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 A complete list of Margolies' publications can be found on an archived version of his website held by the Internet Archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20170929110416/https://www.johnmargolies.com/.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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Zesto, Wichita, Kansas, 1979

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Zesto, 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

2013.150.514

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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thehenryford.org

Zesto, Wichita, Kansas, 1979

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Dairy Whip, Jackson, Tennessee, 1979

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Dairy Whip, Jackson, Tennessee, 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

2013.150.515

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

Dairy Whip, Jackson, Tennessee, 1979

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China Gate Restaurant Sign, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, 2004

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China Gate Restaurant Sign, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, 2004

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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

2013.150.589

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

China Gate Restaurant Sign, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, 2004

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The Sleep Shop, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1982

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The Sleep Shop, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1982

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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

2013.150.1415

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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thehenryford.org

The Sleep Shop, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1982

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger Sign, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1979

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Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger Sign, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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

2013.150.566

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

Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger Sign, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1979

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Tek Lounge A-Go-Go Sign, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1982

  Details

Tek Lounge A-Go-Go Sign, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1982

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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

2013.150.573

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

Tek Lounge A-Go-Go Sign, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1982

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Rockin' Roxy's Drive-Inn Sign, Benton Harbor, Michigan, 1991

  Details

Rockin' Roxy's Drive-Inn Sign, Benton Harbor, Michigan, 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

2013.150.582

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

Rockin' Roxy's Drive-Inn Sign, Benton Harbor, Michigan, 1991

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Pepco Gas Station Sign, South Norwalk, Connecticut, 1979

  Details

Pepco Gas Station Sign, South Norwalk, Connecticut, 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

2013.150.196

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

Pepco Gas Station Sign, South Norwalk, Connecticut, 1979

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