On the Road - 8


Westward, high, low, and dry

Dorothy Childs Hogner (1904-1989)

Westward, high, low, and dry

New York: E. P. Dutton and company, Inc., [c1938]

Diary of the author’s trip with her husband Nils through 15,000 miles deserts of the Southwest. Dorothy and her husband learned of droughts and high temperatures and became aware of the government’s efforts to control the unlivable conditions. On their trek through the desert they encountered prospectors and padres, missionaries and local inhabitants. Her account describes the scorching sun and the whirlwinds of dust storm.

DeGolyer Library, General Collection, F786 .H65


A picture history of motoring

L.T.C. Rolt (1910-1974)

A picture history of motoring

New York: Macmillan, [1956]

Lionel Thomas Caswall Rolt was a prolific English writer, biographer, and an enthusiast for vintage cars and heritage railways. Motoring comprises over 475 images divided into three sections: the Horseless Carriage (1769-1900), the Formative Years (1900-1914), and Between the Wars (1914-1939). Many of the advertisements included in the earlier chapter showcase women’s motoring fashions. “To meet the needs of the rapidly increasing number of Lady Motorists, ALLWEATHERS have produced a series of new garments in specially prepared leather, designed to afford comfort to the wearer and as a protection to the ordinary garments.”  Liberty & Co. advertised for a charming new motor bonnet, “which does not crush the hair,” while Claxton sold a mask veil to protect the face from cold winds.  “When protected by the Mask Veil, a lady can drive in a motor car at the highest speed, facing the keen east wind, with perfect comfort, and after a day’s journey will find herself as clean and smart as when she started; instead of showing disheveled hair, a red nose adorned with smuts, discolored cheeks, and water eyes.”

DeGolyer Library, General Collection, Folio TL15.R6 1956a


Our nineteen thirty nine vacation: typescript

Walter B. Andrus

Our nineteen thirty nine vacation: typescript


The first line of this western travel scrapbook is “Our nineteen thirty-nine vacation, taken January 19 1940 to February 3 1940.” Mr. W.B. Andrus and his wife, Mildred, traveled on the Great Northern Railroad from Harmon, New York, across the country to Seattle, Washington, down the Pacific coast on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and through the Southwest on the Santa Fe Railroad before heading home to the East coast. This typescript narrative on ruled notebook paper details their railroad travel, and includes descriptions of the country, tickets, postcards, photographs, tokens, and timetables.

DeGolyer Library, Manuscript Collection, A2021.0027c

Purchase 2021


Special De Luxe Plymouth for 1941

Chrysler Corporation, Plymouth Division

Special De Luxe Plymouth for 1941

Detroit, Michigan: Chrysler Corporation, Plymouth Division, 1940

Advertisement for the new 1941 Plymouth featuring a woman driver on the cover and throughout the ad. “Thrilling to look at, exciting to drive!” Chrysler utilizes women in high fashionable attire to sell its new line of luxury cars. The fashion of the cars mirrors the women seen modeling the cars.

DeGolyer Library, Pamphlet Collection, TL215.P4 S6 1940


Sanger, Texas to Soap Lake, Washington travel scrapbook, 1940

Joseph F. Coppinger

Sanger, Texas to Soap Lake, Washington travel scrapbook, 1940

This scrapbook is a travelogue from Sanger, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest in August, 1940. A group of five, identified as the narrator, Cled, Brother and Sister Joe F. Coppinger (of New Castle, Texas) and Preacher traveled by car over two weeks before the group to reached Soap Lake, Washington for a Church of Christ gospel meeting. Postcards, road maps, photographs, souvenir pamphlets, and pennants are included from their travels.

DeGolyer Library, Manuscript Collection, A2009.0048x

Purchase, 2005