Automobilist

As its title suggest, this magazine dealt with cars and what to do with them. Therefore, a number of driving trips were included inside it's covers for the benefit of its audience-the car owner. With this section of the population in mind, articles "The Restoration of Colonial Williamsburg" and "Natural Wonder Land" pinned Colonial Williamsburg as a meritorious destination. The Automobilist views visiting the restored area as an intellectually sound venture, where "most intelligent people will concede that the cultural and educational values received from [Colonial Williamsburg are] splendid." Goodwin and Rockefeller are referred to as "outstanding Americans [who] have appreciated the value of awakening a consciousness of our own traditions in the American people." These two comments are aligned with the themes of a rise of secular religion and the celebration of a useable past. The article relies, as well, on a historical description of Williamsburg and of the College of William & Mary's prestige, to increase knowledge and significance of the town's past. Furthermore, the authenticity of restorations and collections of artifacts are mentioned as attracting features to the town (#7, 4). In line with the publication's intentions, detailed directions are given to Colonial Williamsburg from New England and nowhere else. The sole origins of these directions must indicate that visitors were targeted from the populated and relatively proximal big cities. A second article on attractions in Virginia included a photo of the "Public Gaol" and of the North Palace Gardens (#9, 5,12).
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