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Streetcars of America

Brian Solomon & John Gruber

The handsome multicolored streetcar is a nostalgic icon of the some of the most romantic and heritage-rich locales in America, including San Francisco, New Orleans and Chicago, immortalised on stage and screen in classics including ‘Meet Me In St Louis’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Streetcars of America chronicles these vehicles from the earliest animal-drawn carriages to the height of their popularity in the 1920s, when there were more than 1,200 tram railways, to the turning of the tide in the mid-twentieth century when congestion and attacks from the automobile industry eventually pushed streetcars from most urban landscapes. But it also looks at the recent efforts to revive tram heritage that have led to vintage streetcars becoming a hip and environmentally-friendly daily commuter service, as well as tourist attraction, in more than thirty cities including Memphis and Washington DC.

The Golden Age of Train Travel

Steve Barry

For the century after 1865 all the largest railroad companies had flagship luxury trains, spectacularly appointed steamliners offering unrivaled standards of service and thoughtful amenities including ladies’ perfume and carnations for gentlemen. These luxury trains transported well-heeled passengers in grand style across spectacular American landscapes in an atmosphere of privilege and elegance. Including the iconic Super Chief of the Sante Fe Railway and New York Central System’s fabled 20th Century Limited, they became legends in their day and for decades after their last runs. This beautifully illustrated book allows readers to experience the exhilarating journeys, the exquisitely designed train cars and the vintage advertisements and posters that together made up the passenger’s experience during this golden age of train travel – an age still remembered and celebrated today.

Harley-Davidson: A History of the World's Most Famous Motorcycle

Margie Siegal

Harley-Davidson: words that evoke the open American road and the ‘Made in America’ tradition like no others. The sweeping chopper handlebars, the distinctive throaty ‘potato potato’ roar of the engine and the unmistakable logo are all emblems recognized the world over. This book expertly ties together the mechanical evolution of the Harley's engines – from the earliest motorized pedal bicycles to the iconic heavyweight twin cylinder V-engines we know and love today – and the social history of the brand’s phenomenal rise in the twentieth century, as innovative survivor of the Great Depression, supplier of the military during both World Wars and enduring symbol of freedom and rebellion in movies such as ‘Easy Rider’. It is fully illustrated with pictures of the bikes and those who have ridden them as well as beautiful examples of H-D’s distinctive design aesthetic in advertising and collectibles.

Discover New York

Republished on its 70th anniversary, this authentic facsimile edition of 1943's Discover New York is a fascinating guided tour of the Golden Age of New York City. This was the Big Apple of service members' movie dreams, from glamorous, legendary nightclubs like The Stork Club and El Morocco to glitzy art deco penthouse apartments and shopping expeditions to pushcarts, Woolworth and Lord & Taylor. Each tour includes instructions on how to get around town, what sights to see and lists of places where service members would receive VIP treatment. Nostalgic advertisements bring each chapter alive with handsome artwork and lavish descriptions of the products (and prices!) of bygone days. This special publication is a warm salute to the men and women of the Greatest Generation and the city that embraced, thrilled and entertained them during World War II.

America the Wonderland Map, 1941

Ernest Dudley Chase

Renowned American artist Ernest Dudley Chase used cartographical techniques dating back to the Renaissance to create this pictorial map’s unique vision of America in 1941. ‘America the Wonderland’ is a whimsical and quaint picture of every state and the landmarks and features that make each unique: from famous must-see destinations including the Grand Canyon, Empire State Building and Lincoln Memorial to those with a quirky local flavor, this is a vibrant, colorful Americana art-map that shows America as you’ve never seen her before.

Titled Americans, 1890

Perfect for all Downton Abbey fans, this is the 1890 book behind the marriage of Lord and Lady Grantham. In an age when securing a prudent match was all-important for both sexes, Titled Americans offered a glance guide to recent high society marriages and a list of eligible bachelors who were still on the lookout for love. It explores and explains the trend for well-heeled European gents selecting American wives, discusses the relative merits of attaching oneself to an American or an English girl (”the American girl comes along, prettier than her English sister, dazzling and audacious, and she is a revelation to the Englishman”), and examines in detail the various titled families of Europe. Included to “arouse the ambition of the American girl”, there is a list of unmarried English Peers, making this a fantastic glimpse of the stately homes, relative fortunes and social lives of the glamorous English and American upper-classes at the turn of the century.

Fashion in the Time of the Great Gatsby

LaLonnie Lehman

The Roaring Twenties were exciting years for fashion – in the wake of the First World War, staid traditions and conservative mores were swept away in a rush of new, glamorous and risqué styles that were often shocking to older generations. It was the era of short skirts and snappy, wide-lapelled suits, of new hair-styles and two-tone spats, and style became a highly personal statement. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless masterpiece, captured all this with unforgettable panache, the rare book that inescapably defines the era from which it sprang. With a new film of the book released in 2013, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan, this book is the perfect illustrated guide to the lavish clothes of this most alluring and adventurous of fashion decades.

Airstream: The Silver RV

Tara Cox

The Airstream is an eye-catching vintage classic. First appearing on American highways in the mid-1930s, these sleek aluminum icons were compact, cozy spaces that could hitched to the family car and taken out on the open road – and nearly a century later their timeless design has lost none of its appeal, enjoying renewed popularity among celebrities, event planners and young travelers who appreciate its distinctively American blend of functionalism and beauty and air of nostalgia. Born in the California backyard of inventor Wally Byam and partly inspired by the work of Hawley Bowlus, the famed chief builder of The Spirit of St. Louis, the Airstream’s modernist aesthetic has remained relatively unchanged in eight decades, and its industrial durability has earned a reputation without peer, with more than 65% of all Airstreams still on the road today. The book features the complete history of the Airstream, tips, cool facts, quotes and fabulous photographs—a fitting tribute to a true American legend.

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First Aid Nursing Yeomanry: The All Female Emergency Medical Care Corps of World War I

Susan Cohen

Amongst the unofficial voluntary organisations that took themselves off to the Western Front in 1914 to provide medical support were members of the all-female First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). The corps had been founded by Warrant Officer Edward Baker, a vete...