Wednesday, January 11, 2017
West U.S. 30 Grand Island, Nebraska
Lovely new brick units within city limits. Telephones, tiled baths, all rooms fully carpeted, refrigerated air-conditioning and hot water heat thermostatically controlled in each room.
Both Motel and Dining Room recommended by AAA, Duncan Hines and Best Western. FREE television - FREE ice Cubes Phone DU 4-27000
Color Photo by Jack Bailey Studio, Grand Island Nebr. Dunlapp-Henline Distributors, North Platte, NE. 219111L3
West U.S. 30
Grand Island, Nebraska
Lovely new brick units within city limits. Telephones, tiled baths, all rooms fully carpeted, refrigerated air-conditioning and hot water heat thermostatically controlled in each room. Both Motel and Dining Room recommended by AAA, Duncan Hines and Best Western.
FREE television - FREE ice Cubes
Phone DU 4-27000
Color Photo by Jack Bailey Studio, Grand Island Nebr.
Mailed from Grand Island, Nebraska to Miss Mirian Benton at the Accounting Division of Continental Ill. Nat'l Bank in Chicago, Illinois on July 5, 1961:
Here's the card from Nebraska, a picture of the motel we are staying at perhaps a few days while visiting here. Am heading for Casper, Wyoming. Hello to all!
On Highway U.S. 30
Thursday, January 5, 2017
16051 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 331600
Directly on the Ocean
Olympic Size Swimming Pool - Private Sand Beach - Sun Deck - Hotel Rooms and Kitchenettes - Cocktail Lounge - Coffee Shop - 100% Air Conditioned and Heated - Free Parking at Your Door
Eastern Number one to the Sun
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Hotel Jefferson Davis
Mailed from Anniston, Alabama to The Kingans of Clifton Forge, Virginia on March 3, 1940:
Had a real nice trip down here. Sho is nice and warm here. Mae writes that Nancy is just fine.
U.S. Highway 78, 4 miles East of Oxford, Ala.
24 Units, tile baths, Beautyrest mattresses, vented gas heat, Simmons metal furniture. Owned and operated by Mr. & Mrs. W.W. McComb, Jr. Phone Anniston 9207
Junction Highways U.S. 82 State 5. Centreville, Alabama
42 Units - Air-Conditioned - T.V. (Optional) - Ceramic Tile Baths - Wall to Wall Carpet - Restaurant adjoining - Fred H. Davis, Owner AAA Approved
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Fun in the Sun for Everyone at the AQUA TERRACE MOTEL
599 So. Atlantic Ave. (Hwy. A1A)
Magnificent oceanfront motel, offering superb vacation accommodations year 'round...rooms or apartments; fresh water pool, surf bathing on "the world's most famous beach", shuffleboard, all units centrally air conditioned and heated; free TV, daily maid service, Village Shopping Center adjacent.
Mailed from Ormond Beach, Florida to Mrs. J.C. Wessling on July 19, 1960:
Just spent 10 days here in Florida. We needed a rest. Hope you are feeling well. We are fine and going home tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed Agnes' visit. - Edmund
Plastichrome by Colourpicture
STATUS: Now known as Ocean Front Inn & Suites.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
On Hwy. 98, West
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Modern, Carpeted. Large Rooms back from noisy highway, TV, Individual Heat & Air-conditioning.
STATUS: Probably gone. May also be modified as the Best Western Apalach Inn.
Gracious elegance. Fabulous white wrought iron staircase in the famed Antlers Hotel lobby, leading up to the ultimate in luxurious accommodations. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
STATUS: The Antlers is still going very strong. I doubt the lobby looks like this anymore. That carpet is a confusing fit for that room.
Kenneth & Glenna Johnson
24 Modern Units - TV & Air Conditioning - Coffee - 2 Blocks from Passion Play Ground - Quiet, Comfortable - Open Year 'Round
Straight West from Exit 12 on I-90
Photo by Smithson
Thos D. Murphy Co.
STATUS: Can't find it on the map. I just now noticed the animal in the yard. Is that a goat?
