Sandcastle

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Sandcastle Lido Beach

Sandcastle
Motel Economy – Hotel Luxury – Apartment Efficiency
100% Air Conditioned
Directly on its own private Gulf of Mexico Beach at famous Lido Beach, Sarasota, Florida
“You’ll be the Royalty at the SANDCASTLE”

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed from Sarasota March 18, 1956 using a red 2 cent Jefferson stamp. It was mailed to Dr. James C Fox Jr, 85 Jefferson St, Hartford Conn. It reads:

We’ve has a pleasant visit here and are now beginning to think of going home
Our best regards to you
Juliette & Herm[unintelligible] Rome

Holy cats you guys, I love this card. The palm trees. The decorative balconies. The staged guests in the chairs. The guy standing in the khakis and white shirt. The billowy clouds in the background. It is glorious and I wish I was there. No wonder Juliette and Herm had a pleasant visit. But I’d never want to go back home.

Dr. James C Fox Jr was born September 20, 1895. He attended Johns Hopkins medical school and married Alice Fox. He passed away November 23, 1980 at age 85. From the August 13, 1948 Hartford Courant:

drfox

And his obituary from the Hartford Courant November 24, 1980:

drfoxobit

 

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Clearwater Beach Pier 60

Monday, April 10, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Clearwater Beach Pier 60

clearwater beach pier 60

Looking east from Clearwater Beaches Big “Pier 60″, one of the finest fishing piers on the west coast of Florida. Thousands of visitors and residents alike enjoy year round swimming in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and sun bathing on the beautiful white sandy beach.
Color Photo by Sparky Schumacher

Florida Natural Color, Inc., 2652 N.E. 189th St., Miami, Fla. 33163
FNC 4955
82814

This lovely vintage postcard with the questionable pluralization of the word ‘beach’ is unused. Not sure, but it looks like the two gentlemen walking on the pier are holding hands, which might be a bit unusual for this time frame. I would love to do some stand up paddle boarding right there for sure.

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Golden Beach Apartments

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

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.
99647-B

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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Sandcastle Lido Beach

Monday, March 13, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Sandcastle Lido Beach – Sarasota, Florida

Sandcastle Lido Beach

SANDCASTLE
Lido Beach, Sarasota, Florida
Telephone 388-2186    TWX SSTA 8093
60 superb hotel rooms and efficiencies located on 300 feet of magnificent pure white and private Gulf Coast beach. Coffee Shop and Cocktail Bar. Free golf and Continental breakfast. Fully air-conditioned, room TV, heated pool and putting green.

Pictured:
Top — View of patio court looking towards the Gulf.
Bottom — Teeing off at Bobby Jones’ 27 hole golf course.
Rev. 5-62
12M-5-62
Printed by Seaward-Edison Corp., N.Y.C.

The Sandcastle Lido Beach is an old favorite (see here). They seem to run their cards dual image, vertical print. Here’s the Wiki on Bobby Jones, of the golf course: Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. (March 17, 1902 – December 18, 1971) was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession, who was one of the most influential figures in the history of the sport. Jones founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club, and co-founded the Masters Tournament. The innovations that he introduced at the Masters have been copied by virtually every professional golf tournament in the world.

The lady golfer reminds of of a Nancy Drew mystery. There’s plump Bess Marvin and Ned Nickerson with Carson Drew in the background. Seems like the Sandcastle would be a lovely place to stay. And stay you can. Here’s the image on the top of the card, today (courtesy of the Sandcastle Resort website):

sandcastlenow

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Motel Row Miami Beach

Monday, March 6, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Motel Row Miami Beach

motel row miami beach

Some of the fabulous motels that line Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.
MFB22

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed using a 4-cent purple Lincoln stamp from Fort Lauderdale January 26, 1967 to Mr. & Mrs. August Pelto, 6815 East 11 Mile Rd., c/o Twin Pines Trailer Ct., Box #71, Warren, Michigan – 48092. It reads:

Wed 1-25-67
Hi: Gus & Betty: Yesterday we drove down U.S. Hwy #1 to Key Largo to check some trailer lots that are for sale. It was almost dark when we looked them over – couldn’t see much. So are going down again tomorrow leaving early enough to see the Glades Nat’l. Park also. Louise is doing the laundry in West Broward Shop. Center – Jack.

If you look closely, you can see not only the Dunes, but the Driftwood and the Desert Inn. I have another Motel Row card that is worth checking out here. I have a postcard from the Dunes here.

The Twin Pines Trailer Court still stands in Warren. August Pelto passed away in August 1984 and his wife, Toine Elizabeth passed away in May 2009.

