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UI Press reissues 'Living in the Depot'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- At a time when "home office" has taken
on new meaning for many Americans, the University of Iowa Press has reissued
a highly praised look at early railway stations that doubled as homes for
"Living in the Depot: The Two-Story Railroad Station," by
H. Roger Grant, explores the architectural and social dimensions of the
national phenomena of housing railroad agents where they were needed most:
at trackside, upstairs from the depot.
The book, which contains more than 150 photographs of such "home
offices," is now available in paperback.
The Journal of Transport History praised the book when it was originally
published in 1993.
"The author ... deserves thanks for rescuing the menial railway
depot from oblivion or unrecognizable gentrification," the journal's
review said. "His efforts will reward more than just North American
railway buffs and architectural historians. Part of the book's wider significance
is that it is a reminder of the value of visual and oral material as part
of transport's historical record."
H. Roger Grant, a leading scholar of railroad history, has published
several books on railroading, including "Postcards in the Age of Steam"
(Iowa, 1994). He is the editor of "Railroad History" and professor
of history at Clemson University.
"Living in the Depot" is available at bookstores nationwide
for $14.95 in paperback. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by
calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665
(outside Johnson County).
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/