- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Angel City Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883318548
- ISBN-13: 978-1883318543
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Americana the Beautiful: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome Hardcover – June 1, 2006
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Overall I thought the photo selection was fascinating and grouping them in themes worked well. The last few pages have some intriguing architectural and transport slides like the 1964 flying saucer style State Capitol Bank in Oklahoma City or the late fifties General Motors Aerotrain pulling into a station. On page thirty-six onward there are several pages of people at home showing all kinds of domestic activity, food on tables, kitchens, watching home movies or just enjoying company. It's interesting looking at these photos because they are so unlike anything taken by professionals though sometimes the composition, lighting and color does lift them out of the mundane.
Like 'Southern Californialand' the editorial format works well with photos one to a page, allowing for a deep caption or several slides butted together. My only criticism is that sometimes out of focus images are too large, for example the soft-focus Jefferson Drive-in on page ninety-seven would have worked better much smaller or even rejected. Also captions frequently describe in words what the reader can obviously see in the picture but fortunately many of them also have plenty of historical background detail about things in the photos.
Charles Phoenix has hit on a successful publishing genre and there surely will be more titles to come but until the next one you can follow the latest finds on his website.
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These old shapshots are great! What a wonderful trip we took every summer when we visited my mother's family in South Carolina. Remember those luggage racks on station wagons? I remember being on the New Jersey Turnpike one time and luggage that was tied to the roof blew off. Dad had to pull our station wagon to the side of the road and pick up a suitcase full of diapers for my younest brother!
I have fond memories of the Dairy Queen and the Good Humor man: the sweet smell mixed with raw exhaust fumes! What great times those were!
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Who doesn't love Charles Phoenix?!! Wonderful, fun book. Shipping was super quick too.Published 3 months ago by Pancho36
Need more Coffee table books like this. Captures a time that has now past.Published 6 months ago by Wesley Horton
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