Postcard Journey Along the Upper Mississippi

Postcard Journey Along the Upper Mississippi
ISBN: 0872432351

ISBN-13: 9780872432352

"This book represents a six-year labor of love for Bob Stumm. For many years he has been a dedicated collector of those celebrated picture postcards which almost a century ago served as quick notes from the traveler to the folks back home and offered as well a colorful portrait of America's cultural and commercial growth along the new frontier and its principal waterway. The fruits of this delightful occupation combined with Stumm's love and understanding of the river's history are all here -- the cream of the crop of the author's 2000-card collection. "Dating from 1905 to 1920, these cards give a frozen-in-time picture of the Upper Mississippi Valley as it was at the beginning of the century. These were the waning days of the steamboats as they gave way to excursion steamers, the final years of the great wave of European settlements which peopled the upper valley in the nineteenth century. Communities along the river were transforming themselves into rail centers, a phenomenon which consigned those without railroads to oblivion. And, wonder of wonders, the button industry had taken the place of lumbering as the economic engine of the region! "The book is both a historic timepiece and a modem travelogue for lovers of the mighty river and those who treasure the history of mid-continent, small-town America. (Virginia Brainard Kunz) 248 pages (32 in full color)

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