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A. Wigwam Motel – San Bernardino, CA
B. California Route 66 Museum – Victorville, CA
C. Blue Swallow Motel – Tucumcari, NM
D. Tee Pee Curios – Tucumcari, NM
E. Midpoint Cafe – Adrian, TX
F. Oklahoma Route 66 Museum – Clinton, OK
G. Wagon Wheel Motel – Cuba, MO
H. Funks Grove Gift Shop – Funks Grove, IL
I. Old City Hall Shoppes – Pontiac, IL
J. Joliet Area Historical Museum – Joliet, IL
K. Chicago Architecture Foundation Store – Chicago, IL
L. Milwaukee Domes – Milwaukee, WI
M. Aperture Photography & Variety Store – Cleveland, OH
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“Their enthusiasm and excitement was infectious but it was their unique slant on capturing images of tarnished and weather worn Route 66 that set them apart from the hundreds of photographers currently documenting fast fading vestiges of the highways glory days.”
“What intrigues me and impresses me is that in a world where just about every angle has been worked to pique interest in Mother Road imagery, he has found a long-dormant nostalgic nerve to touch. How could any self-respecting road warrior resist?”
“…the Polaroid color palette—saturated color, soft greens, that unique blue dye—is a curiously excellent match for the sun-bleached signage of Route 66.” Read Christopher’s entire review after the jump…“
“It is the unpredictable nature of instant film that adds intrigue. The partially faded black-and-white image of the Central Camera neon sign in Chicago — especially with its ‘since 1899’ message — looks like something shot during the Great Depression.”
“One pleasant surprise is Robleski’s writing. Among the essays he sprinkles into the book are musings about the Rock Cafe, Lou Mitchell’s, Blue Swallow Motel, Motel Safari, Whiting Bros. stations, Blue Whale, Munger Moss Motel, and the ghost towns of Texola and Glenrio.”
Read Ron’s entire review after the jump…
“With my love for instant film and the beauty in urbex, I stumbled across this awesome website that combines BOTH!”
“Chris has a mutual passion for Polaroid and especially selected the film for his Route 66 road trips. What he has compiled is exciting, inspiring and the beauty in decay with instant film is a match made in heaven!”
Read Graham’s entire review after the jump…
Thousands of Miles and Hundreds of Polaroids
“A deeper understanding Route 66 is what compelled Robleski and his girlfriend, Katie Nelson, to spend weeks locked in their Bay View apartment engrossed in the project. The couple are responsible for every facet of the book’s existence, except printing and binding.”
“Combining his evocative photographs and her digital design prowess, [Chris & Katie] launched a website this past summer called Fading Nostalgia…a grassroots effort for people with a shared interest in the forgotten and isolated to connect and share.”
Read Matt’s entire story after the jump…
First and foremost, we truthfully couldn’t have finished this project without our friends, family and Fading Nostalgia supporters everywhere…our sincere thank you! In December 2011, we self-published our book Polaroid Photos from Route 66, a 160 page book of about 275 Polaroid photographs taken by one-half Fading Nostalgia, Chris Robleski. Chris began capturing Route 66 with his plastic instant cameras back in 2006, making the journey an annual tradition. With the help of our Jumpstarters, Chris made it to the end of Route 66 to complete the project. Along with finding a printer/publisher, designing the layout and writing about his personal experiences to accompany the Polaroid images, the final months before publish were high octane to say the least! To read more about the book creation “behind the scenes,” please check out our blog post about the whole process.
We are proud to say that we printed and self-published in the USA. It’s a tough market for self-publishers these days, especially when you feel very strongly about keeping production in America. While costs are often considerably lower over seas, we felt that the book’s subject matter–speaking to the strife of small businesses along the Route–couldn’t be produced anywhere else but the US.