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Del Rio, Texas: Lost Uniroyal Gal of Texas (Gone)

Long gone but fondly remembered bikini-clad giantess.

Hwy. 90 West
Gone since 1995 or so.

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Lost Uniroyal Gal of Texas.

Lost Uniroyal Gal of Texas

In memory of "Venus de Malo," Ambassador of Goodwill for the City of Del Rio. In her prime, possessing a look known to stop traffic, she offered the highest of fives to those capable of scaling her flanks. Her improvidence contributed to the poor judgment made to settle a gambling debt owed a traveling chainsaw salesman, which occurred shortly before this picture was taken...sometime around '88. She retired her post years ago, but on some full moon nights they say you can hear dice rolling and her voice crying for a blackjack....

[Keith Watkins, 08/18/2010]
Lost Uniroyal Gal of Texas

The Lost Uniroyal Gal of Texas someone referred to used to be on Gibbs Street in Del Rio, Texas. It was right in front of the Dairy Queen, which is also now gone and has been turned into an Asian restaurant called Jitra Thai. The bikini girl was taken down more than 10 years ago as an eyesore. In the picture it shows her without an arm. She was that way for many years, however, I remember as a kid that she had that arm resting on her hip. It was a model (all white skin) with only one other color - orange. She wore an orange bikini, and orange 50's or 60's style bob hair cut with a white hair band in it. I also believe it had open toe orange high heel shoes with orange painted toenails and fingernails. I remember people used to call her "The Statue of Liberty of Del Rio." My mother once told me it used to be in front of a porn hotel, and my grandmother told me she was a mascot in front of a beauty college.

[Andrea Reed, 07/16/2005]

Armless Uniroyal gal.

Lost Uniroyal Gal of Texas

I hope I'm not leading you on a wild goose chase, but I know I saw and photographed this "Venus de AceTravel" somewhere in southern Texas (note the "Alamo" style building in background) circa '87, before the days of the WWW and Muffler Men tracking. For some reason, Alpine rings a bell, but we were on our way to Big Bend National Park, if that helps. It was a strange and desolate part of America!

[Al Pier, 06/26/2001]

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