Some Favorite Route 66 Photochrome Postcards

Weitz Cafe
The Weitz Cafe in Braidwood, Illinois, is surrounded by cars of the early 1950s and even a couple from the post-War 1940s. The stand-out "Woody" station wagon with the spare tire mounted on the back is a classic American car. It seems like "JUST GOOD FOOD" brought in the customers to the Weitz Cafe this day. Rossi's Motel is behind the cafe and to the right. (Cook 15292)

Cozy Dog
Ed Waldmire began selling his "cozy dog" batter-dipped and deep-fried hot dog on a stick in 1946 at the Illinois State Fair. With its success he went on to build three Cozy Dog eateries in Springfield, Illinois, to sell his invention (and other eats). This photochrome postcard shows his Sixth Street location, the only one that was on Route 66 proper. It's a great triple-view postcard with a signboard view, a glass display case, and an outside view with automobiles from the late 1950s to perhaps 1960 or so. And you can't ignore the cute "Cozy Dogs" drawing on the left! (Mike Roberts SC6719)

Court Court Motel
The Coral Court motel in St. Louis was probably the most famous motel in Missouri, if not on all of Route 66. The streamlined art-deco modern architecture reflected the most innovative design elements of the day. Glazed pinkish bricks made the signature façade of the structure. I actually like this photochrome postcard better than any of the linen postcards since the design of the rooms can be seen. I wonder what kind of beautiful linen postcard could have been created if the artist was given a more close-up view of the motel rooms on which to base the artwork. (Mike Roberts SC5940)

Scherer's Cafe
I selected this Scherer's Cafe in St. James, Missouri, postcard for the interesting roof sign that could have likely been seen for some distance along Route 66 in either direction (and from the sky!). With the striped awnings and the "AIR COND'T" sign beckoning hungry and hot travelers and probably a lot of locals, Scherer's Cafe appears as a classic wood-framed rural roadhouse common in the 1940s and 1950s. The two-toned 1950s-era automobiles in the dirt parking lot are a bonus too. (Natural Color/Kobert SC4141)