Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

Snapshots: The Odd, West Virginia Post Office

Maybe I should just go ahead and have all my mail forwarded here ūüėČ I think that the first time I ever saw the name Odd, West Virginia was in a photo from David over at Less Beaten Paths blog. He always features great Americana from his travels on his ...
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The Snoopy Barn of Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace After seeing a photo of it somewhere in passing, a quick turn around the ole Google-machine said that the Snoopy barn was just a hop, skip and a jump across the Pennsylvania border. Seeing it in person was impossible to resist. Isn't ...
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Just Passing Through – Small Town, West Virginia

Rhodell, West Virginia - a place I'd never heard of prior to standing in front of the alternating colors of the post office's awning. Why would I have? It isn't a pass-through on a way to a bigger town. It isn't famous for anything. No, it's just a little tucked ...
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Cubanola Cigar Ghost Ad – Radford, Virginia

The town of Radford, Virginia had a 1-2 punch of beautiful ghost ads. There was the Wine of Cardui, R. S. Carson Druggist and Cubanola Cigar combo. And then there was this. Hello, gorgeous! Cubanola 5¬Ę¬†Cigars - All Havana¬†Filler I don't know anything about tobacco and it's history. I don't¬†smoke ...
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Radford, Virginia Ghost Ad – Wine of Cardui

In the town of Radford, Virginia there are two excellent walls with ghost ads on them. While appreciating the aesthetics of the ads themselves is one thing, falling down the rabbit hole of finding out what the olde tyme ads are for can be its own kind of fun. When I ...
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The Mail Pouch Tobacco Ad of Grafton, West Virginia

One of my favorite Mail Pouch Tobacco wall ads is in downtown Grafton, West Virginia. There is so much going on, it is a feast for the eyes. Is it just me or is that gentle gradient on the Pianos & Organs part especially lovely? The whole thing feels like ...
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Kenny Scharf Public Art Mural – The Bronx, NY

On my way out to Pennsylvania on Sunday, I made a pitstop to finally see the Kenny Scharf art wall that decorates the Third Avenue side of Krinos Foods in the Bronx. I've seen glimpses of it in passing dozens of times from the Cross Bronx Expressway. And each of ...
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Two Barn Murals Around Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

When I woke up in Wilkes-Barre, my plan for the day was to swing by Williamsport to see if I could find the repaired Whispering Giant, Woapalanne. Then I would turn my wheels south to make my way to Fredericksburg, Virginia for the night, where I was volunteering to staff ...
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Roadside Snapshots: Take Two Cows and Call Me in the Morning

Along with dinosaurs and my favorite, the Giant Chicken Army, cows have to be one of the most abundant roadside animal statues. I saw two more big ladies of note while road tripping in September, both in Pennsylvania. The well-loved big cow of Wilkes-Barre. She's just up the road from ...
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The Tiny Old Rockfish, Virginia Post Office

One for the tiny post office files. This little gem has been starred on my Google map of stuff to do for quite a while now. In September, I stopped by for a look: US Post Office Rockfish, Virginia 22966 Est. 1914 Closed 1974 Each photo that I've seen of ...
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Apparently I Have A Giant Lobster Antenna

While puttering around the house on this rainy morning, the notion of posting some of the photos from my most recent road trip flittered in and out of my thoughts. That idea was swirled between the need to do laundry, buy dog food and have another cup of coffee. Needing ...
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A Great Big Cup O’ Coffee in Wilkes-Barre

This big coffee mug sits vacant in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Spring street. A wonderful dream - unrealized. Are we all standing at the edge of greatness? Is it always there waiting for us to take a leap of faith and grab hold of it? Happiness - is there anything greater ...
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Dragons, Elephants, and Lobster Cowboys

These photographs are an assortment of art and animal-things I've spotted in my travels over the last few weeks. They have no real connection to each other except that they are not connected. Now, in that un-connected connection, they're connected. Damn it! A very exciting-looking gas station, indeed. It almost ...
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Been Thinkin’ ’bout the Lincoln

