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Arcadia Publishing.

Arcadia Publishing

420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

$19.99 Each

San Francisco Bay Area residents will find Arcadia does more than compile images from archives: it often delves into private collections and the specialty knowledge of long-time neighborhood residents to provide portfolios of vintage history not readily available elsewhere. Thus Judy Yung works with the Chinese Historical Society of America to produce SAN FRANCISCO'S CHINATOWN (0738531308), providing a historian and Chinatown native's insider's account of neighborhood history and figures; or Bernadette C. Hooper's SAN FRANCISCO'S MISSION DISTRICT (0738546577) gathers photos from longtime Mission families and organizations from local schools to churches to provide rich coverages where the image tells much of the story. Bill Yenne's SAN FRANCISCO'S NOE VALLEY (0738529052) also comes from a historian and longtime Noe Valley resident who provides a rich compilation of images for a powerful volume following the neighborhood's many changes, while Edward Kelley and Peggy Conaway's RAILROADS OF LOS GATOS (0738546615) joins others in the 'Images of Rail' series to celebrate the rail inroads made into the entire region which set the little town of Los Gatos on the map. Remnants of the railroad remain in several local parks: chapters provide strong vintage photos to survey these legends. All these titles are top picks any Northern California public library and many a private or specialty collection should have: the vintage images are unparalleled in scope and quality and while text history can be spottier--the focus is on the vintage images--each book does a fine job of covering local history and is essential for any California history collection.
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Title Annotation:San Francisco's Chinatown; San Francisco's Mission District; San Francisco's Noe Valley; Railroads of Los Gatos
Author:Donovan, Diane C.
Publication:California Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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