Monday, June 4, 2018

Matchbook Monday

It's time for Matchbook Monday.  Some real gems of Jackson's past are posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to

There is little information about the Shamrock Continental online or in old newspapers but here is the matchbook for this West Woodrow Wilson establishment.  A reader submitted this matchbook.

Primos is a Jackson institution even though it's no longer in Jackson.  However, there is something a little bit different about this matchbook.

This 1948 ad in the Clarion-Ledger shows makes one a little nostalgic. 

Next up is The Golden Nugget.  No, not the Golden Nugget but one that was downtown many moons ago.

Bringing up the rear is none other than Marney's. 


Anonymous said...

Love Primos.........I ate at every one of their Jackson breakfast in town.

Years ago (probably in the 60s) Primos had a billboard on North State Street with the message: Stay Healthy...Eat at Primos.

Anonymous said...

Marney's......what a goat ropers paradise that was ! ! !

Anonymous said...

That last picture from the paper in '77.... I had forgotten how theaters used to run newspaper ads with the movie's poster included.

I had also forgotten about the Ellis Isle theater, though I saw a few movies there and at Meadowbrook. Hard to believe there was a time when you went into Jackson to see a movie and not the opposite.

And I wonder whatever happened to Universal Match, the company that made a couple of the matchbooks in this post.

I've said it before, but thanks for posting these memories for us, KF.

Anonymous said...

marneys was way ahead of its time. they had backgammon tables in the front part of the lounge. people here still dont know what backgammon is.

Anonymous said...

Look at all the good movies playing! Given all the crap that Hollywood puts out, I can't image there being so many good movies during the same week these days... although I doubt "Empire of the Ants" was very good.

Anonymous said...

I saw a bear get knocked out one Halloween night in Marneys.

Louis LeFleur said...

The Shamrock Continental is total news to me. It would have been at about the corner of Woodrow Wilson and Bailey Ave (SE), catty corner to the old Baptist Children's Home that later became Jackson Mall and still later Jackson Medical Mall. Seems like an odd location now, but catty corner to the same property SW would have been The Rotisserie at 5 Corners, so why not. What confuses me is some older friends talk about a Shamrock (club?) that I've always associated with Costas, as in maybe the old lodge by Costas Lake on County Line. Maybe I had it all wrong.

Remember all the Primos locations, especially when State Street burned in the late 80's or early 90's. Golden Nugget was not the sort of place I would have gone, nor probably been welcome with my hair once legal age! Only visited Marney's with groups for happy hour. Couldn't really afford "clubbing" in those days!

Louis LeFleur said...

P.S. That State Street Primos fire was January 19, 1994, a little later than I remembered. Was surprised to see that Northgate remained open till sometime in 2001 and that Flowood Primos opened shortly after that. I'd have sworn that was a long drought of now Primos in the area, but not so.

Anonymous said...

The Shamrock Drive-Inn was just north of Northside Drive, which was the northernmost city limit at the time. I understand it was the first place in Jackson where you could get a take-out slice of pizza.

The Continental was a nice, white-tablecloth place with red leather booths, and was quite popular in the early 1960's. Steaks, seafood, spaghetti and meatballs, and scampi were on the menu.

Cat Cora recalls both places fondly in her memoir "Cooking As Fast As I Can." Her father, the late Spiro Cora, was a manager and later business partner with Pete Costas at the Shamrock, and maybe the Continental.

Pete Costas was/is quite a guy. He'd fought the Germans in Greece as a guerrilla, and was later with Allied forces in the Balkans.

Anonymous said...

Shamrock drive-in. As I recall it was located at the SW corner of 80 and Robinson Rd. Look at He has an excellent painting of it.

Anonymous said...

mark millet(see above)has great paintings of Jackson landmarks.

Anonymous said...

1:14(2) here. I think that may have been a Pig Stand on 51 north. I think there was also an A&W Root Beer place out that way. Not sure about any of this, my 70+ year old memory is fading fast. (Millet has a painting of the Pig Stand).

Anonymous said...

The Pig Stand drive-in was on North State St. across from Northwood Shopping center. There is an office building there now, on the north end of the parking lot that was Primos Northgate.
There was also a Pig Stand in the Medical Arts Building across from the old Baptist Hospital. There may have been another location, maybe on West Capitol St.
The A&W on North State was just north of Cedars of Lebanon Dr. At one time they had in-ground trampolines.

Anonymous said...

Any of you "ole timers"
Recall RUBYS...on South State, about where Stanley Liq is today ?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely NO QUESTION,about the Pig Stand on W. Capitol almost across from the Zoo. Had a drive inn around the modest interior - could seat say 25- 35 or so. open LATE (for the times)

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