Vintage Library of Congress Photos of Classic Roadside Americana in Ohio

Last week the Library of Congress published well over 10,000 vintage photographs of classically American roadsigns and storefronts. Photographer John Margolies captured the pictures while on long, cross-country journeys along U.S. highways.

Margolies took his 35 mm camera to Ohio between 1979 and 1990, where he photographed gas stations, storefronts, billboard, hotels and much more. Since the photos are public domain, Scene selected a few of our favorite, outlandish attractions.

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 Abele Funeral Home, Toledo, Ohio

Abele Funeral Home, Toledo, Ohio

 Chris Shoe Repair, North Limestone Street, Springfield, Ohio

Chris Shoe Repair, North Limestone Street, Springfield, Ohio

 Florist Greenhouse, Toledo, Ohio

Florist Greenhouse, Toledo, Ohio

 Red Star Gas Station, Marietta, Ohio

Red Star Gas Station, Marietta, Ohio

 No-Tel Motel sign, Route 172, Massillon, Ohio

No-Tel Motel sign, Route 172, Massillon, Ohio

 Toppit Diner, Route 20, Ashtabula, Ohio

Toppit Diner, Route 20, Ashtabula, Ohio

 Wooden Shoe Cafe, Routes 22 & 3, Norwood, Ohio

Wooden Shoe Cafe, Routes 22 & 3, Norwood, Ohio

 Mail Pouch Barn, Tremont, Ohio

Mail Pouch Barn, Tremont, Ohio

 19th Hole Liquor Sign, Toledo, Ohio

19th Hole Liquor Sign, Toledo, Ohio

 Wichman's Food Market, Sandusky, Ohio

Wichman's Food Market, Sandusky, Ohio