Saturday, June 18, 2005
Texas Postcard Gallery
The jackalope, while not exclusive to Texas, thrives here in large numbers across the state. This antlered variation of rabbit can grow as large as a grizzly bear (as these two fine specimens in the postcard photo prove) and sometimes invade suburbs looking for carrots and small import cars to eat. Some jackalopes have been bred in captivity and used in circuses or petting zoos, although their sharp antlers often prove dangerous to inquisitive children. Most are apolitical.
If you live in Texas, you gotta be tough. None of that strained squash for our young-uns. We start 'em out on the strong stuff right away.
This is Frank's Restaurant in Schulenberg, Texas, as it appeared probably in the 1960s or early 1970s. It was located on Highway 90, the old highway that everyone going between Houston and San Antonio used before Interstate 10 was built.
Frank's was an old-time Texas restaurant, and I visited it often as a kid because relatives on both my mom's and dad's side of the family lived in Schulenberg. In fact, my dad's two cousins both worked as waitresses at Frank's for many years, assuredly around the time this postcard was sold.
I was too young to remember much about the old Frank's, but I've eaten in a number of places since then which have reminded me of it, such as the Bluebonnet Cafe in Marble Falls. Lots of chrome and formica, big slabs of homemade pie, chicken fried steaks that would choke a horse -- if you live in Texas, you know the type of place. R.I.P. to old Frank's. Another victim of the Interstate.