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Oct 31, 2012

SPOOK HILL

                            Seeing is believing, IT'S WEIRD! FANTASTIC!
            Stop on Line-Release Brakes-Watch for Cars when you Roll Back

S P O O K   H I L L

Lake Wales, Fla.
             Prather's Laundry & Dry Cleaners   Watch for Prather's White Trucks

A few blocks from the heart of Lake Wales is that mystifying and fascinating phenomenon  S P O O K   H I L L.  Here playful ghosts apparently seize your car and in defiance of the laws of gravity and your previous experience in such matters, roll your vehicle gently backward uphill, while they chortle in unholy glee at your mystification.

                              BEWARE THE GHOSTS AND GOBLINS
                                                              AND
                                HAVE A  S P O O K TACULAR DAY!!

                         HAPPY HALLOWEEN

VACANCY

BURNS' GABLES
Two of Burns' "Deluxe" Cabins, Highway 71
Near Winslow, Ark.
Burns Gables on Mt. Gaylor, Top of the Ozarks, U.S. Highway 71

What a beautiful card, surely a fairytale setting. 
Do you think places like this still exhist?
I would love to visit awhile.

Oct 30, 2012

SLOWLY I TURNED, step by step, inch by inch

                      Look what I found. Don't you just love the internet?
                       SLOWLY  I  TURNED, step by step, inch by inch.
                                                                    Complete and uncut feature at the end of the Post


THE BIG PICTURE

Aerial View of Niagara Falls, at Left, American Falls, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 
At Right, Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada


                                              "NIAGARA FALLS"
                        
                         "SLOWLY I TURNED, step by step, inch by inch"
            Be careful, Don't Get Hurt, steer clear of Stooge pokes and punches.
                                                  Yuk! yuk! yuk!
                          Put on your Tap Shoes you might want to
                             shuffle off to Buffalo before its over.

Oct 28, 2012

A BITE TO EAT

THE ROOSEVELT
BLUE ROOM, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
The Blue Room is still going strong.  Waldorf Astoria owns and restored the Roosevelt after
Hurricane Katrina.

Link to BLUE ROOM Artifacts
http://www.old-new-orleans.com/NO_BlueRoom.html

Oct 27, 2012

SLOWLY I TURNED, step by step, inch by inch

Isn't that a Three Stooges gag?
It has something to do with NIAGARA FALLS.

Horseshoe Falls from Prospect Point
I always picked up any Niagara Falls Post Cards I came by.   There are lots of those cards out there trust me.  After all it is one of the top Tourist Destinations.  Unfortunately I have not been to Niagara Falls.  Hope I can see it one day.  It must be a grand experience.

     Above the American Falls a series of shelves create numerous miniature Niagaras, and stubborn rocks resisting the current as they project themselves up toward the surface, cause a tumultuous rapids of white spray and foam.
     The skyline of the World's Power City is yearly becoming more impressive, and in the background of this picture we see the Cataract House, the United Building, and the Niagara Hotel. 
                                 American rapids above the Falls looking from Goat Island, N.Y.

     American Falls from Goat Isle.  From this point the 1,060 feet of the contour line of the American Falls can be seen to the best advantage.  Goat Island itself is a beautiful Natural Park heavily timbered, surrounded on three sides by rushing torrents and with a precipice 200 feet high extending across the lower end.  This view of the falls must be seen to be properly appreciated.

     I think this subject will make a great series with episodes.
So lets get going.   First I think we need to find a VACANCY for our headquarters.  We have a couple of choices.

     They look like nice places and are both on Route U.S. 62 & N.Y. 18
Niagara Falls N.Y.  I think Martin's Cabins is our best bet they are only 8 minutes from the Falls but Fort Principe Motel is 15 minutes away.
      Martin's Attractive Court on Spacioous Grounds--Hot Water
Heat--Private Shower Baths--Open from March to December. 

Oct 26, 2012

FABULOUS FLORIDA FAVORITES

BOK SINGING TOWER
Lake Wales, Florida
It is a beautiful Art Deco Structure in an obscure setting named Mountain Lake Sanctuary at Lake Wales Florida.
A truly old Florida Tourist Attraction.
And I might say well worth the trip.
Links below.

