11 vintage matchbooks that tell a history of Oak Cliff

It’s amazing what you can learn from a matchbook.

For example, did you know that there was a drive-in theater on West Jefferson where El Rancho Supermercado is now?

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Did you know the Bronco Bowl had televised professional bowling?

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Did you know there was also an Austin’s Barbecue in East Dallas? On Gaston at Haskell, according to this book of matches from Ebay.

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I don’t know if anyone remembers Moose’s Hitchin’ Post or the Saga Room, on West Davis at North Boulevard Terrace, but they had some elaborate matches.

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Seems Naler’s was in that same location.

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I never knew there was a Tupinamba in our neighborhood.

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Nor that there was a Luby’s in the 400 block of West Jefferson.

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I’d never heard of the Red Devil club, but apparently it was “the gayest spot in town.”

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Before there was Passions Sports Bar, there was Miramar drive-in.

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The owners of King of the Sea restaurant in Wynnewood Village also had Galveston Fish and Oyster Bar Downtown.

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How cute are these vintage matches from the Belmont?

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Here’s a bonus, a postcard from the Hungry Bear Restaurant, which is now Smoke.

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