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Happy New Year from Mod Betty and Retro Roadmap

Happy New Year from Mod Betty and Retro Roadmap

Happy New Year Retro Roadpals! Mod Betty has been taking time at the beginning of this calendar year organizing her stuff and her thoughts to make room for what is important – and Retro Roadmap is one of those things! Stay tuned for a big new design reveal for the website, and a Mod B […]

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The Year End – A Time To Reflect

The Year End – A Time To Reflect

It’s that reflective time of year, and Mod B has been pondering the state of Retro Roadmap worthy places, so pardon me if I ramble. Dang, people – it’s starting to look like the Obituary section around here. 🙁 Vesuvio Restaurant Belmar, NJ 1937-2013 Hilltop Steak House, Saugus, MA 1961-2013 Christo’s Restaurant, Brockton, MA 1964-2013 […]

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Retro Roadmap Holiday Video! Macy’s Wanamaker Organ and Light Show

Retro Roadmap Holiday Video! Macy’s Wanamaker Organ and Light Show

Voila! It’s “Episode 2” of the Retro Roadmap show! In this “special holiday edition” of Retro Roadmap  Mod Betty visits Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia – where she learns about the Wanamaker Organ from Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte, and enjoys the Holiday Light show. (Watch using the player above or click this link […]

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Greetings From Josh Early Candies Allentown PA – A Holiday Retro Roadcard!

Greetings From Josh Early Candies Allentown PA – A Holiday Retro Roadcard!

Dear Retro Roadmap Readers –  Mod B is busy with holiday shopping but could not resist dropping a quick “virtual postcard” from the road. I’m at Josh Early Candies in Allentown, PA. While I’m really here waiting for some nice folks to deliver a swell MCM lamp, I wasn’t about to just stay in the […]

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So This Happened…Stay Tuned for the Holiday Video Episode of Retro Roadmap!

So This Happened…Stay Tuned for the Holiday Video Episode of Retro Roadmap!

Hollywood hasn’t been returning my calls, but whatevs – I’m gonna make my own Retro Roadmap TeeVee Show! We had a swell time in the city discovering holiday traditions that live on, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

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Mod Betty is Blogging for the National Trust For Historic Preservation – Busy Miss Lizzie!

Mod Betty is Blogging for the National Trust For Historic Preservation – Busy Miss Lizzie!

Just a quick little bit of good news from Mod B – for the month of October I’ve been asked to contribute to  PreservationNation  – the blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation– whee! I’m literally a card carrying member of the NTHP, so I could not be more thrilled with this wonderful opportunity […]

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Mod Betty Helps Solve The Case of the Mystery Vintage Dresses!

Mod Betty Helps Solve The Case of the Mystery Vintage Dresses!

Regular readers know how much Mod Betty loves vintage clothing- especially dresses, and finding out some of the history of them from her Vintage Clothing Resource “Fuzzie Lizzie” the Vintage Traveler. So it was quite a surprise when both of us were stumped by a couple of cute frocks from my collection – with the […]

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Retro Roadmap TV Show? Here’s Mod Betty’s First Attempt!

Retro Roadmap TV Show? Here’s Mod Betty’s First Attempt!

Many people have said to me that Retro Roadmap would make an excellent TV show, but it’s taken Mod Betty a few years to get her courage up to put herself in front of one of them moving-picture type cameras.( Heck, it’s only with the encouragement of Charles Phoenix that I started putting myself in […]

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Summer Fun Retro Roadmap Style – Lotsa Photos! Hope You’re Having a Fun Summer Too

Summer Fun Retro Roadmap Style – Lotsa Photos! Hope You’re Having a Fun Summer Too

Retro Roadmap Readers – I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I need to cram in as many fun things as possible into the 8-10 short weeks of the season we call summer. Maybe it’s because I have a summer birthday, maybe it’s because of all those years of being in school, […]

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Blobfest 2013 Weekend – Retro Roadmap Will Be There, You Should Be Too!

Blobfest 2013 Weekend – Retro Roadmap Will Be There, You Should Be Too!

It’s a busy weekend for Mod Betty / Retro Roadmap when Blobfest is happening – come and join in the fun ! The 1958 movie The Blob starring Steve McQueen was filmed right here in Phoenixville, PA – and the Colonial Theatre features in one of the most memorable scenes, as shown below.  Sounds like enough […]

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Come Watch Mod Betty’s Fave Movie on the Big Screen – Bingo, You’ve Won!

