Our Vanishing Landscape

Author: Eric Sloane

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486436780

Category: History

Page: 107

View: 648

This book takes readers on a leisurely journey through a bygone era with fascinating accounts of canals, corduroy roads, and turnpikes, waterwheels and icehouses, colorful road signs and their painters, circus folk, and more. Brimming with anecdotes about people and the times, this delightful narrative remains a milestone of Americana. 81 black-and-white illustrations.

Palestinian Walks

Notes on a Vanishing Landscape

Author: Raja Shehadeh

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651291

Category: Travel

Page: 261

View: 4033

Over two decades of turmoil and change in the Middle East, steered via the history-soaked landscape of Palestine. This new edition includes a previously unpublished epigraph in the form of a walk. When Raja Shehadeh first started hill walking in Palestine, in the late 1970s, he was not aware that he was travelling through a vanishing landscape. These hills would have seemed familiar to Christ, until the day concrete was poured over the flora and irreversible changes were brought about by those who claim a superior love of the land. Six walks span a period of twenty-six years, in the hills around Ramallah, in the Jerusalem wilderness and through the ravines by the Dead Sea. Each walk takes place at a different stage of Palestinian history since 1982, the first in the empty pristine hills and the last amongst the settlements and the wall. The reader senses the changing political atmosphere as well as the physical transformation of the landscape. By recording how the land felt and looked before these calamities, Raja Shehadeh attempts to preserve, at least in words, the Palestinian natural treasures that many Palestinians will never know.

American Yesterday

Author: Eric Sloane

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486427607

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 3982

A compilation of engrossing facts and anecdotes vitalized by author Eric Sloane's own pen, this book captures the living legacy of America as seen in "the things that were." According to Sloane, "American Yesterday "explores "our national attic of vanishing ways and obsolete occupations." Impressed by the artistry and sturdy realism of pioneer builders, he takes genuine delight in exploring the unique careers of barber-surgeons, dowsers, tithingmen, sawyers, nailers, plumbum-men, and a great variety of artisans, illustrating the activities, customs, and things created by the people who made their living in "antique ways." Sloane, a devoted student of early Americana, speaks lovingly of the people who spent much of their lives creating wardrobe closets, foot stoves, church pew armrests, grindstones, featherbed patter paddles, charcoal burners, English phaetons, giant hogsheads, drovers' sleighs, windowsill sundials, and other items of long ago. Credited with "doing gallant service, preserving records of the ways and the means of the forefathers who got along well with the resources now long forgotten" ("Springfield Republican"), Eric Sloane has written an immensely enjoyable book that will enchant anyone who takes pleasure in reading about the past and views its artifacts as part of a rich national heritage.

Our Vanishing Glaciers

The Snows of Yesteryear and the Future Climate of the Mountain West

Author: Robert William Sandford

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Incorporated

ISBN: 9781771602020

Category: Nature

Page: 223

View: 1587

This remarkable and beautifully illustrated book chronicles the history of Canada's western mountain glaciers through stunning photography, personal reflection and the most recent scientific research. Written by one of the most respected experts in water and water-associated climate science and featuring stunning photography collected over the past four decades, Our Vanishing Glaciers explains and illustrates why water is such a unique substance and how it makes life on this planet possible. Focusing on the Columbia Icefield, the largest and most accessible mass of ice straddling the Continental Divide in western North America, and featuring photographs, illustrations, aerial surveys and thermal imaging collected over more than 40 years of the author's personal observations, the book reveals the stunning magnitude of glacial ice in western Canada. Citing evidence to suggest that in the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks alone, as many as 300 glaciers may have disappeared since 1920, this large-format, fully illustrated coffee table book graphically illustrates the projected rate of glacier recession in the mountain West over the rest of this century and serves as a profound testament to the beauty and importance of western Canada's water, ice and snow.

American Barns and Covered Bridges

Author: Eric Sloane

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486425614

Category: Art

Page: 112

View: 3108

This lovingly written book presents reliable records of such vanishing forms of architecture as the American barn and covered bridge. Delightful anecdotes accompany accurate line drawings of barns attached to houses, an "open" log barn in Virginia, a "top hat" barn in North Carolina, and more. Over 75 black-and-white illustrations.

Vanishing Landscapes

Author: Nadine Barth

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711229280

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 4797

Climate change is affecting the world's beautiful landscapes. Global warming is melting the ice in Antarctica. Slash-and-burn farming practices are destroying forests. Rivers are dying of industrial pollution. Vanishing Landscapes provides different viewpoints on these inconvenient truths from 20 internationally renowned photographers, including Robert Adams, Edward Burtynsky, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, with short commentaries by the artists. Thirty of these striking photographs were commissioned especially for this book.

Falconer on the Edge

A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West

Author: Rachel Dickinson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618806232

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

View: 4236

Documents the tactics employed by an "extreme falconer" who has made considerable sacrifices in his dedication to the sport and his advocacy of the raptors he has trained, tracing his struggles with depression after losing some of his closest bird companions while identifying the human dangers that are threatening falcon survival.

