SCA Articles

Revisiting: Boring Postcards

Revisiting: Boring Postcards

In 2005, we published a short book review of Boring Postcards, by photographer Martin Parr. The original review is reposted here. But before taking the short trip back, it would be worth your time to take detour into Parr’s full
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Q&A: Alison Isenberg on <em>Downtown America</em>

Q&A: Alison Isenberg on Downtown America

As part of our commitment to exploration of the scholarly history of the American roadside as it relates to issues of race, class and gender, we proudly present this Q&A with Alison Isenberg, author of Downtown America.
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Q&A: Victoria Wolcott on <em>Race, Riots, and Rollercoasters</em>

Q&A: Victoria Wolcott on Race, Riots, and Rollercoasters

The SCA is building a list of academic works focused on the intersection of American culture and the American roadside. To kick things off, we invited Victoria W. Wolcott, Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, to answer
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The Rise of White Flour

The Rise of White Flour

FULL ARTICLE by Ronald Ladouceur – The development and promotion of one product more than any other illustrates the power of modern banding both to manipulate and exploit cultural and racial anxieties and promote purchase by otherizing non-buyers.
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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
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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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