Club Moderne – Anaconda, Montana

The Club Moderne was designed in 1937 by architect Fred F. Willson, noted architect from here in Bozeman.

Here’s a painting of the Moderne I did last October.
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Separate entrances for the Bar and Lounge on the side, in addition to the corner entrance.  photo IMG_0428.jpg

The Moderne is located at 801 E Park Ave, Anaconda, MT 59711


Tropical Gardens Bar- New York City- 1947

Here are some shots from a 1947 publication on Bars and Restaurants I found today in my school’s library.


Forthright disclosure in this department is definitely not in keeping, even where the service is offered in connection with a self-service restaurant. Although prominent citizens may properly assert they “have nothing to hide” in occasional temperate indulgence, they still don’t really like to do it on manifest exhibition. For this reason, the exterior of Tropical Gardens, though striving for attractiveness and compulsion in line with principles for the restaurant front, has much smaller window areas, with curtains as a rule nearly drawn, to reveal very little to the street of the activities and personages inside. Still the front should express, as Tropical Gardens attempts, particularly in the doorway, the essential nature and character of the operation, projecting all possible inducements to make the customer enter.


Front door of Tropical Gardens illustrates the principle in bar design of compulsive expression on the exterior, proclaiming but not disclosing the functions within.

Note in the photo, the “deuce” principle in Continental settee.

Decorations and murals in Tropical Gardens were designed by Winold Reiss, executed by Imperial Painting Co.; Karl Egger was the General Contractor.

Plastic-top, chrome pedistal table in Hollywood booth at Tropical Gardens. Curtain is glass fabric; floor, asphalt tile; color scheme, red, white, and mahogany.

Tropical Gardens bar front, is red leatherette with mahogany top. Seigel, Architect; Rapp, designer.

plan of Tropical Gardens.

Little Tavern Washington No. 22

While doing research at the Madison building of the Library of Congress, I happened across this picture, taken c.1940 of a Little Tavern located at 33-1/2 Independence Ave (more or less), which is the same location as the building in which I was doing my research. Construction started on the James Madison Memorial building in 1971.
Great picture of a Little Tavern. I find it interesting that it appears there is no signage. I would guess this was taken before it opened?
I also love the building next door and the dark colored vitrolite (or maybe its enamel) that wraps the entire lot and the building next door.

Washington DC Signage

I made a mini-roadtrip this morning to DC for some good old fashioned neon.

Clock Hands pointing down.

A&R Auto Parts. The neon appears it originally read something else.
1824 Bladensburg Road NE
Washington, DC 20002


Ride With Safety – Yellow Cab Company.

Ohio Restaurant
1380 H St. NE
Now Closed
More pictures, including ones of the interior, can be found here.

Atlas Theater
1331 H St. NE
Built 1938
Architect John J. Zink.

S and S Shoe Repairing
1126 H St. NE


New York Ave NE

Budget Motor Inn
1615 New York Avenue Northeast

Syd’s Drive In Liquor Store


Automatic Transmission

Former Roy Rogers?

Barn shaped building

Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Road
Hyattsville, MD 20784
Opened 1947

Modern Dry Cleaning/ Electric Maid
Takoma Park, MD

Rayco Auto Seat Covers
7998 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Glenmont Arcade
Formerly home to “Tuffy” Leeman’s duckpin Bowling alley. Tuffy, a pro football hall of fame member, played for the New York Giants from 1936 to 1943. The duckpin alley closed several years back.


Luther Reason Ray

The Circle Theatre
Luther R. Ray Architect
Vitrolite Products Washington
created 1935

The Circle was located at 2105 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. It was torn down in the 1980s.
In his younger days, my dad took advantage of their low priced ticketbook – also popular with homeless in the area.

I wonder if Ray was an Eddie Cantor fan?

More info on the Circle

The theater name isn’t on this one- can anyone identify it? Likely in DC, possibly in Maryland. Probably long since bulldozed.

According to the plan, the front would be walnut agate vitrolite, precast stone and stainless.


Hahn’s Shoes
The placement of all the windows and dimensions look almost identical to their 1891 store at 7th and K streets Washington, which burned in 1937.
Source: Shorpy

Alterations to the Hilltop Market – Meats – Groceries
Hilltop Market, 5706 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.


Carr Bros and Boswell
71 Maryland Avenue, Hyattsville, Maryland


Super A&P market