Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Small quarto, pp. xiv, 387, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Mylar-Protected Jacket. Item #21200
The authors take an informative and entertaining look at the history, architecture, and business of motels in the United States. This book explores the effect on American culture as citizens became motorists. The new breed of automobile traveler rejected the hotels of the railroad era, which were located in congested downtown areas and lacked adequate parking. Instead, they came to favor the roadside lodgings outside city limits which came to be known as motels. The history of the motel, from autocamp to franchise, has long been overlooked. In this volume, motels at last receive the careful interpretation they deserve.