Monday, May 9, 2016

Ahwahnee Motel and Lodge - Denver, Colorado

Located at 8500 E. Colfax
Denver, Colorado
Just fifteen minutes ride from the heart of downtown Denver
Strictly modern - 3 restaurants and shopping section within walking distance. 5 minutes from Municipal Airport. Kitchenettes Available.
WOLF BROTHERS, Owner-Management Enterprise

Curteichcolor Card

STATUS: Amazingly still standing and still the Ahwahnee.

Aggie's Motel - Port Angeles, Washington

535 East First
Port Angeles, Washington
Starlite Room
Coffee Shop
Dining Room

535 East First
Port Angeles, Washington
Starlite Room
Coffee Shop
Dining Room

Status: Man, I loooooove the sign in the first card and the redesigned 60s-modern look of the second card. Now it's a basic motel. I do wonder where that woman is headed.

Adobe Inn - Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Junction I-40 and U.S. 66 & 54
Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Fifty eight luxurious rooms, Heated pool, putting green, color TV, telephones, individually controlled hot water heat & air conditioning, queen size beds, excellent restaurant next door.

Petley Studios

STATUS: The building is still there. I couldn't match the view in this photo as it appears to have been taken from the parking lot next door. The Adobe is currently a Days Inn.

Admiral Semmes Motor Hotel - Mobile, Alabama

Mobile's Downtown Motor Hotel.
The Admiral Semmes
Mobile, Alabama.
110 oversized guest rooms, most with private balconies overlooking patio pool. Pool is temperature controlled for year round use. Delightful Purple Paddle cocktail lounge. Magnificent lobby and dining facilities. Two elevators. Ice machines on each floor. TV. Completely air-conditioned. Free parking. In the heart of the business district on Highway 90.

Mailed from Mobile, Alabama to Mr. & Mrs. E.E. Wood of Dedham, Massachusetts on November 4, 1963:

11/4 Hi!
Here from N. Orleans at "Semmes" hotel. To "Pensacola" at 12:30 later. "Eglin Air For Base." Suppose "Carol" has left. We are O.K. Fannie is a good sport. Nearer home. - F.

Alert Advertising Agency, Galveston, Texas
A Curteich Color Card
Number: 0DK-1742

From the AMHA Hotel and Motel Red Book

STATUS: The Admiral Semmes was renovated in 2014 and is a modern hotel now known as The Admiral.

Admiral Motel - St. Petersburg, Florida

16611 Gulf Boulevard, Redington Beach
St. Petersburg, Florida
Beside the Admiral's magnificent heated, and filtered fresh water pool. New as to morrow! Sliding walls convert rooms into private patios. All units include powder rooms, tiled bathrooms, telephones, free TV, running ice water, air-conditioning, and filtered heat.
Just a few steps to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Shuffleboard. Famous Howard Johnson Restaurant on premises. Phone: 9-0911. AAA Approved.

Mailed from St. Petersburg, Florida to Mr. & Mrs. H.M. Chapman of Union City, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1958:

Had a grand visit with the "Chappies" last nite. Nancy is a darling as you said. Everyone looks marvelous. On to Atlanta to-day. Love, P'S

Ward Beckett & Co.

STATUS: Gone. Now fancy condos. The Howard Johnson's next door is gone as well.

Admiral Benbow Inn - Jackson, Mississippi

U.S. Highways 49 and 51
905 N. State St. - Jackson, Miss.
124 Deluxe Rooms
Individually controlled Air Conditioning and Heating thermostats, TV, background music and direct dial phones in each room. Swimming Pool, Lounge, Dining Rooms, Meeting Rooms.

Plastichrome by Colourpicture

STATUS: Now a retirement home known as the Admiral.


Admiral Benbow Inn - Doraville (Atlanta), Georgia

Buford Highway at I-285
Doraville (Atlanta), Georgia
Restaurant, Lounge, Banquet Rooms and Luxury Bedroom Suites. Swimming Pool and Color TV.
Fotos by Frankie

Made by Dexter Press

STATUS: The Admiral Benbow has gone through many names the building stands at 2001 Clearview Ave. It's a little difficult to see in the street view below but the covered entrance is visible.


Admiral Benbow Inn - Chattanooga, Tennessee

101 East 20th Street at Market Street Exit
Chattanooga, Tennessee
142 Deluxe Rooms, Individually controlled air-conditioning and heating thermostats, swimming pool, TV, direct dialing phones in each room. 2 Dining Rooms, Meeting Rooms, Cocktail Lounge, Background Music.

