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The History of the Snowman: From the Ice Age to the Flea Market

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Publisher Comments:

Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing snowballs on top of each other, and who decided they would use a carrot for a nose? Most puzzling of all: How can this mystery ever be solved, with all the evidence long since melted?

The snowman appears everywhere on practically everything — from knickknacks to greeting cards to seasonal sweaters we plan to return. Whenever we see big snowballs our first impulse is to deck them out with a top hat. Humorist and writer Bob Eckstein has long been fascinated by this ubiquitous symbol of wintertime fun — and finally, for the first time, one of the world's most popular icons gets his due.

A thoroughly entertaining exploration, The History of the Snowman travels back in time to shed light on the snowman's enigmatic past — from the present day, in which the snowman reigns as the King of Kitsch, to the Dark Ages, with the creation of the very first snowman. Eckstein's curiosity began playfully enough, but soon snowballed into a (mostly) earnest quest of chasing Frosty around the world, into museums and libraries, and seeking out the advice of leading historians and scholars. The result is a riveting history that reaches back through centuries and across cultures — sweeping from fifteenth-century Italian snowballs to eighteenth-century Russian ice sculptures to the regrettable "white-trash years" (1975-2000).

The snowman is not just part of our childhood memories, but is an integral part of our world culture, appearing — much like a frozen Forrest Gump — alongside dignitaries and celebrities during momentous events. Again and again, the snowman pops up in rare prints, paintings, early movies, advertising and, over the past century, in every art form imaginable. And the jolly snowman — ostensibly as pure as the driven snow — also harbors a dark past full of political intrigue, sex, and violence.

With more than two hundred illustrations and a special section of the best snowman cartoons, The History of the Snowman is a truly original winter classic — smart, surprisingly enlightening, and quite simply the coolest book ever.

Review:

"A priceless collection of very important useless information." Gary Sohmers, radio host and appraiser on PBS's Antiques Roadshow

Review:

"In these Brangelina- and Tomkat-saturated times, it's hard to believe a celebrity on the order of the snowman has gone centuries without a proper biography. Thankfully Bob Eckstein has righted this wrong with his charming and elbow-the-guy-on-the-bus-next-to-you fascinating tale of the world's first true arbiter of cool." Time Out New York

Review:

"Fascinating and entertaining. The snowman meant very little to me, but now he's fraught with meaning." Len Belzer, host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Comedy Hour

Review:

"Thoroughly researched, lavishly illustrated. There's more to the snowman than meets the eye." David Smith, New York Public Library

Synopsis:

Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing snowballs on top of each other, and who decided they would use a carrot for a nose? Most puzzling of all: How can this mystery ever be solved, with all the evidence long since melted?

The snowman appears everywhere on practically everything — from knickknacks to greeting cards to seasonal sweaters we plan to return. Whenever we see big snowballs our first impulse is to deck them out with a top hat. Humorist and writer Bob Eckstein has long been fascinated by this ubiquitous symbol of wintertime fun — and finally, for the first time, one of the world's most popular icons gets his due.

A thoroughly entertaining exploration, The History of the Snowman travels back in time to shed light on the snowman's enigmatic past — from the present day, in which the snowman reigns as the King of Kitsch, to the Dark Ages, with the creation of the very first snowman. Eckstein's curiosity began playfully enough, but soon snowballed into a (mostly) earnest quest of chasing Frosty around the world, into museums and libraries, and seeking out the advice of leading historians and scholars. The result is a riveting history that reaches back through centuries and across cultures — sweeping from fifteenth-century Italian snowballs to eighteenth-century Russian ice sculptures to the regrettable "white-trash years" (1975-2000).

The snowman is not just part of our childhood memories, but is an integral part of our world culture, appearing — much like a frozen Forrest Gump — alongside dignitaries and celebrities during momentous events. Again and again, the snowman pops up in rare prints, paintings, early movies, advertising and, over the past century, in every art form imaginable. And the jolly snowman — ostensibly as pure as the driven snow — also harbors a dark past full of political intrigue, sex, and violence.

