John Margolies Roadside America Transparencies

Biographical / Historical Note

John Margolies (1940-2016) traveled throughout the United States for more than thirty-five years taking photographs of American commercial architecture and design. Some of the photographs were used in the publication of his many books on the signs, architecture,...

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John Margolies (1940-2016) traveled throughout the United States for more than thirty-five years taking photographs of American commercial architecture and design. Some of the photographs were used in the publication of his many books on the signs, architecture, resorts, travel and tourist attractions in America. A complete list of Margolies' publications can be found on an archived version of his website held by the Internet Archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20170929110416/https://www.johnmargolies.com/.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains approximately 1500 35mm color transparencies and is organized into two series. The General series, 1973-2004, includes images of theaters, gas stations, motels, restaurants, hotels, the Atlantic coast, and tourist attractions....

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The collection contains approximately 1500 35mm color transparencies and is organized into two series. The General series, 1973-2004, includes images of theaters, gas stations, motels, restaurants, hotels, the Atlantic coast, and tourist attractions. The Main Street series, 1975 2005, is comprised of civic buildings, banks, clubs, churches, barber shops and signs, and commercial buildings.

Researchers should note there is an item level inventory to the transparencies in Box 1. The inventory lists location and date the photograph was taken.

Selected items from the collection have been digitized and are available at: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?keywords=%22John+Margolies+Roadside+America+transparencies%22

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Collection Details

Object ID: 2013.150.0
Creator: Margolies, John 
Inclusive Dates: 1973-2005
Size: 0.9 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Not Currently On Exhibit

Access Restrictions: The transparencies are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

In many cases, not all artifacts have been digitized.
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Bell Boy Motel Sign, Wichita, Kansas, 1979

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Bell Boy Motel Sign, Wichita, Kansas, 1979

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.372

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Bell Boy Motel Sign, Wichita, Kansas, 1979

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Rowe Drugs, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1980

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Rowe Drugs, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1980

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.1394

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Rowe Drugs, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1980

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Lee's Barber Pole, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980

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Lee's Barber Pole, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.1451

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Lee's Barber Pole, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980

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Modern Drugs Sign, Fort Worth, Texas, 1995

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Modern Drugs Sign, Fort Worth, Texas, 1995

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.1472

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Modern Drugs Sign, Fort Worth, Texas, 1995

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Broadway Florist Sign, Paducah, Kentucky, 1993

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Broadway Florist Sign, Paducah, Kentucky, 1993

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.1473

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Broadway Florist Sign, Paducah, Kentucky, 1993

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What is The Henry Ford?

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4 Lanes Liquor Sign, Winslow, Arizona, 1979

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4 Lanes Liquor Sign, Winslow, Arizona, 1979

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.1480

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

4 Lanes Liquor Sign, Winslow, Arizona, 1979

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What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Greenfield Liquor Sign, Greenfield, California, 1991

  Details

Greenfield Liquor Sign, Greenfield, California, 1991

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.1481

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Greenfield Liquor Sign, Greenfield, California, 1991

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Princess Theater, Oxford, Ohio, 1984

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Princess Theater, Oxford, Ohio, 1984

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.58

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Princess Theater, Oxford, Ohio, 1984

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Malta Drive-In Theater Sign, Malta, New York, 1983

  Details

Malta Drive-In Theater Sign, Malta, New York, 1983

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the mid-1970s, John Margolies began to assemble a visual record of America's built roadside landscape. Over the following 3 decades he traveled thousands of miles to photograph the overlooked and often quickly vanishing structures that had grown out of American automobile culture and main street commerce. His photographs of hotels, motels, diners, service stations, drive-ins and attractions celebrate and capture a unique chapter of American history.

Object ID

2013.150.74

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Malta Drive-In Theater Sign, Malta, New York, 1983

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details