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American Squares by Leah Frances – ย้อนรอยอดีต อเมริกาวันวาน

December 2, 2017

LINE it!

เติบโตในเกาะแวนคูเวอร์ ประเทศแคนาดา Leah Frances ในเยาว์วัยจินตนาการว่าประเทศอเมริกาคงดูเหมือนกับที่เห็นในหนัง

“ฉันกับพ่อชอบดูหนังกันมาก พวกหนังคลาสสิคอย่าง Mildred Pierce, Citizen Kane และ Double Indemnity ฉันเคยคิดว่าแค่ข้ามทะลไปอีกฟากหนึ่ง ทุกสิ่งทุกอย่างคงดูเหมือนกับในหนัง”

อเมริกาในยุค 50 หรือที่เรียกว่ายุคทอง กลายเป็นสิ่งที่ลีอาห์หลงใหล เป็นแรงบันดาลใจให้เธอสร้างอินสตาแกรม American Squares รวบรวมรูปถ่ายงดงามของสถาปัตยกรรม โรงแรมชั่วคราวแบบโมเต็ล ร้านอาหารแบบไดเนอร์ รถยนต์ ป้ายต่างๆ (ที่กลับมาได้รับความนิยมอีกครั้งในชื่อเรียกว่า ‘สไตล์ฮิปสเตอร์’) รวมทั้งเศษซากของวัฒนธรรมในยุคนั้นที่ยังหลงเหลืออยู่

การชมภาพเหล่านี้จะทำให้นึกไปถึงหนังฮอลลีวูดมากมายที่เราดูกันมาตั้งแต่เกิด โรงแรมโมเต็ลที่หญิงร้ายชายโฉดไปแวะพักระหว่างหลบหนีหลังจากปล้นธนาคาร ร้านอาหารไดเนอร์ที่มักจะมีพนักงานเสิร์ฟผูกผ้ากันเปื้อนจดรายการอาหารด้วยสีหน้าเบื่อหน่าย มีนายอำเภอพุงพลุ้ยนั่งดื่มกาแฟอยู่ที่มุมห้อง ผู้คนในร้านกินอาหารเช้าพลางคุยกันถึงเรื่องการทำไร่ข้าวโพดและข่าวลือว่ามีฆาตกรโรคจิตหลุดเข้ามาในเมืองเล็กๆ ของพวกเขา…

“George Motz, in his encyclopedic book, Hamburger America, characterizes White Manna as ‘beyond a doubt, one of the most historically important hamburger joints in America.'” More here: http://njmonthly.com/articles/eat-drink/blue-collar-burgers/ 🍔🍔🍔 #hackensack #newjersey #whiterosesystem #whitemannahburgers #diner #dinette #vintagediner #hamburgers #restaurant #sign #signage #signgeeks #signcollective #everything_signage #neon #neonsign #vintageneon #typography #summer #roadside #roadsidearchitecture #thebuiltenvironment #myfujifilm #everydayusa #guardiancities #americana #americanroads #diaopenroad @diadetroit #bjptakeover @bjp1854

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#motel #vintagemotel #vintagesign #sign #signage #signgeeks #typography #neonsign #neon #roadside #photography #travel #travelphotography #portalberni #vamcouverisland #britishcolumbia #canada #americana #mzac_summercamp #jj_forum_1894 @jjcommunity #JJAtTheWolfsonian

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#wildwood #thewildwoods #jerseyshore #newjersey #vintagemotel #motel #1960s #architecture #surreal #minigolf #bowtie #rabbit #photography #travel #travelphotography #roadside #americana #americanroads #theamericancollective #roadtrip #reststop #roadsidearchitecture #diaopenroad @diadetroit

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Reposting this grande dame in honor of a planned outing to Williston Park this weekend. Hoping to finally see her all lit up! Hildebrandt’s Candy and Ice Cream, 1927. #willistonpark #longisland #newyork #dinersdriveinsanddives #typography #scriptlettering #neon #neonsign #sign #signage #signgeeks #storefront #hildebrandts #icecream #candy #luncheonette #roadside #americana #americanroads #theamericancollectiv #everything_signage e

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#tedsfrostopdiner #neworleans #louisiana #diner #vintagediner #vintagesign #neon #neonsign #typography #signage #signgeeks #signcollective #americana #roadside #parked #restaurant #plasticsign #storefront #photography #bsspringbreak @bittersoutherner #travelphotography #americanroads #theamericancollective #myfujifilm#plasticsignmuseum #everything_signage

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Leonardo, NJ. #vintagesign #vintagemotel #motel #roadside #americana #leonardo #newjersey #neon #neonsign #typography #signgeek #signgeeks #photography #travelphotography #americanroads #lensblr @lensblrnetwork #everything_signage

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TVAMFM #motel #vintagemotel #harvardhousemotel #urbantree #minimalassignment #urbantrees #vintagesign #neon #neonsign #travel #hollywood #hollywoodblvd #losangeles #california #travelphotography #photography #signgeeks #roadside #minimal #typography #americana #americanroads

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Jay’s Elbow Room; Maple Shade Township, NJ. Established 1955.

