Bel-Air Motel, Dodge City, Kansas, 1935-1950

Summary

Photographic cards like this one, with their glued-on labels, were a preliminary step taken by Dexter Press before producing postcards for small business owners to mail or hand out. When Mom-and-Pop owners of tourist cabins realized the efficiencies they could achieve by stringing rooms together in a long row, thousands of new "motels" beckoned motorists with their unique homey comforts.

Photographic cards like this one, with their glued-on labels, were a preliminary step taken by Dexter Press before producing postcards for small business owners to mail or hand out. When Mom-and-Pop owners of tourist cabins realized the efficiencies they could achieve by stringing rooms together in a long row, thousands of new "motels" beckoned motorists with their unique homey comforts.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1935-1950

Subject Date

1935-1950

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2013.151.13

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of John Margolies.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 4.063 in

Width: 6.5 in

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