The Ambassador Hotel – Kansas City, Missouri

Broadway at 36th Kansas City, Missouri Air Conditioned – Rooms & Apartments – Meeting Rooms – Roof Garden We are proud of our Colony Dining Room and Cocktail Lounge – one of the most unique in the Middlewest – Where Dining in an art

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Hunt’s Recipe Matchbooks, Vol. 6

I guess we can say that I am/this is back from a ridiculous hiatus! It’s the 6th batch of recipes featured on matchcovers from 1960 & 1963 advertising Hunt’s Tomato Sauce. (Volume 1 – Volume 2 – Volume 3 – Volume 4 – Volume 5). Spaghetti and Meat Balls (1960) 1 lb. ground beef 1…

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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, known…

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Lost Restaurants of California – Tugboat Annie’s – Claremont, California

Tugboat Annie’s was located on Route 66 (930 E. Foothill Blvd.) in Claremont, California. A grand opening celebration was held for the ship-shaped seafood restaurant on August 24, 1969. The opening featured a sample of their fish & chips, pins for the kids and barber shop quartets! The restaurant was quite popular throughout the 1970s…

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Hunt’s Recipe Matchbooks, Vol. 5

It’s time for the 5th batch of recipes featured on matchbooks advertising Hunt’s Tomato Sauce. (Volume 1 – Volume 2 – Volume 3 – Volume 4). This batch includes two different version of Sweet & Sour Pork, Steak and Potato Rolls and a very 1963-style recipe called  Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Sweet-Sour Pork (1963) 3 lb.…

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Hunt’s Recipe Matchbooks, Vol. 4

Welcome back to the fourth installment of Hunt’s Tomatoes recipes features on matchbooks from the late 1950s/early 1960s. This first recipe for something called Tomato Luncheon Quickie sounds like an abomination that some canned lunch meat scientist concocted in a lab under a bridge. The other recipe(s) is for a staple of early 1960s meat…

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Look In The Red Book

Yesterday I shared a dozen matchbook covers advertising the Yellow Pages service but did you know that Chicago also had a different classified directory service called the Red Book? These covers, from the 1940s or 1950s (?), advertise the services that Red Book could provide. As the inside of one the matchbooks states: You’ll find…

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Wolley Segap To The Rescue

In a simpler time, companies had to advertise their businesses in the Yellow Pages. But how did the Yellow Pages advertise themselves? These 12 matchbook covers from over a 30-year span show how the service was advertised. Did you know there was even a Yellow Pages for Funeral Directors? Have you met Wolley Segap (Yellow Pages…

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Koala Inns

Stay with the Frugal Bear! That was the motto of a chain of motels located in the Northeast known as Koala Inns. Koala was another budget motel franchise that sought to entice budget-conscious travelers by providing luxury at a low price. The first Koala Inns location opened in Windsor Locks, Connecticut near Bradley International Airport on…

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