STATUS: The Building still stands and is now known as the Country Hearth Suites.


Admiral Benbow Inn - Memphis, Tennessee

1220 Union Ave. - Memphis, Tenn.
Phone BRoadway 4-0633 TWX CODE ME-238
Individually controlled Air Conditioning and Heating Thermostats - Swimming Pool - TV - Direct Dialing Phones in each room - Radio and Background Music - Cocktail Lounge - 2 Dining Rooms - Conference Rooms.

Mailed from Memphis, Tennessee to Mrs. A.L. Bates of Denver, Colorado on April 16, 1963:

Cold in Memphis. We will be in Ft. Smith Ark. tonight. Will call the Scanlans when we get to Oklahoma City. - E.

STATUS: Gone. Now the Southern School of Optometry.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Acres Motel - Chicago, Illinois

5600 Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60645
75 air conditioned and soundproof units
Free Television
Aquacade swimming pool & playground area
Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
24 Hour Switchboard
Conference Rooms, seating capacity 10 to 150
14 minutes drive to Downtown Shopping
18 Minutes drive to O'Hare International Airport
Courtesy car to surrounding area and O'Hare Airport
S & H Green Stamps
AAA Approved. Diners' Club, American Express Accepted. Member of the Aristocrat Inns of America

STATUS: Gone. Now the Budlong Woods Library. The blog, A Chicago Soujorn, has a great piece, written in 2012, about this and other motels along Lincoln Avenue.


Aberdeen Motel - Aberdeen, Maryland

2 mi. South of Aberdeen, on U.S. 40 at A.P.G. entrance road
Aberdeen, Maryland
Attractively furnished air-conditioned units, each with colored tile bath - TV - telephone - Large family rooms - efficiency units. AAA Approved. American Express & The Diners' Club accepted.

Clement D. Erhardt
Made by Dexter

STATUS: Appears to be gone, as I cannot find any evidence of its current existence.

830 S. Michigan Hotel - Chicago, Illinois

Facing Lake Michigan
On the famous Michigan Blvd. in the best Hotel, Theater, and Shopping District. Withing a few minutes walk from Illinois Central, Grand Central Stations and the "Loop". Ample parking Space adjoining Hotel. Excellent food in our Dining Room at moderate prices. Only 1/2 block south of the Stevens Hotel, yet at half the price.

STATUS: 830 S. Michigan is vacant lot. There's a great write-up on the history of the address here.

55th Avenue Motel - Oakland, California

Between Highway 17 and US 50 at 55th Avenue and Foothill Blvd. 30 DeLuxe Garden Units. Singles and $5.00; Doubles, $5.00 and $6.00; Twins, $7.00. T.V, Phones, Kitchenettes, Large Family Rooms. AAA Approved

Written but never sent from Oakland, California to Mr. J.F. Kennedy - President of These United States in Washington, D.C. (In January of 1961, 1962 or 1963)

Dear President -
We the Republicans of Calif. wish you a Happy New Year & Jacqueline, too!
Mike & Mary White

STATUS: Unknown. Presumed to be gone. I cannot find anything.

19-62 Motel - Mercer, Pennsylvania

19-62 Motel - Mercer, Pennsylvania

Located at the junction of U.S. Route 19 and 62 at the North edge of Mercer, Pa., the 19-62 Motel is indeed "One of the Nation's Finest". Every room has a tiled bath with both tub and shower, fully carpeted floors, Beautyrest mattresses and spring, telephone, free radio and deluxe furnishings. The Structure is fully fireproof and a spacious lobby provides television and relaxation. Phone: Mercer 737.

STATUS: The motel, known as the Mercer Motel is still standing on the street view, from 2014 but it is gone from the current satellite photo.


Tidelands Motor Inn - Tucson, Arizona

Complete Resort Living in Down-Town Tucson, golf privileges at leading Country Club, 200-air conditioned rooms and suites, TV in every room; dining and dancing in the elegant Terrace Room. Cocktail lounge, coffee shop, complete banquet facilities, gift shop, beauty salon, putting green, and year-round heated pool with underwater music. Gateway to Mexico. AAA Approved.

