Monday, December 30, 2013

Adobe Motel - Santa Fe, NM

Funny to think that "Courtesy Coffee to Your Room" was once a selling point. I assume it means hand-delivered upon request. Just dial 0. Now even cheapo motels have a Mr. Coffee in every room.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Lazy V Motel - Grand Island, NE

An absolutely stunning card. If anyone knows anything about Grand Island, Nebraska, let us know in the comments. Is it some Branson-esque Midwest vacation wonderland?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Conoco Motel and Cafe - Grand Island, NE

Like so many motels of this era, they thought it worth mentioning that they supplied "free ice cubes".

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ideal Motel - Rawlins, WY

Is it a motel? Is it a Texaco? Why not both - and why not take a picture from way across the street so no one has any idea what our motel looks like? Thanks to Marvin and Mabel Harshman, Owners.

Monday, December 23, 2013

O'Haire Manor - Great Falls, MT

With this card, it's all about the Sip 'n Dip sign. Kudos to Erika Elizabeth for tracking this one down for me.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Acropolis Motel - Parkersburg, WV

What a wonderful sign to pose the bridesmaids in front of. A true day to remember.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Lariat Motel - Walla Walla, WA

Glad to be back here at Postcard Motel - sorry for the absence - had a broken scanner. This postcard from Walla Walla, WA is the first of many whoppers I've got in store for you in coming weeks.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bel Air Motel - Hallettsville, TX

"An inviting motel on spacious grounds". Mine has a stamp on the back that says, "Please return to Calvary Bible Church Resource Center".

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bagdad Inn - Las Vegas, NV

Operated by the same folks who brought you the Hiway House chain of motels.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Salty Motel - Hampton Beach, NH

First - love the name of the motel. Second, my card was sent to a place called "New Trading Post" in Hampton Beach, with the note, "Really can't imagine how you people stay in business where you are all so VERY UNPLEASANT to ALL your customers, and especially kids and teenagers! Pretty dumb to steady customers."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Flying Saddle Lodge - Alpine, WY

My card was sent July 1st, 1955. Take a gander at the cars in the parking lot.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rep's Motel - Fresno, CA

Just a wonderful motel specimen. The last time I was in Fresno, signs like Rep's were still up, even if the motels themselves were long gone.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

By-Pass Motel - Lexington, KY

"Free T.V.'s"! Wonder how many times that syntax error caused consternation at the front counter.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Astro Motel - Glendale, CA

Another awesome space-age motel in Southern California, and the second time I've posted a card from this motel on the blog.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dearborn Motel - Inkster, MI

The giant yellow metal claw just might catch your eye after a long drive.

Monday, August 26, 2013

New Frontier Beach Motel - Daytona Beach, FL

You've really got to applaud the chutzpah and imagination of going with a Wild West theme motel on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in 1960s Florida. This one promises both "weenie roasts" and "dancing" on the back.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hi-Lo Motel and Cafe - Weed, CA

One of the rare motels on this blog that I've actually stayed at. Still there to this day! See the cafe on the left there? They make a damn good cup of coffee, and their cottage cheese plate is to die for.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sandman Motel - Madera, CA

Accepts your BankAmericard, Carte Blanche and Diner's Club card.....and has "free ice".

Monday, August 19, 2013

Suez Motel - Las Vegas, NV

This place used to be on the Las Vegas Strip! My card was sent July 17th, 1963 by Bob & Linda Radner to the Siccardis, whom they'd met a little earlier on their vacation in Boulder, CO. In 4 months JFK would be dead.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Akua Motor Hotel - Anaheim, CA

I've always maintained the best motels and roadside signs in the USA were in Orange County, California, and this awesome postcard bears witness to said claims.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Capri Motor Lodge - Durham, NC

Sent to indecipherable relatives in Baltimore, MD on March 26th, 1963, with the message, "I sure do like this Southern hospitality".

Monday, August 12, 2013

Park Plaza Motel - Fort Worth, TX

Two things I enjoy about this card - the quote on the back that says "Friendly" Fort Worth, Texas; and the phony "Surfside 6 Club Beauty Salon" paper sign that someone carefully placed over the photo on the front. What was it before???!?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Western Motel - Wendover, UT

This looks like a place where bodies are found at 4am. I don't know much about Wendover, but it says on the back that the motel is "Racing Headquarters".

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Motel Samantha - Oxford, AL

Not much to add to this amazing shot - just nice to know there was a Howard Johnson restaurant next door. I fondly remember those.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

DeWitt's Keydet-General Motel - Lexington, VA

Some of my favorite postcards generously list your "hosts" on the back. This one says "Your hosts - 'Buster' and Norma Moore". Postmarked June 17th, 1970.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Corral Motel - Ardmore, OK

The Corral Motel - it has one of the biggest roofs in Ardmore - and "24-hr. phones".

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hotel Hiwayhouse - Phoenix, AZ

This is a true gem - a motel with its own kiddie train! Motto is "All The Charm And Deep Down Comfort of the 90s But With Service And Convenience of Tomorrow". I think they mean 1890s. Surprised to see the 19th century invoked in the 1960s that way, am I right?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sun Tan Hotel Court - Biloxi, MS

My postcard, postmarked May 20th, 1965, was sent by "Ethel & Red" to their pals back in Quincy, MA, saying, in its entirety, "Hi - homeward bound - nice place for our first night out".

Friday, July 26, 2013

Motel Maywood - Portland, OR

A first in my motel postcard collecting - a motel with its own putting green!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hillcrest Motel - Oakland, CA

I wouldn't have thought so from looking at it, but apparently this was "The Bay Area's Leading Motel". How about that?

Monday, July 15, 2013

City Center Motel - Newport, OR

Not to be confused with the Salem, OR City Center Motel I posted last week. This one's in coastal Newport, and is owned by Elmer & Mary Hess. The sign appears to be celebrating the rotary-dial telephone.

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Rainbow Inn - El Cajon, CA

Ugh. I feel hot and greasy already. I do like that the motel features a "package liquor store", though.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dunes Motel - Bend, OR

Stunning, full-color Arabesque sign - one of my all-time favorites. You're wondering if this lasted past 9/11, aren't you?

Monday, July 8, 2013

City Center Motel - Salem, OR

We're back! Sorry for the 3-week delay there. Here's a nice one, promising "Luxury at economy prices". 

Monday, June 17, 2013