City Sidewalks in the Good Old Days


Though we are about to usher in another new year (can you believe it’s about to be 2013??), it’s never too soon to start looking back and what we’re leaving behind. And what better instrument to help us look back than to own a copy of 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 filled to the rim 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.

Want to know how people got around town? Read this book, and you’ll be introduced to the street 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 sweet 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.

Because I’m such a picture book fanatic, I’ve included a special picture from the book to give you a taste of what you’ll see. This pic shows a laughing farm boy raking leaves with grandpa, and it’s 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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