Come Watch Mod Betty’s Fave Movie on the Big Screen – Bingo, You’ve Won!

Beach Blanket Bingo, that is! Yes it’s true and I’m not ashamed to admit it – all those Sunday afternoons watching re-runs of 1960s movies on Channel 56 definitely affected Mod B’s development, and one of my fave movies of the entire Beach Party genre is the 1965 classic – Beach Blanket Bingo. Starring Frankie […]

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Retro Roadmap Shoefest a Success! – Thanks Michael G Stewart For the Photos

Retro Roadmap Shoefest a Success! – Thanks Michael G Stewart For the Photos

We had a great time at “Shoefest” and I can’t wait to invent another Retro Roadmap Roundup! Read all about our fun adventures here at Michael G. Stewart’s Neon Dreamscapes, and come along next time I’m rounding everyone up!

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Retro Roadmap Roundup – The Shoe House and Other Vintage Delights! May 5, 2013

Retro Roadmap Roundup – The Shoe House and Other Vintage Delights! May 5, 2013

OK so remember how I promised to get more people together to do fun Retro Roadmappy type stuff this year? Well check out all this vintage inspired fun I’ve got on the agenda for Sunday May 5th! A guided tour of the famed Shoe House Breakfast at the vintage Prospect Diner Eats at Hinkle’s Pharmacy […]

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Get Your FREE Retro Roadmap Sticker!

Get Your FREE Retro Roadmap Sticker!

BOY this was a fun weekend, and over 70 Retro Roadmap readers have their FREE Retro Roadmap stickers in the mail as we speak. Want a sticker for yourself? Just send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to: Retro Roadmap P.O. Box 896 Phoenixville, PA 19460 Easy peasy!

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A Retro Roadmap Roundup Success! Thanks All

A Retro Roadmap Roundup Success! Thanks All

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the Retro Roadmap Roundup at the American Treasure Tour / Colonial Theatre tour / Speck’s  broasted chicken dinner. Mod Betty truly had a blast meeting everyone, and I can’t wait to plan the next fun hang!

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Nothing Finer Than Breakfast in a Diner

Especially on a cold and rainy winter morn in southern DE. Doyle’s Diner, Selbyville Delaware

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Happy Vintage Valentines Day Everyone!

Happy Vintage Valentines Day Everyone!

I LOVE that you choo-choo-choose Retro Roadmap as one of your vintage retro internet destinations, that is so SWEET of you! XO – Mod B.

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American Treasure Tour March 10, 2013 – Retro Roadmap Roundup Reminder!

American Treasure Tour March 10, 2013 – Retro Roadmap Roundup Reminder!

Retro Roadmap Readers – lets get together! Sunday March 10, 1pm – 3pm at The American Treasure Tour in Oaks, PA. Come join us and see all sorts of cool vintage things on a 90 minute guided tour, then have a whole half hour to roam around and explore on your own! Retro Roadmap Roundup […]

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Snail Mail Rules – A Sweet Note in the Retro Roadmap Mailbag

Snail Mail Rules – A Sweet Note in the Retro Roadmap Mailbag

Here at Retro Roamdap HQ I get the occasional SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope, for those of you who didn’t grow up watching ZOOM) but today’s note has super-surpassed all of those! It reads: Dear Mod Betty, My name is L______ and I am a 13 year old boy who is an antique and vintage […]

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Retro Roadmap Roundup March 2013 – The American Treasure Tour

Retro Roadmap Roundup March 2013 – The American Treasure Tour

Retro Roadmap’s Mod Betty has a bee in her mod bonnet about getting like minded vintage and retro folks together in 2013, at a series of many Retro Roadmap Roundups. Read below how you can join in on the fun! Retro Roadmap Roundup | Sunday March 10, 2013 1pm The American Treasure Tour – Oaks […]

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Vintage Neon To Brighten The January Gloom!

Vintage Neon To Brighten The January Gloom!

Not sure if anyone else gets to be a glum chum during these dark months like Mod B does, but in case I’m not the only one, here are some fun vintage signs from our recent travels. This should hopefully give us all a lift – not just because these vintage signs are so cool […]

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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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Retro Roadmap Roundups 2013 – Where Can We Meet You?

