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Authors John Jakle, Keith Sculle, and Jefferson Rogers take an informative, entertaining and comprehensive look at the history of the motel. From the introduction of roadside tent camps and motor cabins in the 1910s to the kitschy motels of the 1950s that line older roads, and today's comfortable but anonymous chains that lure drivers off the interstate, Americans and their cars have found places to stay on their travels. Motels were more than just places to sleep, however. They were the places where many Americans saw their first colour television, used their first coffee maker, and walked on their first shagpile carpet. Illustrated with more than 230 photographs, postcards, maps and drawings, the book details the development of the motel as a commercial enterprise, its imaginative architectural expressions and its evolution within the place-product-packaging concept along America's highways.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801869181
ISBN-10: 0801869188
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 176mm x 27mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 28-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John A. Jakle

John A. Jakle is a professor of geography and landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Keith A. Sculle is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Illinois at Springfield and head of research and education at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Jefferson S. Rogers is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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