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Jersey Shore Summer — Greetings From Asbury Park

Images that will make a Springsteen song start playing in your head. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: Book Reviews

Books reviews of sources for history of vacations in America. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: The Cigar Store Indian Syndrome

The history of America’s national parks usually begins with the “discovery” of Yosemite. What isn’t explained is how you discover a place when there are folks already living there. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: We’ve All Got Wheels

Nothing had as profound an impact on how Americans vacationed as when we all got wheels. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: While Disparaging Tourists

Our disdain for tourists turns out to be nothing new. In fact, it is as old as tourism itself. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: With an Agency Itinerary and a Guidebook in Hand

For more than a century, Americans used travel agencies and guidebooks to plan and book their vacations. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: Under the Influence of PR

As more Americans started to go on vacation there were more folks around ready to tell them where they should go. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: Finding the Time

The history of American vacationing in the 19th and early 20th century is a story of gradual growth in the number of people who went on vacation and the places they choose to go.  But by well into the 20th … Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: Women on the Loose

When a gas station attendant advised Katherine Hulme not to try to cross the Big Horns, she blew him a kiss and drove on. Continue reading

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Americans Discover Vacation: Overcoming Our Heritage

Since a good percentage of the American public with some disposable income in the 19th century was pretty Waspy, the whole idea of vacation took hold rather slowly here. Continue reading

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