Books of the Week: History in Photographs

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This particular Blurbarati member is particularly interested in history, so let’s go on a little trip through books tagged “History.” It’s a remarkably diverse section of our bookstore that yields some real gems which show that history isn’t just ancient names and battles, it’s part of the world around us, and more recent than you’d think.

The Fry Street Neighborhood 1977-1986: a photographic memoir

Alec Williams & Leslie Couture

First up is a book of photos from the bohemian neighborhood of Denton, TX (home of the U of North Texas) in the 70s and 80s, with some amazing shots of street festivals, bands, and general good times.

Fry Street Books of the Week: History in Photographs

Salvaged Moments: photographs from a Barcelona garbage pile

Clive Gracey

Each of these photographs was torn in half and thrown in the garbage. Gracey carefully pieced them back together to create an intimate portrait of a family in the first half of the 20th century

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The Troubles: Cause and Consequences

Karl Brown

An interesting use of collages to tell a complicated story.

 

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the 1970s: a collection of photographs

Miro Simko

A “picture excursion into the 1970s” in what was at that time Czechoslovakia. Intimate family portraits mix with street scenes and shots of remarkably well-dressed mountaineers.

70s Books of the Week: History in Photographs

Anatomy of an Avenue

Barbara J. Miner

Tells the story – in pictures – of a street in Milwaukee, WI that stretches from the inner city to the suburbs, connecting (and dividing) neighborhoods, communities, and cities.

avenue Books of the Week: History in Photographs

 

Ghost Ads

Kathryn Dokter

We’re just going to quote from the description here: “The old advertisements we see on the sides of buildings from the early 1900′s are mostly the result of very talented men from the turn of the century called “Wall Dogs” … These men taught each other their skill and perfected their artwork on the walls of our cities and towns. Mixing their own pigments and colors in lead based paint and linseed oil; they then scoured up the sides of buildings and left their mark in history.”

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Vietnam – Hiep Duc – LZ West

James Logue

Details life in the field in the Vietnam War for a year with Alpha Company 4/31st Infantry in words, pictures, and detailed maps.

vietnam Books of the Week: History in Photographs

 

We Are Wisconsin

Brent Nicastro

A photojournalist chronicled the protests in Wisconsin opposing the governor’s treatment of unions. Arranged in chronological order, they end with pictures of 100,000 people rallying in Capitol Square.

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Written a history book of your own? Let us know in the comments. Want to create one? Gather your photos together, choose a book making tool, and get started.

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2 Comments

  1. I draw your attention to a photographic history book I recently created in Blurb, Around the World, 1897-1903. This is based on photos taken by my grandfather during his around the world travels more than 100 years ago. The book has his name, Walter L. Richardson, as author. The book was tagged as “travel.”

    By William T. Coyle
      August 6, 2012 – 1:13 pm   Permalink
  2. Hey William, It sounds fascinating. I will take a look!

    Kent

    By Kent
      August 6, 2012 – 1:23 pm   Permalink

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