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Moonlight in Duneland softcove
Ed by Ronald D Cohen & Stephen G McShane
Indiana U Press
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2004-09-23 18:48:56
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Moonlight In Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad: Softcover 160 pages, 65 color and 30 b&w illus., oversize 10 x 13. "Since its opening in 1901, the South Shore Line has sped hundreds of thousands of riders between South Bend, Ind., and Chicago, whooshing commuters toward their urban jobs and weekenders off to Indiana's lakeside hills and dunes. Moonlight in Duneland . . . reproduces the elegant, engaging poster art that promoted the railroad at its 1920s peak, detailing the history of the still-active transit system and the makers of these images." —Publishers Weekly "Stunningly beautiful posters reproduced in full color. . . . perfect for gift-giving." —South Bend Tribune ". . . neither corporate history nor locomotive cheesecake, but a pictorial survey of 38 of the interurban railroad's poster ad campaigns from the 1920s. . . . Winter sports, fall colors, even the steel mills provided fodder for the artists, and the result is a happy wallow in Things As They Ought to Have Been." —Chicago Sun-Times ". . . a dreamy journey through historic and modern posters of America's only all-electric interurban railway still in operation. . . . Whether you live in Illinois or Indiana, California or New York, Moonlight in Duneland is one of those books you'll meander through again and again." —The International Railway Traveler The South Shore Line has reflected the triumphs and misfortunes of the Calumet Region throughout the 20th century. For its first two decades, it survived good times and bad until its landmark purchase by Samuel Insull's Midland Utilities in 1925. Insull launched an aggressive marketing campaign, including a set of colorful, artistic posters designed by some of Chicago's most talented artists. 'Moonlight in Duneland ' tells the story of that campaign, reproducing more than 40 known surviving posters and other advertising items from the 1920s to the 1970s, as well as art commissioned more recently by the Northwest Indiana Forum.