28 miles from Coolidge Dam on Highway 70 and 40 miles from Roosevelt Dam on the Apache Trail. All year climate, units either single, twin or double. Air cooled - Panel ray heat, Beauty Rest mattresses and telephone in every room. Apache Land Cafe across the street.
This is the restaurant that was located across the street.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Located south edge Virginia, Minnesota on the "Border Trail" - Highway 53. A 15 unit AAA inspected motel. Radio and Television available - 9 electric kitchen units - open four seasons.
"A fine place for fine people"
Edna and Andy Larson, owners
W.A. Fisher Co. Virginia, Minn.
STATUS: Was a Budget Inn as of 2012
On U.S. Hi-Way 41 - South, 4 Blocks South U.S. 231, 7 Blocks from downtown. Excellent Restaurant serving Southern food at its best. Steaks, Tennessee Country ham, fried chicken and pork chops. 32 Rooms Air-Conditioned, wall to wall carpeting, TV, and Electric Heat. Restaurant open 24 hrs. a day. AAA Approved.
U.S. No 31
47 Units. Air Conditioned. TV in All Rooms. Restaurant Nearby. Telephones in Rooms. Music by 'Muzak". Cullman's very best Motel. Swimming Pool. Hiway Host. AAA Approved.
Scenic South Card Co., Bessemer, Ala
A Koppel Card
STATUS: Bleak. It's now known as the Economy Inn. It looks like a pleasant place to be stabbed.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
121 Seventh Street at Mission
San Francisco 3, California
Telephone MA 6-0200 TWX SF-1109
Located only one block from shopping, theaters, the Civic Center, and opposite the main Post Office. Featuring elevators, heated pool, sun decks, restful fountain area, TV, radio, background music, dialamatic telephones, ample sheltered parking, complimentary freshly brewed coffee, City Tours and complete 24 hours service. Reservations suggested. Member of the Best Western Motels
Natural Color by Mike Roberts
STATUS: Still there. It gained an I somewhere along the way and is now the Americania (which sounds like a patriotic flower). It looks duller than dull now.
Located on U.S. 45 South
2 Minutes from Heart of Jackson, Tenn.
Air Conditioned - Pool - TV - Diners' Club - Carte Blanche
STATUS: Can't find it anywhere. It appears to be gone.
Monday, June 20, 2016
I-24 Exit 22 - Manchester, Tennessee 37355
Tiled baths, combination tub and shower - wall to wall carpets - electric heat - 100% air conditioned - TV and telephone in every room - Swimming pool - Restaurant adjoining.
American Express, Master Charge & Bankamericard Accepted.
Color King Card
A Koppel Card
STATUS: Still there as of 2013 street view.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
U.S. 31-W Cave City, Kentucky
Main Entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park – Convenient to all Caves. Accommodations for 120 Guests. Swimming Pool. Fully Air Conditioned – Hot Water Heat – Tile Baths – Simmons Beautyrest Mattresses – Free Radio – Television Optional. Young's Restaurant in Connection – Specializing in Sizzling Steak's Country Ham and Hot Biscuits. Mr. & Mrs. Dick Mouser – Co – Owners and Managers. Mr. & Mrs. Harry D. Young Restaurant Operators. Telephone Prescott 3-7301 or Prescott 3-3721
STATUS: I cannot seem to find it anywhere in town. If the building is still there it has been modified to an unrecognizable extent.
A Twenty-Two Acre Playground in the Heart of a Great City
Offers endless opportunity for healthful recreation - tennis, gold, and the wonderful Lido with it Sun-Tan sand bathing beach and crystal clear plunge, and the home of the world famous Cocoanut Grove.
Mailed from North Hollywood, California to Mrs. Blanche Lewis on August 20, 1969:
Dear Blanche: We are her to see my family again. We did not get out last winter. My 2 little grand children are adorable. We have been here 2 week & leave on the 28th for S.F.My sister & brother-in-law have a 25th anniv. on the 26th. We came by train & will leave by train - Drive to S.F. & leave from there. Hope you are well. - Gerturude & Morris
Mitck & Sons
Plastichrome by Colourpicture
STATUS: Torn down in 2005.
