Archive for June, 2011

We’re on Vacation!

Retro Roadhusband and I are on vacation – hooray!

Imperial 500 Motel, Wildwood, NJ. Couple having coffee in their motel room. 1960's(Gotta get me some of those sunglasses!)

While I will be posting from the road this gives me an opportunity to  share stories submitted by Retro Roadmap Readers as well.Vintage signs, original diners, drive in movie theatres – stay tuned!

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I am a big fan of comedienne Phyllis Diller and was THRILLED to receive this autographed photo of her in the mail today.

Born in 1917, Phyllis was close to 40 when she began her career that has spanned nearly 6 decades. She’s an inspiration!

When RetroRoadhusband (Fang?) told me my tiki dress looked very Phyllis Diller I took this as a compliment.

Check out the documentary “Phyllis Diller: Not Just Another Pretty Face” To learn more about this fab lady!

I hope to be known as a “indefatigable nonagenarian” – as IMDb calls her – if I’m that lucky!

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We just happened to be walking down Fourth Avenue during our whirlwind stop in Louisville, KY and were delighted to see these vintage theatre marquees:

The Palace Theatre Louisville KY


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Day or night your visit to Memphis is not complete without an amble down historic Beale Street.  Here are some snapshots from our all too short visit to this famous thoroughfare to inspire you:

Blues Hall and Juke Joint – you just don’t hear those phrases much anymore, do you? Same with Drinks to Go-!
Juke Joint and Blues Hall


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I had to wait until Retro Roadhusband and his brother ( The Hillis Brothers ) finished playing to snap this photo. They were hiding that voluptuous bathing beauty!

Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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Regular readers will know of our love of The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA – this time of year especially, with Blobfest – the kitschy fun homage to that gelatinous mass that put The Colonial on the moviegoing map, all the way back in 1958.

This year we decided to put our money where our mouth is and sponsor a table at Blobfest to add to the festivities with a table full of vintage souvenirs for sale, and Diners of Pennsylvania book signing!


Yes, that’s right – I’m honored to play Retro RoadHostess to Kyle Weaver and Kevin Patrick -two of the 3 gents responsible for the great resource book Diners of Pennsylvania second edition. They will be selling and signing copies of Diners of PA at the Retro Roadmap booth from 12-4pm.

They will also be telling the history of the diner(s) that appeared in The Blob – so stop on by!

While they’re doing their diner thing I will be spreading the good word about Retro Roadmap as well as selling and sharing some of my vintage vacation souvenirs – vacation plates, snow globes, pennants, we’ll see what’s in the collection!

Snow Domes in Storage Retro Roadmap.com Mod Betty

I would be neglecting my duties as a citizen of Phoenixville if I didn’t share our famous Retro Roadmap Blobfest Map – including sites from the movie and local landmarks to check out:

And day wouldn’t be complete without a showing of The Blob at 2pm – this year I’m proud to say that our own Retro Roadmap fave local photographer Laura Keen Photography is sponsoring the movie showing (you may remember she took some fun photos of yours truly a few months back – what fun!) – check The Colonial’s schedule for other showing times and double features.

Who doesn’t love the famous “Running Out” scene from The Blob – with The Colonial Theatre making her glorious screen debut!

(Yes, we know this version is en Espanol, but screams are universal :-))

And finally, here’s some handy Blobfest Street Fair Information:

Hosted by Hot Rod Scott & Professor Ouch of The Roots Rockabilly Roadhouse on  WPRB 103.3FM

Special guests The Violators Motor Club

Live music by The Buzzards

There will be plenty of fun stuff to do and see including:

John’s Old School New Skool Barber Shop

– Fire Extinguisher Parade

– Costume contest

– Facade contest

– Street food

– Vintage vendors

– Classic cars

– And More!

Read all about Blobfest here on the Colonial Theatre page or visit the Blobfest Facebook Page to become a fan. Is this going to be a wicked fun day or what?!

Blobfest Saturday July 9, 2011
Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA

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Best slices on the boardwalk. OK technically on Rehoboth Avenue (since 1974). Yum!

(I just got the story of this Alfred E. Newman painting from Tim Gouvas – as we’d say at home it’s wicked interesting! But typing it on my phone won’t do it justice – stay tuned!)

Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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As I mentioned during our visit to the Silver Skillet in Atlanta GA, the presence of authentic “boomerang” formica usually means a good meal awaits – as was the case with our breakfast at the Arcade Restaurant in Memphis, TN.

Arcade Restaurant Boomerang Formica(a silly smiling girl in the background doesn’t hurt either!)


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This is not a paid endorsement, but I just wanted to share that I’m pleased with the gallery wrapped wall art I just got from Canvas on Demand. Makes my snapshot look all arty! (thanks Groupon!)

Now where to hang it…?

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Summer’s officially here and I am so very excited for all of the fun we have planned – like our stay at the lovingly restored 1950s Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, NJ. There’s us, in line for a hot dog, in this vintage photo from the Caribbean, courtesy of our pals at RetroStockPix.com.

Caribbean Motel Wildwood NJ Vintage Photo Cookout RetroStockPix.com(don’t you just love my turban and sunglasses? Trying to keep a low profile, lest I get mobbed by fans!)


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