Capital Views: Historic Photographs of Washington, DC, Alexandria and Loudoun County, Virginia, and Frederick County, Maryland
Metropolitan areas change over the time. These changes come together and create a city's character and personality. Renowned Washington, DC, historian James Goode has assembled an incredible collection of images that look back at a Washington before it developed into the international metropolitan city it is today. The impactful historic photography exposes the elements of the DC metro area that have disappeared: the dairy farms of Loudoun County, the railroad round house in Alexandria, and model boats on the Rainbow Pool on the National Mall, as well as provide startling different views of areas and neighborhoods that still exist. The majority of these images have never been published, and under the curatorial eye of James Goode have been put together in a way that give readers a better understanding of the city Washington DC was, and the city it was to become.
ISBN 10: 1588343316
ISBN 13: 9781588343314
James Goode is the winner of Washingtonian magazine's prestigious “Washingtonian of the Year” award. He is the author of Best Addresses: A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses and lives in Washington, DC.
Through lively, descriptive text and a treasure-trove of historical photographs (many never before published), historian Goode (Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington’s Destroyed Buildings) has woven a wonderful story of Washington, DC, and its surrounding suburban communities. The author, who has made a life’s work of the capital’s history and authored four previous books about Washington, artfully selected and organized this book around eight thoroughly enjoyable chapters: the National Mall; Market Square; the Hay-Adams Houses; Washington, DC, in 1908; Washington, DC, in the 1930s; Lost Landmarks of Alexandria, VA; Loudoun County, VA; and Frederick County, MD. Many of the images feature familiar and not-so-familiar landmarks, accompanied by brief histories and interspersed with photographs of people at work and play in a variety of activities. These latter images, in particular, offer a touching, human quality to this photo-essay and reminds readers that Washington, DC, is not only a center of politics but of people going about their everyday lives. Anyone interested in historical photography and American social and cultural history, especially of the nation’s capital, will love this book. Highly recommended.
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