Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

Are You Ready to See the Greatest Mural Ever?

Hands down, the most incredible mural I saw while visiting Lynn, Massachusetts, and perhaps that I've ever seen is this collab between JPO and Miss Zukie. “Zukies are a fluffy and chubby character that don’t talk,” the Peru native said. “They communicate with facial expressions and thought bubbles.” -itemlive.com They ...
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Beyond Walls – Lynn, Massachusetts Murals and Vintage Neon

The town of Lynn, Massachusetts has been incredible-ized by a program called Beyond Walls, which features neighborhood beautification with vintage neon, sculpture and gorgeous murals. We activate spaces that foster more livable, economically viable, and equitable communities while retaining the voice and integrity of area residents. On Saturday I zipped up ...
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Two Coca-Cola Ghost Signs Spotted

Though I don't drink soda or smoke, I do have an affinity for tobacco and soda wall advertising. Whenever I see a Coca-Cola ghost ad, it feels like a win for the day. Previously I posted a few ghost ads that I saw in Middletown, New York. One that I left out ...
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The Ghosts of MIddletown

Last weekend we had an itty-bitty taste of spring. Temperatures crept into the 60's and so I decided to hop on the Bonnie and visit a few of the pins on my Google Maps app. If I don't look at the Streetview of a pinned item, sometimes I'm not sure what ...
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Would You Like to See My Sweet Caboose?

Sleeping in a caboose is one of the items that has been on my life's To Do list for many years. How it ended up there, at this point I can't say. It's not like I'm not a railroad fanatic or anything. No doubt I stumbled across the existence of ...
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Tales of a Second Grade Nothing

In September while heading east on the Lincoln Highway in the Chambersburg area, I stopped to snap photos of two gas pumps that were part of the Pump Parade. The first was at Shatzer Fruit Market in Chambersburg. It features a Chambersburg peach motif. A little way down the road was ...
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Photos: 2017 Post Office Pit Stops

Stopping and snapping photos of post offices while traveling has become something of a habit. A post office seems to give clues about what a place is like. These snaps are some of the post offices I stopped at in 2017. Rhodell, WV 25915 Helvetia, WV 26224 Vesuvius, VA 24483 North Matewan, ...
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Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch – Oro Grande, California – Route 66

On the gray morning of January 2, 2017, I was cruising along Route 66 through Oro Grande, California on a rented Tiger 800. Amongst the dusty scrub sat an oasis - Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch. It was glorious. During my visit, I had the place to myself. I silently walked among ...
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Road Food Perfection – Hillbilly Hotdogs in Lesage, West Virginia

While cruising along the Ohio River on my way to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, I made a pit stop at the glorious Hillbilly Hotdogs. If you're ever in the area, don't miss it! Previously, I posted about a postcard from my friend Chris after his visit to Hillbilly Hotdogs. Seeing the ...
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Seeking LOVE in Monterey, Virginia

After leaving the town of Buckhannon, West Virginia then stopping at the tiny Randy Brown Memorial Chapel - I wound my way across the mountains down 219, across 250 and into the town of Monterey, Virginia. I've ridden this section of Route 250 quite a few times and it never disappoints. After ...
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2017 in Review: Photos of Great Ghost Ads Seen in My Travels

My love for the ghost ads of yesteryear is strong. While out and about in 2017, I saw some excellent examples: Mail Pouch Tobacco - Point Pleasant, West Virginia Mail Pouch Tobacco - Point Pleasant, West Virginia Mail Pouch Tobacco - Layton, New Jersey Mail Pouch Tobacco - Grafton, West ...
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Haaaaaay, Look at this Kickass School Bus!

I don't have a unique method for finding oddball stuff. There is no special radar or a giant U-shaped magnet that draws me to it. But I do sit in front of a computer all day and I do mentally (and electronically) catalog things that interest me. Map pins aside, ...
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A Surprise Roadside Animal Menagerie in Pennsylvania

While I was on my way to see the Snoopy barn in Nazareth, Pa. I happened to pass by this house with a great menagerie of critters in the front yard. If I had just one of these animals, I'd be happy. But to have them all? Man. Sadly I ...
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The Old Burke’s Garden Virginia Post Office

Following the very wiggly VA 623, will drop you into the upland valley of Burke's Garden, Virginia. When there, something about it feels like you're in a place cut off from the rest of the world. The local whitepages: My travels brought me to Burke's Garden because of a photo I'd ...
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Snapshots: The Odd, West Virginia Post Office

Maybe I should just go ahead and have all my mail forwarded here 😉 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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Paulverizer – The Cyborg Muffler Man of Buena Vista, Virginia

This ain't your mama's muffler man. No, this? This is somethin' else! You've got that familiar sturdy jaw and that manly mug but that's about it. And a nice little hat tip to the motorcycle. Unfortunately, with the sky so hazy and the crazy backlighting, I didn't snap very many good ...
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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¢ 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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Photo: Onego, West Virginia Post Office

The Onego, West Virginia post office on a Wednesday afternoon ...
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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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Photos: Morning in Orange, Virginia

There are moments in the morning when the light that spills over everything feels special ...
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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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