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Route 66 exhibit to appear at Fletcher Library


June 29, 2007

From coffee mugs to street signs. From t-shirts to postcards. And, from the lens of seven noted British photographers.

Welcome to “Route 66 through British Eyes,” scheduled to open July 1 and run for nearly two months at the Fletcher Library on Arizona State University’s West campus.

“British photographers come as a group to the U.S. each summer and travel the old Route 66, the historic road, and take pictures along the way,” said Linda Stryker, an associate professor of astronomy and integrative studies, whose department of integrative studies is the sponsor of the exhibit. “The pictures we have are the best of their best.”

The photographers featured are The Honorable Roger Reynolds, Peter Morss, Carole Speight, Rosemary Wilman, Ivan Barrett, Jay Charnock and Rob Charnock.

In addition to over 40 photographs – taken from Rolla, MO, to Bellemont, AZ, and from Catoosa, OK, to Winslow, AZ – the exhibit will include Route 66 memorabilia that has been donated by West campus faculty, staff and students.

“This will be a super display of Route 66 images taken from beginning to end, from Chicago to Santa Monica, and will be complemented by books, postcards, glassware, model cars, belt buckles, and just about anything related to Route 66,” said Stryker.

“We’re losing more and more of Route 66 all the time.  The buildings are deteriorating and now Interstate 40 bypasses a lot of the old route,” she added.

The exhibit, which includes Stryker's collection of abstract photographs of cars and trucks, is free to the public. The Route 66 collection is located on the second and third floors of the Fletcher Library.