Nursing Home Postcards: Waiting For God In Mid-Century America

What you are about to see are not film sets Stanley Kubrick thought too isolated for The Shining, or David Lynch considered over-egging the eerie for Twin Peaks. These are postcards from North American nursing home in the 1950s and 1960s.

We don’t get to read the messages on the reverse – ‘Wish you were here! (instead of me)’ – but we do wonder at the photographs these homes rejected, pictures the owners and marketeers thought failed to capture the true essence and warmth of the place.

 

Moosehaven

Moosehaven

 

Foothill Acres Nursing Homes, Neshanic, New Jersey, circa 1965 - Advertising Postcard

Foothill Acres Nursing Homes, Neshanic, New Jersey, circa 1965 – Advertising Postcard

 

 

Albright Manor, United Church Senior Citizens' Home,Beamsville, Ontario

Albright Manor, United Church Senior Citizens’ Home,Beamsville, Ontario

Moosehaven

Moosehaven

Shouldice Hospital, Patient's Lounge, Thornhill, Ontario

Shouldice Hospital, Patient’s Lounge, Thornhill, Ontario

Masonic Home, Burlington, New Jersey

Masonic Home, Burlington, New Jersey

Foothill Acres Nursing Homes, Neshanic, New Jersey

Foothill Acres Nursing Homes, Neshanic, New Jersey

Albright Manor, United Church Senior Citizens' Home,Beamsville, Ontario

Albright Manor, United Church Senior Citizens’ Home,Beamsville, Ontario

Shouldice Hospital, Patient's Lounge, Thornhill, Ontario

Shouldice Hospital, Patient’s Lounge, Thornhill, Ontario

Presbyterian House, Retirement Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida

Presbyterian House, Retirement Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Foothill Acres Nursing Homes, Neshanic, New Jersey, circa 1965 - Advertising Postcard Via

Foothill Acres Nursing Homes, Neshanic, New Jersey, circa 1965 – Advertising Postcard Via: Steve Shock’s Flickr

Masonic Home, Burlington, New Jersey

Masonic Home, Burlington, New Jersey

Golden Village, Hemet, California

Golden Village, Hemet, California

 

East Longmeadow Nursing Home East Longmeadow MA Via

East Longmeadow Nursing Home East Longmeadow MA Via William Bird’s Flickr

 

All postcards are from the SwellMap’s Flickr unless otherwise stated.