Ray Manley Commercial Photography

Sterling Motel - Veedersburg, Indiana

On U. S. 41 - 3 Blocks N. of North Jct. of U. S. 136. Hot Water Heat - Forced Air Cooling - 20 Units with Ind. Tile Bath. Conveniently located to Good Restaurants, The Church of Your Choice, Two Theatres - 20 Minutes to Turkey Run and Shades Park. Also Jungle Park and Gobbler Nob. TV Lounge.
Route #4

Millard Brown, Noblesville, Ind.
Dexter Press

Churchill Motel - Gravenhurst, Ontario

Ultra Modern. AAA Approved.

Mailed (with no postmark) to Mrs. H.W. Tuttle of Squel, California:

Gravenhurst, Ontario, 9-23
Stopped at this motel last night. Are on our way north to North Bay. Then will head west to Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. Coloring is more in evidence. Wast only a spot here & there nearer the big lakes. It's just full of lakes as we go along. Lovely country - hills & valleys. Love, Nell

Fry's Photo Shoppe
Plastichrome by Colourpicture

Admiral Benbow Inn - Louisville, Kentucky

3315 Bardstown Road
Louisville, Kentucky
Individually controlled air conditioning and heating thermostats, TV, background music and direct dialing phones in each room. Swimming pool, cocktail lounge, dining rooms, meeting rooms

STATUS: The building was recently torn down. It shows up in the aerial view, but the November 2015 street view shows a car wash at that address.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mountain View Motel Lodge - Taos, New Mexico

Mountain View Motel Lodge - Taos, New Mexico

P.O. Box 1271 at fabulous Taos, New Mexico. On U.S. Highway 64, south edge of Taos. Unusually nice one and two bedroom units with wall-to-wall carpeting. Ceramic tile baths. Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Westvois, owners and managers will welcome you.

 Mountain View Motel Lodge - Taos, New Mexico

P.O. Box 1271 at fabulous Taos, New Mexico. On U.S. Highway 64, south edge of Taos. Unusually nice one and two bedroom units with wall-to-wall carpeting. Ceramic tile baths. Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Westvois, owners and managers will welcome you.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Abbey Hotel / Abbey Victoria Hotel - New York, New York

Abbey Hotel - New York, New York 

51st Street East of 7th Avenue
New York 19, N.Y.
Accommodating 1000 guests - Modern Rooms - Television - Air conditioning available - Home of Famous Stockholm Restaurant.

Lumitone Photoprint

  Abbey Victoria Hotel - New York, New York

7th Avenue at 51st Street
New York, N.Y. 10019
1000 Modern Rooms and Suites - Garage and Parking Facilities - In Radio City and Rockefeller Center Area - Home of the famous Stockholm Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge.
Entirely Air-Conditioned

Writing on the back:
Dated 9/29/67
We dined at this beautiful spot last evening, lots of good things to eat. The Abbey V. is very good having a wonderful time. Hope you are too.
Love, Alice & Phil

STATUS: The Abbey was torn down in 1982. Here's a brief article in the New York Times about the demise of the Abbey.

After 55 Years; R.I.P. Abbey

Published: June 27, 1982

It was the Abbey Victoria Hotel, then the Abbey and Victoria Hotels and, later, back again. In recent years it was simply the ''Shabby Abbey.'' Now it is being demolished to make way for the expansion of the headquarters of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States.

Spokesmen for the company, a major owner of Manhattan properties, said plans for the new office tower were not complete yet. It will run from 51st to 52d Street on Seventh Avenue, behind the present 42-story headquarters building at 1285 Avenue of the Americas. That tower was completed 20 years ago as an pioneer project in the avenue's redevelopment.

The hotel was built in 1927 and was divided into the Abbey and Victoria Hotels for the World's Fair in 1939. It stood as a house divided for years, but merged in 1966 to share mechanical and operating costs.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

48 States Motel - Saint Albans, West Virginia

Seven miles West of Charleston, West Virginia on U.S. Route #60
Clean, Comfortable and Modern
21 inch TV and 4 season heat pump. Air conditioners on every room.
Mailing Address, 6204 MacCorckle Ave. Saint Albans, W.Va.
Reasonable Rates

W.E. Bollinger & Sons, Charleston 2, W.Va.

STATUS: It is now known as the Jefferson Motel. The sign and the great Coke machine are gone.

1200 Beacon Street Hotel - Brookline, Massachusetts

Corner St. Paul Street
Brookline 46, Mass.
BEacon 2-7979
Greater Boston's finest Motor Hotel. 170 beautiful rooms - Garage under. Television and radio included in rate. Air conditioned throughout. Attractive Dining Room, Lounge Bars and Coffee Shop. Located less than two miles from downtown Boston.

