Americans on the Road: From Autocamp to Motel, 1910-1945 / Edition 1

Americans on the Road: From Autocamp to Motel, 1910-1945 / Edition 1

by Warren J. Belasco
     
 

In Americans on the Road, Warren James Belasco uses travel magazines, trade journals, and diaries to "look at what Americans actually did with their cars rather than try to judge what cars did to Americans." Belasco begins with the earliest days of automobile travel in America--when travelers camped wherever they stopped along the roadside, "gypsying" in their cars

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In Americans on the Road, Warren James Belasco uses travel magazines, trade journals, and diaries to "look at what Americans actually did with their cars rather than try to judge what cars did to Americans." Belasco begins with the earliest days of automobile travel in America--when travelers camped wherever they stopped along the roadside, "gypsying" in their cars or in tents--and moves on to chart the growth in the 1920s of free municipal campsites. As the cost of building and maintaining these campsites steadily rose, towns began requiring patrons to pay a small fee. The steady stream of paying customers prompted entrepreneurs to build inexpensive restaurants and lodgings--and, Belasco concludes, "the motel industry was born."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801857348
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Itinerary3
1Gypsying: 1910-19207
2Cars versus Trains: Back to Stagecoach Days19
3Autocamping versus Hotels: Back to the Family Homestead41
4From Fad to Institution: Municipal Autocamps, 1920-192471
5Limiting Access: Pay Camps, 1923-1926105
6Early Motels: 1925-1945129
Notes175
Bibliographical Guide195
Index207

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