Holiday Inn

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Holiday Inn Hotel Courts
Memphis, Tennessee
circa 1950s

This is the original version of the Holiday Inn. Back in the 50s, it was not always easy to find a clean motel, and Holiday Inn started to offer clean, consistent lodging across the country.

Anyone who knows me knows I love the old Holiday Inn motels. They're okay today, but they're not the same as they used to be. Starting with the Great Sign, that 40 foot tall landmark that could be seen for a mile or two away. The lobby was inviting for car travelers in the 1970s, with comfortable chairs, friendly people, clean washrooms, maps and mileage charts, a restaurant, and sometimes a gift shop. Today, this stuff would drive the price of a room into the $200 a night range!

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