Status: GONE - A Holiday Inn is at this location.

100 Lakes Motor Court - Winter Haven, Florida

Highway 17
Winter Haven, Florida
36 units - completely air conditioned - TV - heated swimming pool - your host, Ben Gumer - telephone CY 3-8213

Mailed from Bradenton, Florida to Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Taylor of Scottland, Illinois on February 24, 1957:

Sarasota, Fl.
Dear Folks,
Every thing fine. Have stayed here 2 nights. At Sarasota Gardens. Leaving Sun. Hope to get home by Tuesday.
Love, Rena

Dennis Hallinan, Cypress Gardens, FL
Dexter Press

STATUS: Unknown. I cannot find any information on the exact location.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Holiday Inn Anniston-Oxford - Oxford, Alabama

Holiday Inn Anniston-Oxford - Oxford, Alabama
Postcard Description:
 On Interstate 20 Where "U.S. 431 & Ala. 21 meet U.S. 78" 
Swimming Pool - Air-conditioned - Restaurant - Free TV - Free Holidex Reservations

1965 Guide Description and map


A fairly standard early 1960s Holiday Inn design. The postcard shows the Great Sign, the exterior layout, cars in the parking lot,  a restaurant (not sure the name-can't find it anywhere) and a very early photocropping job of the sky. You can see it in the lines on the tress and the majestic splendor of nature's blurs.

The card is from a few years before the guide based on the cars.


The property went through a few changes, but I am pretty sure that this is the location. The exterior was painted, the Holiday Inn signage on the building gone and the sign has the all the marking of the 80s Holiday Inn signs that replaced the GREAT sign. The property fell on hard times and became, at one point, Oxford Inn and Suites.

Here's an aerial photograph dated January 7, 2004. (thanks to Google Earth) It's difficult to tell if it is still a Holiday Inn or not. It has the trade mark lay-out.

A 2008 Google Maps street view of the Oxford Inn and Suites:

An undated, but probably 2012 aerial photo of the property being torn down

The final aerial view taken on November 28, 2012 shows only the outline of the motel

The final street view from 2014 shows that there's an empty field and a Bojangles on the current site.There is a newer Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites just down 431 on Colonial Drive.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Midway Motor Lodge - La Crosse, Wisconsin

Midway Motor Lodge - La Crosse, Wisconsin

On the Black River
1835 Rose St. La Crosse, Wisconsin
A tinted, plexiglass bubble dome covers the indoor recreation area of the La Crosse Midway Motor Lodge. Surrounded by guest rooms, the area features a swimming pool, saunas, sun lamp canopy, ping pong and billiards. The lodge features a Hoffman House Restaurant, show lounge and complete meeting and banquet facilities. A Best Western property.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blue Mountain Hotel and Skeet Club - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Blue Mountain Hotel and Skeet Club - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Situated in Fishing Creek Valley, in the Mountains of Pennsylvania, yet only fifteen minutes drive from the heart of downtown Harrisburg, this beautiful and modern hotel provides quiet and comfort, combines with convenience, at a location which is at an address of distinction.
Catering to Banquets, Wedding Receptions, Private Parties, and Business Meetings. Rooms have carpeted floors, tile bath and shower. Blue Room free for ladies' card parties.
Phones CE-91239 - CE-49040
Harrisburg, Pa.
Yours for a successful evening
W.M. Hollinger - Pres.

Monte Cristo Motor Court Dining Room - Grenada, Mississippi

Monte Cristo Motor Court Dining Room - Grenada, Mississippi

One of the South's most beautiful dining rooms. Seats 150 people. Monte Cristo Motor Court and Restaurant, Highway 51 South, Grenada, Miss. Member Quality Courts United, Inc. AAA and Duncan Hines.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hotel La Salle - Chicago, Illinois

La Salle Hotel is located at the corner of Madison and La Salle Streets. It is one of the most conveniently located Hotels in Chicago and has accommodations for nearly two thousand guests.

