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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: