Golden Beach Apartments

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Vintage Postcard – Golden Beach Apartments and Motel

Golden Beach Apartments


Golden Beach Apt’s and Motel
“Directly on the Ocean at 19475 Collins Ave.”
Miami Beach 54, Florida
Delightful Accommodations for One to Six Persons – Heated – Air Conditioning Optional – T.V. Available – Tropical Patio – Shuffleboard – Large Private Bathing Beach – Close to Shopping Centers, Restaurants and all Points of Interest.
Louis L. Goodwin, Resident Mgr.   Phone Wilson 7-9103

Pub. by Color-Ads Productions, Box 38-594, Miami, Fla.
Made by Dexter West Nyack, N.Y.

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed from North Miami Beach April 4, 1959. The stamp has been removed. It was sent to Miss Elva Durie, Lakeview Avenue, Clarkson, Ont. Canada. It reads:

Dear Elva:
Spending three weeks in Miami. Got fed up with the long cold winter so took off for the South. Weather perfect. Regards, Marion

Goodness, this place does look like it has delightful accommodations. Love the decorative iron on the balcony. Love the sign. Love it all. I understand being fed up with the long cold winter and heading to Miami for three weeks. I feel that way myself, roughly from October through April.

This history on the City of Mississauga has some photos and information on Elva Durie (pages 109 and 120), as does this (pages 64,84 and 90) . The Durie family had a store and merchant bank. The Golden Beach no longer stands, and it is a shame.

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Holiday Shores Motel

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Vintage Postcard – Holiday Shores Motel – Daytona Beach

Holiday Shores Motel
Holiday Shores Motel
Directly on World Famous Daytona Beach
1015 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach’s Largest & Finest Motel – Room Controlled Air-Conditioning & Central Heat, Radios & Music – TV & Telephones in all rooms – Daily & Weekly Special Rates – Planned Activity – Oceanfront efficiencies & apartments – Hotel Rooms – Private Balcony – HEATED SWIMMING POOL.
Paul F. Gocke, Gen. Mgr.

Pub. by Dexter Photo Service, 645-647 North Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach, Fla.
Made by Dexter West Nyack, N.Y.

This card was mailed from Daytona Beach Aug 3, 1960 using a three-cent purple liberty stamp, cancelled with Pray for Peace. It was mailed to Miss Annie May Oakes, 1931 East 13th St. Davenport, Iowa. It reads:

No rain yesterday or today. 8/2/60
Hi! On our way home. Staying over night and to St. Augustine & Marineland & Jacksonville. Going to Nashville, Tenn for a day. Home by Sunday noon, I think! “Paleface” Jo & Elsie

Unfortunately, it appears that the Holiday Shores was torn down:

holiday shores now

I found Paul F. Gocke, manager of the Holidays Shores, in the Daytona Beach city directories from 1959 and 1960, listed with his wife Mary.

This notices in the The Davenport Democrat and Leader from July 1924 features Annie May Oakes, postcard recipient:


Another from the same paper, May 24, 1924:


She was old enough in 1924 to travel on her own and to throw a bridal shower for a friend. She remained in her family home at 1931 East Thirteenth Street through receiving the postcard, 36 years later and apparently unmarried. The US Census records for her (daughter of Samuel Oakes) has her birthday as being about 1890. And here’s a photo of her:


Though when she received the postcard, she would have been around 70. And here’s her house, at 1931 E Thirteenth Street:


I can’t find her death or burial information online.

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Windsor Motel St. Petersburg

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Windsor Motel – St. Petersburg, Florida

Windsor Motel

Windsor Motel
1924 Ninth St., North   St. Petersburg, Fla. 33704
Phone: 894-4375 (area code 813)
New modern, efficiency apartments and motel rooms. Air-conditioned and electrically heated for year ’round comfort. Tile baths with tub and shower. Free television in all units. Beautiful surroundings. Bus at door. Three minutes to center of town. Betty and Henry Hockl, Jr., Owners-Mgrs.

Color Card by Ward Beckett – Clearwater, Fla.

This lovely vintage card, featuring the AAA logo, is unused. It is so beautiful, I couldn’t help but buy it, even with the weird grease stain on the front. The neon sign. The cars. Everything is pink. I love it!

Awww yissssss. It’s still standing:


Elizabeth S. Hockl, January 17, 1910 – February 12, 1997. Can’t find an obituary. Henry Hockl Jr, February 25, 1909 – August 28, 1995. Can’t find an obituary. I did find a city directory which lists the motel as their address, along with son Henry Hockl III (in 1955 he was listed as a student; in 1956 he was listed as being in the Air Force).

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Sandalwood Motel

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Vintage Postcard – Sandalwood Motel – Clearwater, Florida

Sandalwood Motel
Sandalwood Motel
407 Jupiter Ave. – At Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, Florida
Telephone 446-9284 … Air Conditioned…Electric Heat…T.V. In All Rooms…Tiled Baths…Overnights & Efficiencies…Shuffleboard.
Restaurant & Shopping Center Nearby
Mr & Mrs. Basil & Frances Wingrove, Owners/Operators [a sticker has been placed over the owner information, with Frances Lutey, Owner & Operator on the sticker]

Pub. by DeMay’s, Clearwater, Florida
Dexter Press, Inc. West Nyack, New York

This lovely vintage postcard is unused. I can’t tell you how much I love this card. The feeling of movement in the palms. The simpleness of the structure. That fabulous sign. It just makes me happy.

The Google Street View from today does not make me so happy:


From Basil’s obituary: “Basil H. Wingrove, 95, of Clearwater, died Wednesday (Feb. 23, 2000) at Phyllis Manor, Largo. He was born in West Virginia and lived many years in Clearwater and 10 years in Springhill. He owned and operated a sign company and a motel in Clearwater.” Wonder if his company designed and fabricated that fabulous sign for the motel?

