Candlelight Motor Lodge Lake Wales

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Candlelight Motor Lodge – Lake Wales, Florida

candlelight motor lodge

On U.S. 27, 2 miles South of
30 Units
Large rooms furnished for utmost comfort including free TV in each room.
Air Conditioned, Electric Heat
Public Phone and Playground
Emil R. Jahna, Owner           Phone 2-9542
Color Photo by DePew

Color by Shelton Color Process, Hackensack, N.J.

This lovely vintage postcard features both the AAA logo and the Superior four leaf clover logo. It was mailed from Louisville March 17, 1958 using a 3-cent purple liberty stamp with a cancellation of the Easter lily and “At Easter Help Crippled Children’.  It was mailed to the tv show Dough-Re-Mi, Box 5000, New York 46, New York and reads:

Barnacle Bill, the Sailor.

Mrs. Kitty K. Wilson
3938 Druid Hill Rd.
Louisville 7. Ky.

I hope against hope that Kitty’s middle name is Kat. It’s kind of hard to see in the scan, but the sign is fantastic. There’s a giant bulb at the top of the white candlestick that must turn on to look like a flame at night. Glorious!

There are other cards from this motel online, with a split image that includes the Candlelight Restaurant. From WikipediaDough Re Mi was an American game show that aired on NBC from February 24, 1958 to December 30, 1960. The series was hosted by Gene Rayburn and was somewhat of an answer to CBS’ Name That Tune, which began in 1953.

Emil Richard Jahna was honored by his community as Pioneer of the Year in 2010. The story is here; “In 1930, he was commissioned by Sara and Emma Kolb to build the city’s famed clock, which still stands in downtown Lake Wales, using coquina shells pressed into squares.”

Like Lake Wales? Check these out:

Tangerine Motel


Laurel Motel

Florida’s Palms

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Florida’s Palms – Islamorada

Florida's Palms

P.O. Box 325, Islamorada, on the Florida Keys
Telephone Matecumbe 4069
Nine beautiful, completely furnished air-conditioned apartments on the ocean with swimming — beach — shuffleboard — all in a setting of coconut palms — rock garden and tropical plants.
Worl’ds finest fishing at your front door . . . Boat Ramp . . . Docks
Fishing Guides
Owner-operated Capt. Walter & Jane Florida

Published by The Four Winds, Islamorada, Florida

This lovely vintage card is unused. And it really is lovely. From the folks sitting on lawn chairs to the palms and that lovely sign, I can’t get enough.

In the book Key West and the Florida Keys by Lynn M. Homan, Thomas Reilly has another view of this location. There’s not enough details to determine if this place still stands somewhere, tucked between the palm trees. I hope it does.

Like the Florida Keys? Check these out:

Marathon Court

Blue Waters Motel

Tropical Winds Resort

Dearborn Towne House Motel

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Dearborn Towne House Motel – Dearborn, Michigan

dearborn towne house motel

2101 So. Telegraph (US 24) Dearborn, Michigan
at Michigan Ave. (US 12) Phone 274-5700
101 Luxury Air-Conditioned Rooms — Closest to Both Airports — Cocktail Lounge — Dining Room — Heated Pool — 1 1/2 Miles to World Famous Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum.

Plastichrome by Colourpicture, Boston, Mass. 02130

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed August 7, 1972 using a six-cent ‘Flag Over White House’ stamp. It was mailed to Mrs. John H. St. John, 7 N.E. 91st Street, Miami Shores, Florida – 33138. It reads:

Sat. Jan 5 – 1972
Dear Ploomie:
Tho it has its points we are not smitten on this place & won’t stop again. In fact doubt I’d ever stop in Dearborn. Our incentive will be gone. Went  [unintelligible] & shopping today. I got a jersey dress to wear as a uniform. Is red white & blue & [unintelligible] small apples. Carleen came & indulged in the pool when we got back. Love – R.SH.

I wonder what the original incentive was that kept R.SH. going to Dearborn? This old motel has glorious mid-century styling and you have to love that sign!

It seems that for a time, this was a Super 8 before being torn down. Detroit’s Historic Hotels and Restaurants by Patricia Ibbotson notes the Towne House was owned by Harry Chrysan, who also owned a Dearborn car wash and was president of Avonster Corporation. The 1955 city directory also shows him owning a gas station. It seems that during original construction of the Towne House, there was an issue with the pre-formed concrete blocks and building collapse during construction resulting in death. According to case notes (see here) “the blueprints called for 100 units separated into sections A, B, and C. The building permit was issued to Lester H. Davies, Inc., on January 29, 1962.” Avonster Corporation was incorporated in 1953 and dissolved in 1988. Mr. Chrysan passed away in 1987.

Beltline Motel

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Beltline Motel – Grand Rapids

Beltline Motel

171 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids 8, Mich.
85 Modern Units on the South Beltline
Electric Heated – Ceramic Tile Baths – Indoor Pool – Finnish Sauna.
Next to the Comet Restaurant
Close to Downtown. Telephone Area 616-241-0151
Roy and Dorothy Gackler

Pub. by Leon Foster, 221 M. Fifth St., Blanchard, Mich.
Made by Dexter Press, Inc. West Nyack, New York

This lovely vintage postcard is unused.