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Seaside Resort Motel

Monday, February 20, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Seaside Resort Motel – Lauderdale by the Sea

seaside resort motel

SEASIDE RESORT MOTEL
4605 Ocean Drive
Phone 772-4328   Area Code 305
Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida 33308
Bill & Ellen Olive, Owner-Managers
Modern and spacious efficiencies, apartments and hotel rooms. Air conditioning, heat, T.V. and phones in each room. Sauna bath. One short block to ocean, shopping center, restaurant and recreation center. Short walk to fishing pier.

Tom Neal Color Cards, P.O. Box 13, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33302
142126

This lovely vintage postcard is unused. Doesn’t it have everything, though? Breeze block half wall. The iron railings appear to be quite decorative. And are those ornamental birds on the walls? The color appears to be a very light pink, and as you know, my heart is gone for a pink motel. To go back in time and stay at the Seaside Resort. To sit under that umbrella in the courtyard sectioned off by the breeze block and to hear the wind moving the palm fronds. Maybe with a drink in my hand (one with a little umbrella) and a good book. How heavenly.

Friends, I hope you are as delighted as I am to see this:

seasideresortnow

 

Loopnet has the following details: The Washingtonia Resort was constructed in 1953 of concrete block and painted stucco and encompasses a 0.43 acre lot. The property is currently operating as 20 units with six small efficiencies, seven large efficiencies (including the office), four one-bedroom/one-bathroom units, two two-bedroom/one-bathroom units and one three-bedroom/one-bathroom house. Units feature ceramic tile flooring, individual hot water heaters and modern kitchens and bathrooms. Electricity, water, sewer and trash are all currently included in the rent. The property has been recently renovated and many windows have been upgraded to hurricane resistant impact glass.

I wasn’t able to find much on Bill & Ellen Olive, except in a 1953 city directory that had Ellen’s address here at the Seaside Resort Motel. I’m just glad that the place still stands.

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Indian Creek Miami Beach

Monday, February 13, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Indian Creek Miami Beach

Indian Creek Miami Beach

As magnificent hotels glow against the evening sky they reflect a festival of lights in the dark waters of Indian Creek, Miami Beach, Florida.
Color Photo by H.W. Hannau

Florida Natural Color, Inc., 101 N.W. 176th St., Miami 69, Fla.
Koppel Color Cards, Hawthorne, N.J.
FNC-3619
17801

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed May 24, 1963 Using a 5-cent blue Monroe stamp to Miss Florence Hertler, 1100 N. La Salle St, Chicago 10, Ill. It reads:

As it gets nearer 9:30am the slimmer the message. Sugar so good. Go to Sarasota Saturday weather accommodations meetings etc very satisfactory Love Eleanor

Kind of a cryptic message, no? But the message on the card itself is like poetry.

From Wikipedia: “Indian Creek is a partly natural and partly man-made waterway in the city of Miami Beach, Florida, United States. It starts as a man-made canal where Biscayne Bay meets Lincoln Road, and runs along Dade Boulevard, forming the boundary between South Beach and the rest of the city. At 24th street the canal opens into the natural waterway and continues north through the city past Allison Island where it opens into Biscayne Bay, till 71st Street where it merges with Normandy and Tatum Waterways and is no longer called Indian Creek.”

1100 N La Salle in Chicago is a lovely old apartment building. A one-bed, one-bath rents for $1,260 a month today. Here’s their website, if you’re interested. It does have photos of the place, and one even has a cat on the bed.

Here’s some interesting information. Florence Margaret Hertler, and her partner Alice Chellberg, were recorded as living on La Salle Street in the 1940 census. Florence was 35 and Alice was 32. They both had attended college. In fact, Florence graduated from the University of Michigan in 1928. Want to see?

Florence Hertler

That’s from her yearbook. Alice went to the University of Illinois, and she is listed as a graduate student in their yearbook; there is a group photo but I can’t seem to figure out which one she is. Alice moved in with Florence sometime between 1935 and 1940. Florence was a receptionist at a doctor’s office and Alice was a lawyer! In February 1953, the Southeast Economist published an article about a talk she was giving:

Alice Chellberg

Florence returned to Ann Arbor at some point and passed away in 1993. Alice died in 1984.

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Tamiami Motel

Monday, February 6, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Tamiami Motel – Bradenton, Florida

tamiami motel

TAMIAMI MOTEL
Howard and Dorothy Weidman (813) 745-5511
Business Route 41 — 1715 14th Street West
Bradenton, Florida 33505
Motel Rooms, Air Conditioned — T.V. — Jiffy Coffee
Furnished One and Two Bedroom Apartments, Air Conditioned and T.V. Near Churches, Shopping Centers, Restaurants, Gulf Beaches. Master Charge — BankAmericard — Diners Club Honored.

