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Good Customer Service Story = Thanks Scottevest – a Retro Roadmap Aside

Now you may think I’m all sweetness and light with my joyful sharing of all sorts of neat vintage finds here, but there’s a “wicked crabby” side of Mod Betty too (just ask Retro Roadhusband!) And that side came out recently upon my purchase of an expensive (to me, thrift queen) piece of clothing that […]

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Retro Roadmap T-Shirt Competition – Who Will Win?

I’m washing ’em and Retro Roadhusband is wearing ’em. We’ll soon see which one holds up better! I want only the best for my Retro Roadmap readers!

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Improvements to Retro Roadmap – Light at The End of the Tunnel!

Improvements to Retro Roadmap – Light at The End of the Tunnel!

Huzzah huzzah! Nothing like a cold rainy Sunday to get back to making some much needed improvements behind the scene here at Retro Roadmap, and I thought I’d clue everyone in on what has been going on when I’m not out doing the fun stuff on the road, and how I hope it makes Retro […]

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NYC Snapshots – Vintage Fashion, Restaurant China, the old Empire Diner & More

NYC Snapshots – Vintage Fashion, Restaurant China, the old Empire Diner & More

This wasn’t an official research trip up to NYC for Retro Roadmap, but more of a “catch up with a pal I’ve known since junior high school and tromp around the city” type of day. But of course we saw some Retro Roadmap worthy sights on a beautiful sunny day in New York, so I […]

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Boot & Saddle Sign Broad Street, Philadelphia – Vintage Neon In The News

Boot & Saddle Sign Broad Street, Philadelphia – Vintage Neon In The News

One of Philadelphia’s more distinctive vintage neon signs – the Boot & Saddle sign on Broad Street is in the news, as it may be revitalized if the property it is attached to gets reopened. (UPDATE! 5/1/2012 looks like the project is moving forward, according to this City Paper’s Meal Ticket post: Broad Street’s Boot & […]

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Vintage Inspired Fun with the Retro Road Kids! Boston Suburbs Edition

Vintage Inspired Fun with the Retro Road Kids! Boston Suburbs Edition

The Retro Roadkids have the upcoming week off from school, and Retro Roadsis will have her hands full for sure!  Here are some retro road tips for fun with kids from Mod Betty / “Auntique” Beth from our quick visit home to the Boston area last winter. Larz Anderson Antique Auto Museum, Brookline MA I […]

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What are Your Retro Roadmap Worthy Weekend Plans? I’m Heading to NYC!

What are Your Retro Roadmap Worthy Weekend Plans? I’m Heading to NYC!

Do you have any Retro Roadmap worthy plans this weekend? I’m bringing out the Mod in Mod Betty as I attend the closing of the Youthquake Exhibit at FIT and pretend it’s New York City in the swingin’ 60s! I can’t wait! I’ll report on my adventures after I return, dolls!

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Retro Roadmap World Edition – Ireland

Retro Roadmap World Edition – Ireland

I had totally planned on being “off the grid” as far as Retro Roadmap goes when we spent a week in Ireland, but I could not help but gravitate towards the Vintage Aesthetic I Love So Much as we traveresed the green countryside. That being said, if you factor in that we had done NO […]

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Dublin Ireland’s Why Go Bald Neon Sign – Retro Roadmapping Across The World

Dublin Ireland’s Why Go Bald Neon Sign – Retro Roadmapping Across The World

You can take the Retro Roadmapping gal out of her natural habitat, but you can’t stop her from looking for cool old vintage things and places, even when she’s in…Ireland! Though I was surrounded by buildings and statues that were so old they make my niche of a timeline (vaguely 1900-1970s) look positively new-born, I […]

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Good News! Vintage Traveler Reports “M.A. Pace’s Store in Saluda, NC, Still Open and Still Worth the Trip”

Good News! Vintage Traveler Reports “M.A. Pace’s Store in Saluda, NC, Still Open and Still Worth the Trip”

Fuzzie Lizzie the Vintage Traveler has posted to her blog about her visit to the M.A. Pace store in Saluda,  North Carolina.  I’m glad to report that she says it’s Still Worth a Visit! Here’s a link to her original post on the store, while it was still being run by Robert Pace, the owner […]

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Retro Roadtrippin to the Old Country and Breaking the Technology Loop

Retro Roadmap readers – thought I’d send off a quick post before the tizz of getting ready for a week away totally takes over and I’m rendered totally useless! You see, my mother’s birthday is next week and we somewhat surprised her with a trip to Ireland, and that means Retro Roadhusband and I are […]

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Retro Roadmap Helper-Outer – Thanks Dana McGill-Perez of Mid2Mod!

