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Historic Photos of the Brooklyn Bridge
     

Historic Photos of the Brooklyn Bridge

by John Manbeck
 

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The Brooklyn Bridge resounds throughout popular culture as an iconic image. Yet its creation was fraught with turmoil. Working with the relatively untested theory of suspension, John Roebling designed a suspension bridge modeled after his Cincinnati-Covington Bridge, but he died before construction even began. His son Washington then accepted the

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The Brooklyn Bridge resounds throughout popular culture as an iconic image. Yet its creation was fraught with turmoil. Working with the relatively untested theory of suspension, John Roebling designed a suspension bridge modeled after his Cincinnati-Covington Bridge, but he died before construction even began. His son Washington then accepted the challenge—only to end up paralyzed while working on the bridge. However, with his strong-willed perseverance and help from his wife, he drove the project through to completion. As the only bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan at the time, the Brooklyn Bridge carried half a million people daily. The photographs in Historic Photos of the Brooklyn Bridge illustrate not only those traveling the bridge but also the hurdles that over 1,000 American and immigrant workers endured to build this magnificent symbol. Today, admirers from around the world gather on its historical walkway to gaze, admire, and pay homage to the majesty of the Brooklyn Bridge, “the Eighth Wonder of the Modern World.”

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The Tribeca Trib
John Manbeck's "Historic Photos of the Brooklyn Bridge," is a collection of 200 photographs and illustrations, many of them captivating and rarely seen until now.
Here is a visual history of a bridge that inspired poets, painters and architects, and, most important, remains a glorious promenade for the millions who stroll it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596525252
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/26/2009
Series:
Historic Photos Series
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
1,201,720
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John B. Manbeck, Brooklyn Borough Historian between 1993 and 2002, taught English and Journalism at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) for 32 years. He founded the Kingsborough Historical Society in 1972. In 1997, he was appointed chairman of the Mayor's Department of Records, Research, and Information Services Advisory Board, and in 2002, he was appointed to the New York State Local Historians Advisory Council.
In addition to writing numerous books on Brooklyn subjects and the "Historically Speaking" column for the Brooklyn Eagle, he has served as consultant for the PBS American Experience production "Coney Island" and has appeared on the Discovery and A&E channels. He has also appeared on the History Channel for the Modern Marvels' special, "The Brooklyn Bridge." John has lectured at the Smithsonian and for the New York Council of the Humanities. He received degrees from Bucknell University and New York University.

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