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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Get A Room

Just recently I've become interested in the Universal Matcharama matchcovers. I like the photos of the 1950's and 1960's mid-century modern architecture and neon signage, like the one above from Miami for the Stardust Motel. I bought a large lot of these at the last United Eastern Swapfest and noticed that a lot of the covers advertising motels had great and often very interesting images of the motel rooms they once offered.

Microscopic amoebas or flowers on those bed sheets? You could decide for yourself if you stayed at the National Motel in Washington, PA. Just look at that rich wood paneling.

I like this one a lot; ice blue wall paint and sheets with abstract pattern curtains and Eames inspired furniture fit the bill at the Drive-In Hotel, complete with a television you have to sit on the end of the bed to watch.

Be sure to ask for the depression inducing puke green room at the Randora Motor Hotel in Detroit. Look at that TV! Unless those are sleeper sofas, this must be the lobby.

I like these Matcharama covers because they're a visual time capsule of the overnight stay culture of the late 50's and early 1960's.


  1. I want to visit the Town & Country Motel and sit at the bar in my smartest white and black ensemble and drink a White Russian.

  2. Looks kinda of awesome doesn't it?

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