For those of you just joining us, Fading Nostalgia is a place where we acknowledge and celebrate everything Americana. You more than anyone know how important it is to keep the spirit of these nostalgic things and places alive! Writing blogs and taking photos is one way, but another is staying connected with people who feel the same. This past December we released our very first book, Polaroid Photos from Route 66. The 160 page book is a collection of 275 Polaroid photographs taken by one-half Fading Nostalgia, Chris Robleski, professional appreciator of all things Route 66 and Polaroid. The book also contains nearly two dozen personal stories Chris has written about his experiences with the people and places along the Route.
We kicked off our *Pola 66 Book Tour* in February 2012, with a trip to Cuba, MO, continued this past May with a trip to Pontiac, IL, took a 10-day journey in June to Tucumcari, NM, and returned to Cuba, MO with a sidetrip to Kansas in October. We made tons of stops, met a bunch of really great people, reconnected with old friends (and new!) and took over ONE HUNDRED new Polaroids. Just like our trip to California in the fall of 2011, we have mapped the places we stopped below. Click on the little red map markers for details on each stop.
For 10 days this past June, we traveled Route 66 with our sights set on Tucumcari, NM, for the Wheels on 66 festival where Chris signed Route 66 Polaroid books along Route 66 Greats like Jim Ross, Shellee Graham, Jim Hinckley, Jerry McClanahan, Michael Campanelli, Joe Sonderman and more! We also met the new Blue Swallow caretakers, Kevin and Nancy! Along the way we stopped at all our favorite places (and discovered some new ones!!), including stays at the Skyliner in Stroud, OK, the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX, the Cactus Inn in McLean, TX, and the newly renovated Globetrotter Motel in Holbrook, AZ.
If a Polaroid Photos from Route 66 Volume II were to potentially exist one day, we have the film and freshly-snapped Polaroid photos to start it! We added over a dozen packages of different kinds of Impossible Project film to our shopping cart and never looked back! We know there are TONS of awesome locations that weren’t necessarily captured in our first book. As always, we’ve posted all kinds of photos and stuff on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so check now and check often!! It’s not a Fading Nostalgia Roadtrip without lots and lots of fun mobile uploads!
We’ve captured our epic journey in words and pictures on our blog page…what better way to start then to start with:
May 5th we drove down Illinois 66 for the 6th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival AND our first official Polaroid Photos from Route 66 book-signing outside of the Old City Hall Shoppes in the IL Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac. At the signing we actually met photographer and story-teller Michael Campanelli who has an exhibit in the Route 66 museum. After the event, we had a blast walking around the quaint and beautiful town filled with people just as excited about the Route 66 season kickoff as we were. That evening, we settled into our stay for the night, the gorgeous and swank, Lydia’s Loft, overlooking the square of downtown Pontiac. We don’t know how we could stay anywhere else if we travel that way again!
We started the book tour by stopping at motels, museums and gift shops along 66 to ask about carrying the book. We met so many nice people and now Polaroid Photos from Route 66 is for sale at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, the Old City Hall Shoppes in the IL Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, and the Wagon Wheel in Cuba, MO. We can’t wait for the next leg of the tour!
My love for road trips is deeply rooted in childhood. My dad was obsessed with brochures that advertised kitschy roadside attractions–colorful flyers that tried to divert you away from your intended path. [Nowadays, because of the] roadside thrills I find so intriguing and even quite beautiful, I had to capture these places in a way that would match the mood and nostalgia of the subject matter: Polaroid photography was my answer…This book isn’t necessarily a greatest hits of Route 66, but rather what I found particularly inspiring and worthy of permanent capture. My hope is that my book works as a giant kitschy brochure, like the ones my dad loved so much, and inspires you too to explore the road less traveled.
You can easily order a copy of the book below. Chris will sign it, pack it up and mail it himself to arrive within the week. If you don’t want to use Paypal, we have a Square Up account and can accept any credit card over the phone. Please email us and we’ll help you out asap! Are you from outside the United States, and want to buy a copy of the book? Likewise, send us an email and we will figure out shipping for you.