Retro Roadmap Roundups 2013 – Where Can We Meet You?

Let’s Get Together- Yeah Yeah Yeah!  The Retro Roadmap Facebook page is all abuzz about places to have Retro Roadmap Roundups in 2013! I never want to not include anyone (which I guess double-negative-canceling-out means I want To Include Everyone) so I thought I’d pose the question here on the site as well: Are you […]

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Blogging Brings People Together – Just Ask Mod Betty!

Blogging Brings People Together – Just Ask Mod Betty!

If ever anyone says that the internet is making people more reclusive and isolated, all they need to do to see the other side of that coin is to check out our adventures this past year. As a somewhat shy introvert Mod Betty is here to tell you – it’s amazing what a few emails […]

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Happy Holidays from Mod Betty and Retro Roadhusband

Happy Holidays from Mod Betty and Retro Roadhusband

Retro Roadmap folks – the busy-ness of the holiday season is upon us, but I don’t need to tell you that do I? We’re going to be laying low a bit on the blog here for the next week or so, but Mod Betty and Retro Roadhusband want to wish all of you a peaceful […]

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Did Mod Betty Mention She Has a Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper Collection?

Tis the season to decorate with whatever holiday collections you have! I think these squares of unused vintage wrapping paper will make a nice runner on our MCM credenza (protecting em with plastic a-course) That’s half the fun of decorating.- sharing my collections with our guests! I promise to share some photos with you guests […]

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Hot Weiners at Twilight – Pretty Painting by Gordon Inyard

Hot Weiners at Twilight – Pretty Painting by Gordon Inyard

Retro Roadmap pal and photo-realist road painter Gordon Inyard shared with me this lovely painting he did of the Original New York System Weiner sign all lit up. Ain’t it pretty? I thought it was nice of him to share it so I thought I’d repay the favor and share it all with you alls! […]

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Bourbon Bacon Snack Mix  – Tasty Treats from Mod Betty’s Party Pantry

Bourbon Bacon Snack Mix – Tasty Treats from Mod Betty’s Party Pantry

Now, this won’t be a regular feature here on Retro Roadmap (unless you want it to be) but I’ve had so many people clamoring for my Bourbon Bacon Snack Mix recipe that I thought I’d share it here on Retro Roadmap! You see, besides Retro Roadtripping, Mod B loves to throw some grand parties at […]

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My Vintage Christmas Card Collection and Why Mod Betty Still Sends Christmas Cards

My Vintage Christmas Card Collection and Why Mod Betty Still Sends Christmas Cards

I found 3 mystery scrapbooks a few years ago at a community thrift sale down the road. Opening them up I discovered a treasure trove of vintage Christmas cards and knew immediately that they’d have to come home with me. Being a collector, I sometimes find myself collecting other people’s collections. It breaks my heart […]

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So excited! Taking our vintage Serro Scotty camper to get restored today!!!

So excited! Taking our vintage Serro Scotty camper to get restored today!!!

First time towing it – wish us luck!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Mod Betty and Cab Calloway! Everybody Eats

Heard this song on my ipod this morning and thought it was the perfect “Thanksgiving carol!” Everybody Eats When They Come to My House – Cab Calloway Retro Roadhusband and I are so lucky – we saw my fam this weekend up in Mass, and will see his fam in Del this coming weekend, so […]

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Mod Betty is Massachusetts Bound – for a Retro Roadhusband aka Cliff Hillis Gig!

Mod Betty is Massachusetts Bound – for a Retro Roadhusband aka Cliff Hillis Gig!

Spread the news around, I’m Massachusetts bound! Yes, I know we just got back not 72 hours ago from our Atlanta trip, but when the road calls, we answer! As I’ve probably mentioned before, but it bears repeating, Retro Roadhusband is – in real life- musician Cliff Hillis, and he’s got a gig in Somerville […]

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Mod Betty Remembering The Veterans on Veterans Day

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On The Road Again!

Psst…we’re trekking on down from the Quaker State to the land of the peaches this weekend! f you want to follow along head on over to the Retro Roadmap Facebook Page!

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Hurrican Sandy – Sending Out Our Thoughts

We awoke here at Retro Roadmap HQ  to find we’ve escaped relatively unscathed from this horrible storm, with just a little bit of water in the basement, and a carpet of mini pinecones and leaves on the patio. But I know that this isn’t the case everywhere, both with our dear readers and the vintage […]

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Retro Roadmap in the Boston Globe Sunday Travel Section – Mass Native Mod Betty is Thrilled!

