John Margolies Roadside America Transparencies

Biographical / Historical Note

John Margolies 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 his publications can be found on his website: http://www.johnmargolies.com/


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: 3 oversize boxes
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

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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1 Hr. Drive-In Cleaners Sign, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1987

  Details

1 Hr. Drive-In Cleaners Sign, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1987

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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

2013.150.1479

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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1 Hr. Drive-In Cleaners Sign, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1987

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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

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4 Lanes Liquor Sign, Winslow, Arizona, 1979

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5 Points Zesto Ice Cream Sign, Columbia, South Carolina, 1988

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5 Points Zesto Ice Cream Sign, Columbia, South Carolina, 1988

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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

2013.150.208

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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5 Points Zesto Ice Cream Sign, Columbia, South Carolina, 1988

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Alamo Plaza, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1979

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Alamo Plaza, Shreveport, Louisiana, 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

2013.150.335

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Alamo Plaza, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1979

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Aloha Restaurant, Beaumont, Texas, 1979

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Aloha Restaurant, Beaumont, Texas, 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

2013.150.459

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

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Aloha Restaurant, Beaumont, Texas, 1979

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Arctic Circle Drive-In Restaurant Sign, Ogden, Utah, 1990

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Arctic Circle Drive-In Restaurant Sign, Ogden, Utah, 1990

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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

2013.150.524

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

Arctic Circle Drive-In Restaurant Sign, Ogden, Utah, 1990

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Artist Point Gift Shop, Mountainburg, Arkansas, 1994

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Artist Point Gift Shop, Mountainburg, Arkansas, 1994

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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

2013.150.1021

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

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Artist Point Gift Shop, Mountainburg, Arkansas, 1994

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Atomic Bar Sign, El Paso, Texas 1979

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Atomic Bar Sign, El Paso, Texas 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

2013.150.528

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

Atomic Bar Sign, El Paso, Texas 1979

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Ax Handle Monument, Norway, Michigan, 1988

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Ax Handle Monument, Norway, Michigan, 1988

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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

2013.150.1134

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

Ax Handle Monument, Norway, Michigan, 1988

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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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  Details