With more than two hundred illustrations and a special section of the best snowman cartoons, The History of the Snowman is a truly original winter classic — smart, surprisingly enlightening, and quite simply the coolest book ever.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Bob Ecksteinandlt;/bandgt; has been a humor writer for more than twenty years, and is most recognized for his popular weekly columns in Newsday, the andlt;Iandgt;Village Voiceandlt;/iandgt;, and now, andlt;Iandgt;TimeOutandlt;/iandgt;. His cartoons and artwork have also appeared in publications like andlt;Iandgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt;, the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Spyandlt;/iandgt; magazine, and andlt;Iandgt;Detailsandlt;/iandgt;. He splits his time between his studios in Manhattan and Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
The Search for the First Snowman

Part 1
THE MODERN SNOWMAN

Chapter One
The Age of Expansion: The Twenty-first Century

Chapter Two
The White Trash Years: 1975-2000

Chapter Three
The Hollywood Years: There's No Business Like Snow Business

Chapter Four
The Golden Age of Advertising Since the Early Twentieth Century: Snow Sells

Chapter Five
The Dean Martin Years: Drunken Debauchery and Other Misgivings

Chapter Six
Snowman Deconstructionism: Literary Circles

Chapter Seven
The Birth of a Media Star: 1870s-1910s

Chapter Eight
Snowman Photography since the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Mr. Sound Bite

Intermission
A Comic Interlude of the Best Snowmen Cartoons

Part 2
THE RENAISSANCE SNOWMAN

Chapter Nine
The Revolution of 1870: The Snowman's French Roll

Chapter Ten
Made in America: The Snow Angel of 1856

Chapter Eleven
Eighteenth-Century Snow and Ice Sculpture: From Russia with Love Handles

Chapter Twelve
Early American Snowmen in the Seventeenth Century: New World, Fresh Snow

Chapter Thirteen
Snowman Exploration in the Late Sixteenth Century

Chapter Fourteen
Belgian Expressionism: The Miracle of 1511

Chapter Fifteen
Early Classism in Snow Sculpture: Politically Incorrect Fun

Chapter Sixteen
Italian Snowballs from the Fifteenth Century: The Two-Ball Theory

Chapter Seventeen
The First Snowman

Chapter Eighteen
The Ice

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416940661
Author:
Eckstein, Bob
Publisher:
Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Holidays - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Snowmen
Subject:
Snow sculpture.
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jkt; 16-pg f/c insert
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.75 x 6 in
Age Level:
Who Came First, the Caveman or the Snowman?<br />

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Product details 192 pages Simon Spotlight Entertainment - English 9781416940661 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A priceless collection of very important useless information."
"Review" by , "In these Brangelina- and Tomkat-saturated times, it's hard to believe a celebrity on the order of the snowman has gone centuries without a proper biography. Thankfully Bob Eckstein has righted this wrong with his charming and elbow-the-guy-on-the-bus-next-to-you fascinating tale of the world's first true arbiter of cool." Time Out New York

"Review" by , "Fascinating and entertaining. The snowman meant very little to me, but now he's fraught with meaning."
"Review" by , "Thoroughly researched, lavishly illustrated. There's more to the snowman than meets the eye."
"Synopsis" by , Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing snowballs on top of each other, and who decided they would use a carrot for a nose? Most puzzling of all: How can this mystery ever be solved, with all the evidence long since melted?

The snowman appears everywhere on practically everything — from knickknacks to greeting cards to seasonal sweaters we plan to return. Whenever we see big snowballs our first impulse is to deck them out with a top hat. Humorist and writer Bob Eckstein has long been fascinated by this ubiquitous symbol of wintertime fun — and finally, for the first time, one of the world's most popular icons gets his due.

A thoroughly entertaining exploration, The History of the Snowman travels back in time to shed light on the snowman's enigmatic past — from the present day, in which the snowman reigns as the King of Kitsch, to the Dark Ages, with the creation of the very first snowman. Eckstein's curiosity began playfully enough, but soon snowballed into a (mostly) earnest quest of chasing Frosty around the world, into museums and libraries, and seeking out the advice of leading historians and scholars. The result is a riveting history that reaches back through centuries and across cultures — sweeping from fifteenth-century Italian snowballs to eighteenth-century Russian ice sculptures to the regrettable "white-trash years" (1975-2000).

The snowman is not just part of our childhood memories, but is an integral part of our world culture, appearing — much like a frozen Forrest Gump — alongside dignitaries and celebrities during momentous events. Again and again, the snowman pops up in rare prints, paintings, early movies, advertising and, over the past century, in every art form imaginable. And the jolly snowman — ostensibly as pure as the driven snow — also harbors a dark past full of political intrigue, sex, and violence.

With more than two hundred illustrations and a special section of the best snowman cartoons, The History of the Snowman is a truly original winter classic — smart, surprisingly enlightening, and quite simply the coolest book ever.

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