Found Photo Friday

Welcome to Found Photo Friday. Every Friday I will be posted at least 10 found photos from my collection. These are loose photos that aren’t part of a set of images but are still fun.

Only the photos with writing on the back will be captioned.

Pam P’s New Bike


March 23, 1966


Tommy Chavez, 12-24-70


Erma, Audrey & Rubina

Corning Welcomes You to Cooking in the 70’s

This small booklet, published by Corning in 1969, warns tells you of the coming of Space-Age Cooking and the “world of new ideas, new foods, new ways to cook and serve” that are arriving in the 1970s. That new world would include: percolated “real” coffee, hot plates, radiated space-savers and loaves of all kinds.

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Deals of the Day: October 6, 1966

These ads ran in the Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, Idaho) on October 6, 1966.  I had fun putting this together. I was taken aback by how many small supermarkets existed in a town of about 40,000.

If you like Boston Butt, large colored chickens, electric chord organs or toothpaste twins then this is the week for you.

There’s a Founder’s Day Sale going on at ID (The Idaho Store). There are two locations to serve you: 701 E. Center and 851 North Main.

It’s the Big Annual Tablerite Beef Round-up AND the Del Monte Round-Up at the IGA Foodliner. 2740 Poleline Road and 905 South Fifth.

Montgomery Ward in Wonderful Westwood Village, 1800 Garrett Way is having a Ward Week Sale on Men’s sport shirts, panty girdle lifts, velour shirts with 2-way collar, and panty girdle lifts.

Thriftway has a sale on Boston Butt Pork Roast – 43¢ per lb. Harold’s Thriftway and College Thriftway: we are home owned.

Pocatello’s biggest case good sale continues at Shoppers, 325 Yellowstone Avenue. Save like you’ve never saved before.

Del Monte Food, “The Biggest L’il Store in Town” has a GROUND BEEF SPECIAL!!

Newberrys, also in the Westwood Village has their 55th Anniversary Sale going on right now.

Super Values at Super Save Drugs! Get the jump on Christmas! Twister is on sale for $3.98. Thing Maker on sale $9.98. Shop now!

Sprouse-Reitz Variety Stores has 20% off everything in the store every Friday & Saturday (including Halloween Goodies).

Woolworth’s is having their 87th Anniversary Sale. Electric Chord Organ is on sale for $29.95. Calendar towels for 98¢…they’re pure linen.

Frazier’s at Washington and Cedar has “C” Grade Hens on sale for 33¢

What a wonderful week to gather baskets of bargains. HARVEST TIME SAVINGS at SAFEWAY.

Welcome Hunters! Okay Food Centers is having a Big Buck Contest.


Skaggs Drug Center at 134 N. Main Street is having a Dollar Days sale.


Grand Central Drug has 148 McKesson Health & Beauty Aids including Rubbing Alcohol, Milk of Magnesia, Aspirin Twins and Toothpase Twins.

Albertson’s on E. Center Street has German Chocolate Cake (my favorite) on sale.

Lee Ward’s Super Market at Poplar and Jefferson has Chunk Bologna, Rippin’ Good Cookies and assorted tools on sale.

Come celebrate Wyz-Way Food Town’s Grand Opening at 1435 North Main. You can win an RCA Victor Color TV.

The CB Boom

The CB radio boom really took hold in 1976 and America’s journalists took notice. My goal is to share the QSL artwork and the CB columns that appeared in America’s newspapers in the 1970s.

The following article by Don Oakley appeared in The Indiana Gazette on August 19, 1976:


THE HOTTEST TOPIC of public interest this years is not the Bicentennial or even the presidential election. Be advised, good buddy, that it’s Citizens Band (CB) radio.
CB has captured the fancy and imagination of Americans like almost nothing since the advent of home television three decades ago. Everyone, from truck drivers (who started the current boom during the 1973 gasoline shortage) to stay-at-homes, from school kids to the nation’s First Lady (known by her “handle” of First Mama) seems to want to communicate by radio.
One measure of this soaring interest is the number of applicants for CB licenses. The Federal Communications Commission’s issuing office in Gettysburg, Pa., is being swamped with half a million applications each month, compared to 30,000 a month a few years ago.
Another measure is the mushrooming appearance of new publications serving the CB market. There are now a least 40 magazines devoted to CB, according to Burson-Marsteller, the public relations-public affairs specialist, reporting on a just completed survey of the field. This time last year, there were only four. Another seven magazines, all of them less than a year old, deal with CB trade subjects such and marketing and retailing.

