Hotel El Rancho in Gallup Postcard Curiosity

Mullarky was one of the many photographers who took both exterior and interior photographs of the famous Hotel El Rancho on Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico. He duplicated and distributed his RPPCs for use by the Hotel El Rancho and its guests and visitors. Curteich was one of the most famous and prolific publishers of linen postcards. Curteich staff artists usually began with a photographic image, color or black and white, and with notes from the field photographer prepared a colored master image for later duplication on Curteich's presses. In the examples below it appears that the Curteich artist simply worked from the three actual Mullarky RPPCs to create three linen postcard masters. Compare each Mullarky RPPC with the Curteich linen postcard. Notice the shadows and details are the same in each. You have to wonder if the Curteich artist even knew what the real colors in the Hotel El Rancho were at that time. The colors used in the Curteich linen postcards may be the result of "artistic license" and may not be representative of the colors of the interior of the Hotel back then.

El Rancho Lobby RPPC
This Mullarky RPPC of the lobby of the Hotel El Rancho shows that it has not changed much in seventy years.

El Rancho Lobby Linen Postcard
This Curteich linen postcard is 9A-H1276 from 1939 and looks to be based directly upon the Mullarky RPPC.

Coffee Shop RPPC
The Mullarky RPPC is a nice interior view of the rustic western frontier styled Hotel El Rancho coffee shop.

Coffee Shop Linen Postcard
This Curteich linen postcard is 9A-H1275 from 1939 and is a dead-ringer for the Mullarky RPPC.

Cocktail Lounge RPPC
The Mullarky RPPC is a nice interior view of the trendy, modern-decorated Hotel El Rancho cocktail lounge.

Cocktail Lounge Linen Postcard
This Curteich linen postcard is 9A-H1277 from 1939 and seems to be a colorized copy of the Mullarky RPPC.