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Disappearing motels: Cultural decline of a post-war travel icon

Nicks, Joan (Author). Bernat, Clark, 1974- (Added Author). Burtniak, John (Added Author).

Summary: Disappearing Motels explores a small border city through the historical lens of travel, local motel development, and exploitation of Niagara's famous falls as visual tool in tourism branding, literature, and movies, with emphasis on the film 'Niagara,' location shooting, and Marilyn Monroe's persona as screen star, pinup, and paradigm of blondness imitated.


  • 2 current holds with 2 total copies.

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  • ISBN: 9780978446420
  • Physical Description: print
    319 pages : coloured illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: St. Catharines : Niagara Artists Centre , 2022.

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General Note:
Companion volume: Lost movie theatres.
Forward by Clark Bernat.
Part Two Tourist Camps to Motels: Motoring to Niagara co-authored with John Burtniak.
Interview with Inge Saczkowski and Karin J. Haslam.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note: Maps -- Preface -- Forward -- Part One Spectacle, Big Tourism, Small City -- Part Two Tourist Camps to Motels: Motoring to Niagara -- Part Three Movie Motels, Niagara and the matter of Marilyn Monroe -- Part Four Teenage Sisters Work Family Motel -- Part Five Photo Journal: Niagara Falls Motel Scene -- Postcards -- Contributors -- Index.
Subject: Motels -- Ontario -- Niagara Falls
Tourist trade -- Ontario -- Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls (Ont.) -- History
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Victoria 647.9471339 Nic 38080006263667 Adult On holds shelf -
Victoria LHC 647.9471339 Nic 38080006263907 Local History Collection Available -

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