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Hi all! I’m taking over the feed of the Houston Center for Photography (@hcponline) all week, starting today. Check it out! __ Soda fountain at the Martindale Chief Diner; NY-23, Craryville, NY

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#oceangrove #newjersey #gemütlichkeit #nashmetropolitan #nash #asundaycarpic #carsofinstagram #car #automobile #vintagecar #classiccar #1950s #roadside #architecture #victorianarchitecture #victorianhome #photography #travel #travelphotography #fujix100s @fujifilm_northamerica @fujifilmx_us #americana #americanroads #theamericancollective #myfujifilm @jj_soloparking #jj_soloparking

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Are You There Fall? It’s Me, Margaret. Remembering last year, where it got chilly and the leaves changed. Bethlehem, PA.

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The Pink Champagne Motel, opened 1957. #architecture #doowop #googie #doowoparchitecture #modernistarchitecture

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Trolley Car diner, Germantown PA. Built 1952, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. #cf_brightcity

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#momentswithsunday Throwing back to the salad days of Tumblr. This guy continues to tumble along… Anyone still posting over there? #thisaintartschool #spontaneoustowelmatching #theprintswap @theprintswap

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North Bend, Washington. #twinpeaks

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Nighttime at The Salem Diner. /// Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Salem Diner is one of two Sterling Streamliner diners left in Massachusetts, and still stands at its original location. Designated car number 4106, it was also one of the last made by the Sterling Company before it closed its doors in 1942.

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West 39th Street, NY #barber #classicbarber #vintagebarber #signgeeks #signgeek #handpaintedsign #handlettering #vintagesign #street #streetphotography #photography #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #nyc @everydayusa #timeoutnewyork

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My Maspeth muse; Queens NY. #flakphotoplaces

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Maspbeth, Queens; roadside architecture: inside looking out. #flakphotoplaces @flakphoto #maspeth #queens #thebuiltenvironment #diner #vintagediner #goodfellas #everything_signage #signcollective #typography #signgeeks #goodfellasdiner #aintbadmagazine #floatmagazine #flakphoto #myfujifilm #myfeatureshoot #paradisemagazine #fromwhereieat #odtakeovers #timeoutnewyork #guardiancities #subjectivelyobjective #roaditude #rentalmag #burnmagazine #frankiemagazine #theprintswap

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New York, NY.

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The end of summer. #cf_brightcity

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The White Horse Grill, established 1940, Berwick PA. “Originally the go-to place for folks working in the local American Car and Foundry factory, where they built Stuart tanks used in World War 2.” (Info and original tip courtesy of @modbetty_retroroadmap) #coalregionleahfrances #memorialday

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Week off and gonna hit the road. #typography #needskerning #farawayassignment #theprintswap

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West Taghkanic Diner NY-82, Ancram, NY 12502

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North Bend, Washington. Double R Diner, Twin Peaks. #theprintswap

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Mileage: 97.3 Breakfast: Jamaica Station (chips, banana, orange juice) Lunch: Aldo’s (croissant, cappuccino) Dinner: IGA supermarket (greek salad, trail mix) Night at: Silver Sands Motel, Greenport, NY TV: Gunsmoke, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Bob Newhart Show Post Card Dist: 20 – Greenport, NY 10- Cutchogue, NY //// #snapshotness for the #stephenshoreassignment sponsored by @thisaintartschool @coberlin @stephen.shore //// #thesilversandsmotel #vintagemotel #interior #vintageinterior #gunsmoke #vintagetelevision #tv #retrotv #blackandwhite #1950s #photography #travel #travelphotography #americana #greenport #longisland #NY #newyork #LIRR #americanroads #fujifilmx_us @fujifilmx_us #myfujifilm #theamericancollective #asphotomotel_interior #flakphototv

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Key City Diner. #phillipsburg #newjersey #diner #vintagediner #interior #dinercounter #dinerstools #luncheonette #photography #roadtrip #travel #travelphotography #guardiancities #aintbadmagazine #myfujifilm #myfeatureshoot #rentalmag #gordonparksassignment #fisheyelemag #floatmagazine #flakphoto #americana #americanroads #myamericanvision

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Belvidere, New Jersey. A different take on an oldie. (Sometimes I compose in both 35mm and square formats.) #notasquare #varietyisthespiceoflife #flakphotoplaces @flakphoto #theprintswap @theprintswap

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Garden State Motor Lodge Motel; US Highway 22 N, Union, NJ.

