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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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Vintage Motel, Drive In Resto, Retro Bowling, Soda Fountain, Art! Brevard NC Rocks Retro Roadmap

Vintage Motel, Drive In Resto, Retro Bowling, Soda Fountain, Art! Brevard NC Rocks Retro Roadmap

Since I wrote about the The Sunset Motel (a swell vintage motel being given a new lease on life) a number of folks have let me know that The Sunset is not the only Retro Roadmap worthy place in Brevard NC. And from our short but fun visit there, I totally concur! We were not […]

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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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Bridgeville Delaware Diner – Then and Now

Bridgeville Delaware Diner – Then and Now

It’s a chilly weekend here in Delaware, making Mod Betty want to stay inside where it’s not so blustery, instead of heading out doing some Retro Roadmap discoverin’. Luckily I’ve got some vintage Delaware places and spaces tucked away in my archives, just ready for sharing, like this “Before and After” shot of the Bridgeville […]

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I LOVE This Vintage Christmas Catalog Archive Site  – WishbookWeb.com

I LOVE This Vintage Christmas Catalog Archive Site – WishbookWeb.com

While Mod Betty is busy going through the thousands of photos she’s taken these past few weeks on the road, I wanted to make sure you kids had something nice and vintage to keep yourselves occupied with – like the vintage Christmas catalogs from WishbookWeb.com! This site is a labor of love, with catalogs from […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vintage Retro Lake George Vacation Tips – For the Whole Retro Road Family!

Vintage Retro Lake George Vacation Tips – For the Whole Retro Road Family!

Retro Roadsis just informed me that she and her Retro Roadfamily are heading to Lake George NY for a mini vacation, and I’m totally super-psyched for them! Here’s “Auntique” Mod Betty’s suggestions for a fun weekend of vintage retro fun, with some great additions from Debra Jane Seltzer of RoadsideArchitecture.com!  Hola Retro Roadsis! As you […]

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San Francisco CA – Retro Roadmap Recommendations

San Francisco CA – Retro Roadmap Recommendations

My pal Mini Biggles is heading to San Francisco this weekend, so I’m using her trip as a kick in the pants to share some of the highlights of our visit there with all of YOU! With a big mahalo to Anna of Tallboy Records who coordinated our stops! Dear Mini – As you know they call […]

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Find a Drive In Movie Theater Near You – And Go! Shout Out to Drive-Ins.com

Find a Drive In Movie Theater Near You – And Go! Shout Out to Drive-Ins.com

If you’ve used Google today you probably have seen their Google Doodle video homage to the Drive In movie theatre, which was “invented” 79 years ago today, in New Jersey. If you haven’t…”Let Me Google That For You” 🙂 Now that you’re inspired to go to the drive-in this weekend, you’re probably wondering where the […]

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Prime Burger NYC to Close After 74 Years – Get There Now

Prime Burger NYC to Close After 74 Years – Get There Now

Get there before it’s too late! After being in business since 1938 PrimeBurger in New York City is closing because the building is being sold. I posted a bit about this on the RetroRoadmap Facebook Page yesterday, but wanted to make sure everyone knew about this, as the Huffington Post is reporting: While the exact […]

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Retro Roadmapping up to the Very End

A perfect stop en route to or from LAX. Pann’s is our fave! Such a fun trip to California, we hate to leave! At least a tasty meal at Pann’s makes getting to the airport not so bad.

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I’m a sucker for a roadside billboard! Pea Soup Andersen’s Buellton CA.

This place was a blast!

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The Breakfast of Champions. Champagne Cake Madonna Inn

Oh what I do for my readers 🙂

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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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Diner Spotted at Hills Seafood Newtown Square PA

Look at what I spotted when we were out running errands today- a diner being used as a seafood store: The sun peeked out for a minute so I had to snap a photo of their vintage shaped sign too! Funny thing is that there’s a “diner” restaurant just across the street that isn’t a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jimmy John’s Pipin Hot Sandwiches and Hot Dogs – as Good as Ever!

Happy to report that Jimmy John’s in West Chester PA has bounced back after the tragic fire on the eve of their 70th anniversary and it’s just like it used to be- trains and everything!

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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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Denny’s is So Behind The Times – RetroRoadmap Did Bacon Sundaes Last Summer! Photographic Proof!

Denny’s is all over the news for their new bacon-centric menu, however RetroRoadmap Readers may remember that yours truly – Mod Betty – was eating bacon and ice cream sundaes way back last summer, for breakfast at The Goldenrod in York Beach, ME – and here’s the photographic proof! It’s a bummy weather day here […]

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Burger Week on RetroRoadmap! Droolworthy Cheeseburger Photos and More

We had some great hamburgers and cheeseburgers on our Retro Roadtrip and I’ll be featuring them all this week, so you folks will know where to get a tasty burger in a vintage setting when you’re on the road. I get hungry just looking at these photos! My Pimento Cheese Burger at the Northgate Soda […]

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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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RetroRoadmap Worthy Places in Upstate NY – Thanks Amy Halloran and Metroland For a Great Sunday Morning Read!

“Progress has its place, but these businesses have built their success on sustaining tradition” – YES indeedy! So says Amy Halloran in Albany NY’s Metroland, and sums up our feelings regarding progress and change in her You’re So Old School article better than we could this Sunday morn. I especially like this part (bolding all […]

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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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State Theatre Stoughton MA Benefit w/ Mike Viola – Tonight!

