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Ideal Rest: 1941

Ideal Rest: 1941

October 1941. "Little Falls, New York (vicinity). Truckers' service station." Medium format acetate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Need a bigger sign

because "aurant" wouldn't fit on the one on the rooftop.

Owner of the "Ideal Rest" in Peace

Anton Christensen died April 30, 1956, in East Creek, N.Y., aged 74. From his obituary:

Anton Marinus Christensen was born in Judtzland, Denmark [in 1881] and came to this country in 1914. He settled in Little Falls, where he ran farms until he opened the "Ideal Rest".

In 1944 he purchased the Beardslee Mansion at East Creek, and conducted it thereafter as the "Manor". He was forced by illness to retire about a year ago, and since then, a daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Kaya) Kimball, has been the manager.

Survivors are his wife [Marion K. Olsen Christensen], three sons, John of Chittenango, Sven of St. Johnsville and James of Rome; four other daughters, Mrs. Arthur West of Rome, Mrs. Harvey (Constance) Burdick of Vernon, Mrs. Joseph Jaworski of St. Johnsville and Mrs. Richard (Maude) Borst of Portland, Ore. Also 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ideal Rest No. I

The round Ideal Rest sign at the pumps identifies this as station No. 1. I hope we'll eventually see the rest of their truck stops. I wonder if each had an "oils" shop, with a window display that looks like scented candles. Today, gift shops in truck stops are a closely watched profit center.

This is a Richfield gas station with a sign on the utility pole stating Richfield credit cards honored here. In 1966 the Richfield Oil Corporation merged with Atlantic Refining Company to form what is today known as ARCO.

Whatta swell rest!

Must have been the liberal use of essential oils that helped me have an ideal rest!

Call for Philip Morris

Last seen on U.S. Highway 80 in Texas, now Johnny the Bellboy is looking for Philip Morris in upstate New York!

Above Ground tank?

I sure hope nobody ever drove into that tank! I've never seen fuel stored like that... Looks dangerous!

The route of colourful meals

You might remember we were only offered a "regular" dinner in Syracuse, so things are looking up !!

Wonder what the choices will be in Albany.

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