Day 5: “Bumps” & “Pops” in Northeast TX (round 2)

The “bumps” would be the illness that Sparkle still has.  Like an annoying sneeze.  She’ll go for hours acting normal, then act like any moment she’s going to break down.  Her sickness was most apparent this morning.  Then maybe 5 hours went by with total normalcy.  Then some intermittent bucks for no particular reason.  Not accelerating, not on a hill, not a particular speed, no clue.  The idle seemed pretty much fine all day except for some in the morning.  I give up trying to figure this one out!

I just hope she hangs in there tomorrow since it’s supposed to be gloriously sunny.  The “pops” are because I finally have some photos with color.  Around 2pm, the sun finally came out.  Grippie started panting since she’s the only dog with a longish coat — and it’s thick from NYC winter.  I got down to my tshirt for the first time.  Windows were lowered.  Dogs smelling bayouesque mucky rivers here and there and letting me KNOW.  Ah, YES!  This is why we came.  Tomorrow, we should hit Galveston and I will find these buds of mine some white sand to run on.

On to the photos then.  While leaving Tyler this morning, I was thrilled to come upon this building. I only know of one in GA & a few in  CA that are left.  This was originally part of the Dari-Delite chain.  Surely, there must be more of these quirky a-frame buildings out there so keep your eyes peeled.  More info & photos at the bottom of this page:
http://www.agilitynut.com/eateries/chain.html

(Yes, I did get a couple donuts to show my support.  But they were really bland & not very photogenic.)

A mystery solved.  This building was on my list and I had forgotten about it.  “Kickerz” (coffee shack) in Whitehouse.  So that’s what that other hat-building was that I posted at Flickr last night.  Evidently, there is one other out there in Gresham like this.  Only the Tyler location is closed.  Another location near some hospital that is newer & not a hat.  These buildings are modern — chain started 2003-ish.


Here are a couple signs from Palestine:

 

In Henderson — maybe this was an omen of things to come?  At the Tans & Hands Fitness Center:

 
I went in this lovely florist shop to ask about a sign I could not find (and it seems is now gone).  This place was originally a jewelers, from the 1920s.  Rayford Florist moved in around ten years ago.  The owner replaced some of the broken vitrolite (or maybe Carrera glass since it’s black) which came from Thibodaux, LA & cost a fortune.  The interior still has the original 1920s fans.  And some nice wooden display cases from the 1940s.

 
This chicken sign is from Center.   ETPS stands for East Texas Poultry Supply.

 

This one is from Nacogdoches.  This is supposed to be a portrait of the owner.  It doesn’t look like they are selling produce anymore though.  More of an open-air junk shop.  Unless the produce is brought out on weekends.

 

This one is from Lufkin where there was both Sun and Pines.  Lovely pine trees around this part of Texas which I didn’t expect.

 

More stuff from Lufkin:

 

I posted the glamour shot of this theatre over at Flickr tonight so here’s a close-up of the sign which has recently been restored:
http://www.ci.lufkin.tx.us/ms/pinestheater.htm


… and what they’re doing to the inside.  The City is spending more than $1 million to restore the theatre.

 
Food — as promised.  Since those donuts sucked both taste-wise and aesthetically, I was on the prowl.  Bingo!  I hadn’t expected that Valentine diner in Lufkin had become a bakery.  So I got a couple special cookies.  I’ll tackle the giant blackberry Linzer tomorrow.  I had the chocolate this afternoon which was great:

 
A couple more signs from Lufkin — sun makes all the difference:

 

And one more from Lufkin — at the Johnnie A-1 porta potty business… these neat storage or office building.  Those triangular parts apparently can be fitted with glass (or was it plastic?) as you like.  Neat!

 

Tomorrow, if Sparkle’s up for it, which I think she is, will be Beaumont, Galveston, etc.  Then we should arrive in Houston where we’ll be for maybe two days.  Think sun!

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14 Responses to “Day 5: “Bumps” & “Pops” in Northeast TX (round 2)”

  1. The first food shot of the trip! And a lovely theatre (my hunt of choice is the theatre hunt). Go, Sparkle, Go!

  2. I did post the Cheese Rounds from Pal’s — although not that exciting I know.

    I’ve shot lots of theatres so far. Just haven’t posted them to Flickr or blog. I usually try to post one or two gas stations, one or two midcentury, one or two theatres, one or two giant things, etc. for balance each day. So there will definitely be more coming!

  3. mojavegirl Says:

    You mentioned the pine trees. It’s called the Piney Woods of East Texas. It does surprise people about this area in Texas. Sure hope you get Sparkle running while you are near a big city.

    • Lovely pine trees. Like the ones in North Georgia. Basically near lots of big cities most of the trip. Doubt I’ll get to the remote-r western stuff on this trip. I’m sure Houston, San Antonio, Dallas-FW will eat up tons of time.

      • The Sun-N-Pines Motel in Lufkin originally had a top part of that sign that had trees and a revolving neon sun that went from one side of the sign to the other so it looked like the sun was setting and rising…I don’t believe it had actually worked in years but Hurricane Ike in 2008 caused enough damage to it it had to be removed…I am actively looking for pictures or videos of it in its heyday!…I do have postcard pictures on my page of it with the sun and trees!

      • Too bad that those parts of the sign are missing now. I did find this postcard image of what it used to look like:

  4. I got a kick from the Machine Company sign with separate — 3 digit — day and night phone numbers.

  5. that hat picture — there’s a weird guy in the upper right hand corner. very freakish! i sort of love it….

    glad the cookie was good. i bet the linzer will be fab too…. great pacing of treats…..

    looks like you are getting great shots debra jane! great trip so far, picture-wise!

    xo

    • I would’ve cropped him if I could. Just a billboard. Linzer was good. Needed a lot of sugar today. I don’t suppose you’ve even looked at the regular Flickr photos? I know you’re busy with your crisis ;<

  6. GREAT shots today!

  7. DJ,
    The Pines Theatre is certainly looking spiffy.
    Did you see/shoot The Crim Theater too?

    Would have loved to see the Herrington Insurance sign lit & in action.

    Wow, how many Mobilgas signs are still around? Great you found one & it’s not all beat up.Right up there with Elsie for me.

    I would imagine the Galloway Motel sign would have been perfect to sell people on their 19″ Zenith color TVs in the 60’s. Love it.

    Good job as always.

    • Yes, shot the Crim of course. I only upload a tiny fraction of what I shoot. This Mobilgas is extra special — most are just the standard pegasus signs (no clouds, etc.).

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