Don’t forget to come help save Stoughton’s State Theater and hear excellent tunes from Mike Viola tonight! read all about it here: http://retroroadmap.com/2011/03/23/help-save-the-state-theatre-in-stoughton-ma-with-mike-viola-one-of-mod-bettys-fave-songwriters-this-saturday-326/ I’d try to make the link prettier but I’m typing this on my phone while standing outside Of the RetroRoadkids’ elementary school fair. Think I’ll be having cotton candy for lunch! Sent […]

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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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Soft Serve Shaped Ice Cream Stand – Canonsburg PA

My folks took a bunch of photos for me of these twisty treats down in Florida years ago and I think they’re a wicked cute addition to the roadside. Turtle Twist – opens April 1. Wait, how did next week become April already?! We HAVE been on the road for a while! Sent from the […]

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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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Next Door to Sun Studios in Memphis – Walker Radiator Works Vintage Neon Sign

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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I Had To Get a Root Beer After Seeing This Great Vintage Neon Sign!

The burger was great too! At Theo’s Drive In, Grand Prairie TX Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Vintage Airstream Trailer Turned Cupcake Stand and Music Venue

Anything goes in Austin TX! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Vintage Clothing Score at Cream Vintage S. Congress Austin TX

Tiki togs and summer dresses! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Whataburger – Family Owned and Operated Since 1950

Who can resist an A Frame with orange and white stripes? Not me! Here’s the outside: Whataburger is a Texas burger chain with a very tasty cheeseburger – I should’ve got the junior though, I’m stuffed! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Hut’s Hamburgers Austin TX – Retro Roadmap Worthy Rock n Roll Burgers

A perfect bite between sets Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Kolaches in Texas – Random Roadtrip Surprises are The Best!

When you see a sign saying that Czechoslovakian pastries are for sale on the Texas roadside you just gotta stop! (even if it means getting the “Bert face” from RetroRoad Husband because we had to turn around ) Still family owned and operated since 1912, Hruska’s is a perfect random roadside stop in Ellinger TX, […]

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Muffler Man – Beaumont TX – Alfred E Newman ?!

Muffler Man – Beaumont TX – Alfred E Newman ?!

You can’t have a Retro Road Trip without photographing at least one muffler man! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Retro Road Trip Roadside Sight – Vintage Avion Camper

Somewhere between Hazelhurst and Fayette MS Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Mmm… Lemon Icebox Pie at Goal Post BBQ Anniston AL

Always good to sample the local specialties when on a road trip! Tangy and light as air. Retro Roadhusband got BBQ. Yum too! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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World’s Largest Drive In – The Varsity Atlanta GA

“What’ll Ya Have?” More photos to come! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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South Carolina Vintage Sodas for Souvenirs!

Not only does RetroRoadmap like cool old places, we like cool old foods n brands too! Peach cider, Cheerwine & Blenheim Ginger Ale. As I said to the nice lady at Abbots Farm, it wouldn’t be a road trip if we didn’t stop and buy stuff from a roadside stand! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Late Night Cheesies and Bowls at Texas Tavern Roanoke VA

I’ll tell you what they are- in the morning! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Vintage Serro Scotty Mugs – Talk About a Happy Camper!

I’ve gotten more packages of vintage wonderfulness in the mail this week than I can ever recall, and I’m positively tickled that people think I’m gift-worthy. However, nothing touched my heart as much as today’s delivery of a pair of vintage Serro Scotty mugs, with a lovely note enclosed. (The aqua blue is even the […]

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Hildebrandt’s Restaurant To Be Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives March 28!

I  love it when the mainstream media folks do their part to champion the vintage, retro and cool old places I love so much here on RetroRoadmap –  that’s why I’m so psyched to let you know that the episode of Food Network’s Diner’s Drive Ins and Dives that features Hildebrandt’s Restaurant in Williston Park […]

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I Got a (Vintage Marquee) Letter in The Mail, from Bay City Cargo

I Got a (Vintage Marquee) Letter in The Mail, from Bay City Cargo

I could not resist the pun when I realized I got a “letter” in the mail! (even though that’s usually Eccentric Roadside’s area of expertise!) I have been in touch recently with  Mike of Bay City Cargo in Belfast Maine- who has the world’s largest collection of vintage theater marquee letters. He is also the […]

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Key West FL – Birthplace of Pan American World Airways

To quote Johnny Carson, “I did not know that!” Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Memory Motel – Thank You For The Retro Road Trip Planning Help, American Road Magazine!

I find the “where are we going to sleep?” part of planning a retro road trip to be the least fun part of all roadtrip preparation. While I want to champion the vintage retro and cool old places, some motels and hotels that opened with the best intentions years ago now just give me the […]

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Look What The Serro Scotty Stork Dropped Off!

You can see some more photos of our Serro Scotty camper, interior and all on our original post from the winter!

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Boston Movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle – on Big Screen at MFA (this weekend) & Somerville Theatre ( March 11-13)

Thanks to a link from Paul Sherman (of Big Screen Boston fame) for letting me know that the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle – filmed in and around Boston in the early 1970’s and starring Robert Mitchum – will be shown this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the weekend […]

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