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By Motor to the Golden Gate
     

By Motor to the Golden Gate

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by Emily Post, Jane Lancaster
 

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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

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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many original photographs, sketch maps showing the route, and Post’s meticulous daily lists of expenditure, a valuable historical document showing the price of everything from car repairs to tips.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 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction by Jane Lancaster 1

Preface 11

I. It 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

Appendix: Emily Post’s Journey, April 25–June 8, 1915 257

Index by Jane Lancaster 259

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