David Plowden has been involved in photography for more than sixty years. His images of mid-twentieth century life, especially his images of small towns, are particularly appealing. In this book, Plowden focuses on the symbolic nature of the barn.
There are few people in these images. As the artist himself says, think of this collection more as a visual poem than an exhaustive compendium or reference book.
What I found appealing (besides the technical photographic prowess) are the differences and similarities among barns from different regions of the United States. Barns from Montana, Indiana, Vermont, Illinois, the Dakotas, Ohio and more are included. Originally sold for $50, this beautifully printed book is now available as a remainder, only $19.95
What a treasure to have a collection historic barns, all in Michigan, on your shelf! With each vignette, you get a deeper sense of the barn’s history, its owner, how it was used and its condition. Continue reading
Ford Heavy-Duty Trucks 1948-1998 by Paul G. McLaughln is a sister book to the Ford Medium Duty Trucks (reviewed in the Autumn issue). Similar in size and scope, this book focuses on the 2½ and 3 ton F-7 and F-8.
An especially well organized overview of Ford medium-duty trucks of the 20th century. It’s all about the larger trucks like the F5, F-500, 600 and heavier trucks from tankers to school buses. $29.95.
Here is a wonderful little book that visually focuses on the trucks of North America (including Canada) from the 1950s. What is especially nice here is the focus on larger trucks, commercial trucks and industrial trucks. $29.95.
I don’t think anyone has written more books about classic farm tractors than Bob Pripps. And that is probably a good thing when it comes to a field guidebook. And, this is a GOOD one. Over 200 pages, softcover, color photos throughout. New from the N-News; $24.99.
Agriculture has been a touchstone of security and growth for humanity since we gave up our hunting and gathering ways. This book is a chronology of writings on agriculture, which detail the history of how we as Americans have embraced, rebuffed and re-embraced the ideas (and ideals) of agriculture and the agrarian lifestyle. $14.95.
David Mas Masumoto has authored a wonderfully touching story of a Japanese-American family in the central valley of California. Prior to farming, along with other West Coast Japanese-American families, the Masumoto family was relocated to the Arizona internment camps in the early 1940s. They endured many hardships, but eventually were able to return to California and small farming. $9.85.
Subtitled, ‘The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization, Andrew Lawler’s has encapsulated the history of humanity through our involvement with chickens! Starting with the earliest known ancestor of the domestic chicken, the red jungle fowl, Lawler shows how the human appetite for chicken continues to grow. $11.95.
Again, author Robert Pripps comes through with another tractor book that you need for your shelf. Here he does an amazing job of explaining rare models of both common and uncommon manufacturers within a historic context. $27.