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Borus, Daniel H. (ed), THESE UNITED STATES: Portraits of America from the 1920s . NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992). Introduction by editor, photographs, page-end notes, list of contributors, 418 pages.
~~~ The astonishing diversity of the United States and its people shines through this book--a remarkable series of articles originally published in The Nation between 1922 and 1925, collected here for the first time in sixty-five years. Stressing the personal impressions of the contributors rather than encyclopedic coverage, these 49 articles, one for each state of the union plus another for New York City, feature the insights of some of the most prominent men and women of American letters in the first quarter of the century, including W.E.B. DuBois, Theodore Dreiser, H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather, Edmund Wilson, Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Sherwood Anderson. ~~~ These United States is also an unconventional portrait. It reveals a twenties that is neither "roaring" nor reactionary. In such articles as W.E.B. Du Bois's elegant investigation of Georgia and Zona Gale's paean to Wisconsin, it demonstrates the persistence of American progressivism long after many had pronounced its demise. Other essays depict ways of life in which the search for liberation is secondary to community solidarity and in which attachment to place does not lead to narrow parochialism. Overall, the articles disclose an American people whose local allegiances often counter the spread of a numbing homogeneity.
~~~ Originally published at $42.50, now OUT OF PRINT.

$35.00

Curtis, Anthony, LYLE, CASHING IN ON COLLECTING AMERICANA: A Comprehensive, Authoritative, and Fully Illustrated Sourcebook and Price Guide to Thousands of American Collectibles . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Krause Publications, 512 pages.
~~~ "From the editor and founder of the authoritative Lyle Official Antiques Review comes a new collectibles and antiques guide devoted exclusively to Americana. Featuring everything from baseball cards to furniture, Elvis memorabilia to quilts, and comics to toys, the more than 3,000 entries are each accompanied by a photograph, current market value, and distinguishing features."

$19.95

Dolan, Michael, THE AMERICAN PORCH: An Informal History of an Informal Place . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Lyons Press, 384 pages.
~~~ "Like the pivotal clue in a Conan Doyle story, the American porch hides itself in plain sight. But it is a national treasure, one with a colorful and surprising history. In this lively book, Michael Dolan draws on architecture, literature, film, photography, and pop culture, from ancient Greece to modern day, to show how the porch evolved into an icon of Americana. There's a personal side to all this, too: Dolan designed and oversaw construction of a classic four-pillared front porch to grace his 1926 bungalow in his hometown of Washington, D.C. The story of that porch's decay and restoration not only inspired the book but serves as a touchstone in the author's story."

$16.95

Druckman, Nancy and Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, AMERICAN FLAGS: Designs for a Young Nation. . NEW copy. Hardcover. House of Collectibles, 79 pages.
~~~ "The American flags of our forefathers were often beautifully handmade objects that lovingly expressed in both craft and design the patriotic sentiments of their makers. American Flags presents 70 shining examples of these masterpieces of popular art, with a short, readable essay that gives the history of the flag from the nation's founding up until 1912, when United States law finally decreed that the design of the flag must be uniform across the land."

$16.95

Jonas, Susan and Marilyn Nissenson, GOING, GOING, GONE: VANISHING AMERICANA . NEW copy. OVERSIZED PAPERBACK. Chronicle Books, 175 pages.
~~~ "Whatever happened to card catalogs? For that matter, where did the milkman go? Chronicling the demise of things we thought would always be a part of life - from the smell of burning leaves to wedding-night virgins - this compendium of pop culture and history has been praised for its lively text full of intriguing trivia and retro photographs of each subject in its heyday. 150 photos."

