Some Favorite New Mexico Route 66 Linen Postcards

El Rancho Hotel in Gallup Postcard
This El Rancho Hotel postcard is Curteich 7B-H487 from 1947. This postcard makes me wish that I could have seen the El Rancho in the golden era when there was a green lawn with the American flag out front. The widening of Highway 66 and a new parking lot out front now crowds the building. The hotel is still open in downtown Gallup.

Sunset Lodge Motel in Gallup Postcard
This Sunset Lodge postcard is Tichnor 81358. The Sunset Lodge was a classic auto court from the World War II era with every two units separated by two enclosed garages. Mobil gasoline was sold at the front office building.

Franciscan Lodge in Grants Postcard
This Franciscan Lodge postcard is McGarr 82865. This is a great 4-view postcard all the way around. The outside view shows the motel units divided by carports, there is a nice sign detail along the bottom, but the highlight I think has to be the two room interiors. The furnishings are the modern styles of the 1950s. This motel is still open for business at 1101 East Santa Fe (old Highway 66) in Grants.

Katson's Drive In in Albuquerque Postcard
This Katson's Drive-In postcard is Curteich 0B-H2633 from 1940. This is probably everyone's favorite linen postcard from Route 66 in New Mexico. Most of the credit goes to the Curt Teich artistic staff who placed the art-deco diner building against a dramatic sunset with a uniformed car hop in the foreground. The Katson's building was razed long ago and the location is now a new restaurant.