Friday, July 29, 2011

Resting Places

My fascination with motels and roadside America in general is never ending. Having traveled to many like destinations back in the day. Here are some great examples of "resting places" postcards from my collection. Enjoy!

Sun Dial Motel on U.S. 66 and 89 - Gateway to Grand Canyon - Williams, Arizona - Offering nicely furnished, fully carpeted units with tubs and showers. In the tall pine country of Northern Arizona - Phone 257 - Doc and Bea Starkey, Managers.

KON TIKI HOTEL - 24th Street & Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona - Fabulous Polynesean atmospher in the midst of Phoenix. Only minutes to all business and points of interest. One "short mile" from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. - Come to Kon Tiki and take away a life long memory.

Crestview Motel on U.S. 60-70 West - Wickenburg, Arizona - Phone: Mutual 4-5522 - 14 nicely furnished units, air conditioned by refrigeration. Full tile showers and Panelray vented heat. Cafe adjoining.

N-H Trailer Ranch - 1360 North 3rd Street, Laramie, Wyoming - 35 Pull Through Spaces for Overnighters or Permanent Parking - Woodall 3 Star Rating - Showers and Laundromat - Highway 30 - 287 North.

DENTON CREEK MOTEL - 374 Lake Shore Drive on M-55 & M-18, Zone 16. Prudenville, Michigan. 8 Modern Housekeeping & Overnight Units with Private Beach on Beautiful Houghton Lake. Electric Refrigeration, Good Hunting & Fishing. Boats & Motors. Open Year Around - Phone 2465. Mr. & Mrs. Albert Lettau, Owners.

Holiday Inn Hotel Courts - Memphis, Tenn - 4 Locations - U.S. Hwy. 70, 79 & 64 East - U.S. Hwy. 61 South - U.S. Hwy. 51 South - U.S. Hwy. 51 North - 450 Rooms, 450 Baths. 100% Air Conditioned, Steam Heat. Restaurant in Connection; Sample Rooms. Banquet and Convention Facilities for 500 in "Holiday Room" - Phone 5-7381.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

1950s Palm Springs

Here are some great slides of Palm Springs life in trailer parks and hotels during the 1950s. ENJOY!

Buckleys Trailer Park - 1954.

The El Mirador Hotel - 1953.

The El Mirador Hotel - 1953.

The El Picador Hotel - 1954.

The Dexter's Trailer - 1953.

LINK: Many more pictures at 20th Century Nostalgia from vieilles_annonces on Flickr.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Las Vegas Past

NEW FRONTIER HOTEL, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - Crash Corrigan and his party of Hollywood celebrities arriving at this new "Out of this World" hotel, where the spectacular Venus Room nightly offers the finest of stage show productions. The hotel's Cloud 9 Lounge and Planet Room are unique and indescribably beautiful.

THE HOTEL FLAMINGO, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - This famous hotel is considered one of the most beautiful and luxurios on the Las Vegas Strip. There is certainly truth to the slogan, "If you haven't seen the Fabulous Flamingo you haven't seen Las Vegas." This hotel has been the setting for many of Hollywood's great Film and TV productions.

OLD WEST MOTEL - 801-817 South Fifth Street - Las Vegas, Nev - Tel. DU 2-3700 - Fine Air Conditioned Rooms, Carpeted Tile Showers, Telephones, Circulating Ice Water and Free Ice - Heated Pool - Sun Deck, Shaded Area - Near Downtown, near Strip, on Hiway 91 - Reservations Suggested.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

More All American Girls

The term pin-up is documented back at least to the 1890s. A pin-up girl, also known as a pin-up model, is a model whose mass produced pictures see wide appeal as popular culture.

Here are some more 1950's and 1960's pin-up postcards from my collection. No tattoos or piercing here... Thank Goodness! ENJOY!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Come Fly With Me! - Part 2

Here are some more very cool 1960's airport postcards from my collection. I can tell you that it was exciting and fun to fly back then. ENJOY!

