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Eric Paddon

Howard Johnson's Restaurants

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What's up, Whatsup?

Welcome to PTU!

Nice to have another Cowhampshire-ite on the board.

Been to Canobie Lake Park to see the World's Fair Luminaires?

Are you referring to the HoJos on DW Highway or the one out on Rt. 3 right next to the highway?

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Thanks Doug...I Live in Tyngsboro, MASS. close to NH but I get all of the "great"s services in MASS..I'm a tax payer.

I used to live in NH, and graduated from Nashua High 1985. My interest in the fair comes from living in Queens prior to moving to NH back at the start of High School. I lived in Jackson Heights, a few stops away on the 7 Line. For the most part it was the Unisphere and NYSP that captured my imagination. I always remember back then that FM was referred to as the Old Worlds Fair site. It was years later that I made the discovery.

I have to to Canobie many times in the 80's..However was never aware of the legacies until coming to Bill's site. Sooo, being a father of 2 gave me the excuse to go with the kids , but to also check out the lights. I took many pictures..and even went on the skyride (yikes) to get a better vantage point. I must say, between the lights, the skyride, and the Antique Car Ride, it gave someone like myself, born post-fair to somewhat experience a little taste, that and my trips back to the Meadow.

HOJO's RT 3, yup ...During the last few years of it's existence, I went every time knowing it could be the last. Everything old and cool is going bye bye to be replaced with ????? I dont know ...speaking of old and cool...CBGB in NYC is about to bite the dust

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People will offer some strange things on e-bay!

When it comes to HoJo restaurant fanatics though, nothing will top this guy who has a whole private museum of unopened items and features salvaged from closed restaurants.

http://www.autoage.org/Florida/Jacksonvill...rie/ihrie1.html

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Whats worse, the people who sell the strange...or the ones who buy?

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Eric

I can't believe you found this pic LOL

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You won't believe what else I just found up for sale on e-bay. HoJo Cola was bad enough, but I defy anyone to admit they ever drank any of these other flavors!

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Had a chance to stop at the Waterbury location on my way back from the Yale Archives today and they certainly serve a great plate of fried clams (better than my local Friendly). This is the last place in the country where you can still see an authentic style HJ restaurant next to an ex-motor lodge that still has it's HJ style roof and "Lamplighter" weathervane.

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According to this you can still open a franchise?

<a href="http://www.franchiseassociates.com/" target="_blank">http://www.franchiseassociates.com/</a>

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What a great photograph of Hojo's with the Trylon and Perisphere in the background. It is a wonderful image of that time period. I wonder what is on that location today. Thanks for posting that.

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The lodge next to the Waterbury HoJo is now the "American Motor Lodge."

And don't be fooled by the Franchise Associates website. They haven't updated it in four years and list locations that have long since been demolished. Apparently Franchise Associates has been absorbed once again by the corporate owners of the motel chain but they're not about to license the opening of new restaurants any time soon. The five remaining restaurants are all independently owned with licenses to keep using the HJ name but whether they get extensions or not (Waterbury's expires in 2009) is the iffy question.

Here's a good look at the Waterbury locale. Of the five remaining restaurants it's the last one that still has an unaltered orange roof and basic 50s design.

[url:7ce21]http://www.highwayhost.org/Connecticut/Waterbury/waterbury1.html[/url:7ce21]

Great shots of the 39 Fair one!

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Both are great sites! Rich Kummerlowe, who runs the orangeroof.org and autoage.org sites has literally been documenting with photographs, postcards and brochures, the fate of every ex-complex in the nation. I ended up contributing some pix myself for the ones within a few miles of where I live in Whippany and Parsippany, NJ.

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Sadly most of the giant Hojo signs are gone now. The Henry Ford Museum has a neon "Simple Simon And Pieman" sign that was the restaurant logo (with Simple Simon and Lamplighter for the motor lodges) that can be seen here:

[url:369ad]http://www.highwayhost.org/Michigan/Detroit/HenryFord/henryford1.html[/url:369ad]

I know that within his big orangeroof.org site, there is mention of maybe one sign of the style you're thinking of that may have been saved but I can't remember the locales. There's also an attempt to save the deco sign from the just closed Times Sqaure Hojo but whether that gets pulled off remains to be seen.

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Thanks, Eric. I did find a fifties(?) iteration of the sign here:

<a href="http://www.signmuseum.org/news/acquisitions/americons.htm" target="_blank">http://www.signmuseum.org/news/acquisitions/americons.htm</a>

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Ah yes, those signs are indeed all but vanished. Some locations still have their original frames for those signs, but even HoJo's themselves largely did away with them in the 60s and 70s. Glad to know one was saved!

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On the level of HoJo soda add Bohack

Here is a Bohack in Brooklyn, always painted red and white. Near the end they changed their image with some of their newer stores

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Hojo's had no place inside any of the North American World's Fairs in the 60s, but Rich Kummerlowe dug up this sign of their presence at Osaka in 1970, the only time there ever was a Hojo's in Japan.

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An interor of the just closed Times Square location

I was eating in this very dining room in Times Square in 1997 or so, and I was sitting right next to the man who claimed to be the electrician who hung those chandeliers in 1964!! He looked up at them admiringly, probably amazed they still hung in place after so many years.

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I had one of these for my train board but I screwed it up putting it together and smashed it

<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ATLAS-60s-HO-MINT-IN-BOX-Restaurant-Kit_W0QQitemZ6040225532QQcategoryZ11646QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ATLAS-60s-HO-MINT-IN-B...1QQcmdZViewItem</a>

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