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Golden Nugget

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – The Golden Nugget Miami

The Golden Nugget

The Golden Nugget
“A Golden Vision in the Sun”
On the Ocean at 186th Street
Miami Beach, Fla.
Completely air-conditioned and heated –120 rooms and efficiencies–2 pools–400 feet of private beach–Coffee shop–Dining Room–Cocktail Lounge–Children’s facilities–Free Parking–Boat Docks–Tennis Courts–Putting Green–Free Radio in every Room.

Natural Color Reproduction – Curteichcolor Art-Creation Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.

This lovely vintage postcard is unsent, although the Curteicolor dating lists it as a 1957.

It appears the motel is permanently closed now and has been recently torn down (to be replaced with another godawful condo). Google listed its address as 18555 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160. Here’s an image, pre-demolition, from Google which shows the shape of the pool:


A recent description online states: “Condo-style hotel on the shores of Miami Beach. Golden Nugget Beach Club is set directly opposite Sunny Isles Beach and minutes from the Bal Harbour shops.

The hotel is a classic Miami Beach style pastel and flamingo pink building and offers standard as well as efficiency units with views of the garden, pool, and ocean. The pool is a vintage free-form pool with a large sun deck and faces the beach. A shuttle is provided for shopping and site seeing destinations.” Yelp and Google reviews were not as positive.

Buckingham Waterfront Apartments

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Vintage Postcard – Buckingham Waterfront Apartments – Miami Beach

Buckingham Waterfront Apartments
Buckingham Waterfront Apartments
Where the meeting of Indian Creek and Biscayne Bay provides the most beautiful view in Miami Beach. A modern building, 1 and 2-bedroom units, 2 bath rooms, daily maid service, swimming pool, fishing dock, shuffle-board courts, free car parking – Weekly, monthly, seasonal and yearly rates.
6770 Indian Creek Drive
Miami Beach, Florida

Hannau Color Productions, New York 16; Miami Beach, Fla.

This card was mailed from Miami Beach January 31, 1962 using a purple three-cent liberty stamp. The address is unintelligible…the handwriting is really odd. The message is written sideways:

Spending few days here with very old friend. It is a beautiful place. Weather magnificent. Leave in the morning for the Keys & Key West. 
Keep Well.
Much love, 

Unfortunately, these glorious apartments have been replaced by a truly obnoxious high rise condo.

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Blue Waters Motel

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Blue Waters Motel – Marathon

Blue Waters Motel
Blue Waters Motel
A new modern Motel with air-conditioned efficiencies and overnight units. Situated in the center of Marathon, the Heart of the Fabulous Florida Keys. Swimming and Fishing Pier overlooking the vivid waters of the Gulf. Directly on U.S. Highway No. 1. Write or Phone Marathon 4832 for Reservations.
–Owner Managed–

Published by The Florida Keys Photo Service, Marathon, Fla.
Color Photography by Ed. Swift

This lovely vintage postcard is unused. Isn’t it glorious? I love the ‘guests only’ sign on the tiny bit of green lawn!

Hot dog you guys, this place still exists! Located at 2222 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050, it gets pretty good reviews on TripAdvisor. There are some photos at that link as well, so check that out (Google doesn’t provide the best view in this case).

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Park Terrace Apartments

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Park Terrace Apartments – Miami Beach

Park Terrace ApartmentsPark Terrace Apartments
355 Nineteenth Street
Miami Beach, Florida

A lovely, modern building with large air-conditioned bedroom apts. and efficiencies — beautiful swimming pool on premises — located in the heart of Miami Beach one block to ocean and two blocks to fabulous Lincoln Rd.

Plastichrome by Colourpicture Publishers, Inc., Boston 15, Mass., U.S.A.

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed from Miami Beach November 2, 1957 using a red two-cent Jefferson stamp. It was mailed to Mr & Mrs Goldie Winn, Greenville, New York. It reads:

Hello from the Sunny South
Trust your both well
Chas Andrews

The spelling of ‘your’ is as written. I do know the difference. I can’t seem to find any records of Goldie Winn, with the exception of some ads noting he sold real estate.

So! The Park Terrace Apartments are still standing! Here’s an image, thanks to Google Street View:

Built in 1951, the place has 32 total units. The pool is reportedly redone and quite nice.

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House and Garden September 1957

Sunday, March 15, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Here’s some love from the magazine House and Garden September 1957 issue. The colors! Fantastic.


From Wikipedia:

The magazine was launched in 1901 as a journal devoted to architecture. The magazine became part of Condé Montrose Nast’s publishing empire when he bought an interest in it in 1911; he became its sole owner in 1915. Nast transformed it into a magazine about interior design, as part of his trend toward specialized publications aimed at niche markets. The publication closed down in the US, first in 1993 and again finally in 2007.

Lowe’s Kitty Litter

Thursday, March 12, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Lowe's Kitty Litter

Lowe’s Kitty Litter vintage ad from the September 1957 Home and Garden magazine.

Edward ‘Ed’ Lowe (July 10, 1920 – October 4, 1995) was the inventor of kitty litter. From Wikipedia:

“Before Lowe’s invention, people kept their cats outside, using ashes, dirt or sand as cat litter when it was necessary to keep them inside. One day in January 1947, Mrs. Draper, Edward Lowe’s neighbor in Cassopolis, Michigan, came to him asking for some sand to use as cat litter. Her sand pile was frozen so she had been using ashes but they tracked all over her house. Instead of sand, Lowe gave her some clay called Fuller’s Earth, a set of clay minerals capable of absorbing their weight in water. She found it worked far better than sand or ashes.

The product eventually became Tidy Cat, which is currently owned by Purina.

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