Retro Roadmap in the Boston Globe Sunday Travel Section – Mass Native Mod Betty is Thrilled!

This was quite a nice surprise to wake up to,my big beaming mug in the actual Boston Sunday Globe travel section! I only got to see the online version, but Retro Roadsis sent me the photo from their copy of the paper! Hope the Roadkids are proud of their “Auntique Beth” and that my dad […]

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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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Help Plan a USA Vintage Road Trip for Our International Visitors!

Help Plan a USA Vintage Road Trip for Our International Visitors!

Mod Betty is donning her Retro Roadmap Hostess apron once again, wicked excited to share some of the vintage mom and pop places across the US with some Retro Roadmap readers from Australia! But since I haven’t been everywhere (man) I would love some help from you swell readers. Let’s show them the vintage “charm” […]

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Home Movie Day – A Glimpse into Your Vintage Past – Saturday Oct 20, 2012

Home Movie Day – A Glimpse into Your Vintage Past – Saturday Oct 20, 2012

With technology moving so quickly these days, many of the old fashioned ways to share images are quickly becoming obsolete, like home movie projectors. This breaks Mod Betty’s heart. Lucky for us for the past 10 years a group of film aficionados have created Home Movie Day – a “celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, held […]

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Retro Roadmap Helps International Visitors Discover the Real Vintage USA!

Retro Roadmap Helps International Visitors Discover the Real Vintage USA!

You’ve probably learned by reading Retro Roadmap that nothing makes Mod Betty happier than helping people find out about the cool old places that have stood the test of time and are still around for us to enjoy. The authentic mom and pop shops, restaurants, destinations and home grown events that make our swell country […]

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South Pacific Newton MA –  Tiki Restaurant Closes Suddenly – Mod Betty Laments

South Pacific Newton MA – Tiki Restaurant Closes Suddenly – Mod Betty Laments

I’m supposed to be writing about Los Angeles tonight, but ever since I found out today that the South Pacific in Newton MA closed up after almost 50 years, all I can do is grieve the passing of yet another tiki tacky and yet totally wonderful Retro Roadmap worthy establishment. The “polynesian” food served at […]

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Why Have a Vintage Collection? So Much Fun to Organize!

Why Have a Vintage Collection? So Much Fun to Organize!

One cool thing about collecting stuff – at least for me anyways, is organizing the things I’ve collected. While nothing beats the “thrill of the hunt” I always try to make sure I’m not just an accumulator, but also an enjoyer of what I’ve collected. Like my collection of vintage magazines, I am going to […]

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Guess Where We Are?

Guess Where We Are?

That was quick, we already have a winner-! Chust for fun I thought I’d mix things up a bit by having a contest! The first person who posts the correct location where I just took this “mystery photo” will a FREE Retro Roadmap tee shirt! We’ve written about this place before…does this photo look familiar? […]

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A Trip Takes Us – John Steinbeck

A Trip Takes Us – John Steinbeck

We still have a day plus left of our jam packed visit to Los Angeles, and while I’m trying to cram in all of the places I hoped we’d go, and knowing it ain’t gonna happen I’m reminded of a quote I just read in Travels With Charley, by John Steinbeck: Once a journey is […]

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Bob’s Big Boy – Burbank, CA Cruise Night – Let the Vintage California Fun Begin!

Bob’s Big Boy – Burbank, CA Cruise Night – Let the Vintage California Fun Begin!

We’ve arrived safely in Los Angeles, (after a harrowing incident where Retro Roaddog ran away for 3+ hours and we thought we weren’t gonna make it!) and we’re having Retro Roadmap worthy fun already! We had no idea that it was vintage car cruise night at Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, but it totally set […]

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California Dreamin! – Retro Roadmap Prep, Los Angeles

California Dreamin! – Retro Roadmap Prep, Los Angeles

While I haven’t even finished posting about our last trip to California, that’s not going to stop me from heading back there when opportunity (and a free ticket) arises! So I’m doing what I love to do before any trip, putting pins in the map! While there are a heap of places we didn’t get […]

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Thanks for a Great Retro Roadmap Roundup!

Thanks for a Great Retro Roadmap Roundup!

