January 16, 2017

Shiny Wallpaper -- Flee!

Hawaiian Regent Hotel
Waikiki, Hawaii
1970's

Look at these Hawaiian natives rowing away from a high-rise hotel as in horror. What on earth could they be fleeing?

Ah, we see the answer which is presented in the lower half of the image. Look at that shiny foil wallpaper overlaid with a cane pattern behind the bed. Can you say 70's decor, kids? I knew you could. And all that yellow -- bedspreads, carpet, curtains. For all we know, the ceiling might be yellow, too. A couple of ladies sporting beehive hairdos sit on the balcony, blissfully unaware of decorative sins being committed in this room.

January 2, 2017

Something Fishy About This Restaurant's Name


Joseph's Aquarium Restaurant
Boston, MA
1950's?

No idea why this North End restaurant is named Aquarium, as it didn't look like one nor did it sell aquariums. (There is that little black fish under the central gable, though.) I did find out that it served seafood and that it stayed long enough to have entities on Yelp before closing for good. 

December 16, 2016

Beam Me Up, Bellhop


Hamilton Hotel
Chicago, IL
1950's?

Judging from these two lighted sections in the back, it seems that this hotel was so far ahead of its time that it came equipped with Star Trek-style transporters, presumably to send you up to your room without bothering with these pesky old-fashioned elevators. However, the transporters must not be very efficient, judging from all these couches (here we go again with reds and goldens...) if you have to wait to be transported. (Wait, I think I see the problem -- they don't have these disc thingies on the floor like you see on Star Trek shows. I guess they were still working out these things back then.)

December 11, 2016

A Tacky Room in Wyoming



Chieftain Motel
Douglas, Wyoming
1950's?

Just when you think you are safe, I am baaaack after a long absence with more ugly motel room postcards to sear your eyes with.

What do we have here? A room with twin beds positioned perpendicular to each other.  Apparently, the motel owners didn't care much for hanky wanky. On the back, it says that you can control your own heat. It seems that the motel owners couldn't think of anything good to say about the room.  Anyway, it looks like you can control heat simply by pulling these red blankets over the ugly dark-green plaid bedspreads. Oh, and check out the ugly curtains. Apparently, another attempt at deferring sex.

May I draw your attention to this curious concoction to the left, just behind the bed and in front of the door?





 What do you suppose that is? A torture device? A rack for a two-headed person to hang his hats?

April 18, 2015

A Cave Fit for Pink Panther

Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, CA
1970's?
Room 189 ("Hideaway")

Here is yet another room at Madonna Inn, with rock-lined walls and....a hot pink carpet. According to the description on the postcard's back, this room has a rock shower. Fortunately, it appears as if this room hasn't changed much since then. The only major difference I can see is that the carpet has been changed to a burgundy one. Fortunately, they kept these chandelier lamps by the bed.

Daybeds Galore

In 1960's (and probably earlier), there was a kind of mutant furniture  called a daybed that looked as if it couldn't make up its mind whether it wanted to be a bed or a sofa. It was almost always a twin bed (as bigger beds would have made for rather awkward sofas that only Mr. Fantastic and Plastic Man could sit on), covered with a fitted slipcover (see some examples on a page from a 1965 Sears catalog) and a large backrest propped along the long side of the bed. They were usually used by visiting guests; for example, my family had one for my grandmother when she came to visit. It seemed that quite a few motels and hotels had them as well -- I believe they usually served as secondary beds for kids and such. They've fallen out of favor in 1970's, replaced by sleeper sofas and futons.

Rickey's Studio Inn and Garden Hotel
Palo Alto, CA
1960's?
 
 Roger Williams Hotel
New York City, NY
1960's
 
 University of Maryland, University College
 Adelphi, MD
1960's?
A dorm room at Center of Adult Education

April 12, 2015

Sanitized for Your Sleeping Pleasure

The Pines
South Fallsburg, NY
1960's? 

These pink bedspreads are rather curious. If you look closely, you'll see that they are constructed in a way that they fit the beds smugly like boxes. And they even have special spaces to put over pillows (look how the side seams curve where the pillows are.) It's as if these are bed shields or something, so beds can be kept sanitized for your sleeping pleasure.