Postcards of Mid-Century Motel Rooms With Style

Below are mid-Century postcards from American motels and hotels, single or two-storey brick boxes with holes and neon signage. Taking in rooms in Wyoming, New York, Rhode Island, California, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Washington, Utah, Tennessee and Massachusetts the postcards’ composition is formulaic. You see the bed and the TV, decide which was designed around which; and then you notice the fascinating decor.

To you Prada wearing urbanites living in wipe-clean steel and glass cities, hybrids of Dubai and Des Moins, the rooms look retro and hackneyed. But they are each striving to be unique. Hotel chains have their good points. You know what to expect. There are unlikely to be hidden cameras over your bed and gingivitic waiters who think Psycho’s a documentary. Alien hairs in the soap are negated by bottled gels. But at these small business ventures, someone chose those curtains, the fabric and the patterns. And they thought it all looked the bee’s knees.

 

Holding's LittleAmerica, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Holding’s LittleAmerica, Cheyenne, Wyoming

The Continental Inn, Lexington, Kentucky

The Continental Inn, Lexington, Kentucky

Graver Hotel, Fargo, North Dakota

Graver Hotel, Fargo, North Dakota

Chadwick Motel, Middletown, New York

Chadwick Motel, Middletown, New York

The New Hillside motor Lodge, Cranston, Rhode Island

The New Hillside motor Lodge, Cranston, Rhode Island

Fairchild's Hotel Court, Mississippi City

Fairchild’s Hotel Court, Mississippi City

Landmark Motor Lodge, Glens Falls, New York

Landmark Motor Lodge, Glens Falls, New York

Chateau Renaissance Motor Hotel, North Bergen, New Jersey

Chateau Renaissance Motor Hotel, North Bergen, New Jersey

Charterhouse Motor Hotel, Waltham, Massachusetts

Charterhouse Motor Hotel, Waltham, Massachusetts

Motel Lafayette, Canandaigua, New York

Motel Lafayette, Canandaigua, New York

Little America Motel, Salt Lake City, Utah

Little America Motel, Salt Lake City, Utah

Stadium Motor Lodge, 65 Deluxe Fireproof Rooms, New York

Stadium Motor Lodge, 65 Deluxe Fireproof Rooms, New York

Brookside Motel & Ranch House, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Brookside Motel & Ranch House, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Red Raven Motel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Red Raven Motel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Van Cortlandt Motel, New York, NY

The Van Cortlandt Motel, New York, NY

The Pines, South Fallsburg, New York

The Pines, South Fallsburg, New York

Seattle's Black Angus Motor Inn, Washington

Seattle’s Black Angus Motor Inn, Washington

Hotel Windemere, Santa Monica, California

Hotel Windemere, Santa Monica, California

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