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New York in Postcards, 1880-1980: The Andreas Adam Collection

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9783858817136
Author(s): Thomas Kramer
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2009
Publisher: Scheidegger & Spiess
Dimensions: 229 x 274 x 38 (w x l x h)
Pages: 559

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New York is a global icon—the quintessential metropolis. Over three centuries it has morphed from the colonial fur trading hub of New Amsterdam into one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. The history of the Big Apple has been documented many times over in many diverse ways, including books, photographs, and songs. But in this lavish, beautiful volume, Thomas Kramer offers a new perspective, telling the story of New York through Andreas Adam's vast collection of rare picture postcards that recount the city's changing identity and culture over the last century.
The nine hundred well-preserved, vintage cards in "New York"" in Postcards 1880-1980 "bring to life the look and feel of their eras in concise visual statements. The cards' striking prints, organized by subject and geographic area, vividly depict every aspect of New York City over the centuries: the Native American village that became Manhattan; nineteenth-century street scenes; famous architectural landmarks; lush gardens; cars and trains; and historical events. The images themselves are a fascinating melange of artistic mediums. There are archival photographs, as well as paintings and drawings that represent a range of styles from art nouveau to neo-objectivism, naturalism, and pop art. The book is rounded out with essays by Paul Goldberger, the "New Yorker"'s renowned a
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