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Rescued Coca Cola Sign Salem NH – Mod Betty’s Old Photo Helped!

Rescued Coca Cola Sign Salem NH – Mod Betty’s Old Photo Helped!

“I feel like I am saving a piece of history. Your picture is what made it happen.” Now Mod Betty isn’t one to toot her own horn, but when someone says that you, you can’t help but feel a little honored and humbled. Little ol’ me? Driving around snapping photos of things that caught my […]

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Animated Neon Signs of Portland Oregon – Enjoy!

Animated Neon Signs of Portland Oregon – Enjoy!

This is too good not to share with the entire Retro Roadmap family! I got this from a link on the Society for Commercial Archeology’s Facebook Page, and was just thinking how Retro Roadhusband and I are SO overdue in getting our tukkuses out to Portland, to meet up with our West Coast besties from […]

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Wisconsin Dells, WI –  Midwest Family Traveler Recommends!

Wisconsin Dells, WI – Midwest Family Traveler Recommends!

The Midwest Family Traveler has shared a few fun photos from the Wisconsin Dells, making this vacation destination the first Wisconsin entry on Retro Roadmap! Wisconsin Dells has been a tourist spot for well over 100 years, with the original draw being the scenic gorge and sandstone formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. […]

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I’m With The Clown- Circus Drive-In Wall Twp NJ

On an unexpected roadtrip with Retro Roadhusband to the shore – stopped here for lunch. You should too!

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Help Us Find a Script House Number – Could You Check Your Local Hardware Stores Please?

Help Us Find a Script House Number – Could You Check Your Local Hardware Stores Please?

We’re doing some “retro – renovations” to the Hacienda this year, and one thing I’ve wanted to do for ages is to add our house number in script, in addition to our actual number (surrounded by a fabulous vintage palm tree frame that came with the house- we LOVE that!) (One of the reasons we […]

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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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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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Vintage Signs of Key West – Daytime in the Sunshine!

Hooray! The rain has stopped and the sun is out – hope it’s the same type of lovely morning for all you RetroRoadap Readers. As promised here are some of the great Key West vintage signs and sights I discovered while walking around one sunny morning. This first one has a special place in my […]

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Key West Neon – Antidote for a Stormy Saturday Night

The wind she’s a blowin and the rain she’s a fallin here tonight at the beach version of RetroRoadmap HQ. What better time to remember what a warm spring night can be like – in Key West Florida for example! Here are a few shots of the nifty neon you may see when you walk […]

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One of the Last Vintage Signs in Phoenixville PA

Neumann’s Furniture sign – Church St. Seen while walking the Retro Road Dog! Neumann’s hasn’t been here in a long time but the sign lives on. I swear I saw the blue neon tubes lit up not long ago. Figured I better document this sign before it disappears. Sent from the Retro RoadPhone! www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Howard Johnson’s Weathervane -History is Hiding Right in Front of You, Just Look Around!

It’s not a Howard Johnson’s Restaurant anymore, but who could not notice that classic orange roof, cupola (tho not aqua) and Simon and The Pieman? I notice it every time I drive past this location (which I will be keeping secret at the moment, lest anyone go try and take down the weathervane!) I have […]

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Old Braintree MA Drive In Now Airport Shuttle Station

The screen is still up and the zig zag roof remains, I must be sitting in what once was the concession line. I haven’t been on these grounds since I’d sneak in and take photos after it had closed down in the mid 1980’s! Now I’m waiting for RetroRoadsis and the roadkids to pick me […]

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Not in Ohio but Louisville KY – Go Figure!

Saw this great old theatre sign behind the Brown Hotel – where we’re currently waiting for a Hot Brown! Sent from the Retro Roadphone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Beale Street Memphis TN – Neon Signs Everywhere!

It kinda reminds me of Pottersville, but everyone’s having fun this Saturday night- and I’m just glad we made it here after our 12 hour jaunt from Austin!

