Holiday Inn, Memphis, Tennessee, 1958

Summary

After World War II, roadside lodging options were mostly limited to independently-owned motels with varying standards and rates. Entrepreneur Kemmons Wilson opened the first Holiday Inns in Memphis starting in 1952. His motels offered consistent, quality service and amenities at family-friendly prices. Within a few years, Wilson's Holiday Inns had revolutionized industry standards and become the nation's largest lodging chain.

After World War II, roadside lodging options were mostly limited to independently-owned motels with varying standards and rates. Entrepreneur Kemmons Wilson opened the first Holiday Inns in Memphis starting in 1952. His motels offered consistent, quality service and amenities at family-friendly prices. Within a few years, Wilson's Holiday Inns had revolutionized industry standards and become the nation's largest lodging chain.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1958

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

86.9.29.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 5.5 in

Inscriptions

On verso: Holiday Inn WEST / MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE / U.S. 61 - 980 South Third / Air-Conditioned - Swimming Pool - restaurant / In the City's Business District POSTCARD [Holiday Inn logo] / Your Host from Coast-to-Coast CURTEICHCOLOR 3-D NATURAL COLOR REPRODUCTION

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