Blue Swallow Motel a few months ago. Today's Motel Monday feature was the very first photographic stop on the trip.
Sitting at the far eastern end of Route 66 in Tucumcari, the Pony Soldier Motel was demolished sometime before 2010. What is left behind is a concrete slab, several rusted and gutted old cars, and this glorious sign. In searching for information about the now gone motel, all I was able to dig up is this vintage undated postcard on 66postcards.com
Retro Roadside Photography shop soon.
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Late last night I got a message from a friend about a recent Design Sponge post that included a piece of artwork she thought might be mine. She thought right. The post in question was a DIY Before & After: Penny Wall.
|Care of Design Sponge|
Happy Friday everyone!
Monday, February 20, 2012
|I dig the star mobile...|
I have yet to find a Presidential themed or named Motel, so instead I'm opting for the Holiday Lodge Motel in Los Angeles. At least it's got the Holiday part right. I also find humor in the naming repetition of both Lodge and Motel.
If you're a fan of the cancelled television show Numb3rs you may have caught this sign flash by in an episode or two. The motel was used as a filming location for at least one perpetrator hide out.
Monday, February 13, 2012
|"Third Star to the Right" available through my Retro Roadside Photography shop|
Las Vegas is the king of neon and I'm sure they have single-handedly kept YESCO in business. For this I am obviously very grateful. The strip is full of neon that is replaced and repaired constantly. But off the strip along historic Fremont Street sit several motels and their signs. Some have been restored, some have fallen into disrepair. Some of them are long gone, and only their signs remain. One of these signs was featured in an earlier Motel Monday post.
Today is another Fremont Street friend. I have no idea how long it's been around, but the Peter Pan Motel was recently renovated and the sign was restored. The colors pop, the typeset is awesome, and Peter Pan is outlined in neon. Now if he could just teach me to fly I'd appreciate it.
Friday, February 10, 2012
|One of two Canter's Delicatessen photographs available on my Retro Roadside Photography shop|
In need of a Restaurant, Deli or Bakery? You've come to the right place. Canter's is open all day almost every day of the year to feed your food needs. Canter's opened in 1931 but moved to Fairfax Boulevard when the neighborhood changed. In 1953 Canters moved just down the street to it's current location. That's almost 50 years in one spot and it has the neon signage to prove it.
|Canter's on Fairfax|
Monday, February 6, 2012
|"Make Waves" for sale through my Retro Roadside Photography shop on Etsy|
Thank goodness it isn't possible to find everything on the internet. If it were, my trips would lack beautiful surprises like today's Motel Monday feature.
A friend and I were on our way home driving through the empty parts of Arizona on I-40 when we saw it. My jaw dropped. And as we passed my head turned. We took the next exit and back tracked. You don't miss a sign like this.
The motel is long since gone. The foundation sits about 100 feet away but all that's left is some old linoleum and hints of where dividing walls might have been. Another abandoned building sits several hundred feet west, but it's not clear if they were once part of the same property. I found no evidence of a pool, but it could have been filled in years ago.
I've passed this sign one time since and seeing it beside the highway made me smile. It's like an old friend waiting to welcome me back to Arizona. I hope it never leaves.
Friday, February 3, 2012
|Johnnie's Pastrami for sale on my Retro Roadside Photography shop|
Johnnie's opened in 1952 and was packed with patrons when I snapped it's photo last year. The food looked mighty tasty and smelled delicious. Why have I always just eaten? Johnnie's vintage neon sign looks as great as the food smelled. I still love the crown dotting the I. It's just classy.