$19.95

Mellon, Paul, and Robert F. Strohm, HIDDEN TREASURES: FROM THE PAUL MELLON LIBRARY OF AMERICANA . NEW copy. OVERSIZED HARDCOVER. Howell Books, 232 pages.
~~~ "Virginia Historical Society. In his bequest to the Virginia Historical Society, collector Paul Mellon provided a stunningly rare collection of items from American and Virginia history. Among the treasures are a 1603 order from James I "Banishing Rogues to the New Found Lands;" a 1755 map of Virginia by Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson; a 1772 petition from the Virginia House of Burgesses to King George III regarding abolition of the Atlantic slave trade; the only known copy of a broadside announcing the victory at Yorktown in 1781; William Birch's rare folio, Country Seats of the United States (1808), one of the first books published in America, Winslow Homer's Civil War Campaign Sketches printed in 1865; and much, much more. Published in conjunction with a landmark exhibit and symposium."

$60.00

Polak, Michael, OFFICIAL PRICE GUIDE TO AMERICAN PATRIOTIC MEMORABILIA . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. House of Collectibles, 214 pages.
~~~ "Whether it's a flag, a stamp, a button, a sheet of music, a poster, or something with Uncle Sam on it, there is a patriotic item in every American's home. This book tells them everything they need to know in order to determine the value of these items. Completely unique to the marketplace, The Official Price Guide to American Patriotic Memorabilia by antiques and collectibles expert Michael Polak offers comprehensive histories and prices of American flags, milk bottles, posters, postcards, Uncle Sam items, Civil War memorabilia, World War I and II items, presidential campaign materials, advertisements, eagles, and many other American collectibles. Heavily illustrated and containing a bibliography, glossary, and dealer reference section, the book also provides market trends; tips for caring, storing, selling, and buying items; as well as reference material to help someone start a new collection or add to an established one."

$16.95

Schroy, Ellen T., WARMAN'S AMERICANA & COLLECTIBLES . NEW copy. OVERSIZED PAPERBACK. Krause Publications, 404 pages.
~~~ "This new edition of a proven bestseller gives you current prices and information on 25,000 of the most desired collectibles from the 1930s to today, from Barbie dolls, Coca Cola, Disney and monsters to postcards, rock 'n' roll, Dr. Seuss and Western Americana. Many categories, such as sports collectibles and toys, have also been enhanced. Category introductions feature collecting hints, history, references, periodicals, and reproduction and copycat information, complemented by detailed, accurate listings and values. From Depression-era to Baby Boomer to Generation X collectibles, this price guide has it all. "

$19.95

Seelye, John D., MEMORY'S NATION: The Place of Plymouth Rock. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. University of North Carolina Press. Illustrations, bibliography, index, 699 pages.
~~~ "Long celebrated as a symbol of the country's origins, Plymouth Rock no longer receives much national attention. In fact, historians now generally agree that the Pilgrims' storied landing on the Rock never actually took place - the tradition having emerged more than a century after the arrival of the Mayflower. In Memory's Nation, however, John Seelye is not interested in the factual truth of the landing. He argues that what truly gives Plymouth Rock its significance is more than two centuries of oratorical, literary, and artistic celebrations of the Pilgrims' arrival. Drawing on a wealth of speeches, paintings, and popular illustrations, Seelye demonstrates how Plymouth Rock changed in meaning over the years, beginning as a symbol of freedom evoked in patriotic sermons at the start of the Revolution and eventually becoming a symbol of exclusion during the 1920s. In a concluding chapter, Seelye notes the continuing popularity of Plymouth Rock as a tourist attraction, affirming that, at least in New England, the Pilgrim advent still has meaning. But as he demonstrates throughout the book, the Rock was from the beginning a regional symbol, associated with New England's attempts to assert its importance as the starting point for what became the American Republic."


$40.00

Solis-Cohen, Lita, MAINE ANTIQUE DIGEST, THE AMERICANA CHRONICLES: 30 Years of Stories, Sales, Personalities, and Scandals . NEW copy. OVERSIZED PAPERBACK. Running Press Book Publishers, 496 pages.
~~~ "Maine Antique Digest is the publication of record for the antiques market in America. Now this venerable publication, based in Waldoboro, Maine, has opened its archives to reveal the greatest stories to fill its pages in 30 years: the fascinating personalities, amazing discoveries, major sales, auction dramas, and staggering scandals that have defined the $20 billion-a-year antiques industry. This engrossing look at M.A.D. has enormous appeal for fans of Antiques Road Show, eBay, yard sales, and antiques shows. It covers the years 1973 through 2003, with more than 45 stories that introduce unforgettable people, revisit landmark sales of silver, tramp art, pottery, paintings, and furniture, and recount famous frauds, forgeries, and crimes of passion - such as that of the collector who embezzled millions to indulge his singular desire for the world's best vintage Bakelite costume jewelry."

$18.95



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