Tea Room Postcard #9 - Blue Eagle Tourist Court and Tea Room (Roanoke, Va.)
"Tourist Court." Now there's a term I haven't heard in a while. The Blue Eagle Tourist Court shown on the bottom of this postcard reminds me of similar-looking places my family passed on the way to Florida when I was a little girl. We never stayed at one since we always liked to wake up with an ocean view, but I was always curious about those long rows of rooms in the "tourist courts." The tea room up top, by contrast, looks much more traditional, just as I'd expect a tea room to look in 1943 when this postcard was mailed.
"Stopped at these cabins on way to Knoxville Tenn. Seeing more of the country. Will try and answer your letter, but don't wait for it. Write soon. Cora." (At least I think it says "Write" soon. What else could that word be?) The postcard was sent to Mrs. Jack Gibson of Boston, Mass., and you have to wonder why Cora thought it was OK to ask Mrs. G to contact her while indicating her own letter might not be so prompt. Interesting! The other feature I noted about this postcard was the stamp, which says "For Defense." I've long known that war bonds were sold during World War II, but it wasn't until recently that I learned that war stamps were also sold. Now all that's left to wonder about is whether Cora ever wrote that letter.
Update: Some of you may have seen the postcard from two weeks ago of the Log House Tea Room in Washington's Birthplace, Va. After it appeared, I got the loveliest e-mail from a woman named Toni who was able to add to the history lesson. If you'd like to see the terrific information she provided, go here!