by Paula Bosse
I love the ads from old high school yearbooks — especially the ones that featured students. Below is a sampling of advertisements from the 1959 Highlander, the yearbook of Highland Park High School.
Above, City Downtown Mercury, 2100 Cedar Springs — R. J. “Bob” Acton, manager. New and used cars. Cool sign.
Below, the Sam Snead School of Golf, 5960 Northwest Highway. Ad features HPHS golf team member Tommy Abbott. (Most images are larger when clicked.)
Hillcrest Hi-Fi and Records, 6309 Hillcrest.
Sanborn’s Hi-Fi Center, 5551 W. Lovers Lane. Featuring Jim Stiff and Brian Stiff and their loafers.
And because everyone was high-fi crazy in 1959, another one: Custom Music of Dallas, High Fidelity Specialists, 3212-14 Oak Lawn — Oong Choi, technical supervisor. (Oong Choi was listed in a 1956 newspaper article as being a philosophy student at the Dallas Theological Seminary who was presenting a lecture on the children of Korea.)
A & L Upholstery, 5617 East University.
Mr. Drue’s Beauty Salon, 6808 Snider Plaza — Duffy D. Houghton, prop.
Holiday Cleaning and Laundry, 5540 Preston Road, between St. Andrews and Mockingbird.
Cline Music Co., 1307 Elm Street.
Wall’s Delicatessen, 10749 Preston Road, at Royal Lane — Milton Wall and Rose Wall, props. Wall’s opened at Preston and Royal in 1950, one of the area’s first business — the landmark closed in 1987 when the family changed its focus to catering.
Preston State Bank, 8111 Preston Road. “Check the time — Check the temperature — And drive by often.” The time is currently 9:14.
Asburn’s Ice Cream, various locations. Featuring HPHS students Terry Coverdale and Susan Zadic, with impressively balanced six-dip cones.
Henry Miller Insurance Agency, 5010 Greenville Avenue. Featuring Venetian blinds.
Little Bit of Sweden restaurant, 254 Inwood Village. Featuring smorgasbord.
Village Camera Shop, 86 Highland Park Village — Al Cooter, owner. Featuring student Susie Stone.
W. R. Fine Galleries, 2524 Cedar Springs.
Friendly Chevrolet, 5526 E. Mockingbird Lane. Featuring HPHS students Mary Jane York, Sarah McNay, and Mary Lee Jones sitting in the trunk of a car.
The We Three Weber’s Root Beer drive-in, 5060 W. Lovers Lane.
Kathryn Currin Real Estate, 5964 Northwest Highway. Weird not seeing Ebby’s name on the roof.
Fear not, Ebby wasn’t very far away: Ebby Halliday Realor, 8400 Westchester, in Preston Center.
Dr Pepper, national headquarters on Mockingbird and Greenville (across the street from Friendly Chevrolet, above). Featuring HPHS students George Denton, Pat Pierce, and Kathy Thomas. “Frosty, Man, Frosty!”
A bunch of random ads: Prince of Hamburgers, 5200 Lemmon Avenue; Miller-Beer & Co. Realtors; Henry Nuss, Bookbinders, 419 S. Ervay; Roy Hance Humble station, 4831 McKinney Avenue; The Fish Bowl, 235 Inwood Village; Inwood Pharmacy; and Margie’s Dress Shops.
And the big “get” for the yearbook staff, an ad for Highland Park Village (see a larger image of the photo here).
Sources & Notes
All ads from the 1959 Highland Park High School yearbook, The Highlander.
Of related interest: “Highland Park High School: Ads from the 1966 Yearbook.”
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