In the pantry area of the hotel's main kitchen, soon after midnight on June 5, 1968, and after a brief victory speech in the Embassy Room ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel, the winner of the California Democratic presidential primary election, Senator Robert F. Kennedy (RFK), was shot along with five other people. Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan was arrested at the scene and later convicted of the murder. Kennedy died one day later from his injuries, while the other victims survived their wounds. During the demolition of the Ambassador Hotel during late 2005 and early 2006, portions of the area where the 1968 shooting occurred were eliminated from the site. The portion of Wilshire Boulevard in front of the hotel has been signed the "Robert F. Kennedy Parkway".
The death of Robert F. Kennedy coincided with the beginning of the hotel's demise, hastened by the decline of the surrounding neighborhood. By the 1970s, the gang and illegal drug problems in the area near the hotel were already becoming severe, and worsened. Despite a renovation of the Cocoanut Grove in the mid-1970s, with the creative control of Sammy Davis, Jr., the property declined.
The Ambassador Hotel was closed in 1989 to guests, but remained open for filming and private events. A liquidation sale of the hotel's contents was conducted in 1991 by National Content Liquidators Inc. based in Ohio.
STATUS: The Capitol was razed in the 1970s. The Amarillo Hotel is gone. The Hotel Herring is still standing.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Twin or Double Beds - Tub & Shower Bath
Open year around
500 ft. from Bathing Beach
Ingalls & Wright, Proprietors
Mailed from De Ruyter, New York to Mary Tripp of Jacksonville, New York on August 7, 1961:
We went to the seaway. Stayed at this place. On to Plattsburg and down the entire length of Lake Champlain and Fort Ticonderofa. Then to S. Springs, Balson Spa, 776 miles trip. C & G
H.H. La Fontaine
Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh, New York
STATUS: Unsure. Can't find it anywhere.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Ocean Avenue and Linda Lane
Palm Beach Shores, Florida
One bedroom apartments with living room. All electric kitchens, tile baths. Ocean bathing, private beach, fishing, Shuffleboard. P.O. Box 491, Riviera Beach, Florida. Telephone 4-1098
Mailed from Riviera Beach, Florida to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Durfee of Ventura, California on January 13, 1958:
Jan 13, 1958
This is the cute motel we are in. It is owned and operated by a Selie couple.
On Dec. 16 I was operated for a cut in (?) of thyroid gland. I never knew I had it until it suddenly became infected and filled with pub & blood. Am coming along good. Love, Ray
Camera Center - Riviera Beach, Fla.
STATUS: Building still standing. Looks pretty much the same.
Star Rt., E. Stroudsburg, Pa.
Tel.: Stroudsburg 2543
Wm. J. and Gertrude S. Altier, Owners
Located on Route 209, 6 miles NE of Stroudsburg. Picture window dining room overlooking our new swimming pool. Lake nearby. Delicious home-cooked meals. Open all year to the public. Private banquet room. American or European Plan.
STATUS: Gone. Can't find anything.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
315 Samish Way RE 3-4900
New, Quiet, Soundproof. 24 Hour Switchboard, Beautyrest, Individual Thermostats. Free Coffee, Radio & TV. Paradise of the Northwest. AAA Approved. Mr. & Mrs. F.S. Baird, Your Hosts.
STATUS: The Aloha seemed to hold out until 2015 with a modified version of the original sign, It appears to have met its end.
Chicago's after-the-theatre Rendezvous...for Midnight Chats
THE LOUNGE in new TIP TOP TAP
Comfort and glamour, 23 stories above famed Michigan Avenue.
Michigan Avenue at Huron
Harding Hotel Management
CK-167 - The Allerton Hotel
Located at 701 N. Michigan Avenue
on Chicago's Near North Side
Mailed from Chicago, Illinois to Mr. & Mrs. P.C. Clavio of San Bernadino, California on July 22, 1957:
Well I made it and had a nice trip. Cool when I got here, but 90 degrees today. Expect to go to top of this building tomorrow and love over town. Lake Michigan is like an ocean. Be seeing you, Fanchon
Chicago's Near North Side
On the shores of Lake Michigan, in the heart of the "Magnificent Mile", has many points of interest indicated on the reverse side - all within walking distance.