Retro Roadmap Helper-Outer – Thanks Dana McGill-Perez of Mid2Mod!

Just wanted to do a Retro Roadmap Thank You to fellow Retroblogger Dana McGill-Perez who was kind enough to help me through some of the probs she was having with my site a few weeks ago. She’s a retro blogger at Mid2Mod “a  blog for retrophiles, devotes of all things mid century modern – and cool people […]

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A Mod Betty Surprise! Retro Roadhusband Unveils the Prototype RRMP Tee Shirt on Stage!

A Mod Betty Surprise! Retro Roadhusband Unveils the Prototype RRMP Tee Shirt on Stage!

And I didn’t even ask him to wear it – or take his jacket off! What a sweetie! World Cafe Live Philadelphia. Eric Bazilian, Cliff Hillis, Richard Bush. In The Pocket.

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Vintage Slide Show Night – Vintage Techology Weekend at the Hacienda

Vintage Slide Show Night – Vintage Techology Weekend at the Hacienda

We invited a bunch of pals over to the Hacienda last night for an impromptu vintage slide show and we all had such a good time that I wanted to write about it to encourage you to dig out your own (or someone else’s) slides, and do it yourself! Our slideshow was prompted by some […]

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It’s a 1970s Slideshow at The Hacienda Tonight!

It’s a 1970s Slideshow at The Hacienda Tonight!

Mod Betty doesn’t need much of an excuse to invite folks over, so “hey I found some slides on someone’s trash heap – wanna watch ’em?!” works for me! Can’t wait to use some of my vintage serving pieces – especially the ones that don’t get used at the holidays or our annual luau. AND […]

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I’ve Got the “Technical Difficulties” Blues

Dear Retro Roadmap Readers, The  Technical Difficulties that have been happening lately with the Retro Roadmap site are really bumming me out, and I feel like I should apologize to you guys.  Sometimes I don’t even know they’re happening, until a kind reader heps me to the fact that the site is down, or the […]

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Our Retro Roadmap Hearts Go Out to the Victims of the Horrible Storms

Reading about the horrible storms that have hit mutlple states here in the U.S. – destroying entire towns, devastating families and communities, my heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this rogue weather. As fellow vintage blogger Fuzzie Lizzie (Lizzie Bramlett of The Vintage Traveler) made me aware today of how her […]

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Monkee Davy Jones Has Died and I’m Sad

Monkee Davy Jones Has Died and I’m Sad

This may not resonate with all of you, but for a certain demographic – the girls who crushed on 60s pop stars – its a sad day, as adorable Englishman Davy Jones of the Monkees has died at the age of 66. I was too young to catch the Monkees the first time around but […]

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Your Vintage Mold-A-Rama Resource – This is How We Do It

Your Vintage Mold-A-Rama Resource – This is How We Do It

Mold-a-Rama – just the sound of that name evokes vintage kitschy wonderfulness-a-rama! So when I saw the  vintage Mold-a-rama machine at Gatorland in Orlando I was in vintage inspired souvenir heaven- and I’m sharing the excitement and fun with you too! Now, just so we all know what I’m talking about, a Mold-a-rama machine is […]

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Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell AND RetroRoadMom!

Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell AND RetroRoadMom!

Just wanted to let my dear Retro Roadmap Readers know that things will be a bit quiet here on the RRMP networks (website, FB, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, etc.) this weekend, as for the first time ever since we’ve moved into the Hacienda my mum is visiting! No- that’s not my mum, sillies! It’s […]

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The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

Finally tried the famous strawberry pie at the Kumm Esse Diner- nom! Retro Roadhusband was pleased with his turkey croquettes (their Own Make). PA Dutch comfort food at its best! Also wanted to point out to the diner fans out there that they have the cantilevered counter seats here and some interesting architectural details. Read […]

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Valentines at the Beach circa 1966

Valentines at the Beach circa 1966

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Happy Valentines Day! Woman’s Day Magazine February 1966

Happy Valentines Day! Woman’s Day Magazine February 1966

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Warning for Photographers Who Photograph Designer Furniture – Watch Out for The French!

