The Henry Ford exhibit looks at vanishing landscape of roadside attractions
Dearborn — An exhibit that looks at the vanishing landscape of roadside attractions along U.S. highways is opening this weekend at Henry Ford Museum in suburban Detroit.
“Roadside America: Through the Lens of John Margolies” starts Saturday and runs through Jan. 24 at the museum in Dearborn. A preview event, including an appearance by the author, photographer and lecturer on American architecture and design, is scheduled for Friday.
For several decades, Margolies photographed the unusual and the everyday of roadside attractions, including movie theaters, gas stations, diners and motels, providing a comprehensive study of American roadside architecture, the museum said.
The exhibit includes slides and items recently acquired by The Henry Ford from Margolies’ collection of photos, diaries, pennants, postcards and luggage labels.
Inside the exhibit, viewers can learn more about the inspiration behind his collection, including the books and camera equipment he used. Visitors can view travel logs that Margolies collected via touch screen or step inside an oversized postcard for a photo.
Three vehicles from The Henry Ford’s collection that are not normally on display will be part of the exhibit. At the entrance, visitors will see the 1950 Buick Roadmaster. A 1950 Chrysler New Yorker and a 1963 Studebaker Avanti also will be seen.
Henry Ford Museum is part of The Henry Ford, a history attraction that includes Greenfield Village. The exhibit is supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund.
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