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Revolving Root Beer Mug Roadside Wonder at La Place Frostop

If you want to hear my Boston accent make an unscheduled appearance on RetroRoadmap listen to my attempt at extemporaneous narration as you watch this video of the wonderful rotating rootbeeer mug on Route 61 in La Place Louisiana. Or turn off the volume and just watch it go ’round.   I’ll have more photos […]

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Greenport NY- Long Island’s Vintage / Retro Goldmine Part 1

Greenport NY- Long Island’s Vintage / Retro Goldmine Part 1

Greenport NY is so chock-a-block full of cool vintage and retro finds that I’ve been wrestling for over 2 months now with how to tell you all about it. You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words? Well here are my photos that will illustrate what an absolute FIND Greenport […]

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Photos of Boston Theatres from 1984 – The Beginnings of RetroRoadmap

All this talk of Boston with Eddie Coyle and the arrival of my new fave  movie compendium Big Screen Boston made me realize that my photos from a college “slide tape presentation” might be of interest to Retro Roadmap Readers. These photographs, shot in the fall of 1984 were of some of the old theatres […]

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1970’s Boston Movie Fun – Name That Location! The Friends of Eddie Coyle

I remember seeing just a bit of the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle when my dad was watching it once on TV and doing a complete double take when I saw that the scene was filmed in Dedham the town where both my mum and my dad grew up, and where “Grammie in Dedham” […]

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Yay it’s still there! Fabulous Kirby & Holloway Sign Rt 13 Dover, DE

Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Always Take The Back Roads for a Retro Road Trip

Hello Retro Roadmap readers! While I work my way through tons of photos and all sorts of wonderful vintage and retro places we’ve been over the past couple of weeks, I thought I’d share some random snapshots from the roadside, from our trip home from Lake George. Sara Glen Motel, Saratoga Springs, NY Landmark Motel, […]

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Gorgeous Mel’s Diner Sign Lebanon PA

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Vintage Neon Sign Slide Show – Philadelphia – This Wed 3/24!

Those of us in the Philly area are in for a real vintage sign treat, as Len Davidson – owner of Davidson Neon and curator of the Neon Museum of Philadelphia -is giving a slide presentation and discussion of “The History Of Neon in Philadelphia” this Wednesday March 24, 2010, after it was snowed out […]

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Molly Pitcher Waffle Shop neon sign Chambersburg PA

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Flickr Friday- I Love Old Signs!

Here’s  a fun way to help share some of the wonderful photos that Flickr folk are taking, of Retro Roadmap-worthy places and things. Welcome to Flickr Friday! The first group I want to share is called I Love Old Signs! because I do indeed. Love. Old. Signs. ! Here’s what you’ll find: Old neon (working […]

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LaPlace Frostop is The PLACE for Root Beer! La Place LA

“Home of the Lot-O-Burger and Frosted Mug Root Beer” Well if their web title tag doesn’t make you want to head directly there, this photo sure will: Dang that’s pretty! And,  be-still my beating heart…the mug (renovated for its 50th birthday) even ROTATES! Built by Morris Terry in 1958, the Frostop is still in the […]

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LaPlace Frostop is The PLACE for Root Beer! La Place LA

“Home of the Lot-O-Burger and Frosted Mug Root Beer” Well if their web title tag doesn’t make you want to head directly there, this photo sure will: Dang that’s pretty! And,  be-still my beating heart…the mug (renovated for its 50th birthday) even ROTATES! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYR-GgoOpqs&hl=en&fs=1&] Built by Morris Terry in 1958, the Frostop is still in […]

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Laundromat and Mobile Homes – Vintage Sign Doubleshot

Laundromat and Mobile Homes – Vintage Sign Doubleshot

December 15, 2009 SAD UPDATE- I’m bummed out to report that when driving home from Reading last night I noticed that both of these cool signs had been taken down, replaced with a small generic white sign. I’m going to leave this post up here as an homage to these funky guys. Goodbye crooked E! […]

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Missing- Vintage Soda Pop Sign – Where Did It Go?

Missing- Vintage Soda Pop Sign – Where Did It Go?

Have you seen me? I used to hang on the Superior Beverages building on Main Street in Phoenixville PA. Some of you from the south may recognize my sunny Orange Crush side, though those of you from the north side of town may be more familiar with my darker, Hires Rootbeer facade. I noticed this […]

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