Monday, January 11, 2016

Vian’s Part 6

The 1957 Lorain Telephone Company directory was the first edition to carry an ad (shown above) for the new motel that was part of the Vian restaurant and cabin/cottage property.

A lone black and white postcard apparently dates from this early era of the motel. The front of the postcard (below) still shows the now familiar cabin area with the low white wall, but the back of the card describes Vian’s On the Lake as “Finest Motel, Cottages and Restaurant, facing beautiful Lake Erie."

The ad below – which ran in the 1959 Brookside High School yearbook – reveals the motel's name: N and N Motel. The photo also shows the early version of the unique sign.

By 1961, Vian’s ads in the Lorain Telephone Company directory included an attractive rendering of the motel (below). 

The listing in the 1961 white pages included all of the Vian enterprises, including the restaurant, the motel & cabins, and the real estate business.

1961 Lorain Telephone Company directory listing
Nicholas Vian also promoted his motel through a series of color postcards (below). You can see how the design of the postcards evolved, with minor tweaks to the photo layout in order to spotlight some of the motel’s amenities.

This card (purchased on Ebay) was postmarked 1968
The backs of these two postcards featuring photos of family members
listed Mr. and Mrs. Izold as Managers
Next: More of the 1960s

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