Hitch-Hiking by Mario Rinvolucri

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A pound a gallon and more for petrol — cars increasingly have to be shared and hitching is one good way. This book, written by hundreds of thumbers, lays bare the feelings, fantasies and justifications of the roadside.

  • Written by Mario Rinvolucri, 1974
  • Cartoons by David O'Docherty and Lola Rinvolucri
  • Digitalized by Bernd Wechner

Contents

INTRODUCTION

World Wide Web Publication

Acknowledgements

Complaints

My Bias

Part I: PSYCHO-SOCIOLOGY OF HITCH-HIKING

1. Hitch-hiking and the Umbilical Cord

2. The Contractors-out

3. The Fuzz and the Slag

4. Why Do People Give Lifts?

5. Beggars and Puritans

6. Car Hunger and Power

7. Wandering Hands

8. Ban It! Organise It!

Part II: HISTORY OF THUMBING IN BRITAIN FROM 1914 TO THE PRESENT

9. Lorry-hopping and the Slump: 1914-1939

10. The Hitch-hiking Revolution: 1939-1945

11. Teenagers and Students: Post War Hitching

APPENDICES

Appendix I

Appendix II