Just wanted to say thank you to all of you all who came out to the first official Retro Roadmap Roundup at Sine’s this weekend. It was great to introduce people, and to meet folks I had only “internetted” with! We filled up the lunch counter, laughed about the 5x granny panties for sale, and […]

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Quick Reminder – This Saturday at Sine’s 5 & 10 – Retro Roadmap Roundup!

Quick Reminder – This Saturday at Sine’s 5 & 10 – Retro Roadmap Roundup!

Meet me at the counter, I’ll be spinning myself dizzy 🙂 Here some details for the Retro Roadmap Roundup at Sine’s 5 & 10 But here they are in a nutshell: When: Saturday September 15, 2012 1pm – 3pm+ Where: Sine’s 5 & 10 Cent Store 236 W Broad St # 240 Quakertown, PA 18951-1233 […]

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We’re Going Back to Cali For Allee!  Kitsch-spirational Allee Willis, Badeya Baby!

We’re Going Back to Cali For Allee! Kitsch-spirational Allee Willis, Badeya Baby!

In less than 2 weeks Mod Betty and Retro Roadhusband are heading back to Los Angeles California! Yes, we just were there in May, but while we were out there, we met up with songwriter / artist / party hostess / kitsch collector extraordinaire Allee Willis, and were so inspired by her enthusiasm, attitude and […]

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“Retro the Hat” Visits NYC!

“Retro the Hat” Visits NYC!

Our faithful road scout Peter C took “Retro the Hat” to New York City the other day, and Retro got to see all the sights! Frankly Mod B and RRH are a wee bit envious, it looks like a fun time! Did you know hats ride free on the train? Retro loved seeing the Empire […]

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I Stay Home…The Retro Roadmap Baseball Cap Goes on The Road-!

I Stay Home…The Retro Roadmap Baseball Cap Goes on The Road-!

Ha! I think some of the items from the Retro Roadmap store are having more fun this weekend than I am! Here’s a photo I received from Retro Roadmap Reader Peter C / Road Maven, of the baseball cap he won in my last contest – looks like it’s in very interesting company! Also, posted […]

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Help Me NOT Go Road Tripping This Weekend!

Help Me NOT Go Road Tripping This Weekend!

Retro Roadmap Readers – as you know Mod B has a bad case of Wanderlust (not the band) – so I’m posting this message To Myself on the main website so you all know. I should be  WILL BE staying home this weekend, writing about retro roadtrip adventures I’ve already been on – and NOT […]

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Come Join Us! Retro Roadmap Roundup at Sine’s 5 &10 Sat 9/15

Come Join Us! Retro Roadmap Roundup at Sine’s 5 &10 Sat 9/15

Have you been looking for an excuse to go on a Retro Roadmap Roadtrip? Do you think it would be fun to meet folks with similar interests, while also supporting a cool old business?  Then please come out to the first Retro Roadmap Roundup! One of the things Mod Betty loves to do is to […]

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Goodnight, We Love You Phyllis Diller. Rest in Peace

Goodnight, We Love You Phyllis Diller. Rest in Peace

So sad to report that one of my heroines has passed away. Phyillis Diller has left this mortal coil after just turning 95 last month. She had suffered a fall which resulted in the dreaded breaking of the hip, and while she was in hospice, well, you know the rest. I’ve only begun to be […]

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Pennsylvania Retro Roadmap Mega-Post – What a Fun Road Trip! Photos Galore.

Pennsylvania Retro Roadmap Mega-Post – What a Fun Road Trip! Photos Galore.

Retro Roadhusband and I had an absolute blast yesterday in some uncharted territory less than 2 hours away from Retro Roadmap HQ. We hit so many places that I want to let you all know about that I’ve compiled them into this humungus post laden with vintage and retro places to check out, so you […]

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Order a Retro Roadmap T-Shirt Before my Birthday and Get a Postagram from Mod Betty!

Order a Retro Roadmap T-Shirt Before my Birthday and Get a Postagram from Mod Betty!

