Giant Sardine Fisherman – Kittery, Maine

This giant cut-out of a Maine Sardine fisherman is an interesting attraction for motorists entering or leaving the state at Kittery. Located on busy Route 1, a few hundred yards east of the Main-New Hampshire bridge, the 40 foot figure impressively remind one of the state’s great sardine canning industry which supplies delicious, healthful MaineContinue reading “Giant Sardine Fisherman – Kittery, Maine”

Ace Motel – Indianapolis, Indiana

Highly RecommendedACE MOTELOn U.S. 40 East, and Junction 100 – City Limits7201 E. Washington St.Indianapolis 19, IndianaFLeetwood 6-7227New – Modern – Wall-to-Wall Carpeting – Tiled Combination Baths – Air-Conditioned – Free Television in Every Room – Telephones – Playground and Restaurant next door. AAA Approved. Recommended by Duncan Hines. Dated Sept. 6, 1967 Photo byContinue reading “Ace Motel – Indianapolis, Indiana”

With New Year Greetings

Happy New Year! It seems like a good time to share some early 20th century New Year’s greetings postcards. Most of these cards are embossed to add texture and to make the card feel more substantial. There were a wide variety of publishers, both known and unknown that made greeting cards. When the postcard crazeContinue reading “With New Year Greetings”

Park Motor Inn – Madison, Wisconsin

The Park Motor Inn at 26 Carroll Street in Capitol Square in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The new motel was built on the site of the former Park Hotel and opened for business on April 30, 1963. The motel was part of the urban renewal of Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin. An article that appeared inContinue reading “Park Motor Inn – Madison, Wisconsin”

Rock Island Train Wreck – Green Mountain, Iowa

WHAT: Train wreck WHEN: March 21, 1910 – 8:17 a.m. WHERE: Between Green Mountain and Gladbrook, Iowa FATALITIES: 52 dead, 39 injured From the front page of the La Crosse Tribune, Monday, March 21, 1910: The worst wreck in the history of Iowa railroading occurred at 8:17 a. m. today four miles north of GreenContinue reading “Rock Island Train Wreck – Green Mountain, Iowa”

Carpetime Floor Covering Company – Phoenix, Arizona

Carpetime Floor Covering Company was opened by Walt Selinger sometime in 1959 at 1240 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Distinctive Home Furnishings 1240 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, Arizona The store specialized in a large amount of flooring/carpeting/rugs and advertised heavily in newspapers. The advertising worked and the store became a big success.Continue reading “Carpetime Floor Covering Company – Phoenix, Arizona”

Cardboard America Update

For the past few months I have been weighing what to do with this site. I have been failing at posting much of anything on here. I work for a university life gets busy in the spring and fall. The research that goes in to the posts take a lot of time and I justContinue reading “Cardboard America Update”

Waving Hands Make Magic: The Music, Restaurants and Unique Career of Bud Averill

Sometimes I come across a piece of ephemera from my collection that sends me down countless wormholes and side stories that I seem to lose all track of time and place. Such is the case with Bud Averill’s Airport. The restaurant was the second Bud Averill restaurant at the same location. The first establishment, knownContinue reading “Waving Hands Make Magic: The Music, Restaurants and Unique Career of Bud Averill”

Idaho Skunks Are Not To Be Sniffed At: The Roadside Signs of Fearless Farris’ Stinker Stations

“Fearless” Farris Lind had an eye for adventure. Born in 1915 outside of Twin Falls, Idaho, he graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1934. Shortly thereafter he worked as an attendant at a local gas station and then became manage of a small theater. Not too long after, Lind received a “Spanish Prisoner Letter”Continue reading “Idaho Skunks Are Not To Be Sniffed At: The Roadside Signs of Fearless Farris’ Stinker Stations”

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