Along the Way

By Sandra C. Davis
Burlington, New Jersey: Sandra C. Davis, 2007. Edition of 180.

5.5 x 5.75" folded, extends to 11'; 24 pages. Accordion structure. Offset printed at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Bound in Tyvek cover with a reproduction illustration of a 1960s map. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Sandra C. Davis: "This . . . artist's book takes the reader on a journey with me and my family chronicling our annual journey from Willow Grove, PA, to our vacation home in Avalon, NJ. It features 20 duotone photographs . . . of 'roadside America' coupled with a narrative of . . . childhood memories about the places portrayed in the images."

Introduction: "When I was a child in the 1960s, every summer my family spent two weeks of vacation at the shore. This family tradition started before I was born, when my grandparents, in 1953, bought a tiny two-room cottage. The journey from my home in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, to the house in Avalon, New Jersey, took about two-and-a-half hours. My oldest brother spread out in the back seat and my other brother and I rode in the station wagon's way-back on top of foot lockers that my mother spent a week packing. The back window became my magic frame through which I looked for landmarks to help pass the time."