Sunday, August 07, 2011
There are quite a few Route 1s in the US, but there's a little stretch of Route 1 in Massachusetts that has a whole host of vintage and cool signs. My friend Bob knows how much I love signs so she braved the fierce traffic and took me on a photography tour one lovely afternoon.
Bob told me that she's been driving this route for years and has gradually noticed the old motels and restaurants going by way of the bulldozer. She thought we'd better photograph the signs before they were all gone. I couldn't have agreed more.
The Fern and Chisholm are both up and running, although the Chisholm seems to have been kept up a lot better than the Fern. I just love the retro looking chairs outside the doors. It took nearly everything I had not to have a seat!
Loved this sign and the mini golf. There were dinosaurs and a humpty dumpty and a hippo. The big orange dinosaur was right by the road, so it was a bit iconic.
I thought I'd get a good shot of the sign on the side of the building, but my friends, Bob in blue and Tara in pink, thought they'd be funny and tried to cover up the orange beast.
By the way, the ice cream at the Dairy Castle was really good!
Finally they gave up and just decided to feed dino boy instead.
We had a great time in the 100º heat on that crazy road. We really did.
Karla's Shoes was a place that Bob said she'd visited a few times, but clearly Karla has shut down.
This motel sign is on the way out. The motel has already been razed but the sign is still there for now. This was one of the first signs I photographed on our Route 1 tour and I really think it was one of my favorites in this batch.
I have about a dozen more signs and buildings, but I think I'll save them for next week. I have more favorites still to come.
Thanks so much for stopping by my place for this edition of Sundays in my City -- or in my case, the city that I visited on my Scion Road Trip 2011. Unknown Mami is our lovely host for SIMC so be sure and head on over there for more Sunday cities. Thanks Mami!!
Have a great day!