Does anyone remember the Blue Bird Cafe in Searcy AR? They had a sense of humor.

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Blue Bird Cafe Searcy AR

 

Who remembers the Blue Bird Cafe?

Not me.

I just have this memory from the cafe. 

Who remembers when everyone smoked and you picked up a free little matchbook when you left.  The matchbooks were personalized and some were quite creative.

And I think some have become collectibles.


What this says is "If your wife can't cook DON'T DIVORCE HER - KEEP HER FOR A PET AND EAT AT OUR PLACE."

 

It was located at 504 S Main in Searcy AR.

So what is there now?

This picture is from the White County Courthouse info but I do believe there is a second hand shop in there right now.

But I can visualize this a cafe at one time.......

 

504 S Main

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Barbara S. Duncan
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Mary, Rodger is the same.  He does not rememember one.  Maybe it didn't last long.

Mar 27, 2012 10:10 AM #1
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I don't remember the Blue Bird Cafe but I sure remember the matches.  When I was about 10 I collected them.  One could pick them up a most businesses and all over the streets where they had been discarded.  It was amazing the variety one found in a little town like Searcy. I had strings across my bedroom, near the ceiling, with the match book hung over them.  It was a real prize when I found one from some far off place.  I must have had several hundred as my bedroom was good size and I had 5 or 6 strings full of them.    I really hit the jackpot in 1947 when I road with an aunt and uncle out to California. 

You are right, some of them were very clever.  But I really liked the ones with scantily clad women on them.  :-)  I remember my mom throwing a bunch of those away and it really made me mad.  Also, some of them had pictures across the matches on the inside.  As one used the front row of matches and new picture was revealed.

Mar 27, 2012 01:06 PM #2
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Barbara - The only thing perhaps better than good food is good humor.  I'm guessing this place had both.

Mar 27, 2012 01:07 PM #3
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Harold Gene, I couldn't help laughing when you said your mother took away some of those risque women matchbook covers!  I had a son who collected everything too and I think I also would have frowned on the same things your mother did.  I never saw a match book with the pictures also on the matches.  Bet those are collectible now!

Sardi, you said it and you said it well....as you always do!  Thanks for commenting.

Mar 27, 2012 05:36 PM #4
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Don Thompson
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O.k., since we have drifted to matchbook covers and Harold has described his collection which I bet he no longer has or can't find. Well, I need to show some of my collection which was within 5 arms length away. There is one with scantily clad ladies for the gents out there.

Matchbook Cover Collection

 The ladies have certain areas that are more worn than others. May be a manufacturing defect. The Pactel matchcover states that they have jobs for you ladies.

Matchbook Covers Detail

 The Blue Bird Cafe wasn't around during my Searcy years. My favorite was the Sunrise Cafe on Market St.

Mar 28, 2012 06:40 AM #5
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I'm not surprised that Don still has his matchbook collection, he has NEVER thrown anything away.  :-)

And he is right, I don't have any of my collection anymore.  I have no idea what happened to it. Maybe that is where his started?  ;-)

 

Mar 28, 2012 02:48 PM #6
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Let me add my two cents to the Blue Bird Cafe:  never heard of it.

As to the matchbook collection:  I think our son, Chris, collected when he was a "little" boy.  Guess it's a guy thing.  as a high school/college student, he collected beer cans.   I might be able to find a picture of his walls of beer cans down in the basement of our home in Oak Park, Illinois.  He carried those things back home with him, and finally sold them at auction in Hardy, Arkansas.

Mar 28, 2012 04:16 PM #7
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Debbie Wantulok

Well, I don't remember the Blue Bird Cafe...but if it was open during the 60's and ever served pie...I'm sure that my family had stopped by on some weekend...cause that was what we did. 

Mar 28, 2012 07:39 PM #8
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Don and Harold Gene, I think this investigation of the missing matchbook covers needs to be turned over to a private investigator.  It is strange that you, Don, have lots of matchbook covers with ladies with scanty clothing.  LOL

Anita, do you think the Blue Bird was there such a short time that they have no memories?  Regarding beer cans, I once had some Billy Carter beer cans from Georgia and someone broke in my house, stole them and probably drank the beer and threw away the collectible cans!  Drat!

Debbie, we seem to have a mystery this time that no one remembers.  My husband does not remember it either.

Mar 29, 2012 06:02 PM #9
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Don Thompson
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Speaking of break ins. My neighbor was burglarized Wednesday between 10:45 am and 11:45 a.m. His door was kicked in and a tv, notebook computer, and xBox was taken. I was out during that brief time.

My very latest match acquition is not a book but a box. Fancy smancy they are these days.

Match Box

Mr. Google Man has this view of the former Blue Bird Cafe for us. No help in remembering however. Sorry for the poor quality. It' amazing how many views the Google Man has for us.


504 S Main

Mar 30, 2012 06:39 AM #10
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Don, Mr. Google turned that into an abstract painting!  Speaking of paintings, I visited Crystal Bridges on Wednesday.  If you go there be sure to also go to the historic town square and go through the Sam Walton museum.  It has his old red pickup truck with the dog pens on the back.

I am surprised that you found any matches being given away anymore.

Mar 30, 2012 02:35 PM #11
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I got myself by the old Blue Bird Cafe and snapped a picture.  The store was not open but the owners of the business were there.  They said they had heard the place was once a honky-tonk but had never heard of the name Blue Bird Cafe. 

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