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Advocates for America’s
Roadside Heritage

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SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Conference Details

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Photo: Vintage Wisconsin Dells

Conference Details

The SCA is the oldest national organization devoted to the signs, structures and experiences of the 20th-century American roadscape.

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Albany Pop-Up Tour a Huge Success – On a spectacularly beautiful May day in 2019, the SCA hosted a 5-hour tour of the “Automobile-Related Environment of New York State,” retracing the route mapped for our 1989 conference. See story and photos.

The SCA is the oldest national organization devoted to the signs, structures and experiences of the 20th-century American roadscape.

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Articles

Close Cover Before Striking

Close Cover Before Striking

In the period between World War I and II, cigarette smoking was commonplace, and the most popular advertising giveaway was the matchbook. The following samples illustrate some businesses that catered to tourists.
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All SCA Journals Now Available for Download

All SCA Journals Now Available for Download

All back issues of the beautiful SCA Journal have been digitized and are now available for download. And members can download as many copies of as many back issues as they’d like ... for FREE! What a great reason to join!
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Sombreros Tequila & Sin

Sombreros Tequila & Sin

By Douglas C. Towne – For Cinco de Mayo, the SCA celebrates in true roadside style with a classic article by Douglas Towne on the "turista" districts just south of the border.
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Midwest Five Faves

Midwest Five Faves

FULL ARTICLE by Mary Ann Buckner – A vintage Five Faves documenting Mary Ann’s drive-by finds during a summer trip to photograph the lighthouses of Lake Michigan.
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Upcoming Events

NYC Five Faves Pop-Up

NYC Five Faves Pop-Up

October 12, 2019: Join the Society for Commercial Archeology for a pop-up event in New York City on October 12, 2019, as we follow our president, Michael Hirsch, in search of his Manhattan Five Faves.
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News

SCA Weekly News Review: June 16, 2019

SCA Weekly News Review: June 16, 2019

After time off for the SCA Conference, the Weekly News Review returns with five stories to start you off on another great roadside summer.
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SCA Weekly News Review: June 2, 2019

SCA Weekly News Review: June 2, 2019

It’s conference week and we’re heading for The Dells. Here are a few news items to read on the way.
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SCA Weekly News: May 26, 2019

SCA Weekly News: May 26, 2019

A reminder to get out and enjoy your roadside heritage America, in all its naked and ephemeral glory!
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SCA Weekly News: May 19, 2019

SCA Weekly News: May 19, 2019

For the love of neon! And fast food. And fast-disappearing roadside treasures.
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Albany 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Tour

Albany 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Tour

On May 18, 2019, the Society for Commercial Archeology hosted a pop-up event in Albany, New York. We retraced (more or less) our 1989 tour. Using the original program as our guide, we hopped in our cars, connected via cell phone, and saw what was still there, what had changed and what has disappeared ... adding a few new finds – and friends – along the way.
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From the Black Hills to the Jersey Shore, with stops at every diner in between, our conferences, caravans and pop-ups are the stuff of legend! Join us on our next adventure.

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In addition to our conferences, caravans and pop-up events, SCA benefits include the prestigious SCA Journal, SCA Road Notes, and password access to member-only content on our website.

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