Sunday, March 24, 2019

Review of "Postcard History Series: Waterloo," by Brandon J. Brockway

Review of
Postcard History Series: Waterloo, by Brandon J. Brockway ISBN 9780738583396

Five out of stars
 The books in the postcard history series are some of the most interesting, for they tell the history of the subject via images that people considered to be most significant at the time. In this case the subject is Waterloo, Iowa. The pictures are of buildings, streets, parks and other memorable features of the city, many of which no longer exist. At one time, Waterloo was a major manufacturing center, the John Deere plant took up acres and the Rath Packing Company slaughtered approximately 1.5 million animals each year. Those facilities are pictured, Rath is now but a memory, shutting down in 1985. Churches, advertisements for the city and a few other gimmicks are also included.
 A short explanatory caption is included with each image, nothing extensive, just enough so that the reader unfamiliar with the region will know what is being pictured. This is a fun book to look through, there is nothing definitive about the history, just a collection of easy to understand snippets about a city that has undergone significant change.

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