Friday Follies: A waste of perfectly good beer, 1954


Bonus: We could all use a bit of relaxation but most of us wouldn’t think to do it here. (Thanks to an alert reader!)



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9 Responses to Friday Follies: A waste of perfectly good beer, 1954

  1. loki_the_bubba says:

    Six guys, seven beers.

  2. effegee says:

    Hmmm… third guy on the left is two-fisted drinker…

  3. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    I understand that Kay’s is closed now. Alackaday!

  4. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    The phone number was Ju-9723. Was that the Judson exchange?

    • effegee says:

      I had never heard of JU (or J8) numbers. But after scanning ads in the 1954 City Directory for Houston on, it appears that “JU” in Houston was “JUstin”. There’s an ad for the Hugh Wilkin Lumber Co., 2302 Danville, on the page labelled “I 238” (page 40 of 413 on’s copy) listing the phone number as “JUSTIN 5454”.

      According to the database at the Telephone Exchange Name Project (, the JUstin (58) exchange became JAckson 8 (528).

  5. Matt Schreck says:

    Sadly, yes, Kay’s is closed. Sold for condo development. I tended bar there in the early 80s for seven wonderful years. And I have one of those old time mugs somewhere around my house. One night when I was working, a guy came in and said, “I have this mug I stole from Kay’s many years ago. I decided to bring it back tonight.” He looked like he hadn’t stopped drinking since he stole the mug. Janelle Black owned Kay’s in the 50s, and there are several Rice year books from that era dedicated to Kay’s Lounge.

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