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ISBN13: 9780714843919
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Most of us hardly ever think about those ubiquitous things that hangandmdash;along with wreaths, light fixtures, and the occasional delivery attempt noticeandmdash;at our front door: house numbers, our address. Taken for granted in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, house numbers have the crucial burden of organizing the places of the worldandmdash;and they do it with zero fanfare or appreciation. In this unique illustrated history, Anton Tantner pays long-overdue tribute to those unassuming combinations of digits, showing that house numbers havenandrsquo;t always existed, and that they have their own interesting history, one he spells out with vivid images from around the world.

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As Tantner shows, house numbers started their lives in a gray area between the military, tax authorities, and early police forces. With an engaging style, he moves from the introduction of house numbers in European towns in the eighteenth century, through the spread of the numbering system in the nineteenth century, and on into its global adoption today. He uncovers a contentious past, telling the stories of the many people who have resisted having their homes so systematically ordered. Along the way, his visual journey showcases a surprising diversity of house number displays, visiting historic addresses from the London house on Strand-on-the-Green that is numbered andldquo;Noughtandrdquo; to 1819 Ruston, Louisiana.

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The result is a story that will forever change the way you see a city, one that elevates the seemingly insignificant house number to an important place in the history of urban planning.and#160;

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Boring Postcards goes Stateside - 160 exquisitely dull postcards from America.

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In Boring Postcards USA wirft Parr seinen Blick auf die USA, auf die Un-Orte und Nichtereignisse im Nachkriegsamerika. Der Band, der nun als broschierte Ausgabe erscheint, ist ein pointierter Einblick in Amerikas gesellschaftliche, kulturelle und architektonische Werte.

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Anton Tantner is a historian at the University of Vienna. He is the author of many books

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michelvis, July 31, 2007 (view all comments by michelvis)
I thought it was going to be a book of boring postcards, go figure. It turned out to be loads of entertainment, not so boring really. Simple and to the the point, a history of what we Americans do, travel the country in a station wagon full of disgruntled children buying souveniers for a dollar or less.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780714843919
Editor:
Parr, Martin
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Editor:
Parr, Martin
Author:
Tantner, Anton
Author:
Parr, Martin
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Postcards
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - U.S./General
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Subject:
General Photography
Subject:
History
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
128 color plates
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Synopsis" by , Boring Postcards goes Stateside - 160 exquisitely dull postcards from America.
"Synopsis" by , In Boring Postcards USA wirft Parr seinen Blick auf die USA, auf die Un-Orte und Nichtereignisse im Nachkriegsamerika. Der Band, der nun als broschierte Ausgabe erscheint, ist ein pointierter Einblick in Amerikas gesellschaftliche, kulturelle und architektonische Werte.

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