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The Society for Commercial Archeology is a national organization devoted to celebrating the 20th-century American roadscape.

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What will you get? The prestigious SCA Journal twice a year, our SCA Road Notes newsletter four times a year, password access to all articles published to this website, discounts to our annual events and conferences – plus the good feeling that comes with being a part of a great cause. All for just $45 annually ($35 for students).

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This summer, SCA members and guests traveled to the Philadelphia area for SCA@Blobfest. Where are we going next? See upcoming events.

The Society for Commercial Archeology is a national organization devoted to celebrating the 20th-century American roadscape.

And we want you to join us.

What will you get? The prestigious SCA Journal twice a year, our SCA Road Notes newsletter four times a year, password access to all articles published to this website, discounts to our annual events and conferences – plus the good feeling that comes with being a part of a great cause. All for just $45 annually ($35 for students).

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Favorite 5: Toronto

Favorite 5: Toronto

FULL ARTICLE by Peter Glaser – A vintage “Five Fav” (then known as a “Favorite 5”) from back in the day when our newsletter was printed in black+one. Revisit Sam the Record Man, “The Goof” and other Toronto delights.
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Pontiac Hood Ornaments: Chief of the Sixes

Pontiac Hood Ornaments: Chief of the Sixes

When news broke in 2009 that General Motors was closing its Pontiac division, historic photos of the automobile were legion in the press and key among them were images of the dramatic Pontiac hood ornaments such as the amber-headed chieftain that took center stage.
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SIZE DOES MATTER! – SCA Member Produces “Giant” Documentary

SIZE DOES MATTER! – SCA Member Produces “Giant” Documentary

Amy Elliott and her co-producer, Elizabeth Donius, surveyed fifty small towns across the country which boast the "world's largest" something. This article originally appeared in SCA Road Notes, Winter 2004. World’s Largest had its debut in 2010 at the SXSW Film Festival.
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Ain’t No Valley Higher: The Spin on the World’s Largest Revolving Sign

Ain’t No Valley Higher: The Spin on the World’s Largest Revolving Sign

FULL ARTICLE By Douglas Towne – The internet is rife with dubious claims of eagles swooping down to carry away small children. Overlooked, however, is the day a raptor saved a Phoenix man’s life with its wing.
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Miss Alma Makes a Bee Line: A Story of One Woman and Two Auto Trails

Miss Alma Makes a Bee Line: A Story of One Woman and Two Auto Trails

As the first female transcontinental highway booster, Alma Rittenberry had promoted her Jackson Highway not only as a memorial to the former President nicknamed “Old Hickory,” but as a progressive path to get farmers out of the mud and a source of “financial and cultural gain” for the North and South.
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Five Faves: Seeing Ghosts in Upstate New York

Five Faves: Seeing Ghosts in Upstate New York

MEMBERS ONLY – Should we let ghost signs fade or should we repaint them? This is not an easy question to answer. Repainted ghosts can anchor a neighborhood’s rehabilitation effort. But repainting also means the ghosts are no longer ghosts.
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News & Advocacy

SCA Weekly News Review: 9/10-9/16/18

SCA Weekly News Review: 9/10-9/16/18

Taking time away from his graduate studies in historic preservation, Jeremy Ebersole recaps this week’s commercial archeology news.
Photo: Oyster.com
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SCA Weekly News Review: 9/3-9/9/18

SCA Weekly News Review: 9/3-9/9/18

Before heading off to Brazil, SCA board member Raina Regan took the time to gather quite a nice collection of offbeat roadside stories.
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Pennsylvania Blobfest Roadtrip: Introduction

Pennsylvania Blobfest Roadtrip: Introduction

This summer, Kevin Patrick, Professor of Geography and Regional Planning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, led a large group of intrepid SCAers on a three-day roadtrip down the Lincoln Highway to Blobfest and then deep into Pennsylvania Dutch Country. We are publishing Kevin’s tour guide in 3 installments.
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SCA Weekly News Review: 8/26-9/2/18

SCA Weekly News Review: 8/26-9/2/18

SCA president Michael Hirsch curates this week’s news review.
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