Category: The Matchbooks

That Oldsmobile feeling… Click!

I have several different dealership matchbooks, which I can’t figure. Who smokes in a brand new car? But I digress. When I was a kid, we had a ’66 Dynamic 88. It had spring-loaded ashtrays in the back seat armrests (later footrests, but that’s not important right now) –...

EAT AT CHUNK’S

Chunk’s Cafe advertised Wines, Liqueur & beer, cigars, cigarettes, now that you got up your nerve, there’s dancing on Friday and Saturday night. If you want to trip the light fantastic on say, Wednesday, there must have been a jukebox, but Chunk would come out and point his spatula...

Barney’s Lake Tahoe

I plucked out this Barney’s Casino matchbook just because I liked the colors and design. I knew nothing about the casino owner who got in his Cadillac one fine morning and was blown to bits. Or the safe found behind sheetrock in the building after Barney’s became Bill’s Casino...

Viva Winnemucca?

This Matchbook from The Winner’s Inn in Winnemucca is one of my favorites from my casino collection. I like the colors, and the handy mileage chart inside, telling you how far it is to various cities. Chicago is 1,947 miles away. That could change your travel plans. The Winner’s...

Remember Annie and Charley’s wedding?

Hey, remember Annie and Charley’s wedding? It was so nice of them to invite us. Marvin’s mom rounded up so many lawn chairs! I think Marvin had a thing for Annie (And who could blame him?) – He joined the Army about a week later! Who joins the Army...

You never sausage a craving

This worn out old “Schmidt’s Sausage Haus” matchbook, even the picture of Schmidt inventorying his sausage links makes me hungry. When this stupid virus is tamed, we are talking about making a road trip of epic proportions, and assuming Schmidt’s place recovers, it will be a reason to stop...

Always happy to serve you

Here’s a matchbook from the Checker Cab people driving in Burlington, Vermont and thereabouts. I don’t know what the economics of using vehicles from Checker motors. They were made for decades up to 1982, yet cabbies still drive them today in some places, so parts must still be available....

Public transit goes the wrong way

It’s hard to decide whether to ride the Blue Coach or the Manhattan Line; I would like to take my gal to Palisades Park, but she lives in Hackensack and has a curfew. I supposed a lot of young people learned some practical math just trying to get around....

Staying alive, sort of.

I don’t really know what to expect at the “Renaissance Cabaret” – the matchbook ad says “Dance to Mellow Sounds”, yet they are the home of “The DISCO”, and below that you are encouraged to “Dance to the beat of today!” Kind of confusing. It really doesn’t matter, I...

Get your elbows off the table!

This matchbook makes me crave Italian food, spaghetti like they enjoyed in the movie “Lady and the Tramp”, but the real thing. I have the feeling Rose ran a tight ship, and no pizza before 9pm. Don’t even ask. Chef Bonventre has many knives. Apparently a lot of Italians...