Don’t forget the ‘Wall Drug Store’ signs.
Burma-Shave signs were fun. And "See Rock City" painted on barn roofs.
Stuckey's and "South of the Border" signs existed BEFORE I-95.
I was lucky my family made a couple of road trips out to California (from NC)
while I was still at home and I got to see Route 66 in 1960 before I-40 replaced
most of it.
We went again in 1964 and by then most of the trip was on Interstates. But they
hadn't completely replaced the old highways.
The 1964 trip was when the Ranger at The Petrified Forest directed my dad to
pull off "where they were building the new highway" (I-40) "and we could pick up
all the petrified wood we wanted" because it was outside of the National Park.
In 1960 we saw the Grand Canyon (even if we only did get to spend an hour before
we had to get back on the road) & the Meteor Crater.
In 1964 we saw the Giant Redwoods & Yosemite, taking California Hwy 120 east
eventually ending up on US 95 in Nevada ... I won 20¢ from a dime slot machine
in the lobby of a Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Las Vegas before the waitress
saw me and FREAKED OUT ... we drove across the Hoover Dam and visited Mesa Verde.
On 4/2/2021 22:07:21, ann sanfedele wrote:
As a child there was much auto travelling on these two lane roads most often in
the midwest and southeast..
I remember fondly Burma-Shave signs... I'm guessing some of you guys here
remember them as well.
On 4/2/2021 9:12 PM, John wrote:
I believe the mystery shed was from a local "chain" of roadside peanut stands.
I've seen several of them at one time or another traveling through the Carolinas.
I think they date from the 50s before the advent of the Interstate Highway,
when the old two-lane highways went through local communities.
On 3/31/2021 16:50:34, ann sanfedele wrote:
The gas stations do it for me.. and yes, that last photo of the truck stop
especially...and that crazy mystery shed!
guess I should start hauling out some of mine in this genre... which I
actually had started to search for thinking of next years calendar.
a phonebook, eh? is this a "thing" now? books meant to be viewed on
On 3/31/2021 3:50 PM, Bob Pdml wrote:
I love that last building, the deco one. Some others with very nice
On 31 Mar 2021, at 20:21, Stanley Halpin firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
As seen in the Guardian today, a new phonebook just out: Backroad
Buildings. Based on the samples in the article (linked below) these are the
sort of scenes that really resonate with me, and many of my own favorite
shots are in this genre.
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