First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small, turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town has become a cult classic. Lesy has collected photos taken between 1890 and 1910 by a Black River Falls photographer, Charles Van Schaik, and juxtaposed them against newspaper accounts and state asylum and police records.
A darkly agitated psycho-photo-historical journey back through the small Wisconsin town of Black River Falls during the 1890's Depression - via local archives, newspaper excerpts, and the Arbus-like eye of the town photographer, Charles Van Schaick, whose cache of some 3000 pristine glass plate negatives is extensively reproduced here. Lesy, a young historian, has assembled his source material with the good novelist's sense of impact and the psychologist's urge to probe. Unique turn-of-the-century Americana. (Kirkus Reviews)
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 28.0 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.86