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Nostalgic Postcards of American Roadside Attractions – Part 2

Written by Christopher • May 10th, 2012
Nostalgic Postcards of American Roadside Attractions – Part 2

Westgate Shopping Center in Bradenton, Florida

Nostalgic, classic, vintage and timeless yet again. So vivid, futuristic and warm but also gloomy and grey at the same time. Postwar suburban America was certainly a time of change – a time when the automobile was the spotlight of modern living. You could go anywhere in your Oldsmobile, Chrysler, Chevrolet or Cadillac.

How about a trip to S.S. Kresge to pick up new sofa? Or what about that long overdue family road trip vacation to Disneyland with a handful of stop overs at roadside motels and diners along the way? It was certainly a time of innocence and white picket fence living. Which are your fondest roadside attractions and memories of this era?

Source Forwardlook Postcards   

Above: Castle Courts Restaurant in Niagara Falls, New York

Above: Hotel Stardust in Yuma, Arizona

Above: Malbis Restaurant in Daphne, Alabama

Above: Motel De Ville in San Francisco, California

Above: Park Lane Hotel in Medicine Hat, Alberta

Above: Royal Colony Motel in Central Point, Oregon

Above: State Line Bar & Drive-In Restaurant in Boulougne, Florida

Above: Vincent’s Restaurant in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Above: Davis Park Motel in Orlando, Florida


Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • So retro…so fun! I was born two decades too late!

  • I love this stuff so much!! I remember going to places like these with my parents when I was small. The world seemed so much simpler then – maybe because I was 4! :D

  • Very cool Robin, I am jealous! :)

  • watchmaker

    It was S.S. Kresgie not Kresgne, and I don’t think that they sold groceries.  It was more like a 5 and dime like Woolworths, or a JJ Newberry.  Kresgies and McCrory’s basically the same company and now both are gone. 

  • It was S.S. Kresge and they didn’t sell groceries. Thanks for pointing out the error.

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