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Inhaltsangabe: Adonijah Hill's Journal carries readers back to the year of the United States Centennial, 1876, and brings to life its daily life: its politicians, its criminals, its newspapermen, its fanatic feminists, its scandals, its art, literature, entertainment, music and food. It was a time when the steam engine was the main source of power and the telegraph the major communications technology. Horses pulled local transportation, and newspapers, magazines and books were the only media. Gas lights, coal furnaces and outhouses were the norm. In that year, Philadelphia mounted the Centennial Exhibition in Fairmount Park, a vast world's fair that introduced millions of visitors to new technology, and to photo I.D.s, one-way turnstiles and valet carriage parking.
Adonijah and those close to him are fictional, but all others mentioned by name in his journal were real, and the activities and events he describes really happened. As conceived by author James Smart, Adonijah is a 36-year-old Philadelphian, former textile mill worker, Civil War combat veteran, and now a reporter for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin in the days when newsmen wrote their copy by hand and newspapers were produced without typewriters, telephones and typesetting machines. His journal unfolds true tales of his dramatic Civil War experiences, the story of the Evening Bulletin and its devious founder, his witnessing Dr. Bell's demonstration of a new device called a telephone, his visit to a quiet seaside resort called Atlantic City, and, not least, his sedate Victorian romance with a woman journalist. Adonijah Hill's Journal is time travel to an era when life was much different than our lives, and yet, often surprisingly the same.
Über den Autor: James Smart was born in 1930 in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia, where his family had lived for a century as it turned from a village into a city industrial neighborhood. Smart has been a journalist, writer and editor in Philadelphia for more than sixty years. The first 25 years of his career were spent at the old Evening Bulletin, then the nation's largest evening newspaper, including 14 years as an iconic columnist. Much of his work related to Philadelphia history and lore, with a knack for bringing the past to vibrant life. During the American Bicentennial period of the Seventies, he produced a heavily-researched, award-winning series of daily articles describing life in Philadelphia day-by-day during the American Revolution. His large-format book ?Historic Philadelphia: An Illustrated History? was published in 2001. He lives in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Buchbeschreibung CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2604874180
Buchbeschreibung CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX1456572822
Buchbeschreibung Enoch Flower division of Blue Flower Publishing / Philadelphia 2011, 2011. Trade Paperback. 315p Excellent condition. One small crease on front corner. ISBN: 1456572822. Buchnummer des Verkäufers J983098