Mississippi Gulf Coast in Legend and Lore

In keeping with the Gulf Coast theme, I thought it would be fun to end the week with this 1956 wide-screen postcard of the Mississippi Gulf Coast for which I recently paid more than I usually do. I think you’ll agree this was worth it though. Click on the picture to get the larger image, which will keep you occupied for quite a while on this pre-Labor Day Friday.


Categories: Gulf Coast

10 replies

  1. This is adorable! I laughed and laughed. Thank you E.L. For sharing this treasure.


  2. Thank you for this one, E.L. This is the Gulf Coast of my first memories (I was six). I have to get to my computer to see it large, to read and remember every lost place/moment . . .


  3. By the way, what was the name of the restaurant, near the lighthouse I think it was, that had a tree growing out of its interior? That place seems to be the first memory I have of being on the Coast. I remember it because of the tree (a very early architectural appreciation) but also because there was a “pirates’ chest” that children could take a treasure from . . .


  4. Thanks for the picture of the Gulf Coast. I was one of the water ballet girls from Gulf Park in 1944. Caroline Birdwell Patrick, Tucson, Arizona


  5. I think I remember seeing this post card at my Grandparent’s house in the 70’s. I think my uncle got it when he was a teenager and tucked it away in a drawer and my cousin’s and I found it. My cousin’s lived on the Coast so they knew nearly all of the locations and notations.


  6. The restaurant was Angelo’s. It exists in a post-Camille building that survived Hurricane Katrina. It is actually at Gulfport. A couple of trees on the property bear the marks of the metal roofing or the original building. The building now houses Vrazel’s


  7. This is really interesting. I like some of the notations of commercial activities, like a milk of magnesia factory and a cat food factory. They needed to show some barges going from the coast to the cat food factory containing piles of old fish. A Water Ballet academy? Does it still exist, or what happened to it?


  8. As a kid I remember this in several Gulf Coast restaurants. It was a cool way to soak up on Gulf Coast history.


  9. Definitely worth it :) I see the map is signed by “Hamill,” which I presume to be “Tex” Hamill who, along with his wife, Marge, published Down South magazine for many years. One of his daughters, Penny, was in my 1963 BHS graduating class, and in fact she organizes the reunions which I unfortunately missed this year.

    i am curious about the “split” in Ship Island since I thought that happened in Camille but the date on this is 1956. Prophetic? Or maybe there was an additional split in the main part of the island (where the fort is) during Camille?

    Anyway – thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of memorabilia!


  10. This artwork is by Tex Hamill, my granddad.


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