Classic Motels

There are few things as entrancing as the American road-side motel. The flash of Googie-styled neon signs. The promise of affordability. The triple spell of air-conditioning, cable television and a swimming pool. Motels are among everything that is right with the US.

The following photographs all come from the “Life and Times of the American Motel series” posted on If Charlie Parker was a Gunslinger. You can access the rest of the series here.

As part of his www-ode to all things MCM / post-war America, James Lileks has a sub-site dedicated to chronicling the Great American Motel that is also worth checking out.


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