Clearwater Memorial Causeway

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Vintage Postcard – Clearwater Memorial Causeway

clearwater memorial causeway

Looking westward over Clearwater’s magnificent Memorial Causeway connecting the city with Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Colorphoto by Ward Beckett

Color Card by Ward Beckett & Co., Clearwater, FLA.

This lovely vintage postcard is unused. This card is perfect Florida. Palm trees. Manicured shrubs. Sunshine.

I love the Clearwater Causeway, and have a number of postcards from it. I think Clearwater Beach must be a lovely place to live.

This morning we are due in for freezing rain. The forecast for temperatures near 60 later in the week have been revised down to 50. While we only have 63 days until spring, it cannot come a day too early for me.

More Clearwater Causeway here:

Sunset at the Clearwater Causeway

Twilight at the Clearwater Causeway

Clearwater Causeway

Jan’s House of Gifts

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Jan’s House of Gifts – Mackinaw City

Jan's House of Gifts

Jan’s House of Gifts
combined with Mackinaw City’s finest Restaurant is one of Michigan’s most modern and unique Gift Stores. Located near State Ferry Dock.

Plastichrome by Colourpicture, Boston 15, Mass., U.S.A.
Color by Lucy Gridley

This lovely vintage postcard is unused. Given the cars, I’d think it’s from the 1950s. There are later postcards available online from the 1960s as well.

Been a few weeks since I’ve posted a card, so I thought it was high time I got one up. December has been brutal weather-wise. I am starting to struggle with it. Hoping that we settle in for an early spring.

Like Mackinaw? Check these out:

Surf Motel

Mackinac Bridge

Vagabond Motel

Hi-Lander Motel Mount Dora

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Hi-Lander Motel Mount Dora, Florida

Hi-Lander Motel Mount Dora

510 Highland Ave., Mount Dora, Fla.
South Edge city limits on U.S. 441
Extra large rooms, Wall to wall carpet, Steam heat, Beauty Rest mattresses, Air-Conditioning, TV optional, Tiled shower baths, “20 Units”
Phone EV 2-6142     Lewis & Grace E. Shipley, Owners

Genuine Natural Color Made by Dexter Press, Inc., West Nyack, N.Y.
Pub by Dexter Photo Service, 169 Madison Ave., Daytona Beach, Fla.

This lovely vintage postcard, featuring the AAA logo, was mailed using a gray 5-cent Washington stamp from Mount Dora May 7, 1965 and sent to Miss Florence Hertler, 1100 N. Dearborn St., Chicago 10, Ill. Apt 403. It reads:

We stopped at this motel for lunch while on a roomie drive yesterday. Next Sunday we are going to see “Sound of Music” in Winter Park, Fla. Weather has been pleasant & I hear it has been warm in Chicago. Return home May 14. Love Edna.

I have a few other cards sent to Florence Hertler from what must have been an estate sale. In case you can’t put Mount Dora on your mental map, it’s just north of Orlando, south of the Ocala National Forest. The directions on this card, south edge of the city limits on U.S. 441, helps to pinpoint a better location as Highland Avenue is now split into north and south and is pretty much neighborhoods in that area. I can’t find any evidence of this old motel with the fantastic sign, unfortunately.

Lewis and Grace E are buried at Pine Forest Cemetery in Mount Dora. Lewis was born August 22, 1900 and died in May 1982. Grace was born in 1914 and passed away in 1986.

Like the middle part of Florida? Check these out:

Twin Palms Court

Golden Spur

Ronnie’s Restaurant

New Suez Resort

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – New Suez Resort – Miami Beach

Suez Resort Motel Miami

Directly on the Ocean
The New Resort Motel
18215 Collins Ave. – Miami Beach, Fla.
Opposite Miami Beach’s most modern shopping center.
Miami Beach’s Newest Resort Motel — Centrally Air-Conditioned and Heated — Two Swim Pools — Large Private Sand Beach — 144 Modern Rooms and Efficiencies — Cocktail Lounge — Free T.V. in all rooms — Card Room — Kiddie Play Area, fully supervised — Coffee Shop — Dining Room — Planned Nightly Entertainment.
Phone: WIlson 7-0661

Curteichcolor 3-D Natural Color Reproduction (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.)

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed using a three cent purple liberty stamp, placing it in 1954 (cancellation is unintelligible). It was sent to Miss Ruth W. Gasy, 86 Prospect St, Manchester, N. H. The handwriting is really most unusual on it. The message reads:

Temp 90°
Stopping here – Ocean & Pool actually hot. Very hot for 3 days. Visited with Glerwants [?] in Ft. Lauderdale Wed. & Thurs. 
Bessie & Arthur

This is the second card I have from the Suez. Check out the other one here.

Like Miami Beach? Check these out:

SeaCourt Motel

Buckingham Waterfront

Seascape Motel

Pan American Hotel

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Pan American Hotel – Miami Beach

Pan American Motel

Directly on the Ocean. 17875 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 41, Florida. A dream world . . . with everything that American design can offer appreciative guests!

Genuine Natural Color Made by Dexter Press, Inc., West Nyack, N.Y.
Pub. by Valence Color Studios
888 N.E. 79th St., Miami, Florida

This lovely vintage card was mailed from Irving, Texas November 7, 1957 using a 3-cent purple liberty stamp and is part of the Price is Right card lot. This one was mailed to Bedroom Showcase, The Price is Right, Box 363, New York 46, N.Y. and reads:

Name: Ruby Martin
1018 Brookhollow Drive
Irving, Texas
Price: $1,113.90

Unfortunately, this grand old place was torn down and is now the Acqualina Resort and Spa. Here’s another old postcard featuring the Pan American that includes more of a description:

Completely Air-Conditioned. 150 Rooms each with Private Bath and Sun Terrace. Studio Rooms with Kitchenettes. Restaurant and Snack Bar – Cocktail Lounge – Beauty – Barber – Gift Shops – Valet – Garage – Parking – 400 Feet of Private Beach – Salt Walter Pool – Putting Green – Elevator Service.
Informal living for a selected clientele.

Also, I dug up a brochure for the Pan American that had a photo on a postcard and I remembered I have a card that matches in my collection. This one IS the Pan American Hotel, identified!

The Price is Right debuted in November 1956 on NBC. In 1963, it moved to ABC for a short stint, before it was off the air (1965 – 1972). In 1972, it was brought back on CBS. During the earlier years, there was a home viewer “showcase” where viewers would submit their bids via postcard.

More from my Price is Right collection:

Eastern Motel Miami Springs

Mari-Nelle Court

Motel Stewart

Southwinds Motor Court

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Southwinds Motor Court

Southwinds Motor Court

“Best For Rest”
Located on U.S. #1 along the bank of beautiful Indian River one mile north of Route 192 intersection, MELBOURNE, FLORIDA. 10 quiet restful units, children’s playground. Member Florida Motel Association.
Phone PArkway 3-0771
Mrs. Stephen Mandell, Owner-Manager

Sterling’s –Melbourne, Florida

This lovely vintage postcard is unused.

I did a real basic search and couldn’t find an area that matched this location. There are other postcards of it online with the address of 2410 N Dixie Highway. Did a little more digging, and found a Headstone Application for Military Veterans for Stephen Dolan Mandell (2/1/1897 – 2/2/1955) signed by Rhoda M Mandell with the N Dixie Highway address. Rhoda May Mandell was born in March 1905 and passed away January 1993.

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


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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