Video: Have You Saw The Mummies? (1994)

Mummies of the Insane

Philippi, West Virginia

In July 1994, the Roadside America Team drove from Los Angeles to New York, stopping at 50 roadside attractions in 7 days. It was the first time we'd uploaded daily text reports and tiny GIF photos to the World Wide Web (and AOL), via the feeble modems and balky connections of the era. The Mummies of Philippi was one of many highlights on our pioneering "virtual vacation."

We recorded the Mummies video footage on the last morning of the tour, then edited the postage-stamp sized upload that hinted at the future promise of road trip video sharing. This 2019 edit expands with more footage from the original 8mm camcorder tapes, featuring the mummies and the late James Ramsey, gracious curator at the Barbour County Historical Museum. He allowed us to carry the mummies outside (for better lighting).

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