Tag: motels

Vintage ephemera: Two for the road

Vintage ephemera: Two for the road

Ephemera
As a long overdue followup to my first gallery of interesting postcards, I present a pair of motels that employ very different advertising techniques to showcase their individual franchise locations.  And by different I mean one goes for a colorful and artistic angle, while the other takes about the laziest way out you can imagine.  So let's start with them! The thing about motels is they almost never look as good in the daylight as they do after a long night of driving.  Seen through the bleary eyes of a parent toting a carful of cranky children, anything short of a crack house seems appealing.  Why motels in not-quite-picturesque locales continue to ignore this fact is beyond my understanding, but so it is here with the Econo-Travel Motor Hotel in Staunton, Virginia. Couldn't t
Send me a postcard, drop me a line…

Send me a postcard, drop me a line…

Ephemera
The postcard has become a lost art; a quaint relic of the past. Oh sure, you can still find quantities of them in those spinning metal racks in any airport gift shop. But who really uses them for their intended purpose anymore? Quick – how much postage does it take to send a postcard in the US? Exactly. I came across these postcards at an antiques show a few years ago. Sure, I like to look at all the nice antique furniture and jewelry. And the old books and china are nice. But postcards are where you can really get a glimpse into the past. And since they’re not old letters, you don’t feel like you’re prying. Of course, I like old postcards for more esoteric reasons. I love looking at the cars, the architecture, the outfits and even the old fonts and signs. So many people use the word