1962 Baseball Baedeker – Cincinnati

This is the second post (of 20) sharing the 1962 Baseball Baedeker guide to every city & team in Major League Baseball in existence at the time. The guide was designed to make it easier for players and travelers to know where hotels, restaurants and assorted other spots were located. #1 – Baltimore (Orioles) #2…

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1962 Baseball Baedeker: Boston

This is the second post (of 20) sharing the 1962 Baseball Baedeker guide to every city & team in Major League Baseball in existence at the time. The guide was designed to make it easier for players and travelers to know where hotels, restaurants and assorted other spots were located. #1 – Baltimore (Orioles) From…

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1962 Baseball Baedeker – Baltimore

This is the first post (of 20) sharing the 1962 Baseball Baedeker guide to every city & team in Major League Baseball in existence at the time. The guide was designed to make it easier for players and travelers to know where hotels, restaurants and assorted other spots were located. From the guide: Karl Baedecker…

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Holiday Inn 1956 Directory

In early 1956 Holiday Inn was just beginning to take over as the dominant motel chain. The first Holiday Inn Hotel Courts location opened by Kemmons Wilson at 4941 Summer Ave. in Memphis, Tennessee in the summer of 1952. Within two years three more locations would open in Memphis and a few locations across several…

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Admiral Benbow Inns, 1977

The Admiral Benbow was never very big. I believe the franchise topped out at 18 locations. At the time of this publication in 1977, Admiral Benbow Inns were a part of the Morrison’s Cafeteria franchise group. The scan to the left is from the back of a directory for Morrison’s, which I will share and…

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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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1991 Shoney’s Inn Directory

Shoney’s Inns were a smallish franchise of motels started┬áby the Shoney’s Restaurant group. The motel was started as a test run in 1974 and lasted through 1991. The majority of the locations were in the Southeast. The brochure would be the last one the group would ever produce, as the franchise would be sold in…

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Econo-Travel Motor Hotel Directory – Fall, Winter 1974/1975

SPEND A NIGHT, NOT A FORTUNE At the dawn of the 1970s, the motel industry was at a crossroads. Big motel chains had spent the 1960 building large, fancy motels with opulent cocktail lounges and restaurant attached. As the economy struggled, occupancy fell in those motels. To combat this problem the motels would charge more…

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