Nostalgic postcards of American Roadside Attractions

Nostalgic, classic, vintage and timeless. These are words that comes to mind when I look at postcards depicting roadside American attractions such as motels, diners, drive-in theaters, bowling alleys and outdoor shopping centers. It is definitely an era gone-by now and I am sad never to never really have experienced it.

I am sure many of you have fond (or maybe not so fond) memories of places like these and that they now are either completely unrecognizable or demolished. If anyone knows of any retro roadside attractions still intact, by all means – share!

bellevue-park-plaza-shopping-belleville-illinois

Above: bellevue-park-plaza-shopping-belleville-illinois

fairway-restaurant-syracuse-new-york

Above: fairway-restaurant-syracuse-new-york

rush-street-night-chicago-illinois

Above: rush-street-night-chicago-illinois

waddles-coffee-shop-portland-oregon

Above: waddles-coffee-shop-portland-oregon

carolina-pines-hollywood-california

Above: carolina-pines-hollywood-california

aristocrat-motel-atlantic-city-new-jersey

Above: aristocrat-motel-atlantic-city-new-jersey

tahoe-thunderbird-motel-south-lake-tahoe-california

Above: tahoe-thunderbird-motel-south-lake-tahoe-california

Source Cardboard America    Thanks Robin

Christopher

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.

All my articles / Website / Twitter

Comments for this article

Don't miss anything — Get our articles straight to your inbox!