Retro Travel 

Travel Route 66 – a handy companion for a trip down the “Mother Road”

Having used this book twice now on different trips along Route 66, I feel very slack in not writing a glowing review! Travel Route 66: a guide to the history, sights, and destinations along the main street of America is like having Jim Hinkley, the author, right in the car with you helping you decide where to turn off or what sites are the most important. Starting from Illinois and traveling with you along Route 66 to California, the book points out historic sites, fun stops, and fills you in…

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Lifestyle 

Halloween in the 50’s

We’ve collected a few pictures and links for our mid-century fans of Halloween! Need to get your hair done up 50’s style? Tutorial here! A video on Halloween preparation – A family prepares for Halloween together, making the Jack-o Lantern together, preparing the son’s Halloween scarecrow costume for a competition at school. Good family fun. Thanks to Retro Housewife for this awesome game! How To Play: This apple seed fortune telling has been done for generations. Every guest receives an apple and he or she can break the apple in…

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Lifestyle 

MidCentury Round up – stories around the web

News that caught our Facebook Readers attention this week Don the Beachcombers Saved: “Well, we did it! The Huntington Beach City Council just voted unanimously and they plan to leave the area alone! No re-zoning!!! I can’t believe how the tiki and Sunset Beach community rallied around this effort. It truly is a testament to what Dons/ Sams means to everyone. It IS worth saving. Good work friends!! Mahalo!” Check out the article about how it was saved and their Facebook page. The National Register Still needs Eichler homes: “Ten…

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Lifestyle 

Review: It’s a Mod Mod Mystery! (or two!)

We’re behind on our book reviews and yet we’ve read some fabulous ones lately! If you’re a cozy mystery fan and love to dream of fabulous mid-century decor and fashion, Diane’s books are for you! I already reviewed her first book in this series “Pillow Stalk” but haven’t had a chance to tell you about the next two in the series! “That Touch of Ink”,  (as usual the title is a spoof on a Doris Day movie “That Touch of Mink”! 🙂 ) puts our heroine, interior decorator Madison Night…

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Preservation 

The influence of the Atom Bomb on 1950’s America

In surfing around the web, we find some folks who have done a fantastic job of capturing important parts of Mid-Century life. One of our favorites is Uncle Jack’s veryvintagevegas.com and in surfing his site we came across this fantastic online master’s thesis from Monique Gaudin on the topic of the Atomic bomb’s influence on pop culture – both then and now. Besides being packed with fabulous links about atomic culture, the page also has some fabulous videos talking about the culture of Las Vegas during Atomic testing, Tiki culture,…

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Preservation Retro Travel 

Ohio House Motel Chicago – a survivor

Distinguished by its fabulous diamond shaped exterior, the Ohio House is a fabulous example of mid-century architecture right in the middle of downtown Chicago. Other architectural points of interest include the matching suspended sign, held up by a geometric metal grid which is itself reflected in the pattern block fence that runs along Ohio Street. Rough-faced stone walls and a large stainless steel sign on the east facade add to it’s distinctly Chicago Mid-Century design. The architect for the motel was Arthur Salk of Shayman and Salk, who also designed…

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Architecture 

More Grooving around the web – Mid-Century Round up

Because we’re signed up for all the email lists so you don’t have to! 🙂 Preservation: The 40th Annual California Preservation Conference returns to San Diego to celebrate the region’s pivotal role in California’s historic preservation movement. For more information visit the website:  www.californiapreservation.org . More Mid-Century Real Estate news: Thanks to our friend Koop Kooper, we found this little gem that just sold in Australia On Saturday morning, the time-warped four-bedder sold under the hammer for $1,425,000 topping the suburb house median by $25,000. Much of the interior remains…

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Retro Travel 

Mid-Century Motel Monday: Mamaroneck Motel, New York

One of our favorite parts of Mid-Century travel is finding those fabulous out of the way motels for an affordable price. One of our biggest challenges on our trip back east was finding something near New York City. We knew we wanted to stay close by – because we were spending the day in Manhattan. Just 21 miles north we found the Mamaroneck Motel. Although the website doesn’t do it justice, it’s a fabulous retro motel that you wouldn’t notice if you didn’t know it was there. The motel has…

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Preservation 

Grooving around the web – a Mid-Century Round up

One of the things we love most about Facebook is seeing all the cool things happening around the Internet – we thought our blog subscribers would love visiting some of these articles too, so we’re going to try to give you the highlights at least a few times a month! Our picks for this week!: Preservation: Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center is endangered. Goshen, N.Y. lawyers are taking a final stab at saving an archetype of midcentury modernist architecture.  Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government center is in the final phases…

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Architecture Preservation 

Googie and neon sign preservation and museums

One of our favorite mid-century things are Googie signs. There are plenty of photos out there, but one thing is certain and it’s that they’re a dying breed and ripe for preservation efforts. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “Googie” architecture, approximately from 1950-1970, is a futuristic or ultramodern derivative of art moderne and International Style architecture, originating in California in the late 1940s. While using the materials and design vocabulary of other contemporary styles, its jaunty forms and bold streamlining evoked a highly optimistic aspiration to an…

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