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Home Away from Home: Motels in America

de John Margolies

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"In lively text and more than 250 photographs, most in color, Margolies brings to life the new style of lodging that sprang up to serve the automobile traveler, from auto camps and mom-and-pop tourist cabins early in the century to today's familiar motel chains. Along the way, he highlights many of the services and amenities - the decor, the swimming pools, the restaurants, and the pulsating signs - used to lure motorists into the nearest Kozy Kottage. He has discovered motels both marvelous and bizarre: log cabins, teepees, and even railroad freight cars transformed into sleeping cars. And he explores how the image of the motel in America has evolved - from seedy shacks to picturesque courts to today's antiseptic but very comfortable way stations. Throughout, Margolies combines his signature photographs of hostelries past and present with rare postcards, vintage brochures, and other amusing artifacts. Home Away From Home is a surprising and entertaining look at an omnipresent phenomenon, a nostalgic tour of sleepless nights and sweet dreams along the highways and byways of America."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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I've wanted to read a book like this for years, as I'm the type of person who goes by a motel in the middle of nowhere and wonders about who lives there and when was it built and why has it survived when so many don't. And I love the old neon signs created from the boom after WWII up through the 60's.
This book features photos of some of the remaining motels like that, many still standing but long abandoned. It includes the history of the motel in America, along with the history of "auto camping", tourist cabins and franchised motels like Holiday Inn. Also included is a section on the gloriously tacky Madonna Inn of San Luis Obispo. ( )
  mstrust | Feb 22, 2014 |
Home Away From Home: Motels in America is a fun, retro look at motels, camps, cabins and such beginning in the early 20th century. Full of bright, glossy photos of classic motel signs, early brochures and unusual, themed motels (wigwams, trains, even trees). With chapters from Auto Camping to Franchised Motels, it is an interesting look at a time when people thought about the journey, not just the destination. This book makes me want to buy big sunglasses, rent a vintage convertible and go on a road trip, gas prices be damned! ( )
  Maebsly | Jun 3, 2010 |
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"In lively text and more than 250 photographs, most in color, Margolies brings to life the new style of lodging that sprang up to serve the automobile traveler, from auto camps and mom-and-pop tourist cabins early in the century to today's familiar motel chains. Along the way, he highlights many of the services and amenities - the decor, the swimming pools, the restaurants, and the pulsating signs - used to lure motorists into the nearest Kozy Kottage. He has discovered motels both marvelous and bizarre: log cabins, teepees, and even railroad freight cars transformed into sleeping cars. And he explores how the image of the motel in America has evolved - from seedy shacks to picturesque courts to today's antiseptic but very comfortable way stations. Throughout, Margolies combines his signature photographs of hostelries past and present with rare postcards, vintage brochures, and other amusing artifacts. Home Away From Home is a surprising and entertaining look at an omnipresent phenomenon, a nostalgic tour of sleepless nights and sweet dreams along the highways and byways of America."--BOOK JACKET.

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