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Throwing back to one of my favorite car finds: Summer 2016; Hamburg, Pennsylvania. #cadillac #badillac

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Seats for skirts; Quakertown, Pennsylvania. (Excuse the reposts, working through what to bring to @photonola.festival #portfolioreview!) #quakertown #pennsylvania #roadtrip #interior #5and10 #sodafountain #sodacounter #dinercounter #luncheonette #vintageinterior #everydayusa #photography #travel #travelphotography #diner #fisheyelemag #flakphoto #aintbadmagazine #iyl2016 #bjp1854 #sfmomago #myfeatureshoot @ifyouleavestagram #guardiancities #theprintswap

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Take me to the movies tonight. #thelastpictureshow #hellertown #pennsylvania #cinematreasures #cinema #streamlinemoderne #artdeco #architecture #marquee #movietheater #aintbadmagazine #signgeeks #signcollective #typography #everything_signage #storefront #photography #travel #academyawards #flakphoto #oscarnight #travelphotography #roaditude #guardiancities #myfujifilm #myfeatureshoot #americana #americanroads #sico_cinemas @signcollective #jj_forum_1893

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This week I am taking over the feed @odtakeovers if you want to check it out! /// #eastwindsor #newjersey #roadtrip #roadsideamerica #roadside #thebuiltenvironment #diaopenroad @diadetroit #diner #vintagediner #abandoned #neon #neonsign #vintagesign #signage #signgeeks #signcollective #everything_signage #everydayusa #typography #myfujifilm #guardiancities #fisheyelemag #bjptakeover @bjp1854 #photography #travelphotography #travel #americana #americanroads #jj_forum_1893

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End of the night at May’s Drive In, founded 1956. Berwick, PA. #coalregionleahfrances

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Who will claim the hat on the rack? Germantown, Philadelphia.

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Weekend romance. #vintagesign #typography #type #script #lettering #vintagemotel #sign #roadside #roadtrip #newjersey #minibreak #motel #travelettemotel #travel #travelphotography #photography #americanroads #signgeek #signgeeks #everything_signage

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#neworleans #louisiana #woolworths #typography #seriescocacola #vintagesign #interior #fromwhereieat #signgeeks #everything_signage #signcollective #diner #lunchcounter #fisheyelemag #burnmagazine #verybusymagazine #myfujifilm #rentalmag #odtakeovers #subjectivelyobjective #myfeatureshoot #guardiancities #roaditude #flakphoto #roaditude #aintbadmagazine #floatmagazine #frankiemagazine #phroom #americana #jj_forum_1893

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Seen from the road: Hot Grits; East Elizabeth Ave. Linden, NJ /// Info: http://njmonthly.com/articles/eat-drink/blue-collar-burgers/ 🍔🍔🍔 #whiterosesystem #whiterosediner #linden #newjersey #vintagediner #diner #storefront #signgeeks #signcollective #everything_signage #everydayusa #diaopenroad @diadetroit #myfujifilm #fisheyelemag #flakphoto #jerseydiner #sliders #hamburgers #grits #restaurant #roadside #roadtrip #americana #americanroads #guardiancities #photography #travel #travelphotography #retroroadmap (@ericjhessler, thanks for the tip on all of these!)

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Biltmor Motel; Lakewood, Washington. Reposting red white and blue from the archives for the July 4th weekend. #theprintswap

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#longview #washington #americanlandscape #roadsidearchitecture #thebuiltenvironment #roadside #neon #neonsign #vintagesign #typography #signgeeks #signcollective #everything_signage #motel #vintagemotel #classiccar #iyl2016 @ifyouleaveinstagram #everydayusa #guardiancities #myfeatureshoot #aintbadmagazine #fisheyelemag @aintbadmagazine #photography #travelphotography @bjp1854 #americana #americanroads #theprintswap

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May everyone have “The Very Best” long weekend ♡ Pottstown, PA; established 1921 (Closed for business December 12, 2015). #storefrontcollective

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Foggy day at A.J. Lee Groc. Conf.

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Reposting for St. Patrick’s Day. #irishbar #shamrock #neon #neonsign #vintagebar #divebar #bar #signgeeks #interior #1950s #americana #photography #glendale #queens #theassemblybar #treeslounge #stpatricksday #filmlocation #nyc #newyork #bar #americanroads #myfujifilm #timeoutnewyork #fisheyelemag @fisheyelemag #asphotomotel_interior

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Easton’s Finest Nuts. #easton #pennsylvania #lehighvalley #storefront #vintagesign #plasticsign #handpaintedsign #handlettering #typography #signage #signgeeks #streetphotography #photography #travelphotography #roadside #roadtrip #travel #americana #americanroads #signcollective #everything_signage #theamericancollective #myfujifilm #fisheyelemag @fisheyelemag #guardiancities #shespotsseniors

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