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5 Favs in Indiana

5 Favs in Indiana

FULL ARTICLE by Raina Regan – A vintage “Five Fav”. If you love roadside architecture, you’ll have plenty to explore in central Indiana. Here are a few off-the-beaten-path roadside icons worth a visit in the Hoosier state.
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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
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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
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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
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Five Faves: Seeing Ghosts in Upstate New York

Five Faves: Seeing Ghosts in Upstate New York

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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Exposing the “Motel Menace”

Exposing the “Motel Menace”

FULL ARTICLE By Lyell Henry – The tourist camps that had at first been hailed as delightful expressions of American character and genius now were as likely to be viewed as hotbeds of sordidness and immorality, even as “Camps of
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Five Faves: Las Vegas Neon Museum

Five Faves: Las Vegas Neon Museum

By Heather David – In 2007, the Las Vegas Neon Museum consisted of little more than a random assortment of rescued signs in a dirt lot. Visiting was still an incredible experience. It has only gotten better!
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