Friday, August 14, 2009

Roadside America

It was all about the automobile in 1950s America. And shore town Wildwood, NJ—with Chubby Checker doing the Twist the first time there and Bill Haley and the Comets performing "Rock Around the Clock" for the first time—was in its heady heyday.

Here's a sneak preview at a photo I took last night in a quick tour of Wildwood's 1950s architecture. There are more than 50 of these old hotels left, and tourists love them.

1 comment:

Ed Ward said...

I'm really glad they've preserved the neon, and look forward to more photos.

I wonder if they've done similarly in Memphis, where I was really impressed by Leonard's strutting pig, another place that had chickens diving into frying fat, and a lawnmower sales place with a really elaborate lawnmowing scene.