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ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for America’s
Roadside Heritage

SUMMER TOUR T-SHIRT

A commemoration and donation all in one

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COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

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SUMMER TOUR T-SHIRT

A commemoration and donation all in one

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

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NEW FEATURE! SCA member and tour master Kevin Patrick’s long-running Facebook series, Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside, is now collected here.

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

Subscribe to our free email newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And become a member, enjoy our great publications, SCA Journal and Road Notes, and join us on our next adventure!

NEW FEATURE! SCA member and tour master Kevin Patrick’s long-running Facebook series, Dr. Patrick’s Postcard Roadside, is now collected here.

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

Subscribe to our free email newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And become a member, enjoy our great publications, SCA Journal and Road Notes, and join us on our next adventure!

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Upcoming Events

ZOOM TOUR: Mike’s Upper East Side

ZOOM TOUR: Mike’s Upper East Side

JUNE 17, 2020 at 8PM: Join Michael Hirsch of the Society for Commercial Archeology and New York Neon author Thomas E. Rinaldi for a ZOOM TOUR through New York City’s Upper East Side. FREE FOR MEMBERS – REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
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<span style="color: red; font-weight: 700">SOLD OUT!</strong></span> 2020 Summer Tour

SOLD OUT! 2020 Summer Tour

AUGUST 7-9, 2020: Join us for a marvelous mid-century weekend this summer in Queens, New York, as the Society for Commercial Archeology and Retro Roadmap co-host NYC: The Golden Age of Air Travel – SCA Summer 2020 Tour.
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News

SCA Weekly News Review: June 6, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: June 6, 2020

Weekly posts, they take some time, but posting’s easier, when you get to rhyme. SCA News!
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SCA Weekly News Review: May 31, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: May 31, 2020

Five stories of signs in “transition.” But it’s not all bad news!
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SCA Weekly News Review: May 24, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: May 24, 2020

What does that giant red “R” stand for? This, and other bits of commercial archeology, awaiting you in the news.
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SCA Weekly News Review: May 17, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: May 17, 2020

An unsurprisingly Milwaukee-centric weekly news review from soon-to-be-resident Jermey Ebersole.
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Articles

White Tower Takes on Pittsburgh

White Tower Takes on Pittsburgh

By Brian Butko – Part archive, part personal recollection, in this article from 2015, the author traces White Castle's celebration of the hamburger and the chain's response to commercial demands from the 20s on.
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New Spin on the Big Apple: Bus Turntables

New Spin on the Big Apple: Bus Turntables

FULL ARTICLE by Peter Kennedy – In the 1940s, mid-town Manhattan had nine bus terminals. To centralize bus service, the New York Port Authority built a terminal on 8th Avenue between 40th and 41st streets.
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Safety on the Interstate: The Architecture of Rest Areas

Safety on the Interstate: The Architecture of Rest Areas

FULL ARTICLE by Joanna Dowling – Reduced now to nothing more than a place to pee, rest stops, officially “safety rest ares,” remind us not only of the early history that they seek to depict, but of our twentieth century transportation history that we seek to preserve.
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Common Ground: Landscape Mosaics at the Wisconsin State Office Building in Milwaukee

Common Ground: Landscape Mosaics at the Wisconsin State Office Building in Milwaukee

By Lillian Sizemore – Professor Marjorie Kreilick-McNab’s suite of 10 hand-cut modern mosaic murals for the Wisconsin State Office Building in Milwaukee deserve landmark designation and historic preservation.
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Vanishing Points: The Video

Vanishing Points: The Video

Cliff Leppke, author of the SCA Journal article, Vanishing Points: Phillips’ Postwar “New Look” Service Stations, also produced this video as part of his conference paper presentation.
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Vanishing Points: Phillips’ Postwar “New Look” Service Stations

Vanishing Points: Phillips’ Postwar “New Look” Service Stations

By Cliff Leppke – Phillips’ postwar stations were examples of the “New Look,” an abstract art influenced design aesthetic that became the zeitgeist of the 1950s.
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