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Times Square spectacular : lighting up Broadway

Author: Darcy Tell
Publisher: New York : Smithsonian Books : Collins, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Darcy Tell traces the 100-year story of Times Square using rare photographs and hand-colored lantern slides, maps, restaurant menus, theater programs, magazine covers, postcards, sheet music, and archival documents. Presenting even the most familiar elements of Times Square lore with fresh detail, she pays special tribute to adman extraordinaire Douglas Leigh's arrival in the early 1930s, which brought a stunning  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Darcy Tell
ISBN: 9780060884338 0060884339
OCLC Number: 128236243
Description: xi, 194 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 27 cm
Contents: Both sides of Broadway --
The Great White Way --
Boomtown --
White Way to midway --
Outdoor theater --
Raze or revive? --
Afterword: Lighting up New York.
Responsibility: Darcy Tell.
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Darcy Tell traces the 100-year story of Times Square using rare photographs and hand-colored lantern slides, maps, restaurant menus, theater programs, magazine covers, postcards, sheet music, and archival documents. Presenting even the most familiar elements of Times Square lore with fresh detail, she pays special tribute to adman extraordinaire Douglas Leigh's arrival in the early 1930s, which brought a stunning new era of electric brightness and innovation. Leigh dominated the Broadway streetscape for nearly 50 years, stopping traffic with special-effects billboards such as the legendary Camel cigarettes "smoke rings" sign. Covering both Times Square's infamous decline as well as its hard-wrought, present-day revival, this is the first pictorial history of the legendary American landmark.--From publisher description.

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