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Would you believe that we weren’t even planning on going to the Sun Studio tour while we were in Memphis? Wacky, huh? But when we saw this gigantic Gibson glowing in the morning sun, we had to investigate. So glad we did, as the tour ended up being a highlight of our entire visit to town.

Sun Studio Tour Memphis TN

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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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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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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.┬áThere’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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Now I’m not in the market for jewelry – but if I was in Austin TX I’d head to Kruger’s Jewelers to buy my baubles, just to say thank you to them for keeping their vintage signage and facade so glorious!

Kruger's Jewelers Clock and Facade
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A quick dip off the highway for a kitschy photo op with an oversize roadside giant- a must do on any Retro Road Trip. We had the luck of being just moments away from the Muffler Man (also known as a “Happy Half-Wit“) at Ken Muffler & Break Services in Beaumont, TX.Muffler Man "Happy Half-Wit"

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Sometimes it takes driving down a wrong street to discover a great vintage photo op – like the Ritz (once Lyric) Theatre in Anniston AL.

Check out this great ghost sign! Vaudeville on the Keith circuit anyone?

Lyric Theatre Keith Vaudeville, Anniston AL

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Isn’t this just a gorgeous art deco theatre facade? TOTALLY worth the detour into downtown Talladega AL to see The Ritz Theatre.
Ritz Theatre Talladega AL Movie Theatre Exterior

Look at those great, shiny glass tiles- the geometric Aztec influence designs, fabulous neon facade and zigzag top? now THAT’s Art Deco!

According to their website:

Talladega’s Ritz Theatre (circa 1936) is considered one of the best surviving examples of the Art Deco mainstreet theatres of the 1930’s.

And I’m not about to argue that.

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The wind she’s a blowin and the rain she’s a fallin here tonight at the beach version of RetroRoadmap HQ. What better time to remember what a warm spring night can be like – in Key West Florida for example!

Here are a few shots of the nifty neon you may see when you walk around Key West at night – tomorrow I’ll show you some daytime shots of some of the cool vintage signs I found down there too.

Tropic Cinema Tropic Cinema Marquee

Strand Theatre now (sigh) Walgreens Strand Theatre Walgreens (more…)

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