Foley's, a Houston institution, is the subject of the latest paperback from Arcadia Publishing, in a paperback that will be available May 16 on their Web site.
A preview copy of the book shows an interesting look through the store's history, including internal memos dealing with black customers trying to integrate lunch counters and fight other forms of prejudice.
There are also plenty of pictures, and they've let us reproduce some. They're reprinted with permission from Foley's, by Lasker M. Meyer. Available here or by calling 888-313-2665.
For the company's 50th anniversary in 1950, a display pictured what Houston would look like in the year 2000. Notice the rooftop landing for what we have to assume are flying cars. What would have blown these people's minds even more: Showing them who was taking the oath of office in January 2009.
"The gentleman with the mustache is unidentified," the book says. What? The only guy they couldn't identify was a jauntily dressed bowtied man with a pencil-thin mustache? Were there that many of that type running around back in the day?
Oh, radio was great back in the day. Daily broadcasts from the construction site of a department store! In case you can't read the sign, the cast of characters includes, clockwise from the top right, The "I Gotta Plan," The "Oooh" Type, The "Know It All," The "Thinker" and The "Explainer."
This many people showed up for a store opening. And they weren't even selling throwback Air Jordans! AND they could have gone down the block to see Rita Hayworth playing the Greek goddess Terpsichore visiting modern Broadway in Down to Earth!
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...this. Oh, these dudes are going to be bitching to the little lady tonight.
Author Lasker Meyer will be appearing and signing copies at the Foley reunion at the University of Houston on May 19 from 6 - 8 p.m.