The finds, including several rare photos of women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony, are estimated to fetch between $150,000-$200,000 at the September 18 sale.
Tame by today's standards, vintage postcards capture a provocative midcentury Sheraton Hotel business strategy: waitresses in gowns with plunging necklines and see-through skirts serving cocktails in swanky lounges. Sheraton promised “your favorite drink, mixed with a touch of genius… served with a touch of Venus.” And they delivered.
They're mostly all gone now, those quirky roadside attractions that captured the imagination of photographer John Margolies. But if you look hard enough, and let your memory squint long enough into the fading sun, well, they just might be down the road a piece.