Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad

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"The South Shore Line has reflected the triumphs and misfortunes of the Calumet Region throughout its history. For its first two decades, it survived good times and bad until its landmark purchase by Samuel Insull's Midland Utilities in 1925. Insull launched an aggressive marketing campaign producing booklets, movies, and in particular a set of colorful, artistic posters, which attracted many from Illinois to Northwest Indiana's steel mills and sand dunes." "Moonlight in Duneland tells the story of that poster campaign through the reproduction of ...
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"The South Shore Line has reflected the triumphs and misfortunes of the Calumet Region throughout its history. For its first two decades, it survived good times and bad until its landmark purchase by Samuel Insull's Midland Utilities in 1925. Insull launched an aggressive marketing campaign producing booklets, movies, and in particular a set of colorful, artistic posters, which attracted many from Illinois to Northwest Indiana's steel mills and sand dunes." "Moonlight in Duneland tells the story of that poster campaign through the reproduction of the thirty-eight known surviving posters. Additional advertising items from the 1920s and 1970s are sprinkled throughout the book, along with original art by Dale Fleming and Mitchell A. Markovitz." While Moonlight in Duneland pays tribute to eras gone by, it also debuts a new period of growth in Calumet Region pride and development. New poster art has been commissioned to advertise the many wonders of the area. Several of those images grace the pages of this book, providing the reason for the slogan "A Region in Renaissance."
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Editorial Reviews

The International Railway Traveler

"Elegant, engaging poster art." —Publishers Weekly

Indiana University Press

"Whether you live in Illinois or Indiana, California or New York, Moonlight in Duneland is one of those books you’ll meander through again and again." —The International Railway Traveler

From the Publisher
"Elegant, engaging poster art." —Publishers Weekly

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253334183
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 3995
  • Product dimensions: 10.33 (w) x 13.35 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald D. Cohen, Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest, is the author of Children of the Mill: Schooling and Society in Gary, Indiana, 1906-1960, and the co author of
The Paradox of Progressive Education as well as Gary: A Pictorial History. He is the editor of
"Wasn’t That A Time": Firsthand Accounts of the Folk Music Revival as well as Red
Dust and Broadsides: A Joint Autobiography.
Stephen G. McShane has served as the archivist/curator at the Calumet Regional Archives, Indiana University Northwest since 1982. He has produced various works on history of Northwest Indiana, including Skinning Cats: The Wartime Letters of Tom Krueger (ed. With James B. Lane) and "We’ll Stick with Dick: Earl Landgrebe,
Watergate, and Vocal Minority"in Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, published by the
Indiana Historical Society.
Victor Margolin, Associate Professor of Design History at the
University of Illinois/Chicago, is the author of American Poster Renaissance: The Great Age of
Poster Design, 1890-1900, The Struggle for Utopia: Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy,
1917-1946, as well as numerous other publications.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Letter from Speros A. Batistatos, executive director, South Shore Line heritage foundation
Letter from the Northern Indiana public service company
Foreword
1 Introduction 1
2 Insull's super-interurban 5
3 Not just selling railroad tickets : the role of the South Shore Line poster art in the development of Northwest Indiana 21
4 Commercial illustration, poster painters, railway men 27
5 South Shore recreation : a fun way to save a railroad 33
The posters 43
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    If you miss riding the "little train that could"...this beautiful volume will make you homesick!

    Well-written, beautifully illustrated. A real classic. I have this book, myself. I sent a copy to someone who used to live here as a housewarming gift, and they loved it!

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    A Nostalgic Review of South Shore Train Line History in Northern Indiana and Chicago

    Two Indiana University Professors provide factual information that evokes memories of days gone by in this publication depicted by nostalgic, colorful posters of the South Shore Train Line. These advertising posters of yesteryear provide key details of past society and its connection to this mode of transportation that provided easier travel to and from the big city of Chicago and Northern Indiana as far east as Notre Dame in South Bend. Travels to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan is a special part of the history.

    Readers with special interests of the history of trains, Chicago, Indiana, Lake Michigan, and society dating from the 1920s will enjoy this unique publication.

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