Warning for Photographers Who Photograph Designer Furniture – Watch Out for The French!

I just received the lawsuit information below because my Flickr account is associated with Getty Images, and I thought the information was important enough to share with you,  my retro / mid century / mod loving pals, especially if you are a shutterbug like I am. (I’m using this photo of mine as an illustration […]

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Beach Blanket Bingo! Thanks Unshredded Nostalgia

Beach Blanket Bingo! Thanks Unshredded Nostalgia

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Florida Souvenir Vintage Compact via Visual Ephemera. Thanks Rick!

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From Rick Kilby’s Visual Ephemera – Old Florida meets Old World at Chalet Suzanne

From Rick Kilby’s Visual Ephemera – Old Florida meets Old World at Chalet Suzanne

Oooh! The sun is shining today in FLA, what a treat! While we’ll be visiting some more mainstream attractions (someplace to do with a Mouse) here’s a neat spot down here that we’ve totally put on the list for next time – Thanks to Rick Kilby of Visual Ephemera for keeping that list growing! http://studiohourglass.blogspot.com/2012/02/old-florida-meets-old-world-at-chalet.html

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My Enid Collins Purse makes Her Winter Park Debut!

My Enid Collins Purse makes Her Winter Park Debut!

And the live jazz combo is playing Stardust. I’m positively swooning!

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Garden Theatre in Downtown Winter Garden FL

Garden Theatre in Downtown Winter Garden FL

If you’re ever in the area, this is a cute lil downtown area – nice for a stroll!

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Maryland Fried Chicken? I thought we were in Florida?!

Route 50. Winter Garden FL

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Vintage Travel the Modern Way!

Vintage Travel the Modern Way!

Mod Betty & Retro Roadhusband are headed south! Expect some fun snapshots of vintage and retro Florida!

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Help! What Do You Want To Read About Next? Readers’ Choice

You know when you’re faced with a ton of options and you don’t know where to start,so you’re kinda paralyzed and just stand there, not even doing anything? Like looking at a mountain, and knowing you have to get to the top, but BOY does that mountaintop look a long ways away! Well, that’s how […]

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Aloha! It’s a Tiki-tastic Week in January

Aloha! It’s a Tiki-tastic Week in January

Who knew that a trip to the post office in January could be such a tropical surprise? Not me, until I asked to purchase some postcard stamps (for our upcoming Florida jaunt.) I was delighted to see that the stamps were right up my tiki alley with images of Aloha or Hawaiian shirts on the […]

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Mod Betty’s Embarrassing Confessesion – I Forget My States!

Mod Betty’s Embarrassing Confessesion – I Forget My States!

Driving behind this truck last fall, I realized with horror that even though I try to be the Retro Roadmap Hostess With The Mostess, I had a guilty confession. I don’t know my states by sight as well as I should…! (That little map had me stymied for miles! Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa?, Missouri, Michigan, […]

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Back in the RRMP Saddle Again!

Hopefully everyone didn’t think that I perished under a pile of vintage Life magazines last week, as I know it was awfully quiet here on the site. In fact I was doing A  LOT of organizing at Retro Roadmap HQ (including finding handwritten and dot-matrix printed notes from as far back as 1995 which are […]

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Willow Grove Amusement Park Film Clip from Documentary

Willow Grove Amusement Park Film Clip from Documentary

You never know what you’ll stumble upon during your lunch hour, and today I’m bringing you (via @Philebrity) this 12 minute video of Willow Grove Amusement Park circa 1960. According to the Youtube description: This wonderful 12 minute film of Willow Grove Park shows what it was like visiting it in the late 50’s, 60’s […]

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RetroRoadmap HQ, Hoarders-Worthy? Organization Resolution for 2012

