Poolside Refreshments

'Poolside Refreshments' - Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A. - April 12, 2008
"Poolside Refreshments" – Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A. – April 12, 2008
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Strange as it might seem, this is one of my most favorite photographs I have ever found in my years of virtual fishing for material to spread around to retro/vintage/Americana lovers. It’s not just the old Pepsi and Coke machines but the whole scene. Maybe it’s because I have so many strong memories of being at a motel just like this late at night.

In this photo, I can hear and smell every detail and even see out of the frame. Perhaps it’s just me and the weird way I perceive things but I think there’s nothing like a quiet old motel pool at night over which to reflect on the day’s adventures and to think about what is to come tomorrow.

Please Use Other Lane

Squirt - 1963
Squirt – 1963
Credit: Roadsidepictures (Allen) on Flickr
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I hadn’t thought about one of these "checkout lane closed" signs in ages until seeing this one. Even for markets that already had the lighted register number as they all do today, I remember seeing signs like this from various brands through at least most of the 1970s. Today all we get is the much more discourteous rubber cord.