By Motor to the Golden Gate

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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 Colliers' Magazine 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.

The work's introduction includes a biographical sketch of Post and explains the context of her journey in the heroic age of motoring. It includes many original black-and-white photographs, sketch maps showing the route, and Post's meticulous daily lists of expenditure, a valuable historical document showing the price of everything from car repairs to tips. The work is accompanied by explanatory footnotes and an appendix giving the miles she traveled each day, noting the cities of departure and destination and the hotel for each night.

About the Author:
Award winning historian Jane Lancaster lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419401
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/12/2004
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,120,301
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Award winning historian Jane Lancaster lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Table of Contents

I Can't be done - but then, it is perfectly simple 13
II Albany, first stop 25
III A breakdown 30
IV Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana 36
V Luggage and other luxuries 55
VI Did anybody say "chicken"? 58
VII The city of ambition 61
VIII A few Chicagoans 66
IX Tins 71
X Mud!! 77
XI In Rochelle 82
XII The weight of public opinion 85
XIII Muddier! 89
XIV One of the fogged impressions 94
XV A few ways of the West 97
XVI Halfway house 104
XVII Next stop, North Platte! 112
XVIII The city of recklessness 127
XIX A glimpse of the West that was 141
XX Our little sister of yesterday 157
XXI Ignorance with a capital I 161
XXII Some Indians and Mr. X. 164
XXIII With nowhere to go but out 175
XXIV Into the desert 178
XXV Through the city unpronounceable to an exposition beautiful 191
XXVI The land of gladness 204
XXVII The mettle of a hero 210
XXVIII San Francisco 218
XXIX The fair 232
XXX "Unending sameness" was what they said 239
XXXI To those who think of following in our tire tracks 242
XXXII On the subject of clothes 248
XXXIII How far can you go in comfort? 254
App Emily Post's journey, April 25-June 8, 1915 257
Index 259
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