Monday, July 23, 2012

BC2012: Motels: American Retro

There isn't much to read in this photo book, but the "if I bought it, it counts" rule lets me claim this as part of BC2012. I had completely forgotten I had this book, but it churned to the surface while I was decluttering the kitchen (the dining side as opposed to the cooking side) outside of our library.

At seven inches square, Motels is rather small for a photo book, but it's part of a four-volume series from Sourcebooks, Inc. (the others are Main St., Diners, and Cars). To be honest, it's not much of a book. I mainly bought it because it was cheap (under $2) and at the time I was collecting roadside photo books. It does have some decent pictures, though. Highlights include the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ and the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, MO (I've slept in both), as well as a great picture of Roy's Motel in Amboy, CA (all three are located along old Route 66). The photo of the Hobo Inn in Elbe, WA (near Mt. Rainier) made me wish we had stayed there in 2007.


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