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Advocates for America’s
Roadside Heritage

SOCIETY for

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ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for America’s
Roadside Heritage

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Photo: Vintage Wisconsin Dells

Celebrating the signs, structures and experiences of the 20th-century American roadscape.

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TEAL ROOFS AND
PECAN LOGS

FROM THE ARCHIVES: A history of Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppes. Read now. Members are invited to Stephanie Stuckey’s Zoom Recording.

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Celebrating the signs, structures and experiences of the 20th-century American roadscape.

Join now and gain exclusive access to live and virtual events, the SCA Journal and Road Notes, and lots more.
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TEAL ROOFS AND
PECAN LOGS

FROM THE ARCHIVES: A history of Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppes. Read now. Members are invited to Stephanie Stuckey’s Zoom Recording.

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Upcoming Events

POP-UP EVENT + TOUR: Seeing Ghosts in Philadelphia

POP-UP EVENT + TOUR: Seeing Ghosts in Philadelphia

Sunday, August 8th, 2021: We invite all members of the Society for Commercial Archeology to join us in Philadelphia at the Neon Museum of Philadelphia (NMOP) for a special Pop-Up Event. Hurry, this event is coming up fast!
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ZOOM EVENT – Jessica Anshutz

ZOOM EVENT – Jessica Anshutz

August 24, 2021 @ 8:00PM EDT: Register now to join us writer, documentary photographer and Akron, Ohio native Jessica Anshutz for a photographic journey into the emptying (and empty) malls of America’s Rust Belt.
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<span style="color: red; font-weight: 700">RESCHEDULED:</span> Summer Tour

RESCHEDULED: Summer Tour

PLEASE NOTE: Our marvelous mid-century weekend in Queens, New York, sponsored by the Society for Commercial Archeology and co-host Retro Roadmap, has been postponed to 2022 (at the earliest) due the COVID-19 crisis. Please see details.
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News

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SCA Weekly News Review: July 25, 2021

Comebacks, new neon and the world's largest perogy, among other attractions.
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SCA Weekly News Review: July 11, 2021

SCA Weekly News Review: July 11, 2021

From Seattle to “Road Island” with cool stops in between. Let’s hitch up the Airstream and go!
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NEW! THE JIM SEELEN MOTEL IMAGES COLLECTION

14,000 MOTELS

SCA member Jim “Motel King” Seelen’s motel images collection is now part of our library. This database contains more than 23,000 images with details on more than 14,000 motels that once operated in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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NEW! THE JIM SEELEN MOTEL IMAGES COLLECTION

14,000 MOTELS

SCA member Jim “Motel King” Seelen’s motel images collection is part of our library. This database contains more than 23,000 images with details on more than 14,000 motels that once operated in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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Articles

Ephemera: Harnessing Buffalo

Ephemera: Harnessing Buffalo

The image-makers of Buffalo didn’t let natural history interfere with excellent branding potential, particularly for the Pan American Exposition of 1901.
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The Road to Ruin

The Road to Ruin

By Eric Schaefer. More than any other form of motion picture, exploitation movies developed a symbiotic relationship with American road culture over some five decades in the mid-20th century.
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5 Faves: Tim O’Brien’s Roadside Pic(k)s

5 Faves: Tim O’Brien’s Roadside Pic(k)s

In his latest book, Tim O’Brien pays homage to the real stars of the roadside: the creators of public art and commercial display whose visions were fulfilled without the baggage of cultural influence.
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Teal Roofs and Pecan Logs

Teal Roofs and Pecan Logs

By Lisa Raflo and Jeffrey Durbin. Though it now mostly follows current corporate trends, Stuckey's was once a daring innovator whose Pecan Shoppes were the precursors of the convenience store.
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Book Review: Traces of J.B. Jackson

Book Review: Traces of J.B. Jackson

By Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, reviewed by Philip Langdon: If commercial archeology had a patron saint, it would doubtless be John Brinckerhoff Jackson.
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C-Span: Lectures in History –20th-Century Roadside Attractions

C-Span: Lectures in History –20th-Century Roadside Attractions

In this C-SPAN presentation, University of Mary Washington Professor (and SCA member) Christine Henry talks about the history of roadside attractions and her own experience traveling to a freshwater pond in Ohio called the Blue Hole.
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Dr. Patrick’s
Postcard Roadside

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Colonial Modern Cabins

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Colonial Modern Cabins

COLONIAL MODERN CABINS, RICHMOND, INDIANA. Cabins clustered around the home headhouse along the main road at the edge of town had become standardized by the time this 1940s postcard was produced to advertise Colonial "MODERN" Cabins just west of Richmond, Indiana. George Stewart would soon use US 40 as his "Cross Section of the United States of America," the road he felt most represented transcontinental travel in the mid-20th century. At the same time, the National Road was America's pioneer path into the Midwest. This cabin court attempted to straddle both worlds with with its reference to a more traditional colonial past with all the modern conveniences, like private showers.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Greiner’s Bakery

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Greiner’s Bakery

The success of Andy Greiner's 1934 bakery in Parkersburg, West Virginia, allowed him to open this state-of-the-art Streamline Moderne bakery on Dudley Avenue in 1941.
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DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Richmond Rest-Over

DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Richmond Rest-Over

On the pre-Interstate road to Florida, Richmond, Virginia, was a day away from most Northeastern cities and two days away from the rest. South from Richmond it was a long way to anywhere, making Richmond the place to rest-over.
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