CB IS ALSO invading newspapers and finding a place alongside the crossword puzzles and bridge columns. Newspaper Enterprise Association, for one example, has just introduced a weekly column called “CB Convac.” (“Convac” is CB-ese for conversation.)
In addition, the wire services are producing and distributing CB features and interviews, and radio and TC are devoting more time to the subject.
Researchers at Burson-Marsteller predict that the CB boom will generate equipment and related sales of more than $1 billion this year and that the boom will continue unabated until 1979, especially since the FCC recently increased the number of channels from 23 to 40.
From 1979 on, they say, CB is likely to have the commonality of today’s television, with American’s tuning into CB as routinely as they turn on TV, both at home and on the road.Marconi, what hath thou wrought?

Imperial House Motels Directory

Imperial House Motels Directory (1)
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 out in the late 1970s and the motels either became independent or were renamed and joined a different chain of motels.

This is what I found about all of the locations featured in this directory and what the location looks like now.

Note: This was originally written in October 2016 and will be updated when new photos and information become available

 1. Imperial House Cincinnati

Located off of Interstate 75 & By-Pass 50. The actual street address was 1717 Glendale Milford Road. There were 114 rooms, a fully-covered entrance, indoor AND outdoor pools and banquet facilities for up to 600.

Imperial House Cincinnati postcard with a great view of the lobby. Courtesy of William Bird.

The motel ultimately finished as a Quality Inn until 2006, when it was put up for sale. Finding no buyers, it was razed sometime between 2007-2009. The lot is still empty.

2. Imperial House West Cincinnati

Located off of Interstate 74 & U.S. 52. It appears the location is 5510 Old Rybolt Road. This was a relatively small motel. There were 50 rooms and a much smaller footprint. It looks like this one might have stayed with the Imperial House name even after the chain collapsed.

The building is still standing but I can’t figure out what it is currently called or if it is even occupied.

3. Imperial House Arlington – Columbus, Ohio

1135 Dublin Road.
This is one of the bigger motels in the chain. There were 160 rooms, a Great Hall, which sat up to 450 people and the King Richard Room (which I would have loved to see).
Finding anything out the motel part has proven to be tricky. The spot was either rebuilt or converted into an office plaza called the River’s Edge.

4. Imperial House North – Columbus, Ohio

Interstate 71 & Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio. The actual address is 900 Morse Road. 224 Rooms, Color Television, Outdoor Pool, Indoor Pool with Sauna Bath, Gift Shop, Black Rose Dining Room, Alcazar Cocktail Lounge. Banquet facilities for 25 to 500.

Postcard view of the Imperial House North – Columbus, Ohio featuring a view of the fantastic sign at night. The room view is complete with avocado green bedding and the bottom right must be the Black Rose Dining Room.

This location was razed sometime in the early-to-mid 1990s. I wonder what happened to that glorious sign.

5. Imperial House North -Dayton, Ohio

Interstate 75 & Needmore Road.

Featuring 253 rooms, the Seven Nations Dining Room and Matador Lounge. The banquet facilities featuring the Bavarian Room, Germany Room, Switzerland Room, two Imperial Rooms, Austrian Room and the Italian Room.

Imperial House North long postcard courtesy of William Bird
My beautiful picture
The Imperial House North in 1974. Photo courtesy of Mark Susina.

This location fared about as well as the others. It was last known as the Dayton Executive Hotel and it closed around 2008. The motel was boarded up for years and finally torn down in later 2014/early 2015.

The Cincinnati Enquirer – February 28, 1965

6. Imperial House South – Dayton, Ohio

Located at Interstate 75 & Ohio 725. It featured 101 rooms, the Crown Dining Room and cocktail lounge. There was the Imperial Ballroom, Jewel Room, Century Room and Empire Room.

