Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside

Ceder Hedges Cabins

Cedar Hedges Cabins

Cedar Hedges Cabins outside Searsport, Maine, was one of many cabin courts operating along US 1 in the 1930s.

Summer tourists bound for Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park followed Route 1 northbound along Maine’s rocky coast threading in and out of fishing villages and small ports…Bath, Waldoboro, Rockland, Camden, Belfast…before taking nightly shelter in knotty-pine cabins like Cedar Hedges to be lulled asleep by the whistle of wind through the pines.

The National Road

The National Road

The automobile rediscovered long-distance roads forgotten since the rise of the railroads, and then reshaped them to suit their purpose.

The National Road completed over the Allegheny Mountains from Cumberland, Maryland, to the Ohio River at Wheeling in 1811, was rediscovered by the National Old Trails Association in 1911 when they proposed to improve it as part of a transcontinental auto trail. By the time this postcard published in 1936, the National Highway was part of transcontinental US 40 and federal funding was in place for the massive cuts and fills needed to straighten the road on the west slope Chestnut Ridge just east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. A remnant bit of abandoned National Road S-curves across the line of traffic, the upper part already reseeded to grass.

Southern Belles

Southern Belles and Bathing Beauties dress up a giant map of Florida made from grapefruits and oranges for tourists on the electric boat tour at Cypress Gardens.

Opened near Winter Haven, Florida, in 1936, Cypress Gardens became central Florida’s number one attraction in a Dixie before Disney. Young women in big dresses posed, sauntered and frolicked at Cypress Gardens creating tableaus for tourists as if they were in a foreign land catching a voyeuristic glimpse of nymph-like Southern women in their natural habitat. Cypress Gardens was reinvented as Legoland in 2011.