RetroRoadmap HQ, Hoarders-Worthy? Organization Resolution for 2012

OK, I confess – I know I collect a lot of stuff, and I’ll admit Retro Roadmap HQ has gotten a bit out of control. (she says, understatedly.) Actually it usually isn’t as bad as this- Retro Roadhusband and our pal Martin are doing some work on the outlets in the room and they had […]

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New Year’s Eve Day at the Victrola Museum – Auld Lang Syne Recorded in 1912

Happy New Year Retro Roadmap Readers! This morning I donned my New Years Day apron, whipped up a batch of beans and rice (a nod to Retro Roadhusband’s dad’s “Hoppin John”) and spent 4 hours uploading the video below (and I have a totally new appreciation for our high speed internet connection back home.) Today […]

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Happy New Year!

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New Years Resolution – Read those Vintage Magazines!

New Years Resolution – Read those Vintage Magazines!

I know it isn’t the new year just yet, but with almost 200 magazines in my collection I thought I’d start early! Now which one should I start with? Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen Ideas for 1958 sounds good to me! Perhaps it will give me some inspiration for The Hacienda!

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I’m in a Holiday Mood – Chocolate For Breakfast,  5 & 10 Shopping and Blow Mold Xmas Decorations!

I’m in a Holiday Mood – Chocolate For Breakfast, 5 & 10 Shopping and Blow Mold Xmas Decorations!

Hey gang – I know I should be chaining myself to the desk and write about the loads of places we’ve been recently (Buffalo NY! The Jello Museum! Dinosaur Land!) – but I just had some chocolate covered bacon from the newly opened but wonderfully old school Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia and I’m all hepped […]

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Retro Roadwork on the Website! Watch Your Step!

Hello Retro Roadmap readers – hope you’re having a lovely autumn! I’m having a busy but productive season, with all sorts of changes and improvements slowly being made to the site. Please bear with me as I manually update almost every post with all sorts of tags, photos, maps and goodies. It’s a lot of […]

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The Book “Classic Diners of Massachusetts” Has Been Published – Congrats to Author and Retro Roadpal Larry Cultrera!

The Book “Classic Diners of Massachusetts” Has Been Published – Congrats to Author and Retro Roadpal Larry Cultrera!

Just read on his Diner Hotline that Larry Cultrera’s book “Classic Diners of Massachusetts” has been published and shipped, and we couldn’t be happier for our Retro Roadpal Larry Cultrera! I’ll let Larry tell it best: The book should be in most book stores (at least in Massachusetts) by the end of this week! You […]

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Rosedale Diner Postcard Print Mystery Gift at Work – Mystery Solved!

Lookit what was waiting for me this morning at my Corporate Cube- how cool! Now I just have to find out what swell coworker left it there for me…! Mystery Solved! Work pal and all around good guy Paul Altobelli dropped this at my desk as a Thank You for hepping him to the fascinating […]

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Mayflower Cafe Jackson MS in The Help – Another Retro Roadmap Worthy Location Featured in a Movie!

Mayflower Cafe Jackson MS in The Help – Another Retro Roadmap Worthy Location Featured in a Movie!

Mod Betty occasionally dips into the modern world-  to see a movie or something – but even then is on the Retro Roadmap lookout. So I was thrilled to see a familiar Retro Roadmap destination – The Mayflower Cafe  in the movie The Help – set in early 1960’s Jackson, MS. We had a delicious […]

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Vintage Vinyl Sundays w/ the Thrifty Discount DJs – Phoenixville is Lucky!

Vintage Vinyl Sundays w/ the Thrifty Discount DJs – Phoenixville is Lucky!

Somehow Sundays at The Hacienda have become vintage vinyl mornings. Quiet enough so I don’t totally disturb Retro Roadhusband, who has- more likely than not – come home at an ungodly hour from a gig, I’ll pull out some of my thrifted records and put them on the record player, to play as I putter […]

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Diner Tour of Southern New Jersey – Only a Few Seats Left!

Diner Tour of Southern New Jersey – Only a Few Seats Left!

