Googie Reads

Are you a fellow bibliophile? A fan of the printed page? We Sherlocked it for you and found some great books. Of course, some are available as E-books, if you are into saving trees. Or just prefer a backlit book.



Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture by Alan Hess

The definitive book on Googie architecture. Well-researched and informative, it describes an innocent time, before Cali became overpopulated and unaffordable for most working people. (Amazon)

The Master's Gallery at US Modernist You cannot save something without knowing where it is or why it is important. That is why we love this site. Welcome to The Master's Gallery with nearly every house by the era's major architects, built and unbuilt. Thousands of photos with great information and stories. A virtual library card of a site. Check it out. Get it? (US Modernist)

Diners, Bowling Alleys, And Trailer Parks: Chasing The American Dream In The Postwar Consumer Culture by Andrew Hurley

Three distinctively American institutions. This book examines the struggle of those with modest means to attain the good life after decades of depression and war. A story of humble origins, explosive growth, and the sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park. Ok, we can agree to let the trailer park go. (Amazon)

Populuxe by Thomas Hine

Where in the world did they get that term? Populism, popularity, luxury and deluxe combined to make one megatronic-magnificent word. Populuxe! (Amazon)

Pump and Circumstance: Glory Days of the Gas Station by John Margolies

Using archival photographs, this is an illustrated celebration and history of the American cultural icon; the gas station. Fuel Fact: gas was 29 cents a gallon. At Costco, it would have been 21 cents. (Amazon)

Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future by Joseph J. Corn

The vision of the future as seen through the eyes of the past demonstrates the play of the American imagination on the canvas of the future. (Amazon)

Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture by Alan Hess

Referred to as the definitive publication of the style born in California that has taken a road trip (or a cheap TWA flight back then) to all corners of the world. (Amazon)

Future Perfect: Vintage Futuristic Graphics (Icons Series) by Jim Heimann

Gather 'round children. Once upon a time, there was a bright, clean, colorful future for all. This book proves it. Beautiful, colorful illustrations, mostly from magazines and advertisements. (Amazon)

Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future by Joseph J. Corn

The vision of the future as seen through the eyes of the past demonstrates the play of the American imagination on the canvas of the future. (Amazon)

Googie Architecture: A Comprehensive Overview by Alan Morris and Debbie Chabot

This reference guide explores the fascinating futuristic architecture movement. (Amazon)

Addicted to Americana: Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style by Charles Phoenix

We’re going to level with you. Not really Googie but a colorful kaleidoscope of retro-pop culture. Charles is a hysterical historian. Eye candy on every page with a photo of Charles on every page. A little narcissistic, like Oprah. (Amazon) Watch Charles here>

A collection of Charles Phoenix books

Every colorful book is full of vintage photos of roadside architecture, Googie signage, and forgotten places, capturing a time that has now past. (Amazon)

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