(In the first volume of their celebrated "Gas, Food, Lodgi...)
In the first volume of their celebrated "Gas, Food, Lodging" trilogy, John Jakle and Keith Sculle offer a comprehensive history of the American gas station, exploring every aspect of this roadside icon, including its evolving architectural identity, its place in both the American landscape and popular culture, the corporate decisions that determined its look and location, its metamorphosis into the mini-mart and its role as the most visible manifestation of one of the world's largest industries.
(In the second volume of the acclaimed "Gas, Food, Lodging...)
In the second volume of the acclaimed "Gas, Food, Lodging" trilogy, authors John Jakle, Keith Sculle, and Jefferson Rogers take an informative, entertaining, and comprehensive look at the history of the motel. From the introduction of roadside tent camps and motor cabins in the 1910s to the wonderfully kitschy motels of the 1950s that line older roads and today's comfortable but anonymous chains that lure drivers off the interstate, Americans and their cars have found places to stay on their travels. Motels were more than just places to sleep, however.
(Eating on the run has a long history in America, but it w...)
Eating on the run has a long history in America, but it was the automobile that created a whole new category of dining: "fast food" In the final volume of their "Gas, Food, Lodging" trilogy, John Jakle and Keith Sculle contemplate the origins, architecture, and commercial growth of fast-food restaurants from White Castle to McDonald's.
(When the automobile was first introduced, few Americans p...)
When the automobile was first introduced, few Americans predicted its fundamental impact, not only on how people would travel but on the American landscape itself. Instead of reducing the amount of wheeled transport on public roads, the advent of mass-produced cars caused congestion, at the curb and in the right-of-way, from small midwestern farm towns to New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Lots of Parking examines a neglected aspect of this rise of the automobile: the impact on America not of cars in motion but of cars at rest.
(Cultural geographer John Jakle and historian Keith Sculle...)
Cultural geographer John Jakle and historian Keith Sculle explore the ways in which we take meaning from outdoor signs and assign meaning to our surroundings. With an emphasis on how to use signs, the authors consider the vast array of signs that have evolved since the beginning of the 20th century.
(Motoring unmasks the forces that shape the American drivi...)
Motoring unmasks the forces that shape the American driving experience, commercial, aesthetic, cultural, mechanical as it takes a timely look back at our historically unconditional love of motor travel. Focusing on recreational travel between 1900 and 1960, John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle cover dozens of topics related to drivers, cars, and highways and explain how they all converge to uphold that illusory notion of release and rejuvenation we call the "open road".
(In small cities and towns across the United States, Main ...)
In small cities and towns across the United States, Main Street hotels were iconic institutions. They were usually grand, elegant buildings where families celebrated special occasions, local clubs and organizations honored achievements, and communities came together to commemorate significant events. Often literally at the center of their communities, these hotels sustained and energized their regions and were centers of culture and symbols of civic pride. America's main street hotels catered not only to transients passing through a locality but also served local residents as an important kind of community center.
(The use of cars and trucks over the past century has rema...)
The use of cars and trucks over the past century has remade American geography, pushing big cities ever outward toward suburbanization, spurring the growth of some small towns while hastening the decline of others, and spawning a new kind of commercial landscape marked by gas stations, drive-in restaurants, motels, tourist attractions, and countless other retail entities that express our national love affair with the open road. By its very nature, this landscape is ever-changing, indeed ephemeral. What is new quickly becomes old and is soon forgotten.
(At the outset of the twentieth century, the debut of the ...)
At the outset of the twentieth century, the debut of the American picture postcard incited widespread enthusiasm for collecting and sending postcard art that lasted decades. In Picturing Illinois, John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle examine a diverse set of 200 vintage Illinois picture postcards revealing what locals considered captivating, compelling, and commemorable. They also interpret how individual messages impart the sender's personal perception of local geography and scenery. Jakle and Sculle follow the dialogue between urban Chicago and rural downstate, elucidating the postcard's significance in popular culture and the unique ways in which Illinoisans pictured their world.
(The garage, whether used for automobile storage, parking,...)
The garage, whether used for automobile storage, parking, repair, or sales has been an American commonplace for so long that it is surprising how little attention it has drawn from scholars tracing the country’s architectural and cultural heritage. In this compellingly written and profusely illustrated book, John Jakle and Keith Sculle, two of the nation’s foremost experts on "Roadside America" bring their analytical acumen and meticulous research skills to bear on the remarkably rich history of this overlooked feature of the U.S. landscape.
(With their speed and geographical reach, America’s railro...)
With their speed and geographical reach, America’s railroads reigned supreme through much of the nineteenth century, knitting together the sprawling country like no other mode of transportation was able to do. Around 1900, however, an upstart challenger, the automobile, arrived on the scene. At first, regarded as little more than a plaything for the wealthy, the new invention rapidly gained popularity, especially after Henry Ford’s innovative mass-production techniques made cars affordable to the middling classes.
Keith Sculle is the Head of Research and Education for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
In collaboration with John A. Jakle, Keith Sculle wrote “The Gas Station in America” in 1994, “Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age” in 1999, “Lots of Parking: Land Use in a Car Culture” and “Signs in America's Auto Age: Signatures of Landscape and Place” in 2004. With Jefferson S. Rogers was written “The Motel in America” in 1996. The most recent book “Supplanting America's Railroads: The Early Auto Age, 1900-1940” was written in 2016.
(In the first volume of their celebrated "Gas, Food, Lodgi...)1994
(The use of cars and trucks over the past century has rema...)2011
(Eating on the run has a long history in America, but it w...)1999
(The garage, whether used for automobile storage, parking,...)2013
(In the second volume of the acclaimed "Gas, Food, Lodging...)1996
(With their speed and geographical reach, America’s railro...)2016
(Motoring unmasks the forces that shape the American drivi...)2008
(At the outset of the twentieth century, the debut of the ...)2012
(When the automobile was first introduced, few Americans p...)2004
(Cultural geographer John Jakle and historian Keith Sculle...)2004
(In small cities and towns across the United States, Main ...)2009
Keith Sculle is married to Tracey Sculle.