Oct 25, 2012

HAPPY HOUR

BIRMINGHAM'S FINEST LOUNGE
B. P. O. E.

                   Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

1830 No. 8th Ave.     Birmingham, Ala.

Interested in learning more about the ELKS?
http://www.elks.org/

Oct 24, 2012

VACANCY

Rosslyn
HOTELS
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
With GARDEN SUN ROOF and Auto Drive-In Lobby HOTELS CONNECTED BY MARBLE SUBWAY
    I wonder exactly what an Auto Drive-In Lobby is or looks like, any ideas?
The marble Subway and Garden sun roof sound pretty nice.
I just noticed one of the Hotel signs reads ROSSLYN ANNEX.  That doesn't sound very classy does it?

Reposted from SkyscraperPage.com
The Hotel Rosslyn has a history unique in all of the city of Los Angeles.

Once the tallest building in LA, the Rosslyn boasted in it's large rooftop sign as being the "Fireproof Million Dollar Hotel."

It's best years are behind it now, seeing some minor glory in 1987 as the rooftop site of U2's music video for "Where the Streets Have no Name."

Today the Rosslyn is a flop house, with rooms going for $8 a night. The seedy side of downtown Los Angeles lives here now (2003).
                         Notice the original vertical sign is still in place.

Oct 23, 2012

HISTORICAL DRAMA

      FORD  THEATRE--LONCOLN MUSEUM, WASHINGTON, D. C.
                     Lincoln’s assassination took place on April 14, 1865.
http://www.fordstheatre.org/
Be sure to go to the Fords Theatre website and take some time to learn about the theatre today and yesterday.  Find the video at the About Ford's Tab and click on Full Screen. Its worth a look. 

Oct 22, 2012

UP, UP, & AWAY!

Municipal Airport, Administration Bldg.,
Jacksonville, Fla.
Eastern Air Lines on the Field
                  I think the old Art Deco Terminal in the picture is great.

J A X

today

http://www.jia.aero/



Oct 21, 2012

A BITE TO EAT

PEA SOUP
ANDERSEN'S RESTAURANT
"HAP-PEA and PEA-WEE"
Splitting Peas for Split Pea Soup
Buellton, California
Andersen's History linked below

http://peasoupandersens.net/history.shtml

I came through Buellton, and near by Solvang some years ago on a road trip.   Cute little Danish style town.  It was before I knew of Andersen's unfortunately.   I do love Split Pea Soup; who doesn't?

Oct 20, 2012

PORTIS HATS

You'll be Admired
in a
Bunny Soft

PORTIS

Firma-Felt

Wow! Certainly can't beat those prices. 

With 4 EXTRA-VALUE features.
Luxurious, bunny-soft feel.
Smoother, more expensive-looking felt.
Water-repellent finish.
Sweatproof interlining...

NEFF CLOTHING CO.

ATLANTIC, IOWA
Reposted from:http://thefedorachronicles.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=113&t=7189
Portis
The Portis Brothers Company was founded by the Portis brothers in 1914, and was based in Chicago its first decade, but later moved manufacturing across the lake to western Michigan.

The company made fine hats, and did a lot of advertising in magazines such as Esquire and Colliers.

Portis lasted until the late 1960's, when the line was taken over by Stevens Hats.

Oct 19, 2012

Oct 18, 2012

HAPPY HOUR

"BUFFALO'S THEATRE RESTAURANT" CHEZ AMI
HOME OF THE REVOLVING BAR
The Interior of the Chez Ami was destroyed by fire on Christmas night of 1941 and reopened in the spring of 1942 as successful as ever.
Enjoy the Colorful History of the Chez Ami at the link below.

