If you are interested in the 'American Dream' consumer era of the 1950's and 60's, this is the book for you. The era when America was a land of plenty and the image being sold to the world was that this is what you could achieve, before the tide turned atthe end of the 1960s and the Vietnam era going into the 70's depression arrived.
Author Charles Phoenix by chance came across a box of old colour slides in a thrift shop and that started a passionate collecting hobby, some of those great slides are presented here with captions of the places they were taken at.
The pictures are an important piece of American cultural history, just look deep into each picture, at the cars, the fashion, the buildings, each facet caught on film like prehistoric insects in Amber for eternity.
I purchased the book because I like the era and also because I am currently writing a book based in this time and the pictures give you inspiration and immediate visual reference.
The pictures are a nice large size, the colour is great on most that are Kodachrome slides and the colour looks as brilliant as the moment the shutter closed and captured the scene.
Although amateur photographs, the quirkyness of some subjects and angles should be of interest.
All in all a great book, mine was a used copy but very pleased with it, I would also recommend if you are interested in the subject in general terms, Wayne McAllister's book on architecture, he designed a lot of those classic diners in the Googie and Populuxe style of Moderne design. I also recently bought Southern California in the 50's, both from Amazon, as the books yielded a lot of useful inormation for my work.