• Arthur Severio

Stories of Highways and Motels

In the last couple of years I've became obsessed with everything from the mid-century era from it’s architecture to it’s interiors to pop-culture with personalities like like the Jayne Mansfield, and the people who inspired the art world like Andy Warhol, director Alfred Hitchcock, and photographer William Eggleston. The era started right after World War II around1945 and lasted until about 1969. The era was when families traveled in their ultra cool cars for vacations driving along America’s highways. Kids played games in the backseats of the cars awaiting to arrive at roadside motels to park the family sedan. Travel changed in the 70's when people started flying with the creation of the Boeing 747. People still traveled by car but it was made faster and more efficient with the new interstate systems and chain hotels that were built at the exits for Americans travelling on business or leisure killing all the mom and pop owned motels.

The motels that were once very stylish and chic have recently became in vogue again with the young hipsters breathing new life in them by renovating and making them the new ultra cool places to stay!

Airline Highway near New Orleans have a few left that are still (God forbid) in their original states. The motels have their own stories to tell with hourly rentals for hookers, drug dealers and preachers getting their dirty deeds done.dirt cheap. But once, they were the places to be.

Model: Cesar

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