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Close cover before striking

March 27, 2007

Curators, here at the Museum, pour over an extensive collection of ephemera, including matchbook covers. These dimunitive examples of advertising showcase roadside stops and attractions along America’s highways. These covers from Texas and Ohio are real beauties. The Grande Courts in San Antonio were managed by Lon P. Piper and boasted of “America’s Finest Tourist Quarters.” The Vandalia Courts offered not only rooms, but also a place to park that shiny new Airstream along the shoulders of U.S. 40. Together, these matchbook covers are eye-popping reminders of stops along the road.

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The inside of the covers offer quaint little maps, so travelers can find their way.

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