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Rockford: 1920 and Beyond, Illinois (Postcard History Series)
     

Rockford: 1920 and Beyond, Illinois (Postcard History Series)

by Eric A. Johnson
 

Rockford's economic boom of the early twentieth century continued into the Roaring Twenties, when Rockford's newly-erected skyscrapers symbolized the city's "sky's the