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Marshmallow Fluff – Made in Massachusetts for almost 100 Years. [Sweet!]

Marshmallow Fluff – Made in Massachusetts for almost 100 Years. [Sweet!]

Mod Betty isn’t much of a cook, but once a year she’s all about the Fluff.  You see, she’s a Massachusetts gal, so many a holiday season she makes Never Fail Fudge and Marshmallow Treats from this locally made marshmallow creme creation. Heck, her recipes even come from the Fluff Yummy Book that she sent away for years ago! Since […]

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Retro Roadmap Route 1 Saugus “Retro Fun Tour”  Tips!

Retro Roadmap Route 1 Saugus “Retro Fun Tour” Tips!

Mod Betty has always had a soft spot for Route 1 in Saugus Massachusetts, ever since she discovered it many years ago. The lights! The Signs! The Over The Top Architecture! To her- heaven. So many of these places are not here anymore, or are a shell of their former self, but they live on […]

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Sad Day – Wonder Bar Worcester, Removed from Retro Roadmap – Remuddled

Sad Day – Wonder Bar Worcester, Removed from Retro Roadmap – Remuddled

August 2015 Update: It it always a sad day when I have to remove a place from Retro Roadmap. This usually happens when the authentic vintage charm that we love so much has been obliterated by remodeling/remuddling, turning a once “real” place into just another cookie cutter establishment. Those are not what Retro Roadmap is all about, […]

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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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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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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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Nantasket Beach’s Paragon Carousel Opens For the Season This Weekend! Hull, MA

While it’s probably snowing today up in Mass there’s good news too – the Paragon Carousel at Nantasket Beach opens for the weekend season tomorrow – Saturday April 2. The carousel (Philadelphia Toboggan Company #85 for those keeping score) was originally part of Paragon Park Amusement Park that made Hull a recreation destination until it’s […]

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Kowloon Chinese Restaurant Now Has A Free App For Your iPhone!

Just found out my favorite chinese restaurant / tiki mecca up in Saugus MA -the Kowloon Restaurant, now has a free app for your iphone. Now you can place your order directly from your phone and have it waiting when you get there! Now I haven’t used it – I don’t think they deliver to […]

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PJ Pastry Shop Dedham MA – A Friends of Eddie Coyle Shot Brings Back Fond Memories!

Over the summer I had great fun sharing some Boston area locations from the 1970’s move The Friends Eddie Coyle (here’s a link to my original post “1970?s Boston Movie Fun – Name That Location! The Friends of Eddie Coyle”.) Well I wasn’t the only one who had fond memories of the locations this movie […]

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Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach MA – A Cautionary Retro Roadtrip Down Memory Lane

Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach MA – A Cautionary Retro Roadtrip Down Memory Lane

Not sure what the weather is like where you are, but we’ve got snow-a-fallin here outside of Retro Roadmap HQ, so instead of going out on the roads, I’m looking backward down memory lane via my own photo collection.I figured I’d go back as far as I could in my own collection and start with […]

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Another Mystery Boston Diner! Was it Real?

Mod Betty will be busy being the Hostess with The Mostess this weekend, but here’s something for the diner sleuths in the audience to chew on while I am unable to post. Is this diner real, or just a figment of the artist’s imagination? All I can tell you is that this was painted in […]

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Diner Presentation by Larry Cultrera Monday 12/6 Quincy MA

Hey everyone, don’t forget about the slide presentation and talk that Larry Cultrera’s giving at the Thomas Crane Public Library, in Quincy, MA this  Monday December 6 at 7pm! “The Evolution of Diners – From Lunch Carts to Mega Restaurants” Larry Cultrera of DinerHotline.com will be giving a slide show and talk about the ever […]

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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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What Vintage Boston Diner Is This? The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

I had always wanted to see the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle again because I remember there being a scene filmed in a diner, but I wasn’t sure what diner it was? My geographic brain thought it might be the Apple Tree Diner because that was still in Dedham when many of the scenes […]

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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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Diners of the Worcester Lunch Car Co. – Thanks Boston Globe!

Diners of the Worcester Lunch Car Co. – Thanks Boston Globe!

While reading the virtual Sunday Paper this morning I noticed my old broadsheet the Boston “Glob” had a swell article on something near and dear to my Retro Roadmap heart – diners – of the Worcester Lunch Car variety! The 10 Worcester Lunch Car diners (not necessarily in Worcester, just built there by this famous […]

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Skip’s Burgers Closed for Season

Just got word via their Facebook page that Skips in Merrimac Ma, home of great burgers and Suzie Q fries, has closed for the season. I’ll let you know when they’re open for business- c’mon Spring! Read about Skips here on Retro Roadmap!

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Top 10 Diners of Massachusetts – Thanks, Diner Hotline!

Top 10 Diners of Massachusetts – Thanks, Diner Hotline!

Heading to Massachusetts and excited to visit  as many of my fave Retro Roadmappy places as I could, the first thing I realized was, “Dang! That’s a lot of eating!” Luckily I was able to call on Larry Cultrera of Diner Hotline to chronicle some of the many fine diners in my home state. He’s […]

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Snapshots from Mass Retro Roadmap Trip – Flickr Friday!

A rainy day in Mass means a morning spent going through and uploading just some of the zillions of photos I’ve taken on this trip. Can’t believe I’ve visited so many great places, and in turn have so many more I want to visit! check out the Retro Roadmap Flickr Group to get a sneak […]

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Making it in Massachusetts

Hey folks, just a quick pop in from the road- having a swell time in Mass, and catching up on a lot of wonderful places I hope to share with the world as soon as I return. Highlights so far: Milk bottle shaped restaurant in Raynham still rocking Henry’s Root Beer in Taunton repainted and […]

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Retro Roadmapping Week Ahead – Aw, Boston You’re My Home!

Very excited to be heading back to my old stomping grounds of  Massachusetts for an entire week of Retro Roadmap research! I can’t wait to share with you all the places that I’d go visit and photo and support even before I had this website, because, well, that’s what I do! 🙂 I will be […]

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Retro Roadkids Learning the Rules of the Road Trip

Retro Roadkids Learning the Rules of the Road Trip

During my visit home one of the things  I am looking forward to is bringing the Retro Roadkids (aka niece/nephew) along for a day of Retro Roadmap research. They are used to the driving “adventures” that they go on when I come home to visit, and hopefully look forward to them as much as I […]

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