Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hotels on Stamps

Reporter Alysia Gray Painter writes on the NBC Bay Area website, "A lot of people who oversee hotels are forever thinking about ways to get the word out about their properties. Advertising?  Deals? All of the above? There are many solid paths to connecting with customers. But here's a novel one: Be on a stamp."
She goes on to pen, "Of course, getting on that stamp may take some time and some luck. And your hotel may share the small rectangle with a famous director and the cinema history's most celebrated sex symbol, which are both pluses in our book." 
This week, San Diego's Hotel del Coronado will appear (along with Marilyn Monroe) on the new USPS stamp saluting legendary film director Billy Wilder.
According to Wikipedia, "Hotel del Coronado (also known as The Del and Hotel del) is a beachfront luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and is a designated California Historical Landmark.When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities through the years."
The hotel has been featured in numerous movies and books in including the screwball comedy Some Like It Hot. Wilder directed the film in 1958. Monroe starred along with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.
For more on the Hotel del Coronado, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM