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I've been waiting a long, long time for a book like this. In most of the books I have on Deco (or Streamline or Moderne there is always one or two of these postcards included, they were, in many cases, the only visual surviving examples of what the buildings looked like. Patricia Bayer has done us all a favour with this delightful book of 264 postcards.

Perhaps the Art Deco title is slightly misleading because as I looked through the pages Streamline seemed much more appropriate. So many of the buildings have those wonderful curves, right angles, glass blocks and occasional porthole windows that were part of any proper Streamline building. I always thought Arrasmith's stunning Greyhound terminals were ultimate examples of the style.

A really nice feature in the book are postcards of Streamline buildings in parts of the world where you really wouldn't expect to see them: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Yokohama, Japan; Pula, now Croatia; Kharkov, Ukraine; Benalla, Australia; Casablanca, Morocco; Copenhagen, Denmark; Caracas, Venezuela and several in Britain. Page eighty-nine has a postcard of the remarkable Italian Colonia Fara beach front building designed in 1935, pure streamline and looking like it was transported from Los Angeles.

The author covers it all with the postcard selection, exterior and interiors of buildings, motels, transport, commerce and industry, world's fairs, it's all here. Near the back of the book there are eight pages of perforated cards ready to mail (though far better, I think, to frame them). At the very back are thirty pages of captions for all the cards, full of fascinating detail about the buildings that were torn down over the years.

This is a gem of a book for those who love the Deco/Streamline/Moderne style. Surely there must be enough of these wonders for a volume two!

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on 8 January 2012
This is an excellent book containing almost 300 pages of beautifully reproduced postcards of mostly art deco styled architecture.Many clearly derive from the USA with pictures of corporate buildings, cinemas,public buildings and especially interesting are the restaurants and diners. Apart from the exteriors of the featured buildings there are many interiors featured. A number of South American, European and British examples are also included. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in architecture,art and design. The introduction to the book and the notes featured at the back of the book are most useful and interesting. Altogether this is a lot of joy packed into a small easy to carry around book.
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on 25 June 2012
I bought this book for my partner and he was thrilled with it. The book is well made and has a wonderful collection of art deco images. What a treat!
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on 6 March 2014
Excellent book. If you love art deco, you will enjoy this book. Most illustrations are of American art deco buildings, but it doesn't lesson the book in any way. Buy it.
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on 9 July 2015
A most attractive book with good colour. However one of the detachable postcards was already loose and if you want to keep them all in the book, this was a pity
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on 30 November 2013
As a fan of Art Deco as I was really pleased to get this book of postcards. I shall never actually use as them cards as the pictures are just fabulous.
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on 19 September 2015
Loved the pictures in this book. Also the postcards that could be removed and used. Great coffee table book.
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on 8 November 2015
Lacked enough information and would have been good to know which buildings are still standing.
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on 3 November 2015
Good book - only a few actual postcards to use in it, at the back. The rest is a book.
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on 20 November 2015
A gift for a young designer. Lots of examples of the Art Deco period.
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