Roy Gackler and Dorothy Geib did not start out in the hotel business:


Roy died in 1991 and Dorothy in 1995. They are buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Caledonia, MI.

For a little bit of recent history starting in the summer of 2012, follow this train on mlive. Reporter Matt Vande Bunte wrote “A 28th Street inn described as a hub of drug dealing and prostitution when it was shut down three years ago now might get torn down. Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday will be asked to contract for demolition of four buildings that make up the former Landmark Motel, 171 28th St. SE.” The motel was shut down in 2009 (mlive article here notes “the motel was responsible for more than 409 police reports between July 1, 2007, and Sept. 16, 2008 […] the 409 incidents included 33 aggravated assaults, four robberies, four sexual assaults, 21 simple assaults, 30 drug violations, 14 thefts from automobiles and 67 arrests for outstanding warrants, parole, probation and bond violations.” It appears they did add a second story on one of the buildings and the Google Street View image is now as such:


The other buildings appear to have been torn down. A little digging shows the Beltline Motel – turned Landmark Motel – turned Pleasant Motel was built in 1966 and at one point included 109 rooms in “five buildings – One building is a three story interior corridor building, one building has two stories with outside corridors, the remaining buildings are single story buildings. There is a basement that runs throughout the property including from the main building.”

Like Michigan postcards? Check these out:

Lou Coomes

Sandstone Motel

Lone Pine Motel

The Final Chapter – Summer Reads 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Summer Reads 2016 Update

It is now officially autumn and I haven’t done a Summer Reads 2016 Update since Week 9. I finished The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander. While it was very good, it was also rather sad and is probably not everyone’s cup of tea. If you are interested in reading it and live in the continental United States, comment on this post and I will snail-mail it to you. I also read the third and final Miss Peregrine book:

Summer Reads 2016 Update


It was excellent. Loved the whole series. I do have Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman sitting on my desk to read, and will get to it once I feel like taking a break on crocheting. This is, apparently, the Fall of Shawls for me. I’ve completed two now, and have started on a third.

Summer Reads 2016 list:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel by Elizabeth Poliner

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris.

Lake Manor Mobile Home Park

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Lake Manor Mobile Home Park

lake manor mobile home park

Lake Manor Mobile Home Park
On the Indian River
Jensen Beach, Florida 33457

Joseph Back, 901 Aspen Rd. West Palm Beach, Fla. Phone: 683-1265

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed using a 15-cent Oliver Wendell Holmes stamp to Mr. & Mrs. Collier, 23 Pecan Dr., New Port Richey, Fla. 33552. It reads:

Dear Folks;
Thank you so much for the nice card. My luck is still holding out won $61.65 last Sat – $15 Thurs at Legion. Missed at Rio tho – Not ahead but it sure helps. See you both soon Safe trip God go with you Love Lillian

If you’re looking for a perfect little winter home, you’re in luck – the Lake Manor Mobile Home Park still stands, and they even have some places for sale and for rent. It’s on the intercoastal and it has its own pier. It looks like the majority of the places were dropped on their lots in the early 1970s. The community is 55+, which is a bonus if you enjoy eating dinner at 4:00pm. Here it is today, courtesy of Google Street View:


Honestly, it’s a nice looking little place. Here’s the street view with the park on the right and the pier on the left:


Palm trees, blue skies, right across from the water. Very nice! The Treasure Coast area is interesting, with more than 100 mobile home parks along the intercoastal. The county has specifications on affordable housing, and those horrible ginormous-condo-developers haven’t seemed to move into the area — yet.

Summer of SUP

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Stand Up Paddleboarding 2016

Summer 2016 was the summer of stand up paddleboarding. July 22 was the first day out and I only managed about 15 minutes, half of which was sitting in the water. Since that day, I have been out on three lakes, sometimes with friends.

Here is Lake Orion, with my cousin Angie, on July 30. Notice the rain? We came off the lake when it started to thunder.


Bob and I went to Jackson Hole Lake in Fort Custer.


Kirsten rented us paddleboards in South Haven and we did a very short stint on Lake Michigan before the storm rolled in. We even managed to get Mom out for a little sitting down.


I’ve been out 25 times total since July 22. Mostly I go to Goguac Lake mid-morning. Some days it’s sunny.


Some days I’m the only one on the whole lake.


Some days, the lake is calm like glass, and I can paddle nearly three miles in an hour.


Being out on the lake is like magic. Even when it’s too windy or there are too many jet skiers, I can drop anchor and just sit and watch the waves for a little.


This summer, I really feel like I reached out and grabbed life. SUP is great fun, and not bad exercise. It’s good alone, and even better with friends. If you think you don’t have balance, you can still SUP. After your first half hour or so, it’s really hard to fall off the board. I hope to continue through October 31 at least, when Willard Beach closes for the season.


