The Collector's Book of the Locomotive
Author: Edwin P. Alexander
published by Bramhall House
Hardcover with Dust Jacket
with over 150 illustrations in black and white and 44 in full color
The steam locomotive was for nearly a century and a half not only a potent force in the development of the American continent, it was also the inspiration to generations of boys and men who took it as the most perfect symbol of power and mechanical refinement, not to mention sheer romance. Here is the first book ever to show how the iron horse was the theme incorporated into many dozens of other objects — things that have by now almost all become prized collectors’ items.
With text and ample illustrations, the author shows how the locomotive was used as the subject of popular lithographs, made in miniatures, and reproduced in china. The iron horse was central to dozens of dime-novel plots, being often featured on the cover, and it also inspired circus acts (the collector can sometimes find colorful posters). Toy trains are still being made, but here early ones or rare examples, including those run by steam and clockwork, are covered in several fascinating chapters. The whole field of making accurate scale models of historic locomotives continues today as well, but here also the collector can find early examples. In medals, jigsaw puzzles, stamps, stock certificates, desk sets, and many other items, the locomotive served as subject and inspiration, and this colorful book celebrates all those marvelous transformations of the magnificent iron horse.
Made In: United States
Product Condition: Used
Product Type: Book
Edwin P. Alexander
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