There’s still time to sign up for the Society of Commercial Archeology‘s South Jersey Diner (and more) tour on Saturday September 17! Tour Highlights Include: Historic Jersey Roads! o Journey parts of U.S. Route 130 – before I-295 and the New Jersey Turnpike, there was only Route 130, serving early suburbanites and East Coast travelers, […]

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Sad News – Papoo’s Hot Dog Show Since 1949 – Closed

Sad News – Papoo’s Hot Dog Show Since 1949 – Closed

Well you find things out in the darndest of ways sometimes, case in point that I learned about the closing of Papoo’s Hot Dog Show when I saw photos of the sign being dismantled in my Flickr pal jericl cat’s photo stream. Regular Retro Roadmap readers may remember that our intrepid California reporter Anna told […]

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

My oh my where DID the summer go? Did I nod off for a few weeks? Seriously! Hope all the Retro Roadmap Readers out there have some fun plans for this weekend! Stay safe and let me know if you found any cool old, vintage or retro places! I’ll be heading down to the beach, […]

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Cute Vintage Camper Meet Up! We Visit The National Serro Scotty Organization Summer Rally

Cute Vintage Camper Meet Up! We Visit The National Serro Scotty Organization Summer Rally

At this time last year I could not tell one vintage camper from another, but now Retro Roadhusband and I are the proud owners of a Serro Scotty Sportsman, and were very excited to visit our first National Serro Scotty Rally this summer in Slippery Rock, PA. Even though we didn’t bring the camper…! A […]

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Paragon Park Tee Shirt Modeled by Office Manager Margie

Paragon Park Tee Shirt Modeled by Office Manager Margie

Well it certainly is a Nantasket Beach kinda week here at Retro Roadmap HQ! Office manager Margie is modeling a Paragon Park tee shirt that came in today’s mail, and that roller coaster logo certainly brings back memories! Through the power of the internet I found the site of the SpitDudes when they wrote a […]

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A New Idea for Your Old Vintage Travel Brochures – Coasters ‘n’ Trivets!

A New Idea for Your Old Vintage Travel Brochures – Coasters ‘n’ Trivets!

You can take the girl away from the blog, but you can’t get the blog out of the girl! Case in point, as soon as I saw these cool tiles at the Wellfleet Drive In Flea Market I knew I had to share my find with you Retro Roadmap readers! If you’re a fan of […]

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Retro Roadmap Featured in Betty Magazine – UK !

I’ve always thought of Retro Roadmap as a great resource for international travelers to learn about the real, authentic America they want to experience when they visit the US, and my pals at online magazine Betty, published in the UK seem to agree. They contacted me,  – USA’s own Mod Betty – to share with […]

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Richmond, VA – A Retro Roadmap Reader Report

Richmond, VA – A Retro Roadmap Reader Report

Since Mod Betty is on vaca what a great time to share some of the Retro Roadmap-worthy places submitted by our dear readers! Here’s TikiSoo’s writeup of her trip to Richmond, VA – enjoy! Richmond, VA: The City’s Smokin’!

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If You’re Fond Of Sand Dunes and Salty Air (and FOW) – Mod Betty is Cape Cod Bound

If You’re Fond Of Sand Dunes and Salty Air (and FOW) – Mod Betty is Cape Cod Bound

Getting all excited for my trip back to Massachusetts – for some fun on old Cape Cod!

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The Birthday Girl

Yep, it’s that time of year again! Mod Betty is turning another year older and has packed the next weeks with too-much-fun! I’ve been working behind the scenes to get Retro Roadmap up and running again in our new digs, but will be taking some time off in the next week to do some traveling, […]

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Retro Roadmap (and Mod Betty) Featured in Treasures Magazine – Oh Boy!

Retro Roadmap (and Mod Betty) Featured in Treasures Magazine – Oh Boy!

My mother recently subscribed me to some magazines without letting me know. So I thought that I was just looking through one of her gifts last night, when who should stare back at me from page 10, but ME! (Thanks to photographer Laura Keen for this fun shot!)

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Vintage Rattan Set – a Tiki – Tastic Addition to the Hacienda

Vintage Rattan Set – a Tiki – Tastic Addition to the Hacienda

Happy Birthday to me! I’ll be saying that a lot in the next few weeks, as my upcoming birthday is a perfect excuse for fun stuff. Like this fabulous Tropitan vintage rattan set by Ritts Co of Los Angeles we just got!

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A Shout Out From Uncle Atom!

I met internet pal Uncle Atom at the Old Sledworks in Duncannon PA, where I was so excited to talk with him about his aqua and white 1962 Shasta Airflyte camper and the great vintage travel decals he put on it:

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The Retro Roadmap Maps Have Gone on Vacation!

Well gang, we made it- we’re unpacking our bags here at our new host and checking out the new digs, but the Retro Roadmap Maps don’t seem to have made the journey with us! I haven’t quite figured out why the maps that used to appear at the end of each post no longer appear […]

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Cool Independent…Web Hosting? Pardon the Dust as We Move!

We’re looking to grow Retro Roadmap and realized we couldn’t do it with the small space we’d carved out for ourselves during these wonderful past 2 years. And when we thought about it it also seemed silly to be going to big impersonal companies for much of our web stuff – since we’re the champions […]

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Sad News – Jacob Zook’s Hex Sign Store Paradise, PA Route 30  Lincoln Highway Closed

Sad News – Jacob Zook’s Hex Sign Store Paradise, PA Route 30 Lincoln Highway Closed

When Retro Roadhusband were driving down Route 30 / The Lincoln Highway in Paradise, PA Sunday we were saddened to see that Jacob Zoon Hex Signs store was closed and the property being offered for sale.

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Lancaster County PA Roadside Stand Find – Featherstone Flamingos!

Lancaster County PA Roadside Stand Find – Featherstone Flamingos!

These will look perfect in front of the newly stuccoed Hacienda! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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What a Fun Day at Blobfest – I’m Beat!

What a Fun Day at Blobfest – I’m Beat!

Thanks to all the Retro Roadfolks who came out today- and a big Howdy to everyone who is checking out Retro Roadmap for the first time! I’m gonna rest my weary Keds but will be back on track sharing more of the vintage, retro and cool old places worth visiting as soon as I recover! […]

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Retro Roadmap Booth at Blobfest 2011

Retro Roadmap Booth at Blobfest 2011

Kyle Weaver is signing copies of Diners of PA. Kevin Patrick will be too! Vintage souvenirs for sale too! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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Tomorrow! Blobfest Retro Roadmap Diners of Pennsylvania Book Signing – Phoenixville PA

Tomorrow! Blobfest Retro Roadmap Diners of Pennsylvania Book Signing – Phoenixville PA

(image courtesy of Kevin Patrick) Don’t forget – tomorrow Saturday July 9th Retro Roadmap will be representin’ with a booth full of vintage souvenir goodies and a special appearance by Kyle Weaver and Kevin Patrick from Diners of Pennsylvania! Buy your copy and get it autographed, while enjoying a wonderfully fun day in “The Ville”- […]

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Serro Scotty Vintage Camper Rally!!!

We had a great visit with the fine owners of the vintage Serro Scotty trailers – read all about it here! Cute Vintage Camper Meet Up! We Visit The National Serro Scotty Rally in Slippery Rock PA.

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Who Knew? “Here’s Howe!” Candy Coffee and Nuts Grove City PA

Who Knew? “Here’s Howe!” Candy Coffee and Nuts Grove City PA

I just saw some of their candies down the beach last week- they come in twist ties plastic bags. Who knew a few days later we’d randomly drive by the George Howe Factory – in business since 1927. They have a small retail shop so we bought some candies and a cool vintage style coffee […]

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Grilled Stickey at The Diner in State College PA – Had To Do It!

Grilled Stickey at The Diner in State College PA – Had To Do It!

When in Rome…or State College PA for that matter – do what the locals do! Get a Sticky Bun, split and grilled with a side of vanilla ice cream! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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Kutztown Folk Festival – Betty’s Kitchen by Bill and Charlotte Schuster

Kutztown Folk Festival – Betty’s Kitchen by Bill and Charlotte Schuster

  Isn’t this just adorable? I got a neat lil hex sign from them- all hand painted too! www.hexsign.com

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No Ox Roast on Tuesdays at the Kutztown Folk Festival – Bummer!

No Ox Roast on Tuesdays at the Kutztown Folk Festival – Bummer!

