Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside

Horn & Hardart

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Horn & Hardart

Hot food from a coin-operated slot in the wall? Cheap. Automatic. Modern. And so 1902.
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Brial Veil Falls

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Bridal Veil Falls

After crossing the Eastern Continental Divide in Highlands, North Carolina, US 64 drops down the west slope of the Blue Ridge via Cullasaja Gorge passing a series of waterfalls including Bridal Veil Falls.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Georgian Revival Hotel Block

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Georgian Revival Hotel Block

The Georgian Revival hotel block was a symbol that a small, mid-American city growing since becoming a railroad junction in the 1880s or 1890s had by the 1920s achieved the status of someplace among the galaxy of other towns on the prairie.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Patmars

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Patmars

Howard Patrick and Norman Marsh combined their names and opened El Segundo, California’s Patmars Drive-in at Imperial Highway & Sepulveda Boulevard in 1939.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Downtowners

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Downtowners

Downtowners, Rowntowners and five stories of breeze block in Danville, Virginia!
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Husted Cabins

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Husted Cabins

This circa 1930 postcard of Husted Cabins on US 40 between Marshall and Clark Center, Illinois, captures a time during the early auto age when farmers lucky enough to be on a major trunk route reaped a windfall of auto-oriented commerce.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: “Motel Postcard Pool Pose” in Wildwood, New Jersey.

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: “Motel Postcard Pool Pose” in Wildwood, New Jersey.

The free motel postcard was once a vacation standard. Proprietors expected guests would send a pile of postcards to their friends and family telling them what a wonderful vacation they were having and the motel would reap the free advertising.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Pig and Whistle

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Pig and Whistle

“Pig and Whistle” is an old English phrase that meant to fall upon hard times or ruin.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Lemon Grove’s Giant Lemon

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Lemon Grove’s Giant Lemon

In the roadside world of Big Food, California has giant citrus lying around all over the place including Lemon Grove’s Giant Lemon.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Vulcan in Birmingham

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Vulcan in Birmingham

World’s Fair Refugee: Vulcan in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Steamboat Springs

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where a sign perched at a precarious curve on U.S. 40 seems to challenge motorists to take their cars for a swim.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Plank Road

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Plank Road

The Plank Road constructed across the Imperial Sand Dunes in 1915 was rebuilt by the California Highway Department a year later.
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