Thrifty Scot Motels

Thrifty Scot was a chain of motels across the Midwest. The first location opened on May 13, 1973 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The chain was started by real estate developers Cy and Dan Brutger and within a few years the chain of no-frills, budget motels thrived. I know that there were at least 28 and…

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Hunt’s Matchbook Recipes, Vol. 3

The third installment of the Hunt’s Tomatoes Matchbook Recipe series featured a Tomato Soup and tossed spaghetti. Both recipes reek of 60s blandness but who knows, maybe they’re good? TOMATO SOUP (1963) 2 Tbsp. Wesson, pure Vegetable Oil 1/4 cup diced onion 1/4 diced carrot 1/4 diced celery 2 8-oz. cans Hunt’s Tomato Sauce 1/2…

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Hunt’s Matchbook Recipes, Vol. 2

Here are two more Hunt’s Tomato Sauce matchbook recipes. These two are from 1963. You can almost taste the early 60s. VEGETABLE SOUP (1963) 2 Tbs. Wesson, Pure Vegetable Oil 2 Tbs. Butter 1 cup Chopped Leeks 1/2 cup Chopped Onions 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced 1 Cup Sliced Carrots 1 Cup Chopped Potatoes 1 Cup Peas…

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Tony Sapp’s Club Black Magic – Las Vegas, Nevada

Club Black Magic originally opened on the corner of Bond, now known as Tropicana Ave & Paradise Rds. (4817 Paradise Road to be exact) on August 18, 1954 and would remain until 1968, when Camille Castro, “a stylish and flamboyant European Lesbian,” would purchase the club and rename it Le Bistro. For most of the…

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Hunt’s Matchbook Recipes: Volume 1

I recently obtained more than 100 Hunt’s Tomato Sauce recipe matchbooks from 1957-1963. I thought it’d be fun to share the images and the recipes over a series of posts. I haven’t had the audacity to try any of these recipes, but if/when I do I will post the results WESTERN CHUCK SUPREME (1963) 3…

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Oliver Hotel – South Bend, Indiana

“The Best and Most Magnificent Hotel in Indiana, one of the finest in the United States, and the Best In Any City of 40,000 Inhabitants in the World.“ James Oliver, one of America’s most influential inventors and industrialists was born on August 28, 1823, to George Oliver, a shepherd, and Elizabeth Irving, his wife, in…

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Lehr’s Greenhouse – San Francisco & San Diego, California

“DINE IN A GARDEN IN FULL BLOOM” Lehr’s Garden Restaurant opened at 740 Sutter St., San Francisco in November, 1972. Housing both a full florist shop and restaurant, the glass-enclosed “dining spa” was designed to look like and actually be a greenhouse. By the time restaurant opened, the proprietor Murray Lehr had been a part…

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Close Cover Before Election, Part Three

It’s the day before the election and the final installment of the election-winning series of matchbooks from my collection featuring politicians. As a reminder, go vote for someone other than these candidates from the 1930s through the 1980s.

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