Monthly Archives: August 2016

Holiday Inn North, Des Moines, Iowa

This is an artist’s rendition of an aerial view of the Holiday Inn of Des Moines, Iowa and the grounds inside and out.

Curteichcolor 3-D Natural Color Reproduction

Curteichcolor 3-D Natural Color Reproduction

The description states:



3501 East 14th Street Zip 50316

1 Mile South of Interstate 80 and U. S. 6 on U. S. 69

Cocktail Lounge — 24-hour restaurant

Giant heated swimming pool

Color TV in every room

Complete hotel and convention service

–The small lettering on the sign in the lower left says “The Worlds Innkeeper”

The Holiday Inn chain of motels is one of the largest in the world, and a pioneer in technology and co-branding, including creating a reservation service for travelers to book another Holiday Inn when leaving the current one, and the ability to pay with a Gulf Oil credit card, as Holiday Inn did not otherwise have a credit payment system, and this was before BankAmericard (now VISA) and Mastercharge (now MasterCard).

The Holiday Inn has been demolished and replaced with a Casey’s Service Station. This postcard likely dates from the 1970s.

Voyager Inn, Burlington, Iowa

This image is a typical promotional postcard view of the Voyager Inn and a view inside one of the rooms in the inset.

Curteichcolor 3-D Natural Color Reproduction

Curteichcolor 3-D Natural Color Reproduction

The description states:



Telephone 754-4681 — TWX: 319-390-1113

U.S. Hwys. 34 and 61

60 Deluxe Rooms with Air-conditioning — TV — Courtesy Coffee — Swimming Pool — Spacious Lawn


–Some of the notations in the description are unclear. The AHA may refer to a hotel association of the time. TWX is the Teletypewriter Exchange Service which ran alongside the public telephone service and allowed telegraph like messages to be sent to businesses.

Of particular note from the image are the unusual bed designs. These are beds with mattress covers and bolster pillows intended to provide couch space in the daytime. At night, the bolsters were set aside, the covers removed, and the beds exposed for sleeping. Normal sleeping pillows were stored in closets.

This style of furniture was fashionable for a short time in the 1970s, and this image likely dates from that time.

Shady Lodge Motel, Oscaloosa, Iowa

This image is an artist’s rendition of the cabins making up the Shady Lodge Motel, with the main office in the left background.

“Tichnor Quality Views” by Tichnor Bros., Inc., Boston, Mass.

The description states:

Shady Lodge Motel

102 So. 11th St., Highway 63

1/2 Mile South of 92

Telephone 3-7073

Oscaloosa, Iowa

Modern Cottages–Innterspring Mattresses–Steam Heated

“A Home Away From Home”–Hundreds of Shade Trees

Trailer Accommodations

Owned and Operated by Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Benke

–Such elaborate designs were still common in the early years of motel construction, particularly in remote or rural areas, but such buildings proved to be expensive to maintain and were supplanted with more standardized construction.

Google maps shows the site has been completely reconstructed for homes and small businesses. This image likely dates from the 1940s.