Multi-view long postcard of the Imperial House South. Courtesy of William Bird.

The building lasted until the Summer of 2005 after ending it’s run as a Ramada Inn, I think.

7. Imperial House Findlay – Findlay, Ohio

Located at Interstate 75 & Ohio 12. This was a smaller location with only 82 rooms. The Imperial Crown dining room & cocktail lounge, the Ballroom, Imperial Room, Empire Room and Crown Room were the restaurant & banquet facilities.

Imperial House Findlay postcard courtesy of

The motel fell like the others did. It was a string of motels until it was renovated in 1991 and became a Days Inn. Days Inn was not ultimately successful and it, too finally closed. The building was razed sometime between 2007-2009.

8. Imperial House Shelby – Sidney, Ohio

Located at Interstate 75 & Ohio 47. This is an interesting one as it appears that the Shelby House, as it was originally known, was absorbed into the Imperial House chain. The decor was definitely Early American and it appears that was no arched sign as it would have clashed with the overall look of the Shelby House.

Amazingly, it appears a modified version of the Shelby House is still standing. As of the October 2015 street view it is now the Country Hearth Inn & Suites.

9. Imperial House Motel – Columbus, Indiana

Located at Interstate 65 & Indiana 46.

The Republic – August 17, 1965

This location was the only Imperial House in Indiana and one of two not in Ohio. There were 86 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and little lake in the back for fishing.

Imperial House Motel – Columbus, Indiana postcard courtesy of Ryan Khatam
Long postcard image with a great view of the lobby and pool courtesy of

The building was razed sometime in the early 2000s and a Comfort Inn, among other things, was built on the lot. Most of the lake was also filled in.

10. Imperial House Motel – Lexington, Kentucky

was located at Waller Ave. & Harrodsburg Rd. (U.S. 68). The actual address was 525 Waller Ave.

There were 110 rooms and the Empire Room for dining plus cocktails. The Hunt & Turf Ballroom, the Turf Room, The Hunt Room, the Regency Room, the Essex Room & Cambridge Room were the banquet facilities.

After the Imperial House chain folded and sometime before 1972, the motel was turned in to the Ramada Imperial Inn. I am having a hard time finding out when the Ramada Inns pulled out of there; but I did find the 2010 obituary for Preston Webber, the main entertainer for the Ramada Imperial from 1966-1994

The building became a sprawling, bedbug-addled shell of its former self known as the Kentucky Inn until the building was finally razed in 2008 or 2009.

There was one other location in Cincinnati, Ohio.

CB Radio 10-Codes

10 codes originated in the USA and are CB radio lingo mostly used in English-speaking countries. However, no matter which codes are used in your country, be aware that there are local dialects in every urban area and region. You have to listen to others to learn the phrases and codes in your area. And not everyone knows or uses 10-codes, so be prepared for some people to not understand you.

QSL Card from Golden Termite & Pest Control

10-1 Receiving Poorly
10-2 Receiving Well
10-3 Stop Transmitting
10-4 Ok, Message Received
10-5 Relay Message
10-6 Busy, Stand By
10-7 Out of Service, Leaving Air
10-8 In Service, subject to call
10-9 Repeat Message
10-10 Transmission Completed, Standing By
10-11 Talking too Rapidly
10-12 Visitors Present
10-13 Advise weather and road conditions
10-16 Make Pickup at……
10-17 Urgent Business
10-18 Anything for us?
10-19 Nothing for you, return to base
10-20 My Location is ……… or What’s your Location?
10-21 Call by Telephone
10-22 Report in Person too ……
10-23 Stand by
10-24 Completed last assignment
10-25 Can you Contact …….
10-26 Disregard Last Information/Cancel Last Message
10-27 I am moving to Channel ……
10-28 Identify your station
10-29 Time is up for contact
10-30 Does not conform to FCC Rules
10-32 I will give you a radio check
10-33 Emergency Traffic at this station
10-34 Trouble at this station, help is needed
10-35 Confidential Information
10-36 Need correct time
10-37 Wrecker needed at ……
10-38 Ambulance needed at ………
10-39 Your message delivered
10-41 Please tune to channel ……..
10-42 Traffic Accident at ……….
10-43 Traffic tied up at ………
10-44 I have a message for you
10-45 All units within range please report
10-50 Break Channel
10-60 What is next message number?
10-62 Unable to copy, use phone
10-65 Awaiting your next message or assignment
10-67 All units comply
10-70 Fire at …….
10-71 Proceed with transmission in sequence
10-73 Speed Trap at …………
10-75 You are causing interference
10-77 Negative Contact
10-84 My telephone number is ………
10-85 My address is ………..
10-91 Talk closer to the Mike
10-92 Your transmitter is out of adjustment
10-93 Check my frequency on this channel
10-94 Please give me a long count
10-95 Transmit dead carrier for 5 seconds
10-99 Mission completed, all units secure
10-100 Need to go to Bathroom
10-200 Police needed at ……….

