Classic Postcards from San Francisco

Sometimes I like to go a little “classic-retro”. Usually that means buying old photos and postcards at flea markets and garage sales. I got a pretty decent collection going and thought I would share two from the City by the Bay. Both are hotel postcards. One is the famous Mark Hopkins which is still popular today. The other is the Ramona Hotel which I am pretty sure doesn’t exist anymore, but I could be wrong.

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If people like these type of postcards I will post more from time to time.

The Motel Morgue

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Travel nostalgia evokes all sorts of emotion in me. I am especially fond of retro motels and motor courts. Motels that used to dot the American landscape were monuments to the ideals of freedom and the open road. Sadly the motel as we knew it has gone the way of the Drive-In Movie Theater. Luckily for us, some people are still trying to preserve pieces of their fading glory days. One of my favorites is Postcardy and their Motel Morgue. They have dozens of beautiful postcards scan with information and, if the Motel still exists, contact information.

Motel Morgue at Postcardy

Vintage Disneyland Tomorrowland Postcards

Flickr is a great resource for Disney postcards. You can take a virtual tour now just by geography, but also through time, just by browsing collections. This morning I went to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland of Yesteryear.

Click on the postcard to see the larger version and details:

Vintage Postcard "Disneyland - Tomorrowland"

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58159940@N00/5420382774/

Monsanto Exhibit in Disneyland

http://www.flickr.com/photos/disneyanamuseum/4711561748/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/disneyanamuseum/4711562342/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/christianmontone/5163196246/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9385421@N08/1783012166/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/disneyanamuseum/4711561818/

Disneyland Carousel Of Progress Postcard

http://www.flickr.com/photos/illtakeyourphoto/3046560200/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/illtakeyourphoto/3351592591/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/calsidyrose/5452940313/