This book is about life in a small turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town. Lesy has collected and arranged photographs taken between 1890 and 1910. Against these are juxtaposed excerpts from the Badger State Banner, from the Mendota State (asylum) Record Book, and occasionally quotations from the writings of Hamlin Garland and Glenway Wescott.
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