In the first volume of their "Gas, Food, Lodging" trilogy, John Jakle and Keith Sculle offer a comprehensive history of the American gas station, exploring every aspect of this roadside icon, including its evolving architectural identity; its place in both the American landscape and popular culture; the corporate decisions that determined its look and location; its metamorphosis into the mini-mart; and its role as the most visible manifestation of one of the world's largest industries. From the quaint kerbside filling stations of the 1910s to the novelty designs of the 1920s (when stations were built to resemble English cottages, Greek temples, Dutch windmills, and Spanish missions) to the Bauhaus-inspired stations of the 1930s to today's nationwide chains of brightly lit look-alikes, the book explores the evolution of the gas station and the reasons for their development. Illustrated with more than 150 images - postcards of gas stations, vintage ads, maps, and other memorabilia - the book bears witness to an economic and cultural phenomenon that continues to be a defining part of the American experience.
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(254mm x 178mm x 21mm)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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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.