Savannah Theatre

Savannah Theatre postcardThe Savannah Theatre in, wait for it… Savannah, Georgia. On the back:

This theatre is the oldest in active use in the United States, opened December 4, 1818. Within these walls have played the greatest dramatic and operatic stars of the world. Now in continuous moving picture policy.

Orlando Motel

Orlando MotelPostmarked in 1956, this postcard shows the Orlando Motel in Ludowici, Georgia. On the back:

ORLANDO MOTEL
on U. S. 301 & 25, 1 mile north of Ludowici, Georgia
Amid Beautiful old moss-covered oaks. Large ventilated rooms, safe built-in heat, Air-conditioning optional, all baths fully tiled. Delightful home-like dining-room – Serving our guests only with the finest of food, prepared in our spotless kitchen.
Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Palmer, Operators

Camp Gordon

Camp Gordon PostcardNamed in honor of John Brown Gordon, a major general in the Confederate army and later a Georgia governor and U.S. senator, Camp Gordon opened in 1917. Mailed Feb. 13, 1918, this message is on the back:

Dear Maude,
We have struck a pretty good place. Think you would like it here. Every body is nice to us. Eats are good & plenty of it. No worry about coal or sugar. Today has been just like Spring. We went through the Capitol today clear up on the roof 360 ft. high. On our way down we saw a string of darkee marching from the jail to the courthouse all chained together. Am looking for a letter from you with plenty of news. Mary.

Minchew’s Restaurant

Minchew's Restaurant PostcardAnd here we have Minchew’s Restaurant in Valdosta, Georgia. An “Eckco-Chrome Reproduction” published by E.C. Kropp, this card cracks me up. Did you ever see a less inviting restaurant? The over-exposed image, wilting palm tree, empty parking lot…it looks condemned! Nevertheless, I’m sure they served good eats. On the back:

MINCHEW’S RESTAURANT
Located on North side U.S. 41 in Valdosta, Ga. Completely rebuilt in ’55, Minchews is the finest in So. Ga., and one of the finest in the South. Recommended by AAA, serving delicious food from 6 a. m. till Midnight. Plenty off-street parking space. Completely air-conditioned and centrally heated.

Joel Hurt Memorial Fountain

Joel Hurt Fountain PostcardThe colorful Joel Hurt Memorial Fountain in Atlanta, Georgia. Joel Hurt and his East Atlanta Land Company were behind much of the city’s growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the construction of skyscrapers, Inman Park, and an electric streetcar line. The elaborate fountain originally cycled through a number of pattern and color changes, but the removal of the mechanism and colored lights has resulted in a more subdued display today. The description on this card reads, “This beautiful electric fountain is located in the heart of the business section. Has colored lighting system which changes through a variety of cycles including all the colors of the rainbow, every twenty minutes.” The linen card was produced by Curt Teich.

Hotel De Soto

Hotel De Soto PostcardTaking up an entire city block, Savannah’s Hotel De Soto was one of the finest hotels in the South. Recreation was offered in the form of a miniature golf course, tennis courts, and a 30×75 foot swimming pool. Built in 1890, the historic structure was torn down in 1965. The white-border card was published by Curt Teich.