Oct 17, 2012

"OLD BLACK JOE"

STEPHEN FOSTER-1860
Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay;
     Gone are my friends from the cotton fields away;
Gone from the earth to a better land I know;
     I hear their gentle voices calling, "old Black Joe".
I'm coming, I'm coming, for my head is bending low;
     I hear those gentle voices calling, "Old Black Joe".


http://toneway.com/songs/old-black-joe

Jerry Lee Louis sings Stephen Fosters
"Old Black Joe"

Oct 16, 2012

VACANCY

OAK PARK
TOURIST COURT
DISTINCTIVE
Air Conditioned


BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA

Oak Park Tourist Court . . . . Brunswick, Georgia, on U. S. 17 at north city limits.  26 deluxe hotel rooms.  Winter and summer air-conditioned.  Each room with tile bath.  Catering to discriminating guests.
Reservations phone 2475

BRUNSWICK Today:
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunswick,_Georgia

Oct 15, 2012

UP, UP, AND AWAY!

WELCOME TO MIAMI
Miami's International Airport
Gateway to Latin American Countries
I have flown in and out of there many times over the years.  Things sure have changed since this Post Card was current.

current maps:
http://www.miami-airport.com/terminal_gates.asp
History and information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_International_Airport

Oct 14, 2012

A BITE TO EAT

Pieroni's
Hotel Pieroni, 7-8 Park Sq., Boston-Famous for its Sea Grill
Other Grills at 13 Stuart st. and 601 Washington St. Boston
When in Boston, stop at HOTEL PIERONI and dine in one of PIERONI'S famous SEA GRILLS.  Established 1895

Oct 12, 2012

BIRMINGHAM The MAGIC CITY

Terminal Station and Subway, Birmingham, Alabama

I understand the terminal was demolished in the 60s
to make way for a project that never happened.
?!Can you say STUPID!?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Terminal_Station


FABULOUS FLORIDA FAVORITES

DIVING AT SILVER SPRINGS, FLORIDA

SILVER SPRINGS NEAR OCALA, FLORIDA
An underwater scene in the crystal depths of world famous Silver Springs.   Here the water is so clear that one can see easily to the bottom bowl and underwater pictures can be made successfully.   More than 43 varieties of fish, turtles and shell fish may be seen through glass-bottom boats in this underwater fairyland of nature.

"TOMORROW'S HOTEL TODAY"
We can check MACKAY'S HOTEL COURT for a VACANCY.  It will be a great place to stay near Silver Springs.  It is recommended by Duncan Hines AAA & Quality Courts.

Bring Your Camera when You Come to Silver Springs, Florida
You may even have a chance to entertain the Troops.

Oct 11, 2012

HAPPY HOUR

CIRCUS ROOM

HOTEL BRADFORD - BOSTON, MASS.
A Unique Fun Room
featuring
Circus Wagons - Side Show - Merry-go-round
Fiery Dragon - Long Drum Bar - Animal Cages
Continuous Entertainment Nightly

Oct 10, 2012

VACANCY

ST. FRANCIS HOTEL COURTS

"The Traveler's Home of Distination"
Montgomery, Ala. -- Mobile, Ala.

Members of the Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts chain

Oct 9, 2012

ARLINGTON MANSION

Arlington is a beautiful Antebellum Mansion in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
I remember as a child riding by on our way downtown but never stopping.
I went with my father on one of my visits home back in the late 80s. 
Arlington is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture dating from the 1840s. Originally called "The Grove" the house was built by Judge William S. Mudd, one of the ten founders of Birmingham, and is the only remaining antebellum mansion remaining in Birmingham. Shortly before the end of the Civil War, General James Wilson arrived with over 13,000 troops and using Arlington as his headquarters, planned the destruction of the Confederate iron furnaces and the military school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
The property went through several owners and in 1902 became the home of Robert S. Munger. Over the next twenty years he did many renovations including plumbing and electric lights. He had another structure moved across the street behind the main house which was used for a kitchen, dining room, sun parlor and sleeping quarters.   Mr. Munger also had one of the first "motor cars" in Birmingham.
Located on six acres in the heart of Old Elyton, the first permanent County Seat of Jefferson County, Arlington is a center for historical, cultural, and civic activities.

Oct 8, 2012

UP, UP, AND AWAY!

GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY PLANT, AKRON, OHIO
We have a Goodyear Blimp base near me in Pompano Beach Florida.  Pompano is where our "TROPICAL Post Card Club" meets.

Everything you always wanted to know about the Goodyear Blimp:
http://www.goodyearblimp.com/cfmx/web/blimp/


Oct 7, 2012

A BITE TO EAT

"THE WYOMING ROOM"-PLAINS HOTEL-CHEYENNE, WYO."

I had the opportunity to eat lunch one afternoon at the PLAINS HOTEL in what I think must have been "WYOMING ROOM".  Looks different but still a great experience.  Even had a chance to chat with the Chef.  The food was delicious by the way.
The Plains Hotel has a history not to be ignored.  Check out the story of Rosie who haunts the Plains Hotel along with her husband and the other woman.
http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/wy/plains-hotel.htm

Oct 6, 2012

"THE BIG COFFEE POT"

ONE OF THE CITY'S OLD LANDMARKS
                                     WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

The Moravian tinsmiths, Samuel and Julius Mickey, built the famous coffee pot in 1858 as an advertisement for their business. Originally located at the intersection of South Main and Belews Streets in Salem, the coffee pot was moved to its current site at South Main Street and Old Salem Bypass when Business 40 was constructed in the 1950s. Many legends have developed about the distinctive seven-foot pot. One such tale holds that a Yankee soldier hid in the pot to avoid Confederate soldiers during the War Between the States. 

Looks like it is still around.


Oct 5, 2012

FABULOUS FLORIDA FAVORITES

A FLORIDA BLOSSOM AMONG GRAPEFRUIT AND ORANGES
I just love this Post Card.
I think I will have another glass of Florida Orange juice.
It's Blossom Time in Florida.  Here is one of the photographic models of the Florida Cypress Gardens proving that the climate makes the blossoms bigger and better.  The associated citrus fruit represents one of Florida's largest industries.  Posed by Nance Stilley

1950s FLORIDA ORANGE JUICE COMMERCIAL

HAPPY HOUR

The Rendezvous
NEW HOTEL JEFFERSON - - - - - SAINT LOUIS,  MO.
 Historic hotel dating to the St. Louis Worlds Fair, located on the west-side of the downtown area.  This building was built for the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair, originally with 400 rooms. Following the Fair, the hotel, in the heart of the downtown entertainment district, was a favorite of the social set as limousines deposited theatre-goers there for after-performance dinners and gatherings.   In 1928, a major addition to the west was completed when owners rebranded the hotel as the New Hotel Jefferson. The addition notably did not attempt to replicate the appearance of the original section, but instead offered a more subdued but still classically-oriented facade on Locust Street. Information reposted partially from:
http://preservationresearch.com/2012/09/hotel-jefferson-brochure/

Oct 3, 2012

VACANCY

SPANISH TRAIL MOTEL
All Rooms Heated in Winter - Aircooled in Summer
Private Baths - Innerspring Mattresses
Beautifully Landscaped Grounds
Ample Facilities for Sun Bathing
Cafe Next Door
The following was originally posted on 04, 6, 2009, at 11:09 by ZonyPony at City-Data.com

Dad wrote in his diary for June 11, 1939:
“In Tucson, we stopped at the Spanish Trail Motel – a marvelous place – new, clean, excellently furnished, fine bathroom, a little kitchen with electric stove and electric refrigerator,
”And marvel of marvels, the whole little Spanish cottage was air-conditioned with an individual little cooler that is known hereabouts as a desert cooler. Heaven won’t be any more welcome than this little motel cottage was.”


Oct 1, 2012

STREAMLINER "400"

The Famous STREAMLINER "400"- Chicago and North Western Line
"400" Observation-Lounge Car--Speedometer in the Observation section shown in insert.

Coaches are a revelation in comfort and beauty.

Ultra-modern parlor cars on the Famous "400".
              See Wikipedia link for more info and pictures of the "400"
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Cities_400



UP, UP, AND AWAY!

Municipal Airport, Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville Airport one of the largest and busiest in America
See Historic Nashville for other facts and interests.
 http://historicnashville.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/nashville-airport/