We went to our first Kutztown Folk Festival today- what fun! Had no idea there would be an ox roast, so I guess we can’t be too disappointed that we missed it.

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Happy 4th of July from Retro Roadmap!

Happy 4th of July from Retro Roadmap!

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Happy Holiday Weekend From Rehoboth Beach DE

Happy Holiday Weekend From Rehoboth Beach DE

Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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We’re on Vacation!

We’re on Vacation!

Retro Roadhusband and I are on vacation – hooray! (Gotta get me some of those sunglasses!) While I will be posting from the road this gives me an opportunity to  share stories submitted by Retro Roadmap Readers as well.Vintage signs, original diners, drive in movie theatres – stay tuned!

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OMG! An Autographed Photo From My Idol – Phyllis Diller!

OMG! An Autographed Photo From My Idol – Phyllis Diller!

I am a big fan of comedienne Phyllis Diller and was THRILLED to receive this autographed photo of her in the mail today. Born in 1917, Phyllis was close to 40 when she began her career that has spanned nearly 6 decades. She’s an inspiration! When RetroRoadhusband (Fang?) told me my tiki dress looked very […]

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Cool Vintage Palisades Park Poster at Jimmy’s Grill Dewey Beach DE

Cool Vintage Palisades Park Poster at Jimmy’s Grill Dewey Beach DE

I had to wait until Retro Roadhusband and his brother ( The Hillis Brothers ) finished playing to snap this photo. They were hiding that voluptuous bathing beauty! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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Louie’s Pizza Rehoboth DE – Mod Betty’s Fave Pizza at The Beach!

Louie’s Pizza Rehoboth DE – Mod Betty’s Fave Pizza at The Beach!

Best slices on the boardwalk. OK technically on Rehoboth Avenue (since 1974). Yum! (I just got the story of this Alfred E. Newman painting from Tim Gouvas – as we’d say at home it’s wicked interesting! But typing it on my phone won’t do it justice – stay tuned!)   Louie’s Pizza www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Canvas on Demand- Retro Road Trip Photos Become Artwork!

Canvas on Demand- Retro Road Trip Photos Become Artwork!

This is not a paid endorsement, but I just wanted to share that I’m pleased with the gallery wrapped wall art I just got from Canvas on Demand. Makes my snapshot look all arty! (thanks Groupon!) Now where to hang it…?

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Vintage Vacation Photos Make Me Antsy For Our Wildwood Weekend at The Caribbean Motel!

Vintage Vacation Photos Make Me Antsy For Our Wildwood Weekend at The Caribbean Motel!

Summer’s officially here and I am so very excited for all of the fun we have planned – like our stay at the lovingly restored 1950s Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, NJ. There’s us, in line for a hot dog, in this vintage photo from the Caribbean, courtesy of our pals at RetroStockPix.com. (don’t you just love […]

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Please Welcome Marjorie to Retro Roadmap HQ !

Please Welcome Marjorie to Retro Roadmap HQ !

Though some may claim she has a flat personality and can be two dimensional at times, we find her standup approach very refreshing. According to her last employers Marjorie hails from Milton Delaware and specializes in marketing and display. We wish her many years of happiness here at the Hacienda! Though we do wish she […]

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Retro Roadmap Connection to Super 8 Movie  – Was I Fooled by Hollywood’s “Vintage” Signage?

Retro Roadmap Connection to Super 8 Movie – Was I Fooled by Hollywood’s “Vintage” Signage?

Retro Roadhusband and I decided to to check out the new J.J. Abrams movie Super 8 this evening and got an unexpected Retro Roadmap surprise. There is a shot in the movie of a downtown area and I almost leaned over to RRH to say it kinda reminded me of the little town of Weirton, […]

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Latrobe PA Drive In Movie Theatre to be Demolished so Visit Your Local Drive-in This Summer!

Latrobe PA Drive In Movie Theatre to be Demolished so Visit Your Local Drive-in This Summer!

Just got the sad news from Brian Butko’s Lincoln Highway News blog that the Hi Way Drive In Theatre in Latrobe PA is going to be demolished and replaced by a CVS. So sad!