Stamped: Jack F. Knoblock, 1936

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hotel Evans - Loch Sheldrake, New York

Live, love, laugh and be happy at Hotel Evans on Lake Evans
Loch Sheldrake, NY
Entrance to Fan-Fare Theatre Nite Club

Hotel Evans - Loch Sheldrake, New York

Hotel Evans on Lake Evans
Loch Sheldrake, NY
The fabulous Indoor Tropical Pool and Health Club
Another EVANS Extra

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cavalier Hotel - Miami Beach, Florida

1320 Ocean Drive
New - Ultra Modern - Overlooking beautiful Lummus Park and Ocean - Elevator Service - Individual Roof Solariums - Recreation Lounge

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Old Mill Inn - Bernardsville, New Jersey

Fox and Hounds Room
At the Historic Old Mill Inn
Route 202, Bernardsville, New Jersey
Hotel Accommodations, Tap Room, Banquet Facilities

Harry Smith Motel - Alexandria, Virginia

U.S. Route #1 - 6 Miles South of Wash., D.C.
Built in 1953
37 Outstanding Brick Units - Central Hot Water Heating - Tub & Shower Combination - Tile Baths - Wall to Wall Carpets - Television & Telephones in Each Room. AAA Approved.
Telephone: South 5-6100
Owner Operated: Mr. & Mrs. Harry K. Smith
Mailing Address: 1555 Richmond Highway Alexandria, Virginia

Sun-n-Sand Motor Hotel - Biloxi, Mississippi

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. West Beach, Biloxi, Mississippi.
Telephone IDlewood 2-1551. TWX 389.
125 Rooms, all with TV - 100% Air Conditioned. A perfect setting for the vacation of a lifetime! Restaurant - Lounge - Swimming Pool - Childrens' Playground - Private Sand Beach - Gift Shop - Beauty Salon - Deep Sea Fishpond - Tackle Shop - Conference Rooms - Banquet Rooms - 5 Golf Courses Nearby - Finest Fishing on Coast.
AAA Approved. A Master Hosts Hotel

Skyland Motel - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

"Panoramic Views of the Great Smokies"
Entrance on State 73 - 1 block off U.S. 441
Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Above the noise of the highway, overlooking Gatlinburg and the little Pigeon River. 2 Acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Guests' picnic area. Pine paneled units with tiled tub and shower baths. Electric heat. Free TV in every room. Attractively furnished rooms for couples. Also very nice rooms with two doubled beds and dressing room. AAA Approved.
Phone 601
E.B Reagan's Cottages on U.S. 441 - same ownership and management.

Mailed from Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Mrs. Annie Kapatas of Memphis, Tennessee on June 26, 1958:

You would love this resort. The scenery is beautiful and there is wonderful every minute but nites are cold. There are lots of things to see here that are most interesting. - Rosalie, Harry, Ann Marie & Garry

Starke Motor Court - Starke, Florida

New, Modern, Private Tile Baths
Vented heat - cross ventilation.
Excellent restaurants within walking distance.
Reservations via Western Union or Phone 9107
AAA Approved
Geo. H. Bunch and Guy Andrews, Co-Owners, Mgrs.
On U.S. 301 and Fla. 200

Holiday Inn North - Jacksonville, Florida

I-95 & Golfair Blvd.
Only 2 1/2 miles from the Gator Bowl and 10 miles from the airport. Your comfort is assured at the Holiday Inn of Jacksonville.

Lariat Motel - Baker, Oregon

6 Blocks East of Baker, Oregon on U.S. Hwy. 30
17 New Units - Refrigerated - Air-conditioning - Individually Controlled Electric or Gas Heat. Wall to Wall Carpet - Tile Bath and Shower - Television.
Phone JA 3-4311
Hilton and Carte Blanche Credit Cards Accepted.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge - Penns Grove, New Jersey

Toll Gate #1 At The Southern Terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Penns Grove, N.J.
AAA Approved
American Express, Texaco and Diners Club Cards Accepted

Palms Motor Inn Restaurant & Pancake House - St. Augustine, Florida

In The Heart of St. Augustine, Florida
On U.S. No. 1, 137 San Marcos Avenue
St. Augustine's Leading MOTOR COURT
Steam Heated - Winter, Air Conditioned - Summer
Private Tile Baths, Soft Water, 24 Hour Service
Police Protection
Phone: 824
O.D. Wolfe, Owner

137 San Marcos Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Centrally located in Attraction area being adjacent to Mission Nombre de Dios, Fountain of Youth, Old Jail, 5 blocks of Ripley's Museum adjoining Old Fort, City Gates where Restored area begins. Quiet, away from Trucks and Trains, Individually owned and operated where you get comfort without extravagance.