Advertisements on Chihuahua notes - Clubs and bars (2)
'When in Juarez don’t fail/to Visit/Manhattan Club/401 Juarez Ave. C. Juarez, Chih., Mex./MIXED DRINKS 15c/IMP. COMERCIAL', known on $5 Banco del Estado
'WHEN IN JUAREZ, DON'T FAIL / TO VISIT, / "MANHATTAN CLUB" / The Favorite Rendezvous / SOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE / 401 JUAREZ AVE. C. JUAREZ, CHIH., MEX. / Mixed Drinks 15c', known on $5 and $10 Banco del Estado
'MANHATTAN HOTEL / Manhattan, Mont', known on $1 dos caritas
'TORTILLAS WHOLESALE AND RETAIL/ MEXICAN INN CAFÉ/MEXICAN FOOD EXCLUSIVELY/TIFFIN HALL OWNER/PHONE 3-0278/COMMERCE AT FIFTH STREET/FORTH WORTH/TEXAS', known on $5 and $10 Banco del Estado
According to the Mexican Inn Café’s website, in 1920, when Fort Worth was still young, a colourful and free-spirited man named Tiffin Hall came to the city. Only 20 years old, he was already a skilled gambler. Soon Tiffin had established gambling halls throughout his new hometown. He was a quiet man even then - dignified, well-dressed and soft spoken.
Tiffin entered the world of legitimate business in 1936 when his Mexican Inn Cafe opened its doors at Fifth and Commerce Streets in a downtown Fort Worth building already 50 years old. From the beginning, he insisted upon courteous service and fresh home-cooked food. On a good day in the 1930s, restaurant receipts might total only $25.00, but much greater amounts were accumulated each night when gamblers gathered in the second floor rooms above the restaurant. Wary of traditional advertising, Tiffin commissioned a family pet burro to generate interest in the new cafe. Star would be dressed in a banner reading, “MEXICAN INN CAFE... MEXICAN FOOD EXCLUSIVELY... FOLLOW ME TO MEXICAN INN” and turned loose somewhere downtown. He would find his way back to the side door of the restaurant and beg for tortillas. The police would be compelled to “arrest” Star for being on the street without a permit. Tiffin laughed that he and Star were on the same side of the law.
By the 1940s both of Tiffin’s empires were flourishing. While restaurant employees recall his kindness toward them, headlines depicted him as Fort Worth’s Kingpin of Gambling.” Yet, lady luck continued to smile on Tiffin, and the law remained at bay. Tiffin’s good fortune lasted until 1966, when a stroke left him permanently disabled.
The location at Fifth and Commerce operated from 1936 until its closing on 2 December 2005.
'J M DICKENSON J C CONDON/HAPPY NEW YEAR/COMPLIMENTS OF/THE O.K. BAR/207 BROADWAY PHONE 2770 EL PASO, TEXAS', known on $1 dos caritas
O.K Bar was first listed in the 1916 directory, but not in subsequent directories.
Pancho Villa Motel
'Pancho Villa Motel & Museum / Columbus, New Mexico', known on $1 dos caritas
'Compliments/of/PUEBLO INN/4106 Dyer St. El Paso, Texas', known on $10 dos caritas
Quien Sabe Club
The Quien Sabe Club was the Elks lodge (no. 187) in El Paso, housed at .
'Compliments of El Paso lodge 187, Quien Sabe Club, El Paso, Texas' known on $1 dos caritas
Over 50 Elks travelled to the 1915 reunion in Los Angeles in July. They took with them 5,000 $1 dos caritas to give away to prominent Elks attending the convention, with the imprint 'Compliments of El Paso lodge 187, Quien Sabe Club, El Paso, Texas'El Paso Herald, 25 June 1915. The Los Angeles Times, reporting on a two and a half mile long parade by lodges from almost every state in the Union through the business district of Los Angeles, said "The El Paso bunch supplied a large share of the comedy and picturesqueness of yesterday’s parade – also a lot of bum money of the Villista description"Los Angeles Times, 16 July 1915.
'QUIEN/SABE/CLUB/ EL PASO/187/1916?', known on $1 dos caritas
This was presumably a memento of their 1915 Christmas or New Year's party.
'When in Juarez Don’s fail to visit/REX CLUB/MIXED DRINKS 15c/Soldiers’ Headquarters/Mariscal & Mejia Sts, 300 Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mex.' known on $5 Banco del Estado
In another version the typographical error was corrected.
'RIALTO CINEMA', known on $1 dos caritas
Rio Grande Bar
'SOUVENIR / RIO GRANDE BAR / CD JUAREZ CHIH, MEX', known on $5 Banco del Estado
'TOMMY'S PLACE/4 Juarez Avenue C. Juarez, Chih./ TOMAS SOOKIASIAN, Prop.', known on $20 Banco del Estado.
White Elephant Cafe
'THE WHITE ELEPHANT CAFÉ/We invite you to our place, because/We serve only well refrigerated drinks/All merchandise guaranteed best quality/and last but not least/We sell the best for the least/J. SAAVEDRA, PROP./1001 E. OVERLAND ST. EL PASO, TEXAS', known on $5 Banco del Estado
The White Elephant Café first appears in the 1940 directory, and lasted around twenty years.