Long before Twitter, the web and [really kick-ass!] online campaigns from Travel Oregon, we had brochures, postcards and word of mouth [now called “viral” by the marketing crowd] to get folks to visit our fine state.
Frankly, if I got any of these postcards from friends I’m not sure my first thought would be, “Honey, look in the ‘yellow pages,’ call our ‘travel agent’ and book a hotel! We’re going to Oregon for the summer!”
Though still around and looking good, this early 60s postcard looks more like a army camp kitchen, without the charm:
I’m no tanning expert, but I’m pretty sure in order to get one, pieces of clothing need to be removed:
Woodland Deer Park in Cave Junction, Oregon.
Here’s the postcard blurb [emphasis mine]:
Feeding the tame foreign deer at this famous resort which features buffalo, tiny monkeys and a Mother Gooseland which is animated with the appropriate animals. Aiieeeeeeeeeee……
Regardless, this looks like the cover of a familiar album.
Here’s the Redwood Motel Court in Grants Pass:
Wow, looking pretty good – and even better these days.
Ecola Cottages in Cannon Beach:
No one is in their room – they’re all on their porches, all eyes on the pink-bikini clad diver. Kind of creepy.
Stay here, if you want. Silver Sands in Florence, Oregon. Some hotels don’t even try. Some staging perhaps? Night shot? Chick in a pink bikini? No? Oh, OK, let’s just run with this then:
Looks like they grew some plants and gave the ol’ broad a paint job. Well done!