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

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

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by Ronald D Cohen (Editor), South Shore & South B Chicago, Stephen G McShane (Editor), Victor Margolin (Foreword by)
 

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Known as the "Little Train That Could", the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad has served as a major commercial and recreational transportation link for 90 years. The South Shore Line has reflected the triumphs and misfortunes of the Calumet Region throughout the 20th century. For its first two decades, it survived good times and bad until its landmark

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Known as the "Little Train That Could", the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad has served as a major commercial and recreational transportation link for 90 years. The South Shore Line has reflected the triumphs and misfortunes of the Calumet Region throughout the 20th century. 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 travelers from Illinois to Northwest Indiana's steel mills and sand dunes.

As many as 50 color lithographed posters displayed in railroad depots, on Chicago "L" platforms, and elsewhere, highlighted recreation in the Indiana Dunes, local flora and fauna, and the strength of heavy industry, all characteristic of the Calumet Region. Prominent Chicago artists rendered these scenes and many won acclaim for high artistic standards. Indeed, Oscar Rabe Hanson's Homeward Bound by South Shore Line won both the Art Directors Club and Barron Collier medals in 1927.

Moonlight in Duneland tells the story of that poster campaign through the reproduction of more than 40 known surviving posters. Additional advertising items from the 1920s and 1970s are sprinkled throughout the book, along with original art by Dale Fleming, Mitchell A. Markovitz, Alice Phillips, and John Rush. In addition, four essays describe the backgrounds of the poster artists and Insull's marketing genius.

While Moonlight in Duneland pays tribute to eras gone by, it also debuts a new period of growth in the Calumet Region's pride and development. Sponsored by theNorthwest Indiana Forum, new poster art has been commissioned to illustrate 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".

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

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"Elegant, engaging poster art." —Publishers Weekly

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.

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Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
CBChicago More than 1 year ago
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.