Picks and Pans Review: The End of the Road
by John Margolies
A 41-year-old New York photographer, Margolies remembers "the agony of the family vacation, driving out in the family car as a kid and never stopping at places you thought were terrific." As an adult, he has rarely passed them up. In this photo book he immortalizes 126 roadside attractions, many of which have been razed and replaced by fast-food restaurants, motels and gas stations designed by corporate dictum. Margolies' highlights include the Bomber service station in Milwaukie, Oreg., with a B-17 on its roof; a towering drugstore dinosaur in Wall, S.Dak.; the Alamo Plaza Motel, modeled after Sam Houston's fort, in Memphis, Tenn.; and the Milk Can Drive-In in Lincoln, R.I. Pictured here are, clockwise from left, Indian City souvenir shop in Allentown, Ariz.; Mobil Flying Red Horse in Mountain Grove, Mo.; Jolly Cholly pizzeria in North Attleboro, Mass.; and Bob's Java Jive in Tacoma, Wash. Neither elegant in concept nor clean of line, these structures have personality. As Margolies says, they are a small businessman's way of saying, "Here, look at me." Their demise is sad and touching. (Penguin, $12.95)
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