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.
This mid-1960s postcard view of the Country Squire presents the diner and Philadelphia's western suburbs as cutting-edge Modern.
Walt Williamson started building his rustic, roadside wonder in 1936 using utility poles and old bridge beams.
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.
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.
The soda fountain counter at Indiana, Pennsylvania's Rexall Drug Store in the Odd Fellows Building on Philadelphia Street.
The limestones of the Missouri Ozarks are pock marked with show caves that prospered on the traffic of Route 66.
On this 1930 postcard, Bell’s Tourist Camp shouts out to U.S. 71 motorists coming into Texarkana from the north.
George Chinn opened up – literally, with dynamite – Chinn’s Cave House at Brooklyn Bridge, Kentucky, in the 1920s.