Kimball High School, Off Campus — Ads, 1959-1961
by Paula Bosse
Browsing the Elvis releases, 1959
by Paula Bosse
A few years ago I posted several Oak Cliff-centric ads found in the 1963 and 1967 Kimball High School yearbooks (see those ads here). I’m back for another installment.
Above, a photo I really love, showing five Kimball girls checking out Elvis records at Priest Music (2447 W. Kiest Blvd). No, they don’t look like high school girls, and, yes, they are. The man at the right is, apparently, the owner, Frank M. Anderson (whom, I think, changed the name of the store to Music Hall the following year?). I posted this ad on my Facebook page last week, and one man wrote, about the owner: “Frank, the owner. His shop was known for its collection of Jazz and Classical albums. We became friends as I got into Jazz thanks to the Great Pete Fountain!” And because, why not, here’s a recent Google Street View of the Kiestwood Village sign which was probably there at that little shopping strip when Frank and the girls were photographed for this ad.
Dairy Mart (2739 S. Hampton):
Moreno’s Patio (245 Wynnewood Village):
Ketchum & Killum (334 W. Kiest) — a sporting goods store with perhaps the best name ever:
If you’re in need of some bandages or Mercurochrome after being a little too curious at Ketchum & Killum, head over to Page’s Pharmacy (3220 Falls Dr.):
For all things “fun,” Playland (3900 W. Illinois):
Sources & Notes
All ads from the 1959, 1960, and 1961 yearbooks of Justin Kimball High School in Oak Cliff.
More Kimball yearbook ads can be found in the Flashback Dallas post “A Few Ads From the Pages of the 1963 and 1967 Kimball High School Yearbooks.”
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Graduated from Kimball so this is fun to see and I love the Ketchum & Killum on Kiest store name.
Seems a few years earlier it was just Ketchum & Killum because according to a Dallas Morning News October 6, 1959 article their address was 3219 South Zangs. The article was about Mayor R. L. Thornton’s disdain for a request by the store to hold a “quick draw” contest on Loop 12 between Jefferson and Illinois.
Both locations seemed to be unlucky. According to a Dallas Morning News June 12, 1962 article the 334 West Kiest location caught on fire and it mentioned that the previous location had burned down in 1959. The article was about firemen saving a baby alligator from the burning store. Also in the article, the Kiest location was described as being across from the Zangs location. That was a bit confusing because I didn’t know that Highway 67 was also called Zangs at that time as can be seen on this 1962 map:
So I think the original location was at the southeast corner of Kiest and Zangs and the second location was just east of that as shown on these 1952 and 1968 aerials:
All of this leads up to my question. Is it Zangs as used on the 1962 map and in the 1959 article or is it Zang as current street signs and the following 1942 map show?
Zang. People mistakenly called it “Zangs” for decades, even my neighbors.
This article appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Oct. 29, 1900, announcing “Zang’s” (with the apostrophe) as the “official name”: https://is.gd/MG6BBG
I checked the DMN archives, and there were almost the exact same number of instances of “Zang’s” as “Zangs” used between 1900 and 1930 (very little use of “Zang”). On June 13, 1968, the DMN published the article “City Drops ‘S’ Officially from Zang Boulevard” — when the city changed the name on its signs.
I remember my mother and aunt referring to “Zang’s” — but it sounds really odd to me. They also used “Webb’s Chapel” (now “Webbs” Chapel), which I remember being used until… 20 or 30 years ago? I always have to stop to remember which is the current “official” street name.
The city of Dallas apparently can’t decide whether it’s
at least according to street signs.
I have looked desultorily but have not found an authoritative answer as to which, except I know that the last one was just a typo when Dallas came out with the large green street signs.
How many remember when Dallas put up new signs for “Wycliffe” Avenue and people went around spray-painting over the incorrect final “e”?
I also note than in the neighborhood of my childhood, although all the street signs say “McCommas Blvd”, the few remaining mosaic tile signs set into the curbs say “McComas Ave”. Any insight into that?
Yeah, I’ve noticed those “McComas” curb signs. The variations in that spelling also showed up in the DMN back then.
I drew the red outline on the 1968 aerial before checking google maps. The building outlined is still around and is at 434 West Kiest so that is likely not the location of the store. It is probably a couple of buildings east on the 1968 aerial. So now I am not sure what that article meant by saying the old location at 3219 South Zang was across from the 334 West Kiest location.
Also, after seeing the comment by pecos45, I rescind my statement about loving the name of the store.
Ketchum and Killum on Kiest had the initials KKK.
It was an inside joke in the Cliff for many years.
How is it that high school girls in 1959 looked like they were 16, going on 37?
Mrs. Madge P. Dillon (study hall) teacher worked at Titche-Goettinger at night after a long day at Kimball.
She was very nice teacher too.
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