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Church Welcome Card

This unusual card is a welcome card sent to recent visitors to the church that sent the cards. They had no description on the back , and were sent to the visiting worshipper by one of the church staff.

As noted there is no description on the back, only the caption on the front:

Welcome Visitor

We are glad you visited us and hope you will come AGAIN!

Come near before the Lord.

…Exodus 16:9

–The exact church that sent the card originally is unknown, however, it was mailed from Arnold’s Park, Iowa, and is dated 17 September 1963.

Tejm Motel, Bettendorf, iowa

This is an artist’s rendition of the Tejm Motel in Bettendorf, Iowa, a typical mid-century structure with multi-occupancy buildings reminiscent of apartments.

Teknitone Process by E. B Thomas, Rt. 26, Cambridge 39, Mass.

The description states:


On U. S. Highway 6 — Bettendorf, Iowa

“We Aim to Satisfy”

Conveniently located in Quint-City Area — (Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa; and Moline, Rock Island and East Moline, Illinois). 26 modern units, especially designed for the comforts of home. Phone: TEJM MOTEL, Davenport Exchange.

–CAbins like these often had apartment style designs, including small kitchenettes and sometimes even laundry services. As motel owners learned that most travelers did not use most of these services for various reasons, they were eliminated for more popular additions such as television, air conditioning and swimming pools.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.

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.

Curteich Color 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.