Theme Building - The central structure of the new "Jet Age" International Airport of Los Angeles, California. The entire design planning is different and unique - featuring an aerial view dining room under the dome.

A scene at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, in which planes of Eastern, TWA and Lake Central Airlines are featured.

Peoria Airport Illinois - Peoria's jet age airport is located 4.5 miles southwest of downtown Peoria; comprises 1,200 acres; four runways up to 8,000 feet long; is headquarters for various governmental groups including the 169th Fighter Squadron, Air National Guard.

Sky Harbor Airport - Phoenix, Arizona - Spectacular murals by world famous artist, Paul Coze, adorn the Lobby. This center panel "Water and Fire" shows the Phoenix Bird aflame sitting on a date tree, burning himself to be reborn from the ashes. Smoke turns into rain clouds and water collected by Roosevelt Dam. Native materials were used in building the bird.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Come Fly With Me! - Part 1

Here are some very cool 1960's airport postcards from my collection. I can tell you that it was exciting and fun to fly back then. Part 2 tomorrow. ENJOY!

Cleveland Hopkins Airport Ohio - 3,150,000 people pass through the Cleveland terminal annually. The Cleveland Hopkins Airport, with twelfe major airlines, serves the "Best Location in the Nation" with complete passenger and freight facilities.

Quad City Airport, one of the finest in the midwest. Serviced by three major airlines - United, Braniff & Ozark. 50 daily flights, both propeller and jets. Located on Route 80 at Miline, Illinois.

Bradley Field, Windsor Locks, Connecticut - Serving Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachussets. Over 90 scheduled flights each day. Seven Air Lines use this Terminal.

Port Erie Air Terminal - Erie, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Pharmacy

The Peoples chain of drug stores was based in Washington, D.C. and founded by Malcolm Gibbs in 1904 and by 1930 the chain had 110 stores. The following photographs were taken in the 1920's and early 1930's. Here is a link to another Peoples Drug Store post I did in January 2009.

Peoples Drug Store at 14th and Park Road, Washington, D.C.

Interior of Peoples Drug Store, 7th and M Sts, Washington, D.C.

In 1970, Peoples had 252 stores operating in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New York, and New Jersey. That year there were 5,500 employees.

Interior of Peoples Drug Store, 804 H St N.E., Washington, D.C.

In 1984, Peoples was acquired by the Canadian conglomerate Imasco, the Canadian arm of British American Tobacco. Peoples and its divisions had close to 800 stores and became one of the country's leading drug chains.

Dixie Soda Fountian Co., Peoples Drug Store #40, Washington D.C.

Peoples Drug Store, interior, 7th and K Sts, Washington, D.C.

In late 1990, CVS Corporation purchased Peoples. The Peoples name was considered to be too strong a name to change it to CVS/pharmacy immediately, but was ultimately changed in May of 1994, just a few months before the Peoples Drug name would have celebrated its 90th anniversary.

LINK: These glass negative photographs are part of the National Photo Company Collection at the Library of Congress.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Camp

I came across these vintage summer camp photographs a couple of days ago and the story that goes along with them. And because I believe that family and children are what it is all about, I thought you might enjoy this. Give a little if you can!

For years, the Washington Evening Star raised money to support the summer camps. A 1950 editorial cartoon by Jim Berryman encourages readers to donate. When the Evening Star folded in 1981, The Washington Post took over the campaign.

For many poor children, the tents of Camp Good Will in Rock Creek Park were their first taste of the outdoors.

The Associated Charities summer outings program took poor Washington children on day trips to the country.

In 1904, Associated Charities established Camp Good Will, which was where the Rock Creek Golf Course is today.

Camp Good Will was for whites only, so black Washingtonians raised money for a summer camp for African Americans. Camp Pleasant was established in Tuxedo, in Prince George's County.

Founded in 1882, Associated Charities worked to improve the lives of the poorest Washingtonians. Volunteers visited slum dwellings such as these. Today, Associated Charities is called Family Matters of Greater Washington, and Camp Moss Hollow is the direct descendant of Camp Good Will.

All photographs courtesy of Family Matters of Greater Washington.