Some Mary's Naturally History
Part 1, 1971 to 1982
Part 2, 1983 to 2019

P
lus, See
Mary's Naturally: the Murals & the Story

above is the earliest mention I have found of the club, and as I have earlier issues of The Nuntius
this makes me think the it was opened around this time, as opposed to later "history" articles
sighting, for example a "30th anniversary" in May 2000...would love to verify this either way

the exterior Mary's sign

Above, from a 1974 issue of Gaytimes

Well, if the second anniversary was in 1975, then it opened in 1973,
though a Nuntius ad for March 1971 dates it to that month and year.
Is there revisionist history going on? I also have a May 1995 ad
later tooting its 25th anniversary, May 1970. I tend to think March 1971 is correct.

sometime between 1976 and 1979, Mary's lost its exterior sign

above, 1979 Mary's Parade float
also see this page of the 1979 parade photos
for some interesting shots of Mary's in the background,
including the next two


Clippings

1972

these next four are from the erotic magazine Gayboy,
a Houston publication...their 'dating' was unreliable
and I think all were from around 1972

   

  

this one from David (Atlanta), 1972

1973, 1974, 1975

none

1976

these are by no means ALL the ads, just a sampling...

  

  

1977

 

  

  

above, rare interior shot

   

  

yes, Mary's II in Galveston

  

  

  

1978

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

1979

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

1980

  

  

  

  

Marys 1980 Pride Week Ad & Photo

Mary's Bar Raid, June 20, 1980
61 Arrested

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

1981

  

  

  

Mary's during 1981 Pride Parade

  

  

  

  

  

1982

  

  

above, 1982

  

On to 1983