Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The weather's warm, it's time to hit the road!

Chevron Map, 1959
Remember summer vacations traveling across the U.S. by car? If you would like to relive that slice of Americana, or you have just heard about what it was like to take long road trips in the past on America’s two-lane roads like Route 66 and Highway 40, come to Bracken Library and view Summer Road Trip, an exhibit presented by Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections and the GIS Research and Map Collection.  

Virginia Beach, VA ca. 1960's

The exhibit includes maps and atlases produced by gasoline companies and mapmakers to aid travelers during the height of travel by car in the 1940s through the 1960s, as well as books and photos depicting popular destination spots, gas stations (where they used to pump the gas for you), restaurants (where gas and fries were always plentiful), and tourist attractions (buried Cadillacs and tepee motels) common to the era.          
North Star Drive-In, Muncie, IN ca. 1950

The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library runs from Monday, May 27 to June 28, 2013, and is open to the public. For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections, libarchives@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078. 

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