Route 66 Treasures

Route 66 Treasures by Jim Hinckley

Featuring Rare Facsimile Memorabilia from America's Mother Road

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Format: Hardback, 64 Pages
ISBN: 9780760344897
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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As a longstanding cultural icon and beloved vacation destination, U.S. Route 66’s legendary notoriety continues unabated. In fact, thanks to a corps of preservationists dedicated to keeping nostalgia for the road alive, interest in America’s Main Street is actually growing. But modern 66 enthusiasts aren’t the first to spread the word about the Mother Road—in fact, Route 66 has a rich, decades-long history of advertising behind it.
 
It’s been more than half a century since Route 66 functioned as a major cross-country thoroughfare, but following its displacement by the U.S. Interstate system in the 1950s, advertising ephemera used to promote Route 66 motels, diners, souvenir shops, and the road itself became highly sought-after collectibles. In Route 66 Treasures, author Jim Hinckley’s unique new look at the road examines it through the lens of those promotional and advertising efforts, going so far as to include 15 pieces of fabulous removable facsimile memorabilia—as among them diner menus, cocktail napkins, paper coasters, window decals, postcards, brochures, and more—each enclosed in its own vellum envelope. Hinckley’s chronological history provides a richly illustrated and thoughtful review of Route 66 promotion through the decades in each of the eight states through which it travels.
An utterly new look at the Mother Road, Route 66 Treasures offers a rare collectible archive for the growing hordes of 66 enthusiasts.

Since his childhood, Jim Hinckley dreamed of being an author. After numerous detours into truck driving, mining, ranching, and a variety of other endeavors, he turned to writing a weekly column on automotive history for his local newspaper, the Kingman Daily Miner, in his adopted hometown of Kingman, Arizona.

From that initial endeavor more than twenty years ago, Hinckley has written extensively on his two primary passions: automotive history and travel. He is a regular contributor to Route 66, American Road, Hemmings Classic Car, and Old Cars Weekly, and he was an associate editor at Cars & Parts. Book reviews and original features on automotive history and travel can be found on his blog, www.route66chronicles.blogspot.com and on his popular podcast, Jim Hinckley's America & Route 66 Adventures.

Format: Hardback, 64 Pages
ISBN: 9780760344897
Illustrations: 100 color & 50 b-w photos
Size: 11.25 in x 8.75 in x 0.5 in / 285.75 mm x 222.25 mm x 12.7 mm
Published:
June 28, 2013
The Kingman (AZ) Daily Miner recently featured Jim Hinckley, author of several books on the legendary Route 66 for Voyageur Press. Read More.