Thursday, March 23, 2017

Porky's



I'd stay at a motel named Porky's.  As a matter of fact, I'd favor a motel named Porky's.

And the caption, weirdly in all caps, "PORKY'S MOTEL  MIDDLETON, WISCONSIN ON U.S. HIGHWAY 12&13 MIDDLETON.  4 MILES NORTH OF MADISON.  PRIVATE SHOWER BATHS-HOT WATER HEAT. OPEN YEAR ROUND-FREE T.V.  PHONE TERRACE 6-1141"

I really like the idea of having a private shower.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The New Glarus Hotel



Continuing with my hotel/motel theme....Fist of all, it's not a new version of The Glarus Hotel, it's a hotel in New Glarus, Wisconsin,  America's dairy land, so, needless to say, there's a lot of locally made cheese, and from what I've been able to find on-line, there are also a number of local breweries.  I had no idea there was beer tourism.  Live and learn.

So, the New Glarus Hotel was built in 1853, and it's still there, though now it's strictly a restaurant.  The pictures I found don't show a lot of change in the building, though those great Eames/Herman Miller molded fiber glass chairs have been replaced by plain old wood.  And, they have bands.  Have no idea if they had entertainment back in the fifties or sixties when this photo was taken, but they do now.  As a matter of fact, Barefoot Becky just finished an engagement.  She has a few videos on YouTube.  I grew up in an area where polka was quite popular, and I have to say, she wasn't half bad.

The caption, "NEW GLARUS HOTEL, NEW GLARUS, WISCONSIN.  Authentic Swiss Architecture enhances this Swiss Style Dining Area and Service Bar around a fire-place setting."  I've never understood how postcard manufacturers use capitol letters.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Fairview Motel



Before Motel 6, before the Best Western, there were a lot of these small, family owned motels all over America.  And then, the interstate highway system was built, bypassing small towns, and isolating all those motels from cross country travelers.  Those small motels would give out postcards for their guests, kind of a cheap advertising method.  I have to wonder how many people thought that a motel card was a better choice than one of the local tourist attraction.

And the caption on the back, "FAIRVIEW MOTEL, 3230 Commercial Ave., Madison 4, Wisconsin.  Free Television-Radio-Air-Conditioned Phone Cherry 4-9996.  On Highway 30 just off 51 and 151  Restaurants Nearby.  Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Biehl."

I wonder how many rooms,per night,  Mr and Mrs Biehl had to rent to break even. .


Monday, March 20, 2017

Love That Coffee



Actually, I hate coffee.  There's just something about it that always tastes bitter in my mouth.  I do, however, love this postcard.  These kind of strange buildings, designed to look like some object, used to be a fairly common sight along American roadways, but as time passes, so do the coffee pots, giant shoes, and plaster pets.  I miss them, kitschy though they may be.

This card was never used, so no messages or postmarks.   The caption, "Washington Island Information Booth.  This hand-painted, Norwegian Rosemaling coffee pot portrays the Old World hospitality of Washington Island.  Charming natives, dressed in Scandinavian attire, dispense information and coffee to visitors of Washington Island, Door County, Wisc.  Color by Hagedorn Studio."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Here, There, and Everywhere Collection-In Venice





No, not Venice, California.  Literature is full of stories of rich Americans headed off for a life along the canals.  In my last post, I wondered if this collection was the maid's or her employer's.  My mother and her brother were servants.  When her bosses traveled, she stayed at home, but her brother went with the family.  In the last post I promised a clue, and that clue comes from my mother's experience My mother was a parlor maid and wore a uniform like the one in the last post.  Ladies maids and valets, like my uncle, traveled, parlor maids stayed behind.

Click on The Here, There, and Everywhere Collection in labels to see more.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Here, There, and Everywhere Collection-The Maid, The Cat, and the Dog






Well, the best thing to do is click on The Here, There, and Everywhere Collection in labels to get an explanation, and see more from the lot.  But in a nutshell, the person who sold me this collection said it was all from an estate, but then again, take that with a grain of salt.

So, the first two photos reveal the why of the title.  There she is, the maid, in one image she's holding the cat, and in the other, the dog.  I guess, the real question is this; Are these the photographic memories of the maid, and her career, working for different families, or did mi'lord and mi'lady just need someone to show off their pets?  My next post will be the other side of this album page, and may provide a clue.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Drunk in the Background



He might not be drunk, but I suspect he knew what it was like.  Take a close look at the table, and Polaroid photos with their unique pull tabs can be seen.  There's just a bit of the brown staining, common on early Polaroid photographs, were part of the image is underdeveloped, along the left edge of this print.