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Pinkie's Liquor Store

About Us

Serving West Texas since 1934.

Tom “Pinkie” Roden established Pinkie’s back in 1934, less than one year after the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified (by an extraordinary 73%), ending 14 years of prohibition.

Carrying on the work that Pinkie started back in 1934, we have grown into a chain of fifteen wine and spirits retail stores with locations throughout West Texas.  Employing more than 145 people in our stores in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, and San Angelo; our goal is to offer our customers quality name brands, reasonable prices and unparalleled customer service.

Storms Rage in “The Dust Bowl”

Dust Storm approaching Spearman, Texas April 14, 1933.

Dust Storm approaching Spearman, Texas April 14, 1933. By Monthly Weather Review, Volume 63, April 1935, p. 148. – Public Domain

In May a three-day dust storm blows an estimated 350 million tons of soil off of the terrain of the West and Southwest and deposits it as far east as New York and Boston. Some East Coast cities were forced to ignite street lamps during the day to see through the blowing dust.

The drought came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939–1940, but some regions of the High Plains experienced drought conditions for as many as eight years.

Bonnie & Clyde Gunned Down

Bonnie and Clyde's Car riddled with holes.

Bonny and Clydes car (1932 Ford V-8), riddled with bullet holes after the ambush. Picture taken by FBI investigators on May 23, 1934. Author Unknown – NYPOST

Near their hide-out in Black Lake, Louisiana, FBI men ambush bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and fire, killing them.

 

Bad year for outlaws:

Notorious outlaws John Dillinger, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and Lester J. Gillis (AKA “Baby Face Nelson”) are all gunned down…

Laurel & Hardy’s “Babes In Toyland”

Babes in Toyland

Publicity still from the Laurel and Hardy film “Babes in Toyland” (1934), later reissued under the title “March of the Wooden Soldiers”. Unknown author – Found in thrift store in Los Angeles. Publicity still from film that is now in public domain. Original nitrate film negative has almost certainly disintegrated by now. – Public Domain

The classic Laurel & Hardy film was released on November 30th, 1934. It has since been re-named at least five times, with other titles such as Laurel & Hardy in Toyland, Toyland, March of the Toys and Revenge is Sweet. Today, it is most commonly known as March of the Wooden Soldiers.