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Old Look Buses: Yellow Coach and GM in the '40s and '50s Paperback – April 15, 2010
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As the case in all of the author's books on buses, the captions have incorrect bus model numbers, which is a major disappointment. The author should always have a noted bus historian review the final draft, before submitting the final manuscript to the publisher. To a bus historian, it's unforgiveable to have so many caption errors in a book. The model numbers on a number of pages are wrong, wrong, wrong.
In this book, Bill presents beautiful color photos of the buses. That seems to be the new trend w/ Iconografix books. They are now in color, at least for the upright series. The captions are a lot more detailed than some of Bill's earlier books, which is much appreciated. But, again, the stars of the book are the colorful photos of the Old Looks. Having color vs Black and White is truly the difference between a good and a bad book!
Yes, it's refreshing to see an Iconografix title composed mostly of color (not black-and-white) photography, but in some ways, this seems to be a step backwards. Iconografix is well known for so-called photo archives; books that help publish and preserve historic images but offer little text outside of an introduction and subsequent photo captions. Both the New Look and RTS books broke from this tradition to help flesh out the long, intricate histories of those products. If the Old Look is truly as significant as Luke and (forward author) William Wheeler make it out to be, isn't it worthy of a little additional narrative?
Production records for these coaches do exist (and could have been incorporated), and it would have been wonderful to include some explanation as to how each variant of the Old Look -- and, admittedly, there were quite a few -- came into being. Hardcore bus buffs may have that information inscribed inside the vestibules of their hearts, but for younger generations of bus hobbyists (yes, Virginia; we do exist), some of that story isn't exactly common knowledge and is worth spelling out. If there were any two humans best suited to do so in a cohesive and coherent manner, it would be Luke and Wheeler; it's a pity they didn't do just that.
Still, if you're looking for a nicely illustrated retrospective on the Old Look to help fill a gap in your bus book library, this is far from a bad offering, especially when purchased at Amazon's price.
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An interesting book, if you are interested in buses. I found it quite informative.Published 20 months ago by Edward J. Hortsch
My husband loves this book. It was a replacement for one he lost during Sandy. He says he finds it factual and very informative. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Gia Gia
The book was very well written. Enjoyed it having been in the bus business for many years.Published on June 25, 2010 by Dwight Barnett