STATUS: Still there. Still the Allerton. Here's some history about the Allerton for their website:
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Route 250, Gaithersburg, Md. Completely modern cottages, recommended by AAA. Featuring steak and chicken dinners in our restaurant. Located on Hwy. U.S. No. 240, 12 miles from D.C. Line and 26 miles from Frederick, Md. Managed by Latonas and Moyers. Phone Gaithersburtg 18 for reservations.
C.H. Ruth, Washington, D.C.
Colorcraft by Dexter Press
STATUS: Unsure. Almost assuredly gone.
New Modern Units, Panel Ray Heat
De Luxe Twin or Double Beds- Showers and Tubs - Reservations - Kitchens - Laundry - TV in Rooms - Close to Shopping - Bus to City Center
"The Court You Will Recommend"
Entering Portland on Sandy Boulevard
11814 N.E. Sandy Boulevard
Christian's Color Card Service
A Koppel Card
STATUS: Now a car lot.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Pool and Cabana Club
LINCOLN ROAD AND JAMES AVENUE
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
Fireproof - Modern in every detail - Radio and steam heat in every room - Private Swimming Pool - Cabana Club - Cocktail Lounge - Air-Conditioned.
Mailed from Miami Beach, Florida to Mr. & Mrs. H. Buten & Family of Merion, Pennsylvania on February 13, 1958:
Greetings from the sometime sunny Miami.
- Grandma Kleine
STATUS: Still there. Still the Albion.
Atop the new Airline Bus Terminal
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20005
250 Air-conditioned rooms, all with color TV, automatic-dial phones. Penthouse swimming pool and sun deck. Delicious food and beverages in Hemisphere Room and Travelers Tavern. Ideal meeting facilities. No room charge for children under 12. Parking in lower level garage. AAA Approved.
Here's a 1965 invoice from the Albert Pick to B. Herschenshom from the Pepperdine University website.
STATUS: Gone. The building has been renovated and modernized, which is a shame.
205 North Goldthwaite Street
In the Heart of Downtown
Phone: AMherst 5-0541 - Teletype: MG-6079
Completely air-conditioned. All rooms have radio and television. Swimming pool. Dining Room. Bar and Bench Lounge. Ideal meeting facilities. Free parking. Children free under 12.
STATUS: So far this is the only Albert Pick Motel building I have found that is still standing. It has been painted and has fewer bells and whistles but it is still there. It is now known as the Capitol Inn Motel
1119 Government Street
Mobile, Alabama 36604
125 air-conditioned rooms, all with television, (many with Color TV); 24-hour telephone service. Heated swimming pool. Restaurant. Free parking. No room charge for children.
STATUS: The building is gone. It's a little hard to tell exactly where there was actually located but this appears to be the place.
U.S. 41-11-64-72 and State Highway 58
175 Air-conditioned rooms. Television, 24-hour telephone service. Restaurant, Heated swimming pool. No room charge for children under 12. AAA Approved.
|A 1968 receipt showing the properties in the Albert Pick Hotels family|
STATUS: Long gone.
450 Murfreesboro Road
One block from I-24 and I-40. 112 Rooms - Tile Baths - Carpeted floors - Phones - 24 hour service - Electric heat - Free TV - 100% air-conditioned - Radio and FM - Heated swimming pool -Putting Green - Two restaurants adjacent.
STATUS: Gone. WKRN Studios are located at this address.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Dallas, Texas. Beaumont, Texas. Houston, Texas. Tyler, Texas. Oklahoma City, Okla. Baton Rouge, La. Shreveport, La (2)
New Orleans, La. Jackson, Miss. Gulfport, Miss. Charlotte, N. C. Raleigh, N. C. Savannah, Ga. Atlanta, Ga. Columbus, Ga. Memphis Tenn. Chattanooga, Tenn. Nashville, Tenn. Knoxville, Tenn. Little Rock, Ark. Indianapolis, Ind.
STATUS: The Alamo Plaza, as you can probably tell, was a small chain of motels across the South. They appear to have been around for the early part of the 1950s and then gone very quickly. This is a stock card for the chain, therefore I have no idea where this was located or if the building still stands.
Here's another stock card showing the standard room decor.