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You can see some more photos of our Serro Scotty camper, interior and all on our original post from the winter!

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Thanks to a link from Paul Sherman (of Big Screen Boston fame) for letting me know that the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle – filmed in and around Boston in the early 1970’s and starring Robert Mitchum – will be shown this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the weekend of March 11 at the Somerville Theatre (run on sentence much?!)
Friends of Eddie Coyle, Dedham SquareAs you may remember, I wrote about the local locations in Eddie Coyle a while back, and had a great response from folks who worked and lived in and around the area at the time (check out the sweet comments from the P.J. Pastry thread!)

Here are the links to the previous posts, so you can see the locations:

This is a great opportunity to see “The best movie made in Boston” according to Paul Sherman, on the big screen, with an archival print, no less.

Here are the links to both of the showings:

And a theatrical trailer so you know what you’re in for:

Enjoy this rare glimpse into Boston as seen in 1973!

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We were only able to drive past the West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland PA this past weekend, but I think I’ve developed a crush on this little movie house located just outside of Harrisburg.

West Shore Theatre(Who doesn’t love the sight of a family rushing towards an independent cinema on a Saturday night?)


In the 70+ years that this theater has been located on the west shore of the Susquehanna river it has had only had 2 owners in that entire time (the current owner bought it in the mid-1980’s).

A photo of the theatre from the 1940’s show that the exterior has been kept true to its original design, and the neon marquee as you can see is in fine form.

Prices are said to be reasonable, and nary a bad word about this cheery little can be found on any of the major review sights (though boo, their website has lapsed).

Click here to see a great photo of the West Shore taken in the daytime and notice the details, from the horizontal stripes, to the great font used on the marquee, the box office to the left, the circular windows in the doors. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to.

I’d love to make a trip back there to check out the interior, but from what I read and see, this place is a keeper already – RetroRoadmap stamp of approval!

The West Shore Theatre
317 Bridge Street
New Cumberland, PA 17070-2160
(717) 774-7160

PS- while turning around the RetroRoadmobile to photograph the theatre, we saw more neon across the street and got some cool vintage clothing at  Checkered Past!

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You can tell spring is a’coming when Boehringer’s Ice Cream in Adamstown PA opens for the season- put a big circle around Friday March 11 on your RetroRoad calendar!
Boehringer's Sign

I just received this missive from The Boehringer’s Icecream Facebook Page:

We’re very excited about this season as it marks our 75th year of food, family and fun. We hope you’ll join us in celebration this milestone all summer long as we are planning surprises along the way.

Here’s our original post on  this great roadside stand of eats and treats and the map to get there too!

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I’ve loved this well kept neon sign of Weitzenkorn’s Men’s Store for years and am glad that RetroRoadmap gave me the excuse to pull over and snap a photo of it to share. How else would I have found out that the country’s second oldest Men’s store is located in Pottstown PA? Still family owned, the business began in 1864!

Weitzenkorn's Men's Store Neon Sign Pottstown PA

According to the Historic Pottstown Walking Tour plaque outside of the store, this location has been open since 1877 and the first electric lamp in Pottstown was installed in this store in 1889. The Weitzenkorn’s certainly know something about keeping the lamp light burning bright.

Historic Pottstown Walking TourWhile RetroRoadhusband isn’t typically in the market for suits, next time he needs something formal to wear we’ll head over to visit this historic shop to have a looksee. I know it’s a place that my dad would have approved of  (Brooks Brothers is the oldest men’s clothing store in the country, dad certainly approved of them). If nothing else, I’d love to see the display case of memorabilia dating back to the 1890’s.

My RetroRoadmap hat goes off to Marc and Gregg Weitzenkorn, for keeping this family business going strong, and their fabulous vintage sign in excellent shape!

Weitzenkorn’s
145 East High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464-5448
(610) 323-8810

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Guess where RetroRoadhusband and I are going to be on March 9? In DC for a symposium on the photography of roadside and Main Street America as seen through the lens of photographer John Margolies. Come along with us!

Organized by the Library of Congress’ Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering, the symposium is intended to bring attention and support to the Library’s ongoing acquisition of Margolies’ photographic archive of more than 13,000 images, taken from 1972 to 2008, and his important collection of related vintage photographs, postcards and other printed ephemera.  The John Margolies Archive and Collection promises to be a treasure trove for students and scholars of American roadside, Main Street and popular culture.

John Margolies Photographer Dinosaur flyer, Library of Congress  Symposium, 9 March 2011

Marvels of Roadside and Main Street America- The Itinerant Eye of John Margolies
A symposium organized by The Center for Artchitecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress.

Wednesday March 9, 2011 9:30am-5:00pm

The eccentric landmarks glimpsed on a road trip through a car window and the changing commercial vistas on familiar hometown streets can reveal much about America’s past and present.  John Margolies has made a life’s work of documenting and sharing such monuments and environments in photographs, packed lectures and popular books.

Scholars of design, photography, commercial vernacular and automotive culture will gather at the Library of Congress to discuss Margolies’ work in a symposium titled “Marvels of Roadside and Main Street America: the Itinerant Eye of John Margolies” at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

Speakers for the morning session are:

  • C. Ford Peatross, director of the Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering, who will present introductory remarks in a presentation titled “The Work of John Margolies and the Collections of the Library of Congress.”
  • John Margolies, the photographer and collector himself, who will discuss “Content and Process: 36 Years on the Road Taking Photographs of American Commercial Architecture and Design.”
  • Gabrielle Esperdy, professor of the architecture of the commercial landscape at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and critic of the intersection of architecture, consumerism and modernism in the urban and suburban landscape, who will present “Margolies, Mainstream and Marginal.”

Speakers for the afternoon session are:

  • Phil Patton, the author of books on the transit culture and a writer of automotive design for the New York Times, who will present “Road Sight: John Margolies and the Tradition of Photography on the American Road.”
  • Gail Buckland, author, curator and professor of the history of photography at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, who will talk about Margolies’ work in the context of photographic history.

The day-long, five-speaker symposium will be held in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are needed. Capacity is limited.


The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division includes approximately 14.4 million photographs, drawings and prints from the 15th century to the present day, including about four million documentary and formative architectural, design and engineering items.  The visual collections represent a uniquely rich array of human experience, knowledge, creativity and achievement, touching on almost every realm of endeavor: science, art, invention, government and political struggle, and the recording of history.  For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/print/.

Request ADA accommodations 5 days in advance (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov

For further information email Elizabeth Terry Rose elte@loc.gov

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Good morning folks – I just happened to notice randomly that none of the maps embedded at the end of my posts appear to be…appearing! Not sure why this is happening, and I’m off to retro road trip out to Harrisburg so there’s no time to don my IT hat.

In the meantime, if you need to see the maps of all the cool vintage and retro places we’ve visited, there’s the RetroRoadMAPS tab, linking to all of the maps we’ve created so far. So there’s no excuse for not visiting someplace cool and old on this loverly weekend!

Here’s a link to the Retro RoadMAPS page

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