City Sidewalks in the Good Old Days

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Though we’ve just ushered in another new year, it’s never too soon to start looking back. And what better instrument to take us back than to read City Sidewalks in the Good Old Days, by editors Ken and Janice Tate of the House of White Birches.

City Sidewalks in the Good Old Days is a sturdy, light-weight, aesthetically pleasing book filled with the sweet memories of long-time Good Old Days readers. It houses all types of stories about times gone by: There are stories about life on the block, including yarns about skate keys, stick-ball and the days when fire hydrants were red. There are tales about entertainment, including unforgettable times at Coney Island, Radio City Music Hall and Times Square.

There are tales about how people got around town, including riding the trolley, the tricycle trolleys, and the Third Avenue El. There’s a wonderful section on revisiting the sights and smells of long ago, what Christmas in Chicago was like, and even a yarn about how the “Frigidaire” stole summer.

This book is chocked full of special memories that conjure up hot dogs, free bubble gum, and freshly burnt coffee beans, and topped with an outstanding collection of classic postcards, early “hometown” illustrations, and historic black-and-white photographs from the contributors’ scrapbooks.

This sweetly nostalgic picture showing a laughing farm boy raking leaves with grandpa, is just one of the dozens of heartwarming pictures you’ll see in this lovely book. Want to go back? Do it with this book. Get yourself a copy of City Sidewalks in the Good Old Days

Best wishes and happy, happy holidays!

Rita Lorraine
Picture Book Depot

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