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Picturing the Past 5: The Rebel MaidPosted Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at 2:17 PM
The Rebel Maid restaurant, following a severe thunderstorm in March 1959. (T-G file photo)
It's not exactly in the best of shape here, though, with a damaged awning following a severe thunderstorm in March 1959. Hopefully I'll run across some photos of the building without damage.
The Rebel Maid, located at Madison and North Main where KFC is today, was the main teen hangout during the 1950s and 1960s, according to many of those who were there. Was there a drive-in area as well, off to the side or behind it?
This photo brought back a couple of memories to me as well. Seems like I remember that billboard which, from the photo, appears to overshadow the restaurant. If it was still there in the mid-to-late 1960s, then it's what I'm thinking of.
It also reminded me of the neon billboard (seems like it was Jersey Farms as well, or at least a dairy) which was next to the old Coca-Cola plant on Elm Street in the 1960s. I remember seeing that sign while riding to Central High football games with my parents as a small child. Seems like I remember some element of that sign which moved or appeared to be moving, and was fascinating to the eyes of a small child.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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