It will probably take me until spring to get all of the sand out of my car.


If you’re looking to get into SUP, you should. If you want to get into it on a regular basis and are looking for equipment, here are some of my favorite things:

Ten Toes – The Weekender inflatable SUP
The Weekender fits in my Subaru Outback (it rides shotgun). It comes in a kit that includes everything you need to get started – a paddle, a pump, fins and a repair kit. If you order from the company instead of it’s free shipping and no taxes. I also got their backpack to put everything in and a leash. If you’re a beginner, you should always wear a leash so your board doesn’t get away from you. In the State of Michigan, you’re also required to wear a life vest.

Airhead SUP Anchor
Sometimes you want to take a break. Maybe you want to start out each session with a little meditation or relax a little at the end. Maybe you want to do yoga. To stop yourself from floating away, get this anchor.

O’Neill Superfreak Booties
Lakes can be full of nasty surprises. Often I see beer cans, fishing hooks, rusty pieces of metal, rotten dock posts. You should probably wear shoes, but you still want to feel your board. And in the summer, regular wetsuit booties can get too hot (I am suspecting I will enjoy using them in October, though). These O’Neill booties will let water in and drain it out again, and will help you stand on your board. You can get these on

Rash Guards
You need UV protection. You need a hat, long sleeves and sunblock on your exposed parts. Rash guards, which are rated UV-50+ can be really expensive but totally worth it. You know who has cheap, well made rash guards that seem to fit normally? Land’s End. They often have some of them on sale as well. Also, when yours gets super-funky from the lake water? Soak in hot water and OxyClean for a few hours. Totally de-funks them.

Other Items
I have a cheap waterproof bag that holds my wallet, car keys and sunblock. I also have a waterproof case for my iPhone. Both are easily available for cheap on I always have a couple of towels in the car – one to dry off the board and one to sit on. This summer I generally went out in a swimsuit with a rash guard and board shorts over it, but I’ve also gone out in yoga capris and a t-shirt. If you’re out for a long time, a bottle of water is nice to have, too.

Skiing is Fun

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Skiing is Fun

Skiing is Fun

Skiing is Fun in the Florida Sun

FK-13 –General Florida Scene from Kodachrome by Florida Cypress Gardens
Curteichcolor Reproductions from Kodachrome Original

This lovely vintage card is a gift from my friend Sandra’s family collection. Although it is not dated or postally used, the Curteichcolor dating has it produced in 1949. As you know, Cypress Gardens closed in 2009. Love those swim suits!

YouTube has a 1968 version of the show, which I’m including for your viewing pleasure:

Barefoot Skiing

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Barefoot Skiing at Cypress Gardens

Barefoot Skiing

Barefoot Skiing at Cypress Gardens
Dick Pope Jr., Men’s World Water Ski Champion, barefoot skiing at Cypress Gardens. This is a trick originated by this famous youngster. Barefoot skiing is part of the several daily water ski shows at Cypress Gardens.

Curteichcolor Reproduction from KodaChrome Original

This lovely vintage card is a gift from my friend Sandra’s family collection. Although this card isn’t dated or postally used, the Curteichcolor dating system places its production in 1951. From Wikipedia:

Richard Downing Pope Jr. (December 12, 1930 – November 8, 2007), better known as Dick Pope Jr., was a World Champion water skier and an important business leader in Central Florida. Pope was an important innovator in the sport of water skiing, including the development of barefoot skiing in 1947. He is the son of Dick Pope Sr., the founder of Cypress Gardens theme park.

Cypress Gardens closed in 2009.

2016 Summer Reads Week 9

2016 Summer Reads Week 9 Update

The past few days have been hot, hot, hot! I finished the second book in the series fo Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, Hollow City. It was just as good as the first. And, on thinking on it, I’ve determined that the writing and the way the tale unfolds sort of reminds me of the My Father’s Dragon books by Ruth Stiles Gannett. I will be getting the third in the series, but probably won’t start it until after summer.


I’ve been working on another project as well.


You may remember that I did an ill-fated land paddling thing summer of 2014. This new project is safer, if you don’t count drowning. I am wearing a life vest and a leash, and sticking to the shallows. I looked back on my notes from the land-attempt and found this “First, the balance thing. Try standing on one foot for more than sixty seconds. You might not enjoy it. Your foot might hurt. And your knee. And your shin. And your calf. At first, I could only do ten minutes and it was agony.” Um, yeah. Same thing on the water, although my first attempt was 15 minutes and involved suddenly sitting down on the lake bottom twice (I was only in up to my knees, so it was no big deal). Last time around I was getting better by the fourth time I did it. Loving it by the 11th. And unfortunately the whole thing finished up on #13.

Anyhow, I am reaching out and grabbing a firm hold on summer. Hope you are, too.

Summer Reads 2016 list:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel by Elizabeth Poliner

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris.

Like Summer Reads? More here:

2016 Week Eight Update

2016 Week Five Update

2016 Week Four Update

2016 Week One Update

2015 Summer Reads Introduction

2014 Summer Reads Introduction