- City: Phoenix
- State: Arizona
- Country: United States
- Source: Bodin Collection
- Approx. Date: 1940s
- Photographer: Unknown
A perfect place to enjoy a relaxing getaway in the sun, the entrance of the Rose Marie Motel sits along a quiet, lovely street in Phoenix, Arizona. Several wooden tables and chairs are placed underneath a large, broad tree outside the motel, providing ample shade to visitors wishing to unwind and enjoy the warm breeze outdoors. Several small flowers are also placed along the grass, adding to the quaint charm of the Rose Marie.
The popularization the motel industry is accredited to the rapid development of the automobile industry. Since traveling by train had previously been the norm for long-distance transportation, accommodations were scarce due to the limit paths of the train routes. However, the invention and rise of the automobile considerably transformed the motel business, which began accommodating travelers on the road who needed a place to stay at an affordable cost. The motel industry further expanded following the conclusion of World War II with the introduction of the highway system in 1956.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.