Greetings from Route 66 ’40s-’50s style…

Submitted by MyFunCloset February 4th, 2011
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A collection of 1946 foldout souvenir postcards from a cross country motor trip was a prize find a few years ago for just pennies per card. Since then, my eyes go to the old linen souvenir postcards.

So, on a recent visit to the local library some of  these postcards were actually listed in this graphic book filled with famous ROUTE 66 menus, postcard, road signs and more on a road trip from Chicago to California.

The above photos on the left are early Las Vegas. The bus station, Fremont Street day and evening. The right show Albuquerque business sections. It sure didn’t look like that when we visited in 1997.

The tinted photos and illustrations are priceless.

Now this couple was the true adventurer. The no creature comforts here.  No AAA, no cell phones, no AC, no super highways, no predictable menus at the end of a long day’s drive. Nice…and not no nice.

5 Responses to “Greetings from Route 66 ’40s-’50s style…”

  1. Allee Willis

    Great book! I love travel postcards, especially from this era. But I love nothing more than that streamlined teardrop trailer and that happy little couple standing in front of it in the last photo. I want one of these in my driveway so bad I can taste it. Here’s a photo of a family that used to live in my house in 1950. I can’t believe that this thing isn’t still in the driveway:

    • k2dtw

      LOVE seeing your 1950 family and their fab trailer…
      First signs of spring!!!… We had a truck with a flatbed trailer pass us yesterday on I-80 in PA…he was loaded with 3 of these trailers, they were headed eastbound…
      Can you get whiplash from a serious double take???…smile

  2. windupkitty

    WOW! What a find! those are really beautiful! I have a small collection of vintage postcards, but most of them are from scotland….i just love the colors on these!!!!!!

  3. MyFunCloset

    Not till I found these postcards from the 40’s and 50’s did I appreciate how a long road trip across the US back then could be a cultural adventure. Just love the graphics!