More wigs than shirts?

When could this have been? The local daily printed this quote: “”I can remember a time when downtown was full of wig stores but you couldn’t get a shirt. It wasn’t a viable retail area.” (The article’s about all those Dallas replicant establishments on Second Street; byline Jenny Miller.) I can’t find my photograph of Venus Wigs, the only wig shop that I can remember, which was in a tiny storefront that I believe was in the State Theater building, back when the State still showed movies and for a while after. Venus may possibly for a time even have existed at another location. Men’s shirts, on the other hand, were available at Scarbrough’s,Massey’s (in the Driskill), Reynolds-Penland, and Merritt, Schaefer & Brown. All four of them stuck by all-cotton fabrics even when it seems as though everybody else had succumbed to the no-iron, although not cool, allure of polyester. Less natural-fabric shirts were available at Gellman’s. I think that Chasnoff’s when it was on Congress arrived before Venus Wigs departed. The Army-Navy Store on Congress also sold shirts, although mostly used ones; still, they had been cleaned and pressed. I suppose that the Drag doesn’t count, but there were several men’s shops there, and west of Congress on a lot of blocks all the way up to west of the Drag, there were plenty of little shops in houses that sold such shirts as kurtas and dashikis and pin-tucked shirts from Mexico. So, during the downtown existence of Venus Wigs, the only wig shop that I remember, I remember all sorts of places where shirts could be purchased. We used to run all our errands and do all our shopping of every kind between the campus area and Oltorf, and all clothing was purchased downtown. But no wigs were purchased anywhere, even though I loved the Venus shop. Where were all those other downtown wig shops?

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