"Signs direct motorists to service areas which are set
back from Turnpike travel lanes," notes the caption for this photograph
from the Turnpike Authority's 1951 annual report. Travelers who stopped
to eat or gas up experienced one way the automobile had changed daily
life. Instead of the individually owned mom-and-pop restaurants and gas
stations they would have found in many New Jersey towns, they encountered
standardized environments controlled by large corporations that catered
to the car.