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A Classic Lincoln Highway Postcard

October 20th, 2008 · 4 Comments

When I was a child of about six, my father began traveling Route 40 and Route 30 on summer trips to see my grandparents. I was attracted to roadside postcards documenting where we stayed and what we saw, and this fondness for roadside Americana has continued throughout my life, as I obtained a master’s degree in historic preservation and became an architectural historian.

A Classic Lincoln Highway (Route 30) Gas Station Postcard from Lisbon, Ohio


Here’s a classic example of a 1950s roadside Americana postcard. Its highly detailed graphics depict Crosser’s Amoco service station and roadside diner on the Lincoln Highway (Route 30) in Lisbon, Ohio. The gas station, in the Spanish Revival architectural style, actually dates to the 1920s or 1930s, when this style was popular. A bonus with this gas station collectible from Columbiana County is the roadside diner next to the gas station.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 john shoaf // Mar 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    NEWS!
    Crosser’s Diner is NOT THERE ANY MORE.
    It was going to meet the wreckingball after years of neglect and the roof falling in
    …but “I “helped SAVE it.
    The American Diner Museum DISMANTLED what was left of it and it is in storage to REBUILD or use as DONOR PARTS for another DINER restoration.

  • 2 VintagePostcards // Mar 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Hi John,

    The dismantling and saving of Crosser’s Diner sounds like it’s a really interesting story. Would you like to blog about it here? I’m sure that our readers would enjoy hearing about it, especially as many of them are Lincoln Highway fans. When did the diner come down? I’m glad you helped to save it! :)

  • 3 rose // Feb 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Hope to travel by Lincoln highway one day.  The postcard is no doubt detailed and beautiful.

  • 4 VintagePostcards // Feb 20, 2010 at 12:11 am

    That would be wonderful, to travel via the Lincoln Highway or even Route 40. I’ve traveled parts of it – it’s fun! Still old roadside out there, if you look, smiles.

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