Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside

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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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Tropics

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Tropics

The Big Band sound faded with the postwar rise of Rock and Roll, and with it, venues like The Tropics in the Chicagoan Hotel. By then Sam Bari and Red Duncan, Chicago’s “famous” and “nationally known” Blind Pianist, were history.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Magic Forest

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Magic Forest

The magic of Magic Forest was its willingness to mix roadside wonders from wherever.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Overland Park

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Overland Park

Denver, Colorado’s Overland Park was the king of the municipal campgrounds established during the early 20th century’s “automobiling” craze, a nationwide fascination with the new-found freedom of the automobile that put millions on the road looking for places to camp-out.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Rise of Modernism in Florida’s Tourist Towers

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Rise of Modernism in Florida’s Tourist Towers

The Bok Tower was designed to be a sculptural set piece in a garden, an architectural folly housing a carillon. You cannot get up it for a view of the countryside; it is the view.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Hotel Harris

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Hotel Harris

The snazzy ‘60s graphics surrounding a lower-cased hotel harris floating in isolated, midcentury Modern splendor was the final chapter for a stalwart hotel that had been in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, since 1844.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Hollywood Boulevard

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Hollywood Boulevard

When H.J. Whitley laid out Hollywood in 1903, booze and theaters were prohibited. But Los Angeles, which annexed the development in 1910, had no such restrictions.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Shady Rest Tourist Court

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Shady Rest Tourist Court

Years before the Interstates, New Orleans bound motorists traveled down US 11 from Birmingham, Chattanooga and points north and on the eastern edge of the city joined the traffic of US 90 westbound from Mobile and the Florida Panhandle.
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DR. PATRICK'S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: National Park Gateway Towns

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: National Park Gateway Towns

For every Yellowstone there is a West Yellowstone, a “Gateway Town” of tourist services and diversions that is the commercial opposite of the natural splendor preserved within the boundaries of an adjacent national park.
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DR. PATRICK'S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Toffenetti’s

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Toffenetti’s

This 1940s postcard suggests Toffenetti’s 1,000-seat “Cathedral of All Restaurants” was synonymous with New York and New York with Toffenetti’s, which was largely true to Times Square visitors of the Postwar era.
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Main Street

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Main Street

It was a challenge to affix Main Street signage to pre-Modern buildings because the architecture got in the way.
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