Wigwam Village Motel Postcard Curiosity

If you have ever been to the Wigwam Village motel on Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona, and you have studied the Curt Teich linen postcard of the same, you probably know that the picture image on that postcard is not of that Wigwam motel. The Curt Teich linen postcard is shown below. Notice that 15 wigwams are pictured in an arc around the larger main office wigwam and two flanking wigwams with the three red gasoline pumps. But the actual Wigwam motel in Holbrook has the 15 wigwams built in a squared-off U-shaped arrangement. And automobile access to the wigwams has always been to the front of the wigwams and no lawn to my knowledge ever existed in that area. (The Wigwam Village Motel in Holbrook did at one time have a large wigwam building in front to serve as an office. Two flanking wigwams were and still are present. The gas pumps were later removed and the large wigwam was replaced by the conventional building seen today, so that part of this Curt Teich postcard is basically correct for the early 1950s.)

Wigwam Motel in Holbrook Postcard
This Wigwam Village No. 6 in Holbrook postcard is Curteich 1C-H373 from 1951

Pictured below is a Curt Teich postcard for the Wigwam Village No. 2 in Cave City, Kentucky from 1938. Does the picture look familiar? It looks to me like a Curt Teich artist took the Cave City artwork from 1938, removed the shrubs and trees, changed the horizon and the sky, altered the colors of some of the picture elements, trimmed off most of the front street and used that modified artwork as the basis of the Wigwam Village No. 6 motel in Holbrook postcard.

Wigwam Motel in Cave City Postcard
This Wigwam Village No. 2 in Cave City postcard is Curteich 8A-H3035 from 1938

The Curt Teich Cave City postcard probably fairly accurately represents that motel in back 1938. (In general, though, strict accuracy is sometimes a concern with artist-drawn artwork. The artist often embellishes and interprets the subject scene and background clutter that would be seen in a photograph is often eliminated.) The Wigwam Village motel in Cave City is still open for business (visit the web site here). I have the same modern photo-chrome postcard of the Cave City Wigwam Village postcard that is pictured on their web site and it shows the 15 small wigwams arranged in an arc, a large lawn in the center, and the access driveway to the wigwams outside of the wigwams, just like the Curt Teich postcard 8A-H3035. (The web site explicitly states that there are 15 small wigwams for guests but the photo-chrome postcard seems to show only 14. I think that there are two, one right in front of the other, at the far left of the postcard image.)