The Motel in America

The Motel in America

by John A. Jakle, Keith A. Sculle, Jefferson S. Rogers
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Don Abood
Enjoyable for its own sake, the book is also valuable as a reference for collectors of roadside memorabilia . . . An entertaining, well-illustrated history of the motel. br>— Mobilia
Entertainment Weekly
Lolita was debauched in one; Kentucky Fried Chicken was born in another. Lots of interesting things happen behind the impervious, often cheesy facade of roadside motels . . . A masterful scrapbook for fellow devotees.
Jeffrey L. Meikle
While The Motel in America is informed by sensitive nostalgia and well illustrated with postcards and other ephemera appealing to roadside buffs, it is a serious work whose methodologically varied chapters comprise an interdisciplinary whole encompassing architecture, geography, economics, marketing, and social history . . . An excellent, always engaging work that will remain the last word on many aspects of its subject.
Techology and Culture
Preservation
A team of academic historians and geographers turn a childhood love of the motor hotel into a well-documented and richly illustrated study . . . Tracing the motel's origins to the auto camps of the early 1900s, simple roadside areas where 'tin can tourists' (named as much for their refuse as their cars) could pitch tents, they trace its evolution into such later forms as the motor court.
Technology and Culture
An excellent,always engaging work that will remain the last word on many aspects of its subject.
Wayne Curtis
The Motel in America . . . is to roadside accommodations what Gibbon's history is to Rome.
Atlantic Monthly
Winnie Carlson
A motel tell-all on how these inns gradually popped up along our roadsides out of grass-roots entrepreneurship and built themselves a place in the American consciousness . . . Provocative.
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Booknews
The authors take an informative and entertaining look at the history, architecture, and business of the motel in the United States, from San Luis Obispo's Milestone Mo-tel, attributed with coining the term (from Motor-Hotel) in 1926, to today's major franchises emphasizing white-bread uniformity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801853838
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/21/1996
Series:
Road and American Culture Series
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.25(d)

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