Rural Delivery: Real Photo Postcards from Central Pennsylvania, 1905-35 (Paperback)
  • Rural Delivery: Real Photo Postcards from Central Pennsylvania, 1905-35 (Paperback)

Rural Delivery: Real Photo Postcards from Central Pennsylvania, 1905-35 (Paperback)

(author), (author)
Paperback 136 Pages / Published: 02/08/1996
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Rural Delivery revisits life in small-town America through examining photographs that were made into postcards in the early twentieth century. The book features more than two hundred photo postcards that re-create a time when Union County Pennsylvania, was prosperous, progressive, and growing, like many other small towns of the era.With so-called corresponding photographs at the height of their popularity, neighboring towns competed with one another to have their best "souvenir views" available. The images, made by professional and amateur photographers alike, include impressive bird's-eye views of towns and close-ups of their bustling streets. Area residents are shown on the move in trains, buggies, and cars, as well as at play at Bucknell (then College) class rushes, picnics in the Narrows, or ballooning expeditions in Allenwood. Catastrophic events and patriotic celebrations are also shown in these rare visual documents, which rivaled newspapers for their timeliness. Views of scenic spots, artfully composed or dramatically lighted, advertise the photographer's skill and the region's pastoral beauty.Art historian Jody Blake relates the photographic correspondence to technical, social, and artistic developments in the history of photography, while material cultural historian Jeannette Lasansky places the images on the postcards in the local historical context of Union County.Most of the photographs have not been reproduced since being issued. Extensive captions cover issues ranging from photographic techniques to historical background to rarity. Documentary materials, such as diagrams from photographic manuals and excerpts from local newspapers, are also included. Grover Bierly, Nelson Caulkins, Urs. H. Eisenhauer, Edwin S. Heiser, Stephen B. Horton, Arthur R. Ishiguro, Ellen H. Shields, John C. Slear, and John D. Swanger are among twenty-six photographers whose biographies are included."

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271016269
Number of pages: 136
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 8 mm

You may also be interested in...

London Art Worlds
Added to basket
Beyond Pleasure
Added to basket
Imaging the Early Medieval Bible
Added to basket
Exiled in Modernity
Added to basket
Where Honeybees Thrive
Added to basket
The Politics of the Provisional
Added to basket
What Is an Image?
Added to basket
Rethinking Arshile Gorky
Added to basket
Henry James and American Painting
Added to basket


Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.