Over the weekend I plucked a book off the shelf that I've had for a few years now: Lincoln Highway Companion: A Guide to America's First Coast-to-Coast Road by Brian Butko. Flipping through its pages, makes me want to hit the road. I wish I could pinpoint what it was ...
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Roadside Snaps: Captain Brown – The Big Fisherman of Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Literally just down the block from Big Bertha the Butt Tree, is the giant old salt fisherman, Captain Brown. He stands in the parking lot of Brown's Wharf Motel and Restaurant. At 15 feet tall, you can't miss him. Brown's must be pretty proud of him as he is heavily featured ...
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Road Trip Inspiration: Hillbilly Hot Dogs Postcard

Recently, I wrote about my friend Chris and how he sends me postcards from the places he visits on his motorcycle. Last week I received a card from Hillybilly Hot Dogs in Lesage, WV. The card looks like a folksy representation of a roadside shack you might see being reclaimed by the ...
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A Nod to Roadside Americana Staple – The Dinosaur

Over the weekend, I stopped and had a chat with this motley crew. Aren't they a handsome bunch? Dinosaurs are a hugely popular fixture in the roadside Americana landscape. Their popularity seems to transcend visitors' age, social rank, gender and every other qualifier I can think of. I have yet to ...
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Hunting Ghosts: Mail Pouch, Uneeda Biscuit and the Circle Dot

On Sunday I stopped by to take a peek at the Mail Pouch Tobacco ghost ad on East Main in Beacon, NY. Though I'd been to Beacon before, I never saw the sign. It has a serious fade going. As best as I can tell the slogan call outs are ...
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Ride Snaps: Recent Murals, Graffiti and Street Art

While I'm out cruising around, I like to stop and take a look at murals, graffiti and street art along the way. Here are a couple bright spots from the last couple weeks. I'm not sure why dueling grim reapers wearing oven mitts are partaking in a smash-up derby, but, okay. Also, ...
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The Very Handsome Muffler Man of Hancock, Massachusetts

Well, well, well. Would you look at this dapper gent with his new paint job! The last time I stopped in for a visit The Big Man was suffering from a heinous case of the peels. This picture was snapped in 2012. He'd even lost his hat. Poor fella. Seeing ...
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Roadside Americana: Greetings from Woolwich – Mainer C. Lobster

Mainer C. Lobster sits outside of Taste of Maine restaurant in Woolwich, Maine on Route 1. Isn't he glorious? Having a lobster this excited about well, everything would probably bring a lot of sunshine to your life. I'm a little bummed to discover that I could've gone inside and bought ...
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Boothbay Harbor: Gimbel and Sons Country Store Post Office Call Boxes

While in Boothbay Harbor, Maine last week, I was drawn to a lovely olde tyme gas pump standing outside Gimbel & Son's Country Store. I'm not much of a shopper. If I venture in at all, I usually breeze in and out of store fairly quickly. With vacation-centric places it usually ...
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Hunting Ghosts: Uneeda Biscuit and Gold Medal Flour

Troy, New York was once a bustling place that depended largely on the steel industry. When that moved away, the city began to decline. Such places are great for spotting ghost ads. I passed through town over the weekend and saw a few. I'd pulled over to take a photo of this ...
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Big Bertha of Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Oh, what a lovely little house. So New Englandy, isn't it? A charming seaside cottag... what the? Jesus, Mary, and Joseph what is that in the front yard? Oh. Right. It's a butt tree. No big whoop. ARE YOU KIDDING?! IT'S A BUTT TREE! A butt tree. A. BUTT. TREE! **dies** ...
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Serenity Glass Park – Port Allegany, Pennsylvania

While I was riding along Route 6 in Pennsylvania, I passed through Port Allegany. Right in the middle of town sits a small but eye-catching park featuring colorful glass block structures. I couldn't resist stopping to get a look at what the story was. It was called Serenity Glass Park ...
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