joe Daiches credit jewelers in the Gause Building on Houston Street. Today the building is vacant.

main vandervoortsIn the sweet by-and-by: The Vandervoort’s dairy plant on South Main Street is now owned by Kroger.

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“All aboard!”: track signs of the Texas & Pacific passenger station. Today the building houses lofts. (More railroad signs)

ghost sign piggly“Better groceries for less”: Piggly Wiggly sign on the building that now houses Old Home Supply on College Avenue in Fairmount.

Main packer backers: Armour and Swift signs on Exchange Avenue. In 1902 Louville Veranus Niles announced that Jonathan Ogden Armour had been elected president and Gustavus Franklin Swift vice president of the Fort Worth Stockyards Company as construction of the two packing plants was about to begin. Today almost all of the buildings of the two packing plants are gone.

Happy new year and “take a cup o’ kindness yet,” y’all, for auld lang signs.

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18 Responses to Farewell, 2020: Sing “Auld Lang Syne” as You View These Auld Lang Signs

  1. debra walker says:

    my mother’s aunt was sally sansom(related to the sansom family of sansom park), who had sally’s flower shop on camp bowie, and the sign is still there though the business is different and the building is much smaller. my mother said she was a successful business woman starting in the 40’s, she had a home off vickery and westridge, called sally’s valley. it’s a family story, and also one of ft worth, i think. i really enjoy your site. thank you.

  2. Glenn Heath says:

    There are so many more, that you could post from now to 2030 and still miss some. Rock Island for one.

    • hometown says:

      In fact, I have a separate post on railroad signs, mostly on bridges and overpasses.

  3. Dennis Hogan says:

    I actually saw a Gulf fillin’ station in business up in Gainesville recently!
    Say, have you seen any Mission Soda signs around Fort Worth?

  4. Christopher Ebert says:

    The current owners of the Fairmount Grocery have requested the FW Landmarks Commission to allow them to take downw the “Boswell” sign and ‘display’ it inside the building. In my opinion, not an appropriate for this historic sign.

    • hometown says:

      Thanks for letting me know. I hope the sign stays outside. But if it disappears I’ll hope it’s inside the building, not at the landfill.

  5. Walter Moores says:

    I am confused by the Montgomery Plaza sign. Are we saying goodbye to the condos already? The use of the word plaza makes me think of Ward Plaza at Berry and Riverside, which closed years ago.

    • hometown says:

      Walter, I included the Montgomery Plaza sign just as a reminder that the building yoostabe a Montgomery Ward store.

  6. Kelly Riley says:

    These Auld Lang signs kindle some great memories…many thanks Mike

  7. Keith Robinson says:

    Great stuff Mike. Always look forward to seeing what you post.

  8. Ken Smith says:

    Mike, I love, love, love the panther abovethe handlebars. And looking at all these old signs is just really a stroll down memory lane, especially the theaters. My degree in comparative anatomy came from the Meadowbrook Drive-in and the Twin on Lancaster.

    • hometown says:

      Thanks, Ken. Wish the background weren’t so cluttered, but Photoshop is a slippery slope. I was a Mansfield Drive-in man myself. My 1951 Pontiac always could sense place and time: It would never start at the drive-in when my date’s curfew was nearing, and we had to leave. And getting a jump start from the study buddies behind the steamed-up windows in the car beside us was never easy.

  9. Bev. Nabors says:

    Happy New Year to you Mike! Keep up the good work!

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