Route 66 Treasures

Route 66 Treasures : Featuring Rare Facsimile Memorabilia from America's Mother Road

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As a longstanding cultural icon and beloved vacation destination, U.S. Route 66's legendary notoriety continues unabated. In fact, thanks to a corps of preservationists dedicated to keeping nostalgia for the road alive, interest in America's Main Street is actually growing. But modern 66 enthusiasts aren't the first to spread the word about the Mother Road--in fact, Route 66 has a rich, decades-long history of advertising behind it. It's been more than half a century since Route 66 functioned as a major cross-country thoroughfare, but following its displacement by the U.S. Interstate system in the 1950s, advertising ephemera used to promote Route 66 motels, diners, souvenir shops, and the road itself became highly sought-after collectibles. In Route 66 Treasures, author Jim Hinckley's unique new look at the road examines it through the lens of those promotional and advertising efforts, going so far as to include 15 pieces of fabulous removable facsimile memorabilia--as among them diner menus, cocktail napkins, paper coasters, window decals, postcards, brochures, and more--each enclosed in its own vellum envelope. Hinckley's chronological history provides a richly illustrated and thoughtful review of Route 66 promotion through the decades in each of the eight states through which it travels.An utterly new look at the Mother Road, Route 66 Treasures offers a rare collectible archive for the growing hordes of 66 enthusiasts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 218 x 282 x 16mm | 639.99g
  • Stillwater, United States
  • English
  • 0760344892
  • 9780760344897
  • 1,424,160

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It's been more than half a century since Route 66 was a major cross-country thoroughfare, but even decades after it was displaced by the interstate system, the advertising ephemera used to promote its motels, diners, and souvenir shops, as well as the road itself, are still highly sought after. This unique new look at America's Main Street examines the highway through the lens of those promotional and advertising efforts and even includes 15 pieces of fabulous facsimile memorabilia, such as diner menus, postcards, window decals, and more. A chronological history by noted Route 66 authority Jim Hinckley provides a richly illustrated and thoughtful review of the promotion of the road through the decades. The result is an utterly new look at the Mother Road that's sure to attract hordes of 66 enthusiasts. Jim Hinckley is the author of four previous books on Route 66, including Voyageur Press' "Ghost Towns of Route 66," as well as several travel guides on the American Southwest. Through his books, his travels, and his blog, Hinckley has become an ambassador and historian for all things Route 66. Jim lives in Kingman, Arizona.
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About Jim Hinckley

Since his childhood, Jim Hinckley dreamed of being an author. After numerous detours into truck driving, mining, ranching, and a variety of other endeavors, he turned to writing a weekly column on automotive history for his local newspaper, the Kingman Daily Miner, in his adopted hometown of Kingman, Arizona.

From that initial endeavor more than twenty years ago, Hinckley has written extensively on his two primary passions: automotive history and travel. He is a regular contributor to Route 66, American Road, Hemmings Classic Car, and Old Cars Weekly, and he was an associate editor at Cars & Parts. Book reviews and original features on automotive history and travel can be found on his blog, and on his popular podcast, Jim Hinckley's America & Route 66 Adventures.
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