Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #51: Silver Saddles

Roadside sign for the Silver Saddle Motel in North Hollywood, CA

Kitsch is usually synonymous with being gaudy and glaringly obvious, but sometimes what makes a particular piece of kitsch fabulous lies in the subtleties. Take the equine mascot of North Hollywood’s Silver Saddle Inn for instance: the plaster horse sitting atop these terra-cotta roof shingles exemplifies kitsch, but what makes the fella absolutely kitschtastic is the fact that he’s neither wearing a saddle nor any other trace of silver. His brown paint is chipped in places, and the way the white markings on his midsection are worn make me wonder whether he was wearing a saddle (perhaps even a silver one) a long time ago. Whether or not there were ever any traces of silver in this horse’s past, I hope you enjoy these glimpses of my motor-lodge-speckled corner of the world…

Plaster horse looking over the pines and palms surrounding the Silver Saddle Motel

Doesn’t our horsie friend look as though he’s plotting to leap over this telephone wire?

Still no traces of silver in sight in the sign on the side of one of the motel’s buildings

Psst: Have you ever stayed at a motel that had a mascot like this? I’m trying to remember if I have, but all I can recall is a hotel in Santa Clara with a bunch of robot statues in the lobby. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment.

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  • Reply Anna September 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    loved this post. if you get a second I’d would love to hear what you think of my latest outfit post. xoxo

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté September 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

      Thank you, Anna! I would love to fantasize about how to get dressed for a day of springtime weather down under. 😉

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