Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thriftspiration: A Trip To Yellowstone Park And Beyond, 1957

Way back when in the spring, while I was chatting up a lively vintage vendor at the Columbus Flea Market and found the child's celebrity scrapbook that inspired this post, I also found this incredible travel scrapbook. Documenting a  road trip adventure across the western Unites States, the photos and ephemera inside are in absolutely beautiful condition.  

The travelers include: Sara, Chet, Betty, Estelle...

...Bill, and presumably a fifth person who isn't photographed, but is documenting the journey. And I don't know much of these young travelers, except that their summer wanderlust began in July of 1957...and that Estelle is a total glamazon. I mean, look at that outfit. Oh...and at least one member of the party is from Morrisville, Pennsylvania, as it is faintly written in pencil on one of their motel receipt slips.  

Their travels took them to several diners, motels, drug stores, and several scenic stops toned in sepia. The Grand Canyon, Old Faithful, and many long desert roads in-between. But perhaps my favorite part of this scrapbook isn't the collection of snapshots...but the mementos kept within. 

Matchbooks, motel slips, and menus. Everyone is sure to take dashboard photos of the desert road, and Old Faithful. But only true travelers save the mementos along the way, the little things. And if this isn't a solid entry of Thriftspiration---hitting the open road in search of adventure,  back when a fountain lemonade cost 15 cents---then I don't know what is.

Happy trails, thrifters! 

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Cynthia said...

Love it! I always save the "throw away" ephemera from my trips. . .always think that is the most special keepsake to stir the memories. These are treasures! Thanks for sharing, Jackie. . .

Jackie Jardine said...

Thank you for reading, Cynthia! I couldn't agree more. The matchbooks might be my favorite page in the entire scrapbook. But that menu is pretty special too!

<3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

Witchcrafted Life said...

This is so incredibly cool. What an amazing slice of history to hold in your hands and get to cherish for years to come. As a passionate scrapbooker, vintage lover, and huge travel fans, seeing this book made my heart smile on so many levels.

xoxo ♥ Jessica

Jackie Jardine said...

Thank you, Jess! It's so nice to see other people out there, like myself, who appreciate the old memories of strangers. And the fact that it was only $1...well, this find was pretty incredible!

<3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting