The Motel in America

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In the second volume of the acclaimed "Gas, Food, Lodging" trilogy, authors John Jakle, Keith Sculle, and Jefferson Rogers take an informative, entertaining, and comprehensive look at the history of the motel. From the introduction of roadside tent camps and motor cabins in the 1910s to the wonderfully kitschy motels of the 1950s that line older roads and today's comfortable but anonymous chains that lure drivers off the interstate, Americans and their cars have found places to stay on their travels. Motels were more than just places to sleep, however. They were the places where many Americans saw their first color television, used their first coffee maker, and walked on their first shag carpet.

Illustrated with more than 230 photographs, postcards, maps, and drawings, The Motel in America details the development of the motel as a commercial enterprise, its imaginative architectural expressions, and its evolution within the place-product-packaging concept along America's highways. As an integral part of America's landscape and culture, the motel finally receives the in-depth attention it deserves.

 

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Contents

The Motel as Architecture
2-23
3
2-37
MomandPop Enterprise
2-57
Remember the Alamo Plazas 90
2-70
The Rise of PlaceProductPackaging 120
4-20
6
5-24
1
6-39
8
17
Motel FranchisingPart 1 150
5-24
The Changing Motel Room 231
6-75
9
6-105
CONTENTS Notes 341
1
Index 379
15
Contents
The Motel as Architecture 23
2-23
MomandPop Enterprise 57
2-57

The Changing Motel Room 231
9
CONTENTS Notes 341
1
Contents
The Motel as Architecture 23
2-23
MomandPop Enterprise 57
2-57
Remember the Alamo Plazas 90
2-70
The Rise of PlaceProductPackaging 120
4-20
Remember the Alamo Plazas 90
2-70
The Rise of PlaceProductPackaging 120
4-20
Motel FranchisingPart 1 150
5-24
8
6-75
9
6-105
CONTENTS Notes 341
19
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