Delaware free-standing Wilmington area HJ outlet opened in
about 1961, which was during HoJo's heyday. Even into the
start of the 2000s the Restaurant retained its Howard Johnson's
atmosphere and offered classic HoJo's fare like fish and clam
Wilmington-Kirkwood franchise was last owned by Harry Bissell,
who had also owned or had interest in at least four Howard
Johnson's Restaurants and one Motor Lodge, one of which was
the Restaurant in Claymont.
Wilmington-Kirkwood Hwy's road sign was among the last extent
"Roof Logo" signs which had been initially installed
during the 1970s.
1999 & 2000: Kummerlowe
& BELOW: These two quick night shots were taken
following a detour off of I-95 en route by rental car from Philadelphia
to my aunt's apartment in Bealton, Virginia. I had just attended
the Recent Past II Conference
in Philadelphia at the PSFS building (October 11-13, 2000 see
below for info-links).
conference, part of a series, served to inspire and propel me
to further my effort to document our collective 20th century
roadside commercial architecture. A pantheon of notable speakers
presented on many topics and I had the district pleasure of
having met the renowned photographer, John Margolies!. Moreover,
a highlight of the conference was an excursion led by Isley's
and diner expert, Brian Butko, who guided our group on a tour
of vintage and still viable diners in and around Philadelphia.
Alas, Mr. Bissell converted the location into his own creation called
Crossroads Restaurant, and chopped off the welcoming HJ Beacon and
then painted the once gleaming roof a dull, drab, and uninspiring
2003: Phil Edwards
Even as the Orange was "bleeding through," a patron
or a passerby was using the location's pay phone! Pay phones like
HoJo's are now a thing of the past...
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