Just got a very cool note from T-Shirt contest winner Pete C, he’s excited about his Retro Roadmap tee. Always nice to be told you’ve made someone’s day…so maybe this will make your day! If you order a Retro Roadmap tee or hat between now and My Birthday (August 7th) I’ll send you a one-of-a-kind […]

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And The Winner Is…

Too many entries to fit in a Retro Roadhat, and RRH’s hand almost got stuck in the pickle jar! The randomly selected winner of the Retro Roadmap tee shirt is… Peter C of Huntington NY, who submitted Wigwam Village #6 in Holbrook AZ and Red’s Eats in Wiscasset ME! Congrats to Peter and a big […]

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A Postcard Sent The Old Fashioned Way

A Postcard Sent The Old Fashioned Way

Nothing beats getting a real actual postcard in the mail! Even If it’s from the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for the Shining! Why not send a postcard to someone today?

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FREE Retro Roadmap TEE Reminder – Contest Ends 7/31

FREE Retro Roadmap TEE Reminder – Contest Ends 7/31

Just a quick reminder if you want a chance to win a FREE Retro Roadmap tee shirt – the contest closes on July 31, so get your entries in today! Here are the details of the contest and we’ve already got a number of great places added to the Retro Roadmap because of it.   […]

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Retro Roadmap Sticker Spotted on Scooter!

Retro Roadmap Sticker Spotted on Scooter!

Look at what I stumbled upon! Can I tell you, I was thrilled? Absolutely thrilled that someone would put their Retro Roadmap sticker in such a place of honor. I told Retro Roadhusband that maybe that was a sign that Mod Betty should get her own scooter – he didn’t seem as convinced as I […]

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Retro Roadmap Contest! FREE T-Shirt Giveaway

Retro Roadmap Contest! FREE T-Shirt Giveaway

I was inspired by a reader over at the Retro Roadmap Facebook page and have decided to give away a free Retro Roadmap T-Shirt! I just got some of these swell tees with the Euro Oval Logo on them, and if you want to win one here’s all you have to do! Post a photo of […]

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Retro Roadmap List of Summer Fun Things To Do

Retro Roadmap List of Summer Fun Things To Do

I’m a gal of lists, so I thought I’d share with you some of the things on my “It isn’t summer until we do this” list. Please share what’s on YOUR summer list in the comments! In no particular order: See a movie at The Drive In: Drive-Ins.com is your source when you’re wondering “Where […]

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Blobfest 2012 Starts Tonight! Schedule, Map, Video and More

Blobfest 2012 Starts Tonight! Schedule, Map, Video and More

Tonight The Blob invades Phoenixville PA as it has for the past 13 years as Blobfest weekend begins!   The 1958 movie was filmed in our small town and my fave place The Colonial Theatre features prominently in one of the most iconic scenes – what I always like to refer to as “The Running […]

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The Roadkids Model Their Retro Roadmap Tees and Hats – They’re Going on a Road Trip!

The Roadkids Model Their Retro Roadmap Tees and Hats – They’re Going on a Road Trip!

Retro Roadsis just shared this photo with me of the Retro Roadkids all decked out for their family road trip to Lake George NY – love it! Retro Roadboy can be a bit of a shy one when it comes to getting his photo taken – I think it runs in the family. BUT this […]

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Blobfest 2012 Coming to Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre on Friday the 13th – 15th!

Blobfest 2012 Coming to Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre on Friday the 13th – 15th!

That’s right – not only is Phoenixville home to Retro Roadmap Headquarters, but also the magnificent Colonial Theatre where the famous running out scene in the 1958 movie The Blob was filmed. Come celebrate  all things Blob with us on the weekend of Friday July 13th at Blobfest! Here’s a video from a Blobfest from […]

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Retro Roadmap Oval Stickers Now Available!

Retro Roadmap Oval Stickers Now Available!

Are you Retro? Then you need a Retro Roadmap sticker to let the world know! These are 3×5 oval vinyl stickers perfect for your car bumper, vintage camper, guitar case, cooler, toolbox or what have you. If you want one, just send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to me at: Retro Roadmap P.O. Box 896 […]

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Happy Fathers Day from Retro Roadmap

Happy Fathers Day from Retro Roadmap

If he’s still around, give him a hug, and if he isn’t (like mine) remember him fondly. That’s my dad and mum before I was born – they didn’t have any wedding photos taken so I always think of this as their wedding photo.

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Retro Roadmap T-Shirts – New Design and Baseball Caps added!

Retro Roadmap T-Shirts – New Design and Baseball Caps added!

