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Route 66

By Gerd Kittel

The road that became known as Route 66 holds a unique place in American popular culture. Unlike any other road in world history, this modest two-lane highway took on cult status, bound up with American nostalgia for a recent past in which life was far less complex and mechanized than it has now become. Inaugurated by a group of businessmen in the 1920s, at a time when the automobile was first asserting itself as one of the main preferences for family holiday travel, its life-span was short - less than fifty years - but its mythology goes on and on. While Freddy Langer's text tell's the curious story of Route 66 in some detail, it is Gerd Kittel's extraordinary photographs that tell the story of the road as it is now. Wistful, brutal and beautiful at the same time, these documents of today show what has become a once powerful symbol of American hopes and pleasures: the wrecks of abandoned automobiles, the deserted diners and souvenir shops; the battered remnants of failed silos and warehouses; derelict towns; surviving personalities and buildings, as well as some of the views the road offers as it passes through seven states between Chicago and the Pacific Ocean. Before the advent of interstate superhighways, that was the main attraction of the road - its appeal to the American drive towards the West, where opportunity and success were believed to be waiting.

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0500283508


Format: Book
Author: Kittel, Gerd
Title: Route 66 / Gerd Kittel, Alexander Bloom, Freddy Langer.
Publisher Date: New York : Thames & Hudson, c2002.
Subject: Roadside architecture -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works. Architecture -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works. West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works United States Highway 66 -- Pictorial works.
Isbn: 0500283508
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System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 973.920222 Kit
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Bib Id: 176773

Format: Book
Author: Kittel, Gerd
Title: Route 66 / Gerd Kittel, Alexander Bloom, Freddy Langer.
Publisher, Date: New York : Thames & Hudson, c2002.
Description: 174 p. : col. ill., map ; 29 cm.
Subjects: Roadside architecture -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works.
Subjects: Architecture -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works.
Subjects: West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
Subjects: United States Highway 66 -- Pictorial works.
Other Author: Bloom, Alexander
Other Author: Langer, Freddy, 1957-
Other Title: Final cut
LCCN: 2001095688
ISBN: 0500283508
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 973.920222 Kit