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UI Press publishes book on railroads in Midwest
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The historical intersection of the great age of railroads
in the Midwest with the heyday of picture postcards is the focus of a new
book from the University of Iowa Press.
"Railroads in the Heartland: Steam and Traction in the Golden Age
of Postcards," by noted railroad historian H. Roger Grant, is a visual
study of the region's transportation system at the turn of the 20th century.
Based on a selection of "real-life" picture postcards that
were enormously popular between 1905 and 1915, Grant sheds light on the
principal themes that made railroading in the Midwest distinctive.
The postcards highlight the landscape, towns, stations, and electric
"interurban" trains -- as well as the people -- that made the
region's system of tracks one of the most highly developed in the country
at the time.
"These clearly labeled pictures of tracks, signals, towers, bridges,
depots, and docks accurately reflect the most important railroad functions,"
says historian William S. Greever. "Roger Grant's well-rounded text
authoritatively summarizes historical developments."
H. Roger Grant, chair of the history department at Clemson University,
is editor of the journal Railroad History. His many books include "Railroads
in the Age of Steam" and "Living in the Depot: The Two-Story
Railroad Station" (both published by the University of Iowa Press).
"Railroads in the Heartland" is available at bookstores nationwide
for $29.95 clothbound. The book can also be ordered from the 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/