Posts Tagged ‘Wildwood’

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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The book Wildwood’s Neon Nights & Motel Memories by Robert O. and Melinda M. Willams was recently published by my fave local publisher Schiffer Books, and is right up my Retro Roadmap alley. The fact that the Doo Wop Preservation League in Wildwood NJ will be hosting a book signing this Saturday 9/25 with the book’s photographer Robert O. Williams is reason enough to tell you all about this tome right now, so you have time to make it to the signing!


This book contains over 220 color photographs of the neon signs, vintage motels and vacation memories associated with the history of Wildwood, NJ. For those not in the know, Wildwood is home to the country’s most densely packed collection of 1950’s motels, hotels and businesses. Inspired by post-war optimism about the future, the architectural designs for these mom and pop motels broke the mold with their inventive use of angles, color, materials and subject matter. The signs that beckoned summer travelers to stay the night also exemplified that same sort of exuberance, with swooping arrows, pointing sputniks and enough colored neon to light up the night for miles around.

More than just a fond reminiscence or collection of striking photos (there are plenty of both in there), the book is also a cautionary tale about how easily these places can fall prey to the wrecking ball in the name of revitilization and profit. A number of the photos show the heartbreaking reality of demolition sales and the colorful and kitschy places that no longer exist.

This book is far from a bummer though, with plenty of bright and detailed photos from Robert and entertaining and informative writing by Melinda. Their original content is featured along with some great vintage shots of the area, including some from RetroStockPix.com (you may remember them being featured here as our Swoonworthy Vintage Motel & Vacation Photos).

If anything, the fact that we realize these places may not be here forever, coupled with the impact of the great photos in this book are motivation enough to book your next Wildwood stay at a vintage motel, today!

Casa Bahama Motel, Wildwood NJ. Pool Area - Retrostockpix.com RetroRoadmap.comFans of diner photographs (myself included) have known of Robert’s work with his acclaimed book Hometown Diners, (get your personalized copy right here at this link). Or perhaps you might recognize his images from his years spent behind the lens as an award winning photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Melinda, his wife is also an alumni of  The Philadelphia Inquirer and now runs The Williams Group “an agency specializing in marketing, public relations, journalism and photography with an emphasis on nostalgia.” Both of them spent over 10 years in collecting and creating the images and content sandwiched between the covers of Wildwood’s Neon Nights and Motel Memories, and we are all the better for it.

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Hey Retro Roadmap fans – please come say hello to me this Saturday July 31 as I  participate in an artist’s meet and greet / exhibition closing event at the Doo Wop Experience on Ocean Ave in Wildwood NJ. I’ll be on-hand from 4-6pm to discuss my photos, Retro Roadmap and of course vintage New Jersey diners!

Salem Oak Diner, Salem NJ(one of my personal fave diners I recently discovered – the Salem Oak Diner in Salem NJ)

Sponsored by the Doo Wop Preservation League, there will be DWPL members attending who can answer your questions about the League, a Representative from Preservation New Jersey and if we’re lucky, a couple of guest stars from the roadside fans world- Glenn Wells of the RoadsideFans website and Mike Engle, author of the book Diners of New York.

Doo Wop Experience Exterior

The night will be capped off with a guided bus tour of the Wildwood area’s Doo Wop 1950’s Motels! It will be a do not miss type of evening at the Jersey Shore, for sure!

RSVP to the Diners and Doo Wop event on Facebook

Diners and Doo Wop Event –
The Doo Wop Experience
4500 Ocean Ave
Wildwood, NJ 08260

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For Immediate Release: Retro Roadmap Photographer Exhibits in Wildwood, NJ
angelos diner
Beth Lennon, owner of RetroRoadmap.com, will have her photos of vintage New Jersey diners on exhibit throughout the month of July at The Doo Wop Experience in Wildwood, NJ.

June 28, 2010 – Beth Lennon of Phoenixville, PA is proud to announce that a selection of her photos of southern New Jersey vintage diners will be on display in Wildwood, NJ throughout the month of July. The exhibit will be at The Doo Wop Experience in celebration of their ‘Manufactured Diner Month’.

Beth aka Mod Betty is the owner of RetroRoadmap.com – a travel blog dedicated to all things retro, vintage and mod. The website includes Ms. Lennon’s photos and experiences from her travels across the U.S. visiting ‘cool old places’. Her photographs are quickly gaining popularity across the world wide web and have can be found on Consumerist.com, Schmap.com, CaribbeanMotel.com. They’ve also been used by world famous cartoonist Dan Goodsell.

The Doo Wop Experience is located across from the Wildwoods Convention Center at Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues in Wildwood, NJ. The exhibit is free to the public and is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am to noon and 5 to 10pm. For more information: http://www.doowopusa.org.

For more information about Retro Roadmap, go to: http://www.RetroRoadmap.com. You can contact Beth at: beth2459@aol.com.


As we’d say at home, I’m WICKED EXCITED about the first Retro Roadmap photo exhibit, and totally psyched to have it at the fabulous Doo Wop Experience on Ocean Avenue in Wildwood NJ – housed in the refurbished space age looking  1960’s era Surfside restaurant building!
Doo Wop Experience Exterior
This photogenic destination in itself is located directly across from the entrance to the Wildwood boardwalk and my photos will be on display along with their classic vintage neon signs and classic 50’s decor.

Doo Wop Experience Interior Wildwood NJ

The photos highlight some of the quickly vanishing vintage diners in southern New Jersey. The historic diner has been listed on Preservation New Jersey’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in New Jersey for 2010.

Retro Roadmap is thrilled to partner with the Doo Wop Preservation League to raise awareness of these classic structures, and hope that our photos will encourage visitors to check the diners out on their way to – or from -the Jersey Shore.


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I don’t know what the weather has been like where you are today, but we have rain over snow here in PA, my car stalled out on the way home from work, and we’ve got another lousy snow storm headed our way. With all that I thought it was the right time to share with everyone some absolutely fabulous vintage vacation  photos from the collection of Aladdin Color that are are available for all of us to drool over at RetroStockPix.com.

Thunderbird Motel Lake George NY - Neon Sign 1967 - Retrostockpix.com RetroRoadmap.comI chatted with Eric Bard- the man behind Retro Stock Pix and whose father began Aladdin Color in 1957. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for me, so I could share the info and the wonderful photos available to purchase on his site.
click here to read more and see some fab vintage photos!

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