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Digitally remastered: these photographs have been respectfully and sensitively restored to their original glory. This is a painstaking process: colour correcting the original and then removing bits of dirt and scratches by hand. As much as possible, the original composition and framing has been preserved. In some cases (such as the 'Dinosaurs' Indian Rock Shop) the image has been left almost as is (apart from basic colour correcting and some retouching) - there is something quite charming about the hairs trapped in the gate with the film sprockets overlapping the framed border.
John Margolies was considered the country’s foremost photographer of vernacular and mimetic architecture — the coffee shops shaped like coffeepots; the gas station shaped like a teapot (the Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, Wash.) and the motels shaped like all manner of things, from wigwams to zeppelins to railroad cars — that once stood as proud totems along America’s blue highways.
Starting in the 1970s, he spent much of his life scouring back roads for those vanishing emblems of midcentury enterprise, which were already imperilled by air travel, interstates and big-box sprawl.
There were also main streets, motels and miniature golf courses; barbershops, billboards and banks; gas pumps, sumptuous movie palaces and a pink plastic flamingo or two.