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 Hotel & Motor Hotel - Mobile, Alabama

Hotel Admiral Semmes - Mobile, Alabama

Home of the famous Bellingrath Gardens
Comfort and convenience keynote the Admiral Semmes. 250 guest rooms and suites tastefully appointed and decorated. Completely Air-Conditioned, television, radio, superb food. You'll enjoy Mobile more when you stop at the Admiral Semmes. An Affiliated National Hotel.

Mailed from Mobile, Alabama to Mr. F.R. Snyder of Wellington, Kansas on August 18, 1962:

Sorry I have been so long about writing but I haven't had time to sit still long enough to write even a card. We are sure seeing lots of things & having a wonderful time. Hope you are well & if you want me just call.
Love from Mom

Alert Advertising Agency, Galveston, Texas
Curteichcolor Card
Number hidden

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

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.