"Addicted to Americana: Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style" is a great gift for most anyone. I am forty two years old, and old enough to remember many of photos in this book. I grew up in southern California and my family and I traveled a lot when I was a little girl. We did a lot of camping. My parents came to visit and I shared this book with them. They loved it so much that I let them take it home. Most of my childhood memories are wrapped up in the photos in this book.
About the book:
Raised on a used-car lot, Charles Phoenix was destined to become the Ambassador of Americana. The photo collector, food crafter, and field tripper is famed for his hilarious live show performances and "theme park" tour of downtown Los Angeles. This riotously colorful book, replete with Charles's collection of vintage Kodachrome slides, celebrates his lifelong quest to unearth the best of classic and kitschy American life and style.
Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author known for his live comedy slide-show performances, madcap test-kitchen videos, field-trip-style adventure tours, and colorful books. The self-proclaimed "vintage culture vulture" has appeared on Martha Stewart, The Queen Latifah Show and Cake Wars, been profiled in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and been a guest on NPR's The Splendid Table.
Check out some more photos below:
This used to be what Disneyland in Anaheim, CA's Teacups ride used to look like.
Disneyland took this ride out after some people decided to try to climb out, and if I remember right, someone fell to their death. The tracks are still there, but the ride is gone forever.
When we drove down Hwy.40 from Tennessee to California and back again, we saw at least one Dinosaur. Some of them still exist!
I actually remember playing on a slide similar to this one when I was little. Crazy how time flies!
My family and I used to frequent a Bob's Big Boy restaurant back in the late 70's and into the 80's. There are now only five locations left in California. Their hamburgers are so delicious! I loved their fresh salad bar in Downey, CA last time I was there.
The back cover of Addicted to Americana!
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Disclosure: I received one copy of Addicted to Americana in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.