Where you stayin' in Sochi? I couldn't get over there, so I'm stayin' at the Olympic Motel in Eureka, California. According to the back of this fine chrome card: "One of the Northwest California's newest and finest. Free radio and TV in rooms. Thermostatic controlled heat. Carpets Wall to Wall. All tiled baths. "Always a Rainbow of Color." Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fredrickson, Managing Owners."
It's been awhile since I posted a card featuring streamline architecture...so here you go. The Beachcomber in Clearwater Beach, Florida is the place, and the menu is famous for the "Back-to-the-Farm Fried Chicken Dinner." I wonder if that's a precursor to "farm-to-table" restaurants of today!
Have a rough New Year's Eve? The Bird-in-Hand Restaurant features a "Hangover Breakfast" for only 50 cents. It consists of Tomato Juice, Two Raw Eggs, Dry Toast, Black Coffee, Aspirin, and "Our Sympathy." Billed as being "For the Morning After the Night Before," I'm sure this menu item caught the attention of many a NYC partier back in the day.
The Bird-in-Hand Restaurant was located at 1659 Broadway, between 51st & 52 Streets. It would have been fun to stop there after spending New Year's Eve in Times' Square for a late night breakfast!
Happy New Year to my regular readers and newcomers!
The Great Northern Paper Company is the mill in the mill town of Millinocket. When the local falls were identified as a great potential source of hydro power in the late 1800's, the idea was born to build the paper mill. At the time, however, there was no town there, so the town was built along with the mill, and many of the workers stayed on to work in the mill itself once it went into operation in the 1900's.
Today's postcard is a fine portrait of the employees in the "Paper Machine Room" which was able to put out 500 feet of paper per minute, 152 inches wide. The card conveys not only the state of the art of industrial revolution machinery, circa 1900, but the work uniforms of the day, the pride of the employees, and a few OSHA regulations here and there that far pre-date OSHA.
For more on the history of the mill and the origins of the town, see this short video:
Where are we going for dinner tonight? How about The Stockholm restaurant in Detroit? Opened in 1939, this was a family restaurant featuring a Swedish Smorgasbord, a buffet table laden with the delicious food you see here. The restaurant was one of Detroit's finest, and it was open until 1962. Then, the place was sold, and a Playboy Club opened up in the same location. Now? There's a windowless brick building on the site that houses telecommunications equipment.
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