Penny Postcards from the June 2009 issue.
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Sent by R.S. Blackwell, Hayes
Buckroe Beach Hotel, Buckroe Beach
In the photo above: "SEASHORE DINNERS 50¢ 75¢ $1.00" says the sign depicted out front. Room rates listed on the back of the card run $1.50 - $6.50. Those were the days.
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Sent by Adele Gabb, Chesapeake
Pool and Pier at the Chamberlin Hotel, Hampton
Looks carefree, doesn't it? And it was ... until the 1921 fire that destroyed the hotel. Rebuilt in 1928, the Chamberlin is now a luxury retirement community.
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Sent by Susan Luvison, Fairfax
The Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach The Cavalier Hotel, Virginia
Since opening in 1927, the Cavalier has hosted seven presidents. Also Sinatra, Crosby, Judy Garland, Betty Davis, Fatty Arbuckle. Your Name Here?
Virginia’s shores were once dotted with elegant, soaring beach hotels, some of which still stand. And now is the time of year when so many of us feel the pull toward the ocean, drawn by the idea of sand and sun ... and surf ’n’ turf feasts, chasing ghost crabs at night, classic architecture, and memories of days gone by. Go on. The water’s fine.