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Remembering Memorial Day

Remembering Memorial Day

While I’m excited about the lovely weather and extra day off this Memorial Day weekend I also know that the holiday is about much more than that. (my dad) Last Memorial Day we were performing the ritual of visiting the family graves to plant flowers and say a prayer. With the help of a wheelchair […]

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Where to Retro Road Trip on Memorial Day Weekend? Help Us Decide!

Where to Retro Road Trip on Memorial Day Weekend? Help Us Decide!

I’ve got a dog-free Saturday coming up which means…ROADTRIP!! Granted we will most likely keep within the confines of Pennsylvania, but what direction should we head in?! As you can see, we’ve been to a lot of vintage and cool old places in PA, and they’re all listed on the Pennsylvania RetroRoadMAP: View PA – […]

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My Retro Roadmap Radio Interview Makes Front Page News at Vintage Allies Variety Broadcasting!

My Retro Roadmap Radio Interview Makes Front Page News at Vintage Allies Variety Broadcasting!

Oh boy – my online radio interview has made the front page at Vintage Allies Variety Broadcasting! click here to read and listen!

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Doing The Dishes at RetroRoadmap HQ

Doing The Dishes at RetroRoadmap HQ

What did you expect…Wedgwood? 😉 (Had no idea I had so many vintage souvenir plates. Stop me before I thrift again!) Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Vintage Radio Lite App – A Must Add to Your Retro Road Trip Car Ride

Vintage Radio Lite App – A Must Add to Your Retro Road Trip Car Ride

At night when there’s nothing else cool to photograph and you’re in the highway towards your next destination nothing says “Retro Road Trip” more than cool old time radio shows! Though I wasn’t able to find any on the radio proper, never fear, the smartphone is here, with the Vintage Radio Lite app! If I’m […]

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Ford Ranch Wagon Walpole MA

Ford Ranch Wagon Walpole MA

I can haz plz?!! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Happy Mothers Day From Retro Roadmap!

Happy Mothers Day From Retro Roadmap!

Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers, and folks who have mothers – from the Retro Roadmap family! I’ll be taking my RetroRoadmum (with RetroRoadsis and niece) to a vintage roadside eatery here in Massachusetts – the Bubbling Brook restaurant in Westwood, MA. It’s a family place that our RetroRoadGram used to take us to. […]

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Diners and Burger Books – The Latest Additions to The Retro Roadmap Library

Diners and Burger Books – The Latest Additions to The Retro Roadmap Library

Pleasant Journeys and Good Eats along the Way: The Paintings of John Baeder Hamburger America: Completely Revised and Updated Edition: A State-by-State Guide to 150 Great Burger Joints – George Motz Sent from the Retro RoadPhone! www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Diners of Pennsylvania 2nd Edition Now Out!

I got mine at Sled Fest but it’s available online through Stackpole Books. http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=0676 Will keep you posted about any book signings ad I hear of them! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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American Dream Diner Harrisburg PA

No, I did not get the Rope! (sausage) Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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RoadBloggers Reunion at Sled Works Sled Fest This Saturday, Duncannon PA

Come check out all the cool stuff happening at the Old Sledworks Sled Fest in Duncannon PA this Saturday – RetroRoadhusband and I will be there, and a whole bunch more Retro Roadpals are planning on attending as well! I’m psyched to see some old and new Retro Roadfriends there – Wendy Vee from Roadside […]

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Happy Easter from Retro Roadmap!

Hope you got a big chocolate bunny like this in your basket! From our visit to Hebert Candy Mansion last Easter. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

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Mod Betty – In Front of The Camera For 2 Magazine Features – Yikes!

Yes, it’s true- your favorite “don’t take my picture” hostess has had to emerge from behind the lens- for not one but two exciting magazine features! Oh the things that must be done to get the word out about vintage, retro and cool old places 🙂 First off I have to thank photographer Laura Keen – […]

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Skip’s Burgers Merrimac MA – Open for 64th Season Today!

Home of the famous Suzy Q fries (nom) tasty burgers and vintage car nights, Skip’s in Merrimac opens today for the season! Harbinger of spring for sure [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEBJrBX5i_s&feature=player_embedded] Read all about our adventures at Skips here and become a fan of Skip’s on Facebook!

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