Tybee Days

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Endorsed by Author Pat Conroy, Two Nostalgic Books about Tybee Island, Georgia: A Cultural History and a Photo Journal, Top Savannah's December 23, 2009 Bestseller List. Old Tybee has returned. Two cultural histories of Tybee Island recapture island life and voices over the course of a century. Complete with stories and pictures, the first of the companion books, Tybee Days: One Hundred Years on Georgia's Playground Island pays tribute to the families who visited, settled, and worked on the island from the 1860s ...
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Endorsed by Author Pat Conroy, Two Nostalgic Books about Tybee Island, Georgia: A Cultural History and a Photo Journal, Top Savannah's December 23, 2009 Bestseller List. Old Tybee has returned. Two cultural histories of Tybee Island recapture island life and voices over the course of a century. Complete with stories and pictures, the first of the companion books, Tybee Days: One Hundred Years on Georgia's Playground Island pays tribute to the families who visited, settled, and worked on the island from the 1860s to the 1960s, before the famous Tybrisa Pavilion burned. The book documents early attempts to develop an alternate ocean resort on nearby Arkwright Island and its resulting failure. Tybee landowners and the State of Georgia then paved the way for the first cottages to be built on the pristine island with its three-mile long beach. From steamboats to Prohibition to the Big Band era to the playful innocence of the '50s and '60s, authors Ellen Lyle Taber and Polly Wylly Cooper capture the celebration of everyday life through the eyes of Tybee's diverse population. As the island grew, it beckoned churches and schools, hotels, and shops. A young Chinese immigrant brought opportunities with his business acumen and quiet modesty. Black rivermen plied the creeks for oysters and sold their shells to build the roads. Even Tybee's children worked, delivering buckets of shrimp to neighbors, catching crabs for the evening dinner, or stocking shelves at Chu's Department Store. Tybee Days chronicles the lives of Army, lighthouse, and island children and their adventures while fishing, crabbing, swimming, camping, and exploring the creeks and hammocks in leaky wooden bateaus. The book heralds the famous bandleaders who chose to begin or end their east coast tours on the Tybrisa Pavilion. The authors, who spent their childhood summers on the magical island, interviewed more than 400 families to recreate stories of life on Tybee that are meant to both entertain and educate. Sand Between Our Toes: The Tybee Island Family Photo Album spills over with hundred of photos from private collections. Captions and anecdotes, true-life wit and witticisms introduce the locals and the famous, including Ted Turner, Johnny Mercer, and General Dwight Eisenhower. Chronicled in decades from the early 1900s to the present day. Sand Between Our Toes reminds all islanders and visitors that times may change, but the magic of Tybee remains the same, a thrilling adventure for its children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933483252
  • Publisher: Kennesaw State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2010

    Award winning book!

    Congratulations to Ellen Taber and Polly Cooper for being named Author of the Year by The Georgia Writers Association for this interesting and well-researched book. I didn't know history could be this interesting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2010

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    An Absolute Must Read.

    Read, smile and remember as you recognize the people, places and stories of Tybee as a home and playground for so many.
    A must read book that you will revisit again and again and with each visit you will trigger many fond memories.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    Great Read.

    Tybee Days is a must read for Georgia history buffs and a treat for those looking for an entertaining summer read. Chocked full of funny stories, great photos, and a wealth of history about one of Georgia's most popular barrier island. Talk about local color--this books comes through. Loved Sand Between Our Toes, too.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    Tybee time!

    This book, and the book that was released with it, Sand Between Our Toes, are fantastic. I had so much fun looking through all of the photos, recognizing names and places ... remembering events and talking with friends over a beer at Docs. What an amazing effort by Island natives Polly and Ellen. I can't believe the treasures they located and put between two covers!

    Looking at this book makes me want to load up the car and head for the back river to do some crabbing!

    Seriously, if you live on Tybee, used to live on Tybee, spent summers on Tybee, live close, vacationed there, fished the back river, or anything close, you should have a copy of these books on your living room table!

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