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Postcards of the Night: Views of American Cities

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ISBN13: 9780890134566
ISBN10: 0890134561
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In the first book of its kind, landscape historian John Jakle turns his attention to early-twentieth-century views of America's cities at night, in this collection of rare postcards.

Book News Annotation:

Early 20th century postcard art offers a number of lessons about the transformation of American urban geography and representations of place, says Jakle (geography, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). He includes reproductions of some 80 postcards depicting urban night scenes from 1900 to the 1970s (primarily from the first four decades) in his reflections about the transformation of the city nightscape, discussing the impacts of technological, economic, and social change. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Gold Gato, April 1, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
This isn't a book of postcards to frame but rather a historical overview of American postcards showing nighttime scenes of cities throughout the 20th Century. It is excellent as history, taking the reader back to simpler times when horse-driven carriages dominated main thoroughfares...which then disappear as the decades advance.

The first section of the book provides the written history and explanation, which is then followed by the artwork itself. Quite amazing, actually. While Europe set the standards for postcard art, many of these American cards show fascinating photographs, sometimes doctored to present a city as being worth more than its separate parts.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780890134566
Subtitle:
Views of American Cities
Publisher:
Museum of New Mexico Press
Author:
Jakle, John A.
Location:
Santa Fe
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
Architectural & Industrial
Subject:
Postcards
Subject:
Night photography
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
August 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
124
Dimensions:
8.24x9.40x.70 in. 1.61 lbs.

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