Library of Congress releases 11,700 freely usable photos of "roadside America," taken by John Margolies

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/09/03/vanishing-highway-architec.html

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Looks wonderful.

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Sacred places to American Gods.

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Wow, I remember the Leaning Tower of Pizza on Rt. 1 in Saugus, but I didn’t know there was one in Quincy too.

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Because of the show Almost LIVE!, I knew and loved that hat and boots long before I ever saw it IRL.

I remember the Saugus one from the 1960s, and it was still there on a 2004 visit. I also did not know about one in Quincy, and I am not sure I was ever there.The pun is so obvious I would not be surprised if there were more than a dozen independent ones.

Great work monetizing those public domain pictures.

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I wonder what it would take to post them all one by one on a tumblr blog.

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There was one in New Jersey also. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017702207/

This place was one of my childhood favorites.

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What, no Harvey?

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This is a treasure trove, and now I have an excuse to spend hours and hours and hours looking at more photos of places that exist only in archives.
“It’s for the documentary!” (which has been in progress for 14 years now, and is approximately 30% completed.)

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The last image is the sadly late Aztec Motel on Route 66 in Albuquerque. Torn down before anyone could save it.

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This is truly a Wonderful Thing! Thank you.

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