Getting peckish? Time to step over to an Ontra Cafeteria somewhere in Los Angeles. This card postmarked 1951. Caption on reverse reads in part - visit Ontra Cafeterias while in Los Angeles and "you will KNOW the reason for their nationwide popularity".
Unfortunately, no menu information or prices to let us know what we missed...
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I've started adding Texas postcards to my store listings.
Here are a couple to illustrate what's being listed - The Hotel Galvez in Galveston Texas, a Phostint postcard, and a nice linen example of the Kyle Hotel in Temple, Texas.
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Hopefully, you'll find something there to like and enjoy.
Here a few of our recent pins -
Lloyd's Alamo Plaza Court, Shelbyville, Tennessee linen postcard
Can't get away this summer? Yearn for an earlier time when the pace was slower, life was simpler?
Why not slip away to Tennessee for a few days and at the end of a long day pull into a roadside motel offering, as does Lloyd's in Shelbyville, electric heat - wait, no, we need air-conditioning!!! - tile baths, and Beautyrest mattresses for a good night's sleep.
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Cleveland Motor Court, Cleveland, Tennessee linen postcard
Ohio River Car Ferry between Fly Ohio & Sistersville Virginia Ferry circa 1965 postcard
Shelter Island Car Ferry Boat Greenport Long Island New York postcard
Car ferries - and before them wagon ferries - were a common sight in the development of the United States. Where the road was punctuated by a river, lake, or the sea, often the quickest and cheapest way to continue the journey was to float one's way across. Broad, flat bottomed craft, the ferries were built for load over a short and shallow journey; grace and style were left for the paddle steamers and ocean liners. Money for bridges would come later as the economy grew and eventually result in the disappearance of the car ferry.
These postcards provide a sample of car ferries still operating in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Ohio River ferry boat between Fly, Ohio and Sistersville, West Virginia, nears Fly, OH on one of its many trips across the river. The caption on the card notes that the ferry was still operating in 1965, the year of publication, despite may other ferries having given way to modern bridges.
The "Islander" approaches its slip in Greenport, Long Island, New York, completing a routine trip from Shelter Island off Long Island, loaded with cars and a truck and their passengers.
The ferry operating across Lake Champlain between Grand Isle Vermont and Plattsburg New York was operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Co.. Built in 1953, the card's caption reports it was 138 feet long, 37 feet wide and powered by two 425 horsepower diesel engines delivering a speed of 11 knots. A fine vessel like this could carry up to 26 cars. On the day of this photo, it looks like it was a light day with six cars and a bus!
Grand Isle Car Ferry Boat Lake Champlain Burlington Vermont 1950s postcard
Time for some shopping along Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs California? Then a little dining in the evening to cap off an enjoyable day?
Then back to the El Dorado Hotel for some rest and out on the Presidential jet first thing in the morning. Where will postcards take us next?
Main Street Washington Indiana 1950s postcard
A street scene in Washington Indiana circa 1950s or early 1960s. Located in southwest Indiana, Washington was established as a railroad town in 1857. By 1889 it had become a major depot and repair yard for the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, eventually becoming part of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1893. At its peak the railroad employed over a thousand workers. In 2010, Washington
's population stood at 11,500.
Roadside America - White's Motel Court Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1954 linen postcard
White's Motel Court Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1954 linen postcard
Postmarked 1954, the sender of this card records that it rained all the way from Carlisle PA to Gettysburg but that "it ain't ruining our spirit". She reports "I already love married life & wish it so much for you Julia. It's wonderful!!!" No report on the tour of the Gettysburg national site.
Roadside America - Skyline Parkway Motor Court Motel Waynesboro Viriginia linen postcard
Skyline Parkway Motor Court Motel Waynesboro Viriginia linen postcard
Located on the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains - offering "cool, comfortable, modern cottages ... each with an unsurpassed view of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The full parking lot suggests it was a popular place to stay. Perhaps it was the Howard Johnson restaurant and the Gulf Service station adjacent to the motel that sealed the deal.
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