Greetings from New Jersey: A Postcard Tour of the Garden State (Paperback)
  • Greetings from New Jersey: A Postcard Tour of the Garden State (Paperback)

Greetings from New Jersey: A Postcard Tour of the Garden State (Paperback)

Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 31/10/2001
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Long before Bruce Springsteen picked up a glossy Tichnor Brothers postcard to decorate his first album cover in 1973, vacationers were sending the signature ""Greetings from Asbury Park"" card to family and friends. They were also mailing greetings from Newark, Camden, Sea Isle City, and Seaside Heights. In fact, sending postcards began as a fad in the final years of the nineteenth century and continues to this day as travel-happy Americans send their loved ones ""wish you were here"" messages from destinations far and wide. Greetings from New Jersey is the first book to look back at the postcards that have played a part in New Jersey's travel industry. Basing the structure of the book on the state's six official tourism regions - Gateway, Skylands, the Delaware River, Greater Atlantic City, the Southern Shore, and the Shore - Helen-Chantal Pike provides through her section introductions and lengthy captions a general history of each region and a detailed history of each postcard. The nearly four hundred postcards included in the book have been selected from her personal collection of more than three thousand. The final chapter of the book elaborates on the history of postcard use from 1893, and details the different collectible genres of postcards. Accessibly written and loaded with full color reproductions of vintage postcards, Greetings from New Jersey will be of interest not only to tourists, but to all state residents and historians as well.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813529974
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 916 g
Dimensions: 216 x 254 x 20 mm

Helen Chantal Pike s book is neither fruit nor vegetable, but pure eye candy.--New York Times
This 256-page soft-cover book is saturated with full-cover reproductions of postcards ranging from a 1900 hand-colored print of field flowers to a 1999 photo of Tillie on the facade of the Palace Amusements building in Asbury Park.--Atlanticville; Tri-Town News; Hub
Surprises are revealed around every turn on a vintage postcard tour through the Garden State. Perhaps one of the most astonishing is finding sultry, sexy 1950s pin-up Bettie Page gracing a postcard for Ocean City. Good heavens, how did that one get by the town fathers of this alcohol-free, family-friendly town, once like Ocean Grove, a Methodist seashore retreat?--Princeton Packet
How many states, besides maybe Florida and California, could really do this book and make it interesting? New Jersey s lush and occasionally bizarre landscape is perfect, and the long history of resort and recreation in the state provides a rich heap of images.--Star-Ledger
What do Wild West City and Washington s Headquarters have in common? Both are New Jersey icons. And now, thanks to a New Jerseyana journalist, postcards depicting Netcong s American West theme park and the Morristown mansion that Theodosia Ford donated to the Revolution, as well as hundreds of other images, are bound within the 250 pages of Greetings from New Jersey: A Postcard Tour of the Garden State. . . . Pike s brief text and extended captions accompany an exquisite collection of postcards chronicling the state s 19th and 20th centuries, many of them . . . reproduced in the dreamy pastels of hand-painted photographs.--New York Times
In the book, the reader will find a heartbreaking number of scenes and places that have vanished over the years.--Star Ledger
Amusement parks, shipwrecks, diners, an idyllic 1952 view of the Garden State Parkway, and women decked out as lobsters for a 1940s-era Miss America parade in Atlantic City these are the sights proudly captured in vintage New Jersey postcards. Helen-Chantal Pike . . . has a special obsession for these slices of Jerseyana and now counts some 2,000 New Jersey cards in her collection, 381 of which appear in [her book].--Rutgers Magazine
The book is great! There are 381 cards in full color, clear and sharp, pictured on 250 pages with a very thorough index. . . . You will want several copies for yourself and friends. The book belongs in all libraries.--Washington Crossing Card Collectors Club Newsletter
To flip through the pages is to take a trip back in time, a bone-rattling ride down country lanes rutted by horse and wagons, through the doors of opulent Victorian mansions or up the brick steps of a gritty three-story walk-up. . . . This is more than just a fun look at how New Jersey was pictured over the years. Teachers might want to have a look at this book as an enjoyable way to help educate their students about the history of New Jersey.--Home News Tribune

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