By Motor to the Golden Gate

By Motor to the Golden Gate

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by Emily Post
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0786419407

ISBN-13: 9780786419401

Pub. Date: 07/12/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

In 1915, journalist Emily Post set out from New York to investigate whether it was possible to drive comfortably across the country to San Francisco in an automobile. This is a reprint of Post's only travel book, originally published by Collier's Weekly seven years before she became famous for her book on etiquette. It describes her travels with her cousin Alice

Overview

In 1915, journalist Emily Post set out from New York to investigate whether it was possible to drive comfortably across the country to San Francisco in an automobile. This is a reprint of Post's only travel book, originally published by Collier's Weekly seven years before she became famous for her book on etiquette. It describes her travels with her cousin Alice and her Harvard undergraduate son as they played the American tourists from Niagara Falls to cave dwellings near Santa Fe. A first-hand account of elite automotive travel before the process was democratized after World War I, it also shows the history of the southwest, particularly in the myths that made towns such as Santa Fe "authentic" tourist destinations, and provides contemporary comments on class and ethnicity.

A new introduction includes a biographical sketch of Post and explains the context of her journey in the heroic age of motoring. Accompanying the text are many original photographs, sketch maps showing the route, and Post's meticulous daily lists of expenditure, a valuable historical document showing the price of everything from car repairs to tips. New to this addition are explanatory footnotes and an appendix giving the miles Post traveled each day, noting the cities of departure and destination and the hotel for each night.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786419401
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/12/2004
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Preface11
I.It Can't Be Done--But Then, It Is Perfectly Simple13
II.Albany, First Stop25
III.A Breakdown30
IV.Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana36
V.Luggage and Other Luxuries55
VI.Did Anybody Say "Chicken"?58
VII.The City of Ambition61
VIII.A Few Chicagoans66
IX.Tins71
X.Mud!!77
XI.In Rochelle82
XII.The Weight of Public Opinion85
XIII.Muddier!89
XIV.One of the Fogged Impressions94
XV.A Few Ways of the West97
XVI.Halfway House104
XVII.Next Stop, North Platte!112
XVIII.The City of Recklessness127
XIX.A Glimpse of the West That Was141
XX.Our Little Sister of Yesterday157
XXI.Ignorance with a Capital I161
XXII.Some Indians and Mr. X.164
XXIII.With Nowhere to Go but Out175
XXIV.Into the Desert178
XXV.Through the City Unpronounceable to an Exposition Beautiful191
XXVI.The Land of Gladness204
XXVII.The Mettle of a Hero210
XXVIII.San Francisco218
XXIX.The Fair232
XXX."Unending Sameness" Was What They Said239
XXXI.To Those Who Think of Following in Our Tire Tracks242
XXXII.On the Subject of Clothes248
XXXIII.How Far Can You Go in Comfort?254
AppendixEmily Post's Journey, April 25-June 8, 1915257
Index259

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