Bankhead Tunnel, Mobile, Alabama

Bankhead Tunnel postcardThe entrance to the Bankhead Tunnel in Mobile, Alabama. On the back:

Bankhead Tunnel, named after a distinguished Alabama statesman, is the first engineering feat of its kind in the deep South. A four million dollar self liquidating traffic artery under the Mobile River, which reduces by seven and one half miles the distance between the city and points north and east on the Old Spanish Trail. Total length 3389 feet, under river portion 1147 feet, width of roadway 21 feet, headroom 13 feet 6 inches. Opened to traffic Feb. 20, 1941.

St. Francis Hotel Courts, Montgomery

St. Francis Hotel PostcardThe St. Francis Hotel Courts in Montomery, Alabama. This location bears little resemblance to the Birmingham location that posted last year. In fact, it is remarkably similar to the Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts. On the back:

Montgomery’s Largest
Among America’s Finest
73 Rooms – 73 Tile Baths
Beautyrest Mattresses – Room Telephones
Carpeted Floors – 24 Hour Service
Some Air-Conditioned Rooms
Fine Restaurant nearby.

The Star of the South

Alabama PostcardThis colorful linen postcard shows the six flags that have flown over the state of Alabama. The back features a funny, if bizarre, message:

“Here is a little rhyme.
Once on a time
You grew a BEARD
We thought you’d look paternal
But it was more like a


St. Francis Hotel Courts

St. Francis Hotel Courts PostcardThis chrome postcard features the St. Francis Hotel Courts in Birmingham, and based on the cars I suspect the view dates from the early ’50s. On the back:

St. Francis Hotel Courts
“The Traveler’s Home of Distinction”
U. S. 31 (South) Phone TRemont 1-0343
Birmingham, Alabama
The three largest and finest courts in Alabama’s three largest cities, Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham. Total of 255 rooms, tile baths, carpeted floors, room telephones, air-conditioned, hotel service and fine restaurants – Approved by AAA and Duncan Hines.

Town House Motel

Town House Motel PostcardThis linen postcard was published by E.C. Kropp and shows the Town House Motel in Gadsden, Alabama. A visit to Google Maps and their street view reveals that the Town House is still in business. On the reverse:

19 Modern units with year round air conditioning. Central heat. Tile baths with tub and shower. Simmons Furniture and Beauty Rest mattresses. Grill adjoining. Drive-In Theatre near. Located on U.S. 241 South in City Limits. Phone 9797, Gadsden, Ala.

Grimes Motel

Grimes Motel PostcardHere’s a look at Grimes Motel in Troy, Alabama. The chrome card has this description on the back:

U.S. Highway 321 So.
Troy, Ala.
31 Ultra-Modern units with wall to wall carpeting, forced hot air heat and controlled air conditioning, T.V., and telephones, swimming pool, and family units.
Mr. & Mrs. J. D. Grimes, Owners & Mgrs.
Telephone 824 & 825

Bethune’s Motor Court

Bethune's Motor Court PostcardPostmarked in 1957, this chrome postcard features Bethune’s Motor Court in Fort Payne, Alabama. On the back:

U. S. 11 – Ala. State 35, Fort Payne, Ala.
Air Conditioned and Air Cooled
Hot Water Heat – Tile Baths
Children’s Playground
Ten Minute Drive to DeSoto State Park
Phone 566
Owners and Operators: Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Clayton