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Going, Going, Gone: Vanishing Americana
Now with a fresh look and updated introduction, this witty volume is ready for the dawn of the new millennium. Chronicling the demise of things we thought would always be a part of life -- from the smell of burning leaves to wedding-night virgins -- this compendium of pop culture and history has been praised for its lively text full of intriguing trivia and retro photograp ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Chronicle Books
(first published 1994)
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Jun 03, 2009 Evan rated it 3 of 5 stars
A cute idea for a book: highlight things that were once common but are almost completely gone from the mass culture. Things like wedding night virgins, security free airports, white gloves, paper dolls, drive-in movies, nuns, American elms, carbon paper, bridge parties, blue laws, girdles and men's garters, the milkman, house calls, rotary phones, TV antennas, typewriters, the unanswered phone, navy blue suits, men's clubs, fur coats, hotel keys, civil defense, gas station attendants, family far ...more
One of the better books about popular culture icons that were, correctly, predicted to not survive the turn of the 21st century. The photo on the cover is of hundreds of dial telephones, which are already coming back with fake dials & touch-tone capabilities in nostalgic gift catalogs. What sets this title above others is the thoughtful text that accompanies each item; for the phones, for example, the story began when dial phones replaced operator-connected calling. Does anyone still remembe ...more
This is a very clever book that looks at many things that were taken for granted in years past, and are now gone or almost gone--things like carbon paper, hotel room keys, the smell of burning leaves, elm trees, etc. Some of the things seem very outdated to me already (girdles, white gloves) while others may actually be making a sort of retro comeback (vinyl records, stockings.) A lot of fun!