- Gebundene Ausgabe: 387 Seiten
- Verlag: Johns Hopkins University Press (1. November 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0801853834
- ISBN-13: 978-0801853838
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 3,2 x 26,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
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The Motel in America (Road and American Culture) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. November 1996
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"A team of academic historians and geographers turn a childhood love of the motor hotel into a well-documented and richly illustrated study...Tracing the motel's origins to the auto camps of the early 1900s, simple roadside areas where 'tin can tourists' (named as much for their refuse as their cars) could pitch tents, they trace its evolution into such later forms as the motor court."--'Preservation' "Lolita was debauched in one; Kentucky Fried Chicken was born in another. Lots of interesting things happen behind the impervious, often cheesy facade of roadside motels...A masterful scrapbook for fellow devotees."--'Entertainment Weekly' "Enjoyable for its own sake, the book is also valuable as a reference for collectors of roadside memorabilia...An entertaining, well-illustrated history of the motel."--Don Abood, 'Mobilia'
An informative look at the history, architecture, business and growth of motels in the US. This book considers what happened to American culture as its citizens became motorists. If automobiles were private containers of movement, the authors argue, motels became places for pause - equally private, equally public. As they developed as commercial enterprises, took form as architectural expression, and evolved within the place-product-packaging concept along America's highways, motels also molded Americans ideas about residence and home. Travelers' rejection of hotels, located in congested downtown areas and lacking adequate parking, prompted the rapid rise of roadside lodging outside the city limits - cabin courts, cottage courts, motor courts, motor inns and eventually highway hotels. By whatever name, motels rapidly increased in number through the 1930s, and then again in the two decades after World War II, reaching their peak in the early 1960s, when about 61,000 motels operated in the US. In 1962, fewer than 2 per cent of all motel establishments were affiliated with franchise lodging chains. By 1964, 64 per cent of the country's motels were part of these networks.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Well written in an easy style.