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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.
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As a nightlife historian I'm passionate about the mid-20th century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture. I'm the author of the illustrated histories "Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground," "Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea," and "Classic Dining: Discovering America's Finest Midcentury Restaurants." My latest book is "Palm Springs Paradise: Vintage Photographs from America's Desert Playground." I reside in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.

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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
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"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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Paulsonn VINE VOICE on July 31, 2013
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This is a fun book, but do not buy the Kindle edition. Pages are chopped up in weird ways, and illustrations are not kept together with the descriptions. It's just a mess. When in PS, I saw a copy in a book store and it's much much easier to appreciate on paper. Some books just weren't made for Kindle.
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My copy of Peter Moruzzi's last gem just arrived and come September I'll have a complete set!!

While more moderate in scope than his book "Havana...", a bible for those interested in the socio-political construct that was Havana before the Cuvan Revolution, "Palm Springs Holiday" offers the subject matter the same in-depth treatment, absolutely saturating the reader in the culture and color of the time.

This gorgeous tome BRIMS with fabulous images and stories, serving in many cases as the sole unifying historical record of a time and place that was such an incredibly massive part of the "American Experience" of the period.

Moruzzi, an art historian and expert on mid-century 'modern' architecture, sprinkles architectural history throughout every chapter of the book, offering lively discussion on styles from Spanish Colonial Revival to Rustic Ranch, but his chapter dedicated to 'Desert Modern' styles and techniques, influences that would become so very prominent in much if the rest of the country in the third quarter of the century, provides the reader with a depth of understanding uncommon in what may initially be seen as a coffee-table book.

Whether intentional or not, Mr. Moruzzi treats this subject with more personal input than his previous book. That is to say, one gets a sense, going from page-to-page, less of reading an historical analysis on the art and architecture of the times, and more like they are listening to an educational newsreel (possibly one produced by the Chamber of Commerce?) on the Coachella Valley area.
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By Stormy Weather on February 16, 2013
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I grew up in Southern California, and we used to go to
Palm Springs often when I was a kid (and later, as an
adult).

This book really captures this amazing city ... during it's
hey-day. This was one happening place! (still is), but
back in the 50's & 60's ... wow!

Lots of great photography in this book ... and short
anecdotes. Very immersive ... really transports you
back in time.

My dad really liked the book ... and I've enjoyed
looking at it too.

Highly recommended.
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This book is not a good format for Kindle. The pages and pictures could not be expanded. The caption font was so small, I had to use a magnifying glass to read it! The history of Palm Springs wasn't light hearted reading as expected, but it was interesting and often surprising. There are good historical photos and information, but skip the Kindle version if you are interested.
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the book is great except I received a copy that the binding is completely torn from the book. Ugh it is a gift that I only opened to wrap and now I wonder if my replacement will be the same! Very crappy binding job. The book seems great with some fun historical info on all the hotels.
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