Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside

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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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: El Solano Hotel

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: El Solano Hotel

The linen postcard with its soft hues, picturesque edits and eye-catching graphics was the perfect medium for image-making.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Bell’s Tourist Camp

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Bell’s Tourist Camp

On this 1930 postcard, Bell’s Tourist Camp shouts out to U.S. 71 motorists coming into Texarkana from the north.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Jersey Mall

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Jersey Mall

When Viennese architect Victor Gruen designed Minneapolis’s Southdale Center, he never suspected these retail mega-generators of auto-sprawl would replace the town centers he was trying to celebrate.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Fremont Street

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Fremont Street

Nevada ended its frontier ways in 1909 when it made gambling illegal to project a sense of civilized modernity to the rest of the nation. Just 22 years later, it voted gambling back as an economic panacea to fight the Great Depression.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Chinn’s Cave House

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Chinn’s Cave House

George Chinn opened up – literally, with dynamite – Chinn’s Cave House at Brooklyn Bridge, Kentucky, in the 1920s.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Woodbridge Cloverleaf

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Woodbridge Cloverleaf

What could be more appropriate for New Jersey than a postcard celebration of a highway interchange? Not just any interchange, this is the Woodbridge Cloverleaf, the first cloverleaf interchange in America.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: ‘Greyhound Blue’ Bus Terminals

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: ‘Greyhound Blue’ Bus Terminals

A quick message scribbled on this 1940 postcard and mailed off to family in Ohio depicts what to the transient sender was just the Greyhound bus station in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Finding Paradise on the South Slope of Mount Rainier

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Finding Paradise on the South Slope of Mount Rainier

After a deal made with the Northern Pacific Railroad that traded worthless mountain top rock and ice for valuable timber lands, Mount Rainier became the nation’s fifth national park in 1899.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Mary Meyers

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Mary Meyers

Could this be Mary Meyers and her dog? Random postcard people are rarely random and more typically known to the businesses they frame.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Old Reading Beer

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Old Reading Beer

When the Old Reading Beer billboard went up over Penn Square overlooking Reading, Pennsylvania’s downtown retail district it was advertised as the largest animated sign in the state.
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