Before the interstate highway system and the dominance of corporate-owned hotel chains, small privately-owned motels peppered the American rural landscape. With the birth U.S. Route 66, mobile Americans increased traffic on the highway, giving rise to mom-and-pop businesses, such as service stations, restaurants, and of course the motor lodge.
In the 50s and 60s, motor tourism reached new heights. Manitou Springs, Colorado became a popular recreational and tourist destination with easy access to Pike’s Peak Railway that rises to the top of Pikes Peak at 14,110 ft. A former health destination for people suffering from tuberculosis during the early 1900s, Manitou still offers residents and tourists alike clean mountain air, mineral spring waters, and breathtaking mountain views.
Manitou Avenue, the primary arterial into Manitou Springs, became motel row. Surprisingly, many of these motels are still open for business today. One such establishment is the Park Row Lodge, built in the 1960s. Its flat roof and close-to-the-ground profile with minimal exterior decoration typify the commercial California ranch-style architecture of the day.
I tried my hand at photo-manipulation, turning my 7-exposure HDR photo of Park Row Lodge into a faded postcard image from a bygone era, circa 1967. For grins, I’m offering a giveaway challenge to my readers. There’s a $25 iTunes gift card in the offing to the first commenter who can find at least three anachronisms—an error in chronology; objects that are out of place and time. There is also one not-so-obvious, but erroneous element that a postal worker would surely discover. Find at least three anachronisms and the postal mistake, and the iTunes card is yours! In the case of duplicate submissions, the correct submission with the earliest time stamp will be awarded the prize. Hint: all of the clues are found on the fictitious postcard. I recommend using Google for some historical fact-checking. For a larger view, please click on the photo. Have fun!