Color & Pub. by Paul Patterson, Bradenton, Florida 33505
#R10823

This lovely vintage postcard, featuring the Recommended Dominion Automotive Association and Recommended Mobil Travel Guide logos was mailed using both an 8-cent purple Eisenhower USA stamp and a 2-cent blue Frank Lloyd Wright stamp. The cancellation is unclear. The Eisenhower stamp was issued 1971 – 1974, and first-class rates for mail were 10 cents. Postcard rate didn’t go up to 10 cents until 1978, but the stamp would likely not have been used at that point. Who knows. Anyhow, it was mailed to Mr & Mrs. How. Mersino, 941 Lake Drive, Oxford, Mich 48051 and reads:

Hi: stayed here over nite, best at your moms now. Having a nice time, my suitcase got lost on the fees [?], so I’m wearing man’s clothes, washed my feet in the gulf last nite Love Mom.

Ok, how can you not LOVE that message. Mom lost her suitcase and is wearing men’s clothing now. But she is still having a nice time!

I have a card with another motel called the Tamiami, but not from Bradenton. Wikipedia notes: “the Tamiami Trail is the southernmost 275 miles (443 km) of U.S. Highway 41 (US 41) from Florida State Road 60 (SR 60) in Tampa to US 1 in Miami.” Bradenton is on the west coast, the north/south portion of the Tamiami.

In May 2016, the Bradenton Herald published an article that included “A developer has qualified for tax credits through the Florida Housing Assistance Corp. to possibly to turn more than 3 vacant acres along 14th Street West into housing for senior citizens. The 3.61 acres at 1715 14th St. W. is adjacent to the United Way and has long been vacant and a hub of homeless activity. According to plans, the developer wants to build a 72-unit facility called the Grand Palms.” Who knows how long ago the motel was torn down.

It looks like Howard Mersino passed away in 2002. The house at 941 Lake Drive, where this postcard was delivered, still stands (Google Street View):

941Lake Drive

 

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Monterey Motel & Apartments

Monday, January 30, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Monterey Motel & Apartments

Monterey Motel

50 Somerset Street
Clearwater  Beach, Florida 33515
Phone 446-9223 (Area 813)
Deluxe efficiencies and one-bedroom apartments. T.V., Central heating and air-conditioning. A block to beach, stores, restaurants, city bus and all conveniences. Off street parking.
Your hosts – Nancy & Jack (owner-mgrs.)

PostCard by Ward Beckett & Co. Clearwater, FLA.
Koppel Color Cards
107658

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed using a 6-cent Franklin D. Roosevelt stamp in 1970 to Miss Florence Hertler, 1100 N Dearborn, Chicago, Ill 60610. It reads:

Having a nice time and the weather is just great. Am here for just a few days. We’ll be back Monday April 20th. 
Herman.

O.M.G. What’s not to love about this card. Yes, there’s the big colorful umbrella. But wait, the person off to the side is shading with a little rain umbrella! There’s an old lady sunning herself in a dress and a shirtless man in blue swim trunks. I know you would like to sit down in that chair across from them and ask them where they are from. What caused them to move from wherever and live in the apartment or efficiency unit in Clearwater Beach? That is a building that looks like it could withstand a hurricane. The parking blocks are so white! Do you suppose Nancy weeds the flowers under the sign, and Jack cuts the grass? Oh, how lovely.

My friends, I am about to make your day:

montery today

There’s a pool now where the bit of grass used to be. The sign is gone. But it still stands. This whole street appears to be a bunch of old motels or apartments that are now condos. I can’t seem to find any information on Zillow, etc. about this exact location. I am just happy to know it is still standing and looking good, though. Maybe even better than in the postcard.

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Southwind Motel Ocala

Monday, January 23, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Southwind Motel Ocala

Southwind Motel Ocala

SOUTHWIND MOTEL
Located on U.S. 27 – 441 – 301
Two miles south of Ocala, Florida
20 units, 200 feet off the highway. Outdoor living — Pool — Play and Recreation area. Pets welcome. 2401 South Dixie Highway. Phone MArion 2-6461. Under management of Esther and T.O. Eaton.

New Color Card Technique, R.A. Lasater, Apopla, Fla.
C-12415

This lovely vintage card, which features the AAA logo, is unused. Someone has used a typewriter to put the following message on it: $6.00, double bed. That seems like a heck of a rate! No date on the card and I can’t quite make out the make of the car, but those types of phone exchanges were phased out by the 1960s. The convention for this one is the 2L-5N format, which was implemented in the late 1940s. The decorative holes in the sign pylon suggest a mid-century modern or Googie feel. I’d place this card in the mid-50s. I can’t find a listing for Ester or T.O. on Ancestry.

I really like this card. Love the pool. The motel looks quaint. Nice neon sign. I’d stay there.

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