Eric Sloane's America

Paintings in Oil

Author: Michael Wigley,Mimi Sloane

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048646525X

Category: Art

Page: 128

View: 1102

Eric Sloane's evocative oils of America's landscape and material culture shimmer with immense historical and nostalgic appeal. This original hardcover collection gathers nearly a hundred of his finest paintings, with subjects ranging from New England to the American Southwest.

Connecticut Valley Vernacular

The Vanishing Landscape and Architecture of the New England Tobacco Fields

Author: James F. O'Gorman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812236705

Category: Architecture

Page: 108

View: 2825

"A new look at the tobacco barns that still populate the Connecticut Valley. . . . For those who draw inspiration from vernacular architecture, this book is a must."—ArchitectureBoston

ABC Book of Early Americana

Author: Eric Sloane

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486498085

Category: History

Page: 64

View: 4079

Looks at implements, inventions, and everyday items from early American life as well as examining schoolhouses and classroom equipment.

Iowa: Echoes of a Vanishing Landscape

Photographs 2004 - 2016

Author: David Ottenstein

Publisher: Prospecta Press

ISBN: 9781632260925

Category: Photography

Page: 144

View: 4783

Before I began taking pictures in Iowa, I was photographing interiors of decaying industrial buildings in the northeastern United States. In 2002, I read a series of newspaper articles that described momentous changes in the agricultural economy of the Midwest and the resulting transformation of the landscape: unused and abandoned farm buildings left to decay in the countryside and in small towns. Perhaps due to my American studies background, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring this agrarian landscape and comparing it to the decaying industrial America that I had been photographing. In an attempt to define the purpose of my photography in Iowa, I came up with the explanation that I was "photographing the vanishing architectural landscape of the single-family farm." I always felt that the description was incomplete, because the single-family farm, by my thinking, contained much more than the farmstead alone. I have gradually come to understand that my notion of the single-family farm is both broad and complex. It may have been a single entity - the family - that owned and ran the farm, but it was a vast community of people and an infrastructure that collectively comprised this culture. My definition includes the traditional farmstead, the croplands, the pastures, and all that is contained within the physical boundaries of the farm. But it also encompasses small towns and shops where farm products were traded, banks and businesses on which the farms relied, the roads connecting farms to towns and to each other, the railways and trains that transported what the farms produced, the county seat that supplied public services and support, and the grain elevators that provided a critical link in the distribution of farm products. Besides not knowing precisely what I hoped to photograph when I began my travels to Iowa in the spring of 2004, I never imagined that I would make twenty visits over the next thirteen years, or that Grinnell, my base in Iowa, would become a second home to me. I have witnessed the disappearance of so many of the structures that I have photographed. I have heard many stories about the farm that was once down the road or the grain elevator that used to be by the tracks in the next town. I once came to a hilltop from which I could see perhaps a dozen farmsteads in all directions. I recognized that this was what Iowa once looked like. It was a rare view at the time, and today even more so. Now, I see for myself how the landscape changes when a farmhouse or barn or fencerow vanishes and is replaced seemingly overnight by more corn, or how the introduction of an ethanol plant or wind farm alters the landscape in other ways. Since my first trip to Iowa, I have come to love and respect the place; I have learned much of its history, particularly how forces have conspired over the years to produce the landscape that so captivates me now. I have also come to share with Iowans an appreciation of their rich history. I hope that my photographs, at the least, are a meaningful record of that history and the evolution of the contemporary Iowa landscape.

Sketching the Countryside

How to Draw the Vanishing Rural Landscape

Author: Frank Lohan

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486478874

Category: Art

Page: 260

View: 1478

Both experienced and aspiring artists can benefit from this practical guide, which shows how to portray rustic settings from rural England to the American Southwest. Recalling the style of Eric Sloane, more than 400 detailed illustrations trace the steps from composition drawings to final sketches. Includes fundamentals for drawing trees, rocks, buildings, mountains, lakes, and other scenic elements.

An age of barns

Author: Eric Sloane

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 95

View: 3612

Portrays how Americans lived in the past and shows how they reasoned and what their attitude toward life was--their personal aspirations and national purpose.

