Friday, April 3, 2009

Red Rooster Drive-In for Postcard Friendship Friday

Red Rooster Drive-In Alamogordo, New Mexico
Red Rooster Drive-In
Alamogordo, N. Mex.

This new modern drive in and dining room is located on U.S. Highway 54 & 70 a few blocks from downtown Alamogordo, N. Mex. Stop to eat at a place that has become famous in the Southwest for their fine food. Whether you want a snack - full dinner - Spanish or American meals - they are sure to please. Your choice of either Snappy Car Service or Dining Room Service in a friendly modern atmosphere awaits you.

Card S24787 "Published by F. J. Shaaf, Alamogordo, New Mexico"

"This is where we ate, & (and) off to the right is the courts we stayed at, the Manager let the boys use swim trunks & (and) stay in the pool until ten."

This delightful "Red Rooster Drive-In" postcard is in the scrapbook and pictures belonging to my grandmother, Edna Alice Puckett Gailey. I'm not sure of the handwriting. At first I thought it was my grandmother's, but I'm not sure. The boys that are mentioned were probably my 1st cousins, Jimmy Carlyle and Reggie Stone. Or the note could have been written by my aunts (Edna's daughters) Irene Gailey Stone or Maedelle Gailey Carlyle. Either way, Reggie and Jimmy were the only two boys in the family at that time. My husband identified cars shown on the front of the card as being 1959 or 1960 automobiles. Reggie and Jimmy would have been eight or nine years old.

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Chris Overstreet said...

I don't suppose I would have taken my swim trunks to New Mexico either. A shame that this drive-in is probably rubble by now.

Eddy said...

Nice poscard, the restaurant looks like the one of TV series "Happy Days".
The rooster is the symbol of France.
Happy PFF.

GrannyPam said...

I wonder if that place was still there when I spent so much time in El Paso - Juarez. I got tired of walking around watching little lizards run across the ground. Would have loved to drive over to a place like that!

Marie Reed said...

I just love reading the Pff comments:) The rooster is the symbol of France! Napoleon tried to change it to the Eagle but wasn't successful.

That's so nice that the manager let them use swim trunks too! That friendliness probably made the vacation wonderful!

Aimee said...

This postcard made me hungry for some down home cooking!

Janice Tracy said...

I love old postcards, and yours is a real treasure...great story, Judy!

Judith Richards Shubert said...

I loved everyone's comments! Thanks so much for looking at my PFF. I learn something everyday ~ the rooster is the symbol of France ~ Napolean tried to get it changed to the eagle ~ Granny Pam used to watch lizards cross the road in El Paso and Juarez ~ Chris doesn't take his swim trunks with him when he goes to New Mexico ~ and Janice loves old postcards! Thanks everyone.

Sheila said...

Well, what can I add to the comment pool?!

I love your detective work on working out who wrote the card, and when. It's mildly surprising to me that I can look at the picture, even disregarding the enormous rooster, and be fairly confident it wasn't in Europe.

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Hi Sheila, thanks for adding your comments to the "pool". Can you tell it's not in Europe because of the cars, the building, or the landscape?

papel1 said...

I love that postcard. And the personal touch about your family added to its interest.

Paula Hanna said...

Dear Judith,

My name is Paula Hanna, and I live in Lubbock. I was hoping for a little luck when I typed in "Red Rooster Alamogordo" into Google for an image search. I was THRILLED to find your postcard! See my Mom and Dad are having their 50th wedding anniversary this year, and they met at the Red Rooster Drive In.

My two sisters and I were hoping to do something really special for them for their anniversary, and since I'm a graphics designer, I was hoping to include some posters with images from their past. Is there any way I could get you to rescan the postcard at a higher resolution and email it to me? I know you don't know me from Adam, but I am SO excited to learn of someone who has kept that postcard all these years.

I don't know how much you know about computer resolution, but currently, your picture is 300 dots per inch (dpi) at 3x5" or 72 dpi at 13x22". I am really hoping you can send me an image that is maybe around 6x10" at 300 dpi. If this is all too complicated, don't worry about it, but I would consider it a real favor if you could.

At any rate, thanks SO much for your time. AND your grandmother's postcard. It was nice to write to you!

Sincerely yours,
Paula Hanna
Lubbock, Texas

Judith Richards Shubert said...

How exciting, Paula! I am so glad to know that you found my blog and the card means so much to your mom and dad's history. I'm sure they will be shocked to find that you've found an image of the inn.

I've rescanned the postcard as a TIFF file at 300 dpi and changed the image size in Photoshop to 10" x 6". I wasn't successful in emailing it as a TIFF file but can put it on a CD if you would like me to mail it to you.

I've also changed it to a JPEG file and am emailing it under my husband's address since mine will not hold as much. It will be coming to you under Let me know if it works or if you want me to mail a CD to you.

Remember, the postcard is a printed card and so has dots in it like any printed photograph would. I'd love for you to keep me informed on your mom and dad's reaction to your surprise!

Thanks so much for reading my blog!

Paula Hanna said...

Oh my gosh! Judy, you are my new favorite person. Thank you SO much! I'm so excited! I was telling my sister about this at lunch today, and we're all just whipped into a frenzy.

The jpeg is PERFECT. I have Photoshop, and know how to clean up the dots without hurting the integrity of the image. I'll convert it to a tiff on my end.

I can not thank you enough! I have driven by this building so many times and wondered what it used to look like. Thanks for hanging on to the history! My folks WILL be shocked. The anniversary isn't until December, but I'll save your email address and let you know how it goes.

Hee-hee! Thank you again. I am so happy!


Judith Richards Shubert said...

Oh, by the way, I meant to ask ~ do you mind if I place your 2 emails as comments on my post? I thought that would be a good way for me not to lose your nice notes. I will not do it if you prefer that they not appear out there for everyone to see.


Paula Hanna said...

Help yourself!

You made my weekend, too!

WESTEX said...


Could you drop me a line at I would like to inquire about using your Red Rooster In postcard for a little project....


Jerry Shelton said...

What a fun discovery this morning. I grew up in Alamogordo and my parents still live there. I remember the Red Rooster Drive-In well. If memory serves me, I believe the drive-in closed in the late 80s. I know it was still operational in 1981 when I was a senior in college. The structure is still there, and the last time I noticed, it was an antique store.

The second part of my surprise, is that I know miss Paula Hanna. I am a designer too and Paula and I have worked on a project together.

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Hi Jerry,
How neat, to know that you are familiar not only with the Red Rooster-In, but that you know Paula Hanna! She was a delight to work with when she and her sister were preparing a surprise for their parents' 50th wedding anniversary using a copy of my postcard.

I'm glad you stopped by, Jerry, and left your comments. That makes my work rewarding.

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Hi Paula,

Remember me? From Genealogy Traces and "The Red Rooster Drive-In" postcard? Hope your parents are still well. Wanted to send you a note from an acquaintance of yours, Jerry Shelton. He wrote this morning.

Paula Hanna wrote:
Aw! How sweet of you!

Yes, I knew your name the second your email header came through. What a pleasant surprise. Thanks for forwarding it to me. Apparently the Red Rooster continues to bring folks together despite the number of years that it's been gone.

Hope you and yours are all doing well!

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