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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423604768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423604761
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This is the story of Palm Springs in its golden years, a city that had it all, including fabulous fly-in hotels, marvelous midcentury Modern architecture, Hollywood stars and starlets, and a swinging nightlife.
Through vintage photographs and postcards, Palm Springs Holiday recalls this famous vacation resort from the beginning of the twentieth century through the 1960s.
Come take a trip to Paradise!

About the Author

An architectural historian by profession, Peter Moruzzi is an acknowledged expert on midcentury Modern architecture and design. He is the founder of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, an internationally recognized historic preservation organization, and the writer/director of Desert Holiday, a documentary film chronicling the history of Palm Springs as seen through vintage postcards. He resides in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.

More About the Author

As a nightlife historian I'm passionate about the mid-20th century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture. I chaired the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee from 1992 to 1997, then founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom), a historic preservation organization, in 1999. I'm the author of the illustrated histories "Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground" and "Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea," both published by Gibbs Smith. I reside in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.

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Quick and easy process, just as I wanted.
docdeclan
Photographs are fantastic and vintage, writing informative, covers the entire Coachella Valley area.
Tucson Damon
He really enjoys it and says it is a great coffee table book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tom Dolle on November 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Peter's book is fun and breezy, showing lots of great ephemera from Palm Spring's glittery past. The mid-century vibe is more on the kitschy side than the serious Julius Shulman-photographed books on the superb architecture in the area. It shows how middle class vacationers of the 50s got a taste of desert high style and a glimpse of Hollywood glamour. Sure to be a Palm Springs classic!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Karr VINE VOICE on March 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Palm Springs Holiday" is a fun ride through the desert city's past through photos, post cards, and other promotional items. I found myself chuckling at some of the wry asides provided in the captions.

This book will be enjoyed by anyone who loves the Coachella Valley or anyone who just likes to look at post cards from the mid-twentieth century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drew Jansen on November 9, 2013
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I very much enjoyed this book, but the digital version is riddled with problems. Pictures get diced up, captions refer to pics two pages later, et cetera. Too many distractions give me pause.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a campy sort of book that takes its reader back in time to when Palm Springs was the 'in' place and it could be equated with today's celeb glamorama South Beach. I enjoyed the background info on the development of Palms Springs and how it came into its own when it became a celebrity playground. The pictures of mid-century PS captured its heyday. While some of that still exists, the Palm Springs of legend has been given a second life in this book. I found it interesting on a lot of levels and it made me understand my grandmother's fascination with the place when she first visited there in 1952.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in history, architecture, hollywood glamor, the desert. This is a fun read and very nicely executed.
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By Katy on June 19, 2014
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I purchased this as a farewell gift for a friend. It arrived quickly and just as described. This is a great coffee table book for Palm Springs lovers. Highly recommend!
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This was part of a gift for my client who moved to the Palm Springs area!
Will use it for area knowledge and maybe a coffee table book too!
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This is a must for anyone who likes the mid-century modern look. Palm Springs was amazing during this period and this book captures all of it. It is truly a fun book.
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By SandyNYC on March 11, 2014
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I didn't see this as I sent it as a gift but the recipient loved it. who can ask for more?
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