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Palm Springs Holiday
     

Palm Springs Holiday

by Peter Moruzzi
 

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This is the story of Palm Springs in its golden years, a city that had it all, including marvelous midcentury Modern architecture, fabulous fly-in hotels, and a swinging nightlife. Through vintage photographs, postcards, and other ephemera, Palm Springs Holiday recalls the Palm Springs area from the 1910s through the 1960s, where people vacationed in the desert, dined

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This is the story of Palm Springs in its golden years, a city that had it all, including marvelous midcentury Modern architecture, fabulous fly-in hotels, and a swinging nightlife. Through vintage photographs, postcards, and other ephemera, Palm Springs Holiday recalls the Palm Springs area from the 1910s through the 1960s, where people vacationed in the desert, dined, danced, and lounged poolside. Features vintage images of the Coachella Valley and shots of the area’s famous hotels and gambling dens.

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Sheltered by mountains on every side, the Coachella Valley desert city of Palm Springs seems in some ways an improbable locale for a thriving vacation retreat, but this seemingly remote California outpost became just that in the post–World War II boom. Peter Moruzzi's authoritative Palm Springs Holiday pictorial demonstrates that this winter haven provided much more than off-season sunburns; it also spawned significant post-Bauhaus "Desert Modern" architecture by masters by Albert Frey, Richard Neutra, and others. With its 500 color and black-and-white photographs, this coffee table book qualifies as a portable wonder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423604761
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
366,465
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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This is the story of the Coachella Valley--home of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, and other desert cities--as experienced by the average tourist who vacationed here from the 1910s through the 1960s. It is the story of a Palm Springs holiday that you or I might have once taken to "America's Foremost Desert Resort."

Meet the Author

Peter Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom), an architectural preservation group. He is the author of Palm Springs Holiday, Palm Springs Paradise, and Havana Before Castro.

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