Our vanishing past

the crisis of cultural and paleontological resources on BLM lands

Author: United States. Bureau of Land Management. Cultural and Fossil Resources and Tribal Coordination Group

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 133

View: 3563

Vanishing: A Novel

Author: Gerard Woodward

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1605987832

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 7609

A blackly comic novel from the Booker Prize-nominated author that journeys from London's Soho underworld to the battlegrounds of North Africa following the exploits of a brilliant painter during World War II Toward the end of the World War II, young British artist Kenneth Brill is arrested for painting landscapes near Heathrow Village; the authorities suspect his paintings contain coded information about the new military airfield that is being built. Brill protests that he is merely recording a landscape that will soon disappear. Under interrogation a more complicated picture emerges as Brill tells the story of his life—of growing up among the market gardens of The Heath and of his life on the London art scene of the 1930s. But a darker picture also comes to light, of dealings with the prostitutes and pimps of the Soho underworld, of a break-in at a royal residence, and of connections with well-known fascist sympathizers at home and abroad. So who is the real Kenneth Brill? The hero of El Alamein who, as a camouflage officer, helped pull off one of the greatest acts of military deception in the history of warfare, or the lover of Italian futurist painter and fascist sympathizer Arturo Somarco? Why was he expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art? And what was he doing at Hillmead, the rural community run by Rufus Quayle, a friend of Hitler himself? Vanishing sees the world through the eyes of one of the forgotten geniuses of modern art, a man whose artistic vision is so piercing he has trouble seeing what is right in front of him.

There's Magic All Around Us

Powerful Stories to Help You Live a Fuller Life

Author: Michael Larson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595390048

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 152

View: 5284

I have always wanted to be a journalist. Even as a boy, I would get my mother to drive me into town to pick up sheets of newsprint at the local weekly newspaper shop. Back home with these sheets, I would sit at the kitchen table or at the desk in my bedroom, creating newspapers and magazines. I wrote such scintillating prose as, "My grandpa tells me he can't let his sheep get sick. My grandpa says a sick sheep is a dead sheep." In some cases, I would make extra copies of my publications and send them to my aunts and uncles and suggest that they might want to subscribe-at a reasonable rate, of course.

Historic Rhode Island Farms

Author: Robert A. Geake

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625847467

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

View: 8692

Dating back to the colonial era, the historic barns and outbuildings of Rhode Island have withstood the test of time. From the state's early barnyard taverns to the modern-day horse and dairy farms that populate rural Rhode Island, each of these buildings has a story to tell. In the mid-eighteenth century, the Narragansett planters bred horses on their farms in southern Rhode Island. Later, dairy farms sprang up across the region. Milking barns were built on the largest farms in the state, including the Theinhert Dairy Farm and Barn in Lincoln. Before the advent of electric trolleys, urban barns sheltered horses for early tramcar transportation. Each barn is a beloved reminder of the state's history. Join author Robert A. Geake as he explores the origins and evolution of Rhode Island's farms.

The War on Bugs

Author: Will Allen

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1933392460

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 268

View: 2705

In the nineteenth century, as immigration greatly expanded the American population, demands on crop output increased. Seizing an opportunity to play upon fears of food shortages, chemical companies declared war on bugs and declining soil fertility, the archenemies of the American farmer. By the 1860s, pesticide and fertilizer manufacturers developed highly sophisticated media campaigns. Bugs were touted as a mortal threat to American farms, and quacks promoted miracle cures culled from industrial waste such as whale oil, arsenic, mercury, sulfuric acid, and lead in the form of dusts, granules, and liquid sprays. New fertilizer products also came from industrial waste piles, including potash, sulfur, and sodium nitrate. From the start, farmers and consumers opposed the marketers' noxious shill. But more than a century of collusion among advertisers, editors, scientists, large-scale farmers, government agencies - and even Dr. Seuss - convinced most farmers to use deadly chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, and, more recently, genetically modified organisms. Akin to seminal works on the topic like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Arthur Kallet and F. J. Schlink's 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs, and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, The War on Bugs - richly illustrated with dozens of original advertisements and promotions - details both the chemical industry's relentless efforts and the recurring waves of resistance by generations of consumers, farmers, and activists against toxic food, a struggle that continues today but with deep roots in the long rise of industrial agriculture.

Whittled Away

Author: Padraic Fogarty

Publisher: The Collins Press

ISBN: 1848896182

Category: Nature

Page: 358

View: 9011

‘Ireland’s heritage is being steadily whittled away by human exploitation, pollution and other aspects of modern development. This could represent a serious loss to the nation.’ Irish Government Report, June 1969 Nature in Ireland is disappearing at an alarming rate. Overfishing, industrial-scale farming and pollution have decimated wildlife habitats and populations. In a single lifetime, vast shoals of herring, rivers bursting with salmon, and bogs alive with flocks of curlew and geese have all become folk memories. Coastal and rural communities are struggling to survive; the foundations of our tourism and agricultural sectors are being undermined. The lack of political engagement frequently sees the state in the European Court of Justice for environmental issues. Pádraic Fogarty authoritatively charts how this grim failure to manage our natural resources has impoverished our country. But all is not lost: he also reveals possibilities for the future, describing how we can fill our seas with fish, farm in tune with nature, and create forests that benefit both people and wildlife. He makes a persuasive case for the return of long-lost species like wild boar, cranes and wolves, showing how the interests of the country and its nature can be reconciled. A provocative call to arms, Whittled Away presents an alternative path that could lead us all to a brighter future.