Very exciting weekend at Retro Roadmap headquarters (aka our living room) when the first order of tee shirts arrived, ready for shipping to you great Retro Roadmap readers! Here’s the link to order your own Retro Roadmap tee shirt! The bonus fun was that the test items came in with a new Retro Roadmap design […]

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What’s on the Retro Roadmap Tee Shirt? And other T-Shirt Questions Answered

What’s on the Retro Roadmap Tee Shirt? And other T-Shirt Questions Answered

Some readers were curious as to what images are featured on the Retro Roadmap tee shirt, so here’s a closeup, and a little bit about each one. I picked’em in the hopes I could relay the variety of places that I like to feature on the site, so people don’t just think, “oh, diners.” or […]

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Retro Roadmap Tee Shirts Now Available!

Retro Roadmap Tee Shirts Now Available!

Since so many of you have been requesting them, you can now get your very own Retro Roadmap tee shirt – and I’ll be adding more fun merch to the “Retro Roadmap Store” soon! Here are the 2 designs to choose from: Design #1 – Retro Roadphotos:  (you can read about what photos are featured on […]

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Memorial Day – Remember Those Who Have Passed

Memorial Day – Remember Those Who Have Passed

Regular readers of Retro Roadmap know that Memorial Day is an important day in my family, where we visit the family graves as a way of remembering those who have passed before us. This was a tradition instilled in by my dad when we were little, and now that he’s gone we’re trying to hand […]

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Knotty Pine Blog – Hey That’s My Dad!

Knotty Pine Blog – Hey That’s My Dad!

Fellow Retroblogger and go-getter Pam at RetroRenovation.com just launched a new blog  – Knotty is Nice,  all about vintage knotty pine paneling. She contacted me prior to launch and I was more than happy to allow her to feature this great photo of  my dear old (but young at the time) dad – in one […]

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Hollywood Romance

Hollywood Romance

Happy Anniversary to Mod Betty & Retro Roadhusband! We actually met in Hollywood almost 15 years ago, so it seemed just right to be able to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary in this very town. And who could not be inspired by having our celebratory dinner at the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, on Hollywood […]

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Hello From San Francisco! A Retro Roadmap Virtual Post Card

Hello From San Francisco! A Retro Roadmap Virtual Post Card

Dear Readers, We hit the ground running yesterday in San Francisco, with stops at the real crookedest street, some fab food at a renovated soda fountain, a snapshot at The Golden Gate Bridge, and a driving tour past all sorts of cool vintage signs that I tried to snap photos from the window of the […]

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The Retro Roadcouple is California Bound!

The Retro Roadcouple is California Bound!

Yes it’s true! We’ll be traversing the west coast this week, from San Fran to Los An with all sorts of stops and photo ops planned in between! Retro Roadhusband and I are celebrating 10 years of wedded bliss with a trip to California, where we met all those years ago, and of course I’ve […]

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Random Retro Roadmap Saturday Fun Stuff

Random Retro Roadmap Saturday Fun Stuff

Hey kids! It’s a beautiful sunny Saturday, and while I hope to hunker down at some point and do some official writing of posts, sometimes you gotta enjoy life while it happens. So you may get a post or two from the road, or a yard sale today. But before I go out and play […]

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Retro Roadhusband is Thinking of Me – Hope He Bought Me Some Boots! :-)

Retro Roadhusband is Thinking of Me – Hope He Bought Me Some Boots! :-)

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Nashville Bound Retro Roadhusband – What Should He Do?

Nashville Bound Retro Roadhusband – What Should He Do?

Here’s some behind the scenes skinny from our little Retro Roadfamily. Though you know him as Retro Roadhusband, and I know him as my dearie, boo boo, partner in crime, and love of my life, he is –  is in real life,  musician, singer, songwriter, producer Cliff Hillis. (He’s the cutie in the middle, wearing his […]

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Shady Glen Manchester CT Inducted into James Beard 2012 America’s Classics  – Bernice Cheesburgers FTW!

Shady Glen Manchester CT Inducted into James Beard 2012 America’s Classics – Bernice Cheesburgers FTW!

Just had to share the cool news about a Retro Roadmap favorite- Shady Glen Dairy Store and Restaurant of Manchester CT is a James Beard Foundation America’s Classic Restaurant! How could you forget the cheesiest cheeseburger you’ve ever seen on Retro Roadmap? We visited Shady Glen last fall and it has since become one of […]

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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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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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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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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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