Four Winds Motel

Before I airbrushed this the signage indicated WIFI was available. Full disclosure. Just in case it might affect any travel plans.

The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst

Out at you from their hiding place

Miss Carrie nurse and Susie dear

Would find themselves at Four Winds Bar

– Metallica – Astronomy (originally preformed by Blue Oyster Cult)

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified


87 thoughts on “Four Winds Motel

  1. Thank you for airbrushing the wifi out of the picture. Classic!

    In other news, I becoming increasingly interested in snatching some of your photos to literally place on the fridge as magnets (not to be confused with Mr. Magnate). Would you consider selling such a creation? I’d have the COOLEST fridge in town.

    • Hahaha… I just hope angry patrons don’t come after me for a lack-o-signal!

      That’s a pretty cool idea, Ms. D – I hope to make a book some day (many years down the road), but I hadn’t thought of the magnet thing. I might have to look into that (in the mean time feel free to borrow anything you’d like)!

  2. Ah, yes. Old motel buildings that have been renovated into meth labs.

    We do thank you for your sacrifice in capturing terrific photos like this πŸ™‚

  3. I love old American advertising like this, you have captured the tone just right with this image. Did you stay there? πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you too Inky!

    • I love old signs, too! Well… I guess I really like old ‘stuff’ in general. We did not stay there, although we did get gas across the street.
      A very happy New Year to you as well, B.P. – thank you!

    • Thank you so much, Katie – that is very kind of you!
      To tell you the truth, I missed the wifi thing at first (I’m glad I caught it before I posted this, though – really didn’t seem quite right)!

  4. I hope you had a great holiday. I like this old motel sign photo. I was thinking that someone should go around the country and take photos of some of the defunct motels…kind of like the Burma-Shave signs from the 50’s…make a series…might be cool πŸ˜€

    • Thank you very much, Mary! I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well (and a happy New Year to you, too)!
      That sounds like a wonderful idea! There’s something hauntingly interesting about them, isn’t there? A real sense of the passage of time… pretty fascinating.

  5. The atmosphere you created for this image and the motel itself make me think of a playstation game that I played last year – “Heavy Rain”. The atmosphere are quite the same – heavy and risk! πŸ˜€

  6. Cool image! I can’t decide if old motels like that are nostalgic, or just creepy. I think that if I’m driving past them, they’re nostalgic, but if I have to stay in them, they’re creepy πŸ™‚

  7. This is a cool looking effort SIG
    and I hope that 2012 is giving you
    lots of that wicked inspiration πŸ™‚


    • Thank you very much, A.G.!
      So far so good… I’ve got about three or four projects going at once again.
      And the same to you, of course, sir!
      Thank you again for your great kindness!

  8. Whew! Glad to know that the Four Winds has wi-fi available.

    I love these throwback motels. Once when I was on Route 66 I stayed in a hotel room shaped like a teepee. Just like the one in the movie Cars. What a hoot!

  9. I stayed there. For three dollars more a week, you can get a bedspread without cigarette burns, but the remote is still screwed to the nightstand.

    And bed bugs are extra.

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