Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Richmond Rest-Over

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Richmond Rest-Over

On the pre-Interstate road to Florida, Richmond, Virginia, was a day away from most Northeastern cities and two days away from the rest. South from Richmond it was a long way to anywhere, making Richmond the place to rest-over.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Beartooth Highway to Yellowstone, Montanna-Wyoming

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Beartooth Highway to Yellowstone, Montanna-Wyoming

A pile of postcards followed preserving the appearance of the Beartooth and the small towns of Red Lodge, Cooke City, and Silver Gate as they welcomed their first wave of tourists in the 1930s and 1940s.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Cypress Gardens

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Cypress Gardens

Opened along the banks of Winter Haven’s Lake Eloise by Dick and Julie Pope in 1936, Cypress Gardens added “Southern Belle” posers in 1940 who became as famous as the flowers.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Kalamazoo Mall

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Kalamazoo Mall

Two blocks of Burdick Street were closed and reconstructed with mall-like street furniture, water features, flower beds, trees and grass in an effort to reinvigorate a retail district actively being siphoned off to the suburbs.
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Streamline Hotel

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Streamline Hotel

The Streamline opened in 1941 as if a Miami Beach-Moderne hotel was dropped 260 miles north in Daytona.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Good-Bye Pennsylvania 6-5000

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Good-Bye Pennsylvania 6-5000

When New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania opened in 1919 it was the largest hotel in the world, with 2,200 rooms each with its own private bathroom, then an unprecedented amenity for a hotel of this scale.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Country Squire Diner

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Country Squire Diner

This mid-1960s postcard view of the Country Squire presents the diner and Philadelphia's western suburbs as cutting-edge Modern.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Wagon Wheel Lodge

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Wagon Wheel Lodge

Walt Williamson started building his rustic, roadside wonder in 1936 using utility poles and old bridge beams.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: San Fernando Valley at Midcentury

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: San Fernando Valley at Midcentury

Non-California’s introduction to the Los Angeles Basin’s San Fernando Valley came with the 1968 inauguration of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In broadcast from “beautiful downtown Burbank” at the Color City television studio opened there in 1952.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Midcentury Modern Tucson, Arizona in “A Kiss Before Dying”

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Midcentury Modern Tucson, Arizona in “A Kiss Before Dying”

Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward run around in the 1956 thriller, “A Kiss Before Dying,” but the real star is midcentury Modern Tucson, Arizona, presented in supersaturated technicolor and Cinemascope.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Pennsylvania's Rexall Drug Store

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Pennsylvania’s Rexall Drug Store

The soda fountain counter at Indiana, Pennsylvania's Rexall Drug Store in the Odd Fellows Building on Philadelphia Street.
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DR PATRICK'S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Caves and Cars on Missouri’s Route 66

DR PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Caves and Cars on Missouri’s Route 66

The limestones of the Missouri Ozarks are pock marked with show caves that prospered on the traffic of Route 66.
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