3-Penny Inns – Bowling Green, Kentucky

Opened June 14, 1974, the Bowling Green 3 Penny Inn was an example of the Howard Johnson Company’s attempt to create a budget lodging segment.┬áTheir slogan was “centsible lodging.” The economy rate motel was built by the Allen Construction Co. of Bowling Green. It was the second pilot project in the country (the first aContinue reading “3-Penny Inns – Bowling Green, Kentucky”

Peter Pan Motel – East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Peter Pan Motel, located at 1 Rutherford Plaza on Route 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey was a fairly simple motel with a pretty great sign. Advertising itself as the last motel before New York City, the motel offered buses to the city and tours of the area. It appears to have opened inContinue reading “Peter Pan Motel – East Rutherford, New Jersey”

Bob Cummings Motor Hotel – Joplin, Missouri

Bob Cummings was a well-known actor of both television and movies. He was born in Joplin, Missouri on June 9, 1910. I will let IMDB give a brief biography for me, as this isn’t really about Bob’s career: Effective light comedian of ’30s and ’40s films and ’50s and ’60s TV series, Robert Cummings wasContinue reading “Bob Cummings Motor Hotel – Joplin, Missouri”

Imperial House Motels Directory

The Imperial House was a small chain of motels located mostly in Ohio. There were never more than 10 locations as far as I can tell. However, they were easy to spot with their customary crowned arch sign with two lions climbing a pedestal. This brochure is undated but most likely around 1965-1967. The chain fizzled outContinue reading “Imperial House Motels Directory”

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