Did you know that Frank Lloyd Wright designed a service station?
Neither did I until I noticed a headline on a publication we receive at work. It was an issue of the Society of Commercial Archeology Journal (the oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape.) I had no idea that this organization even existed. I love roadside attractions and signs so I will probably keep checking out their website.
Not only do they cover the architecture of gas stations, motor-lodges, roadside diners and early fast-food restaurants, but there is also a focus on roadside signs, travel postcards, and personal accounts of mid-century automobile travel.
For more information on roadside buildings, signs, and other roadside attractions, please check these other sites:
American Diner Museum
Googie Architecture Online
Roadside Architecture - where the categories include Paul Bunyans, Giant Foods, and Tiki!
Note: Does anyone know the rules regarding the usage of archeology versus archaeology?
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