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A Brief History

A Brief History
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1927-31
The Airstream is invented, and with it a cavalcade of silver tubes motoring at 25 mph along narrow rural roads.

1935
Kodak invents Kodachrome, the dominant color film of leaf peepers in the 20th century.

October 1939
One down … Yankee Magazine débuts its first foliage-themed cover.

1956
Foliage Fanatics, Part I: Betty Hatch and four others launch the Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival, now one of the Green Mountain State’s largest autumn events.

1958
Foliage Fanatics, Part II: Harry S. Orr, the man who would come to be known as “Mr. Fall Foliage Festival” throughout western Mass., steps in to help with the Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Festival Parade. Today, a trophy in his memory is awarded each year to the float judged to be the best theme entry.

1959
New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway, a scenic 34.5-mile stretch of twisty road between Lincoln and Conway, opens to cars and neck-craners.

1960
Wait ’til next year: Eager New England foliage fans are left disappointed after Hurricane Donna blasts through the region; on the coast, salt spray turns many tree leaves brown.

1971
Columbus Day is now observed as a federal Monday holiday. The three-day break, occurring during peak New England color, makes this the Super Bowl weekend of leaf peeping.

1976
Frustrated New England outdoorsman and backpacker David DeLorme of Maine decides to make a better map of his home state and creates the first item that would soon grow into scores of DeLorme atlases.

1978
Hot off the press! The state of Vermont issues its first foliage reports to newspapers and other publications.

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