The circumscribed world of brochures

Today’s Washington Post has a fun article in the Style section by a writer who “based an entire itinerary based on the brochures to be had in a hotel lobby.” Ellen McCarthy and her father visited various roadside attractions, and she marvels at “the realization of how many ‘best, biggest, most popular’ sites could be found in this fine patch of the commonwealth.”

Amid blogs, websites, and interactive video dispensers of information, the lowly brochure still hangs in there as a means of getting visitors to stop at attractions, shops, restaurants, and motels. The standard size is four inches by nine inches, and the requirements to get them place in Tennessee visitor centers are legion.


Anyone stepping into a visitor center can easily walk out with hundreds of brochures. (Some kids often attempt to do so.) Among this plethora of pamphlets, it’s interesting to see what cannot be displayed, according to the state of Tennessee.

The brochure is political or religious in nature or content. Hmm–that would seem to rule out the one pictured in this post.

The publication promotes gambling casinos. Given how many Mississippi casinos depend on Memphis tourism, this is an interesting ban.

The brochure depicts something obscene. I guess it’s how you define “obscene.” Some of the attractions in Gatlinburg fall into this category, if you ask me.

This blog is part of a much larger website, also entitled Tennessee Guy, that contains travel and cultural information about Tennessee. Visit it here.


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