Friday, April 5, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - Bodine's Industry

This book is a new release by Schiffer Publishing.  It's a collection of photographs from A. Aubrey Bodine, a photographer for the Baltimore Sunday Sun from 1924 to 1970.   It's just shy of $40.  The publisher is in Southeast PA - I ordered online late night, it shipped out the next day, and I had it the following.    Obviously I purchased it based on the cover photo, although I realized going into it that the book featured other industries small and large.  There are about a dozen photos of Sparrows Point.  Additionally, there are numerous other Baltimore area industries.  The captions are brief and not always accurate, however, there are a lot of 40s and 50s era photos.  The photos are all interesting and well done, but not necessarily useful to a modeler - most are focused on people at work.  A good, unique coffee table book - a bit sad at the same time, as it chronicles a by-gone age,  where Americans used to actually make everything, instead of hawking shit from China for minimum wage.

If you haven't ever dealt with Schiffer before, look through their vast catalog of books.  You used to be able to find one of their titles occasionally in Borders years ago, before they scaled back their number of titles per store by 75% and then eventually went bankrupt and closed.   Schiffer covers a broad range of subjects - lots of art and architecture, maritime, modeling, and military history.   Their military range focuses on very specific subjects and the selection is only bested by Osprey Press.  I also ordered two books on WWII Armored trains - I had a few of these from them already and completed my set of their inexpensive armored train paperback titles.   They have the definitive work on these trains for a princely sum of $100 - maybe some day.

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