I Hope You Are Feeling

This is the first post of a new series called Come Home Soon. This series will highlight postcard messages from the past. Some of the cards are wonderfully written notes, some are confusing, many are misspelled and all of them are one of a kind.

On the Road to Alpine Tavern – Mt. Lowe, California

Mailed from Mt. Lowe, California to Miss Florence Price of Los Angeles, California on May 31, 1913:

I hope you are feeling, we missed you to-day and missed your mother also. – Catherine Pugh

10-4, Good Buddy

As most of you who followed the link I sent out know by know, I am fascinated by CB radio culture of the 1970s. I have tens of thousands of CB radio QSL cards, numerous catalogs and other crazy memorabilia from a sadly under documented era.  My goal is to share the images and stories from this cultural phenomenon.

A CB radio QSL card for Bashful & Cuddles

CB radio has often been dismissed as a fad from the 1970s akin to the pet rock. Admittedly, CB really did thrive most  in the 1970s, reaching its peak in 1976-77, but it is a lot more just than a fad.

The Courier Express, December 31, 1976

This is the story of America coping with a gas crisis, sharing homemade and professional made artwork, collecting and  learning a whole new form of what we now refer to as social media.

CB was truly a medium for people. It didn’t matter if you were rich or poor, black or white, urban or rural you could use and enjoy Citizens Band Radio.

Over the life of this website, I will be posting newspaper articles, magazines, catalogs, stories and images from CB users and QSL collectors.

QSL cards have especially been a fascination of mine. The next CB related post will try to explain QSL cards, their collectors and why it is relevant to today’s culture. I will also try to explain its demise and why it has been a mostly forgotten world.

Buckle up, because it is going to be a lot to take in.

Feel free to share your CB stories/pictures with me in the comments or drop me a line at


The Paris News, September 27, 1978

On September 26, 1978, Governor Dolph Briscoe of Texas declared, “10-4 Day-CB Recognition Day” to honor the the 1958 birth of citizens band radio. This would be one of the last major years of the CB radio craze.

The speech given that day sounds eerily familiar to the social media of today:

In his proclamation, Governor Briscoe noted the growth of CB Radio and its social aspects; “friendships formed, the monotony of tedious journeys broken, communication established between home and business.”

Governor Briscoe joined the nation’s other governors as well as many federal officials in observing “10-4 Day.” The Oct. 4 celebration highlights a special yearlong anniversary program sponsored by the Electronic Industries Association which includes the honoring of former First Lady, Betty Ford, as “CB’s First Mama,” and recognizes her early use of CB radio.

Betty Ford, CB radio and the 1976 campaign stories coming soon….

The All-New Cardboard America

This has been a long time coming….

Starting October 4, 2016 the new Cardboard America website will the combined home for all of the Cardboard America projects, news, merchandise and collaborations.

The new site will feature:

  • Postcards
  • Slides
  • Matchbooks
  • Motel History
  • Restaurant History
  • CB Radio History
  • CB Radio QSL Cards
  • Disaster History
  • Catalogs throughout the years
  • World’s Fairs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Stories
  • all of the other stuff that is part of the Cardboard America collection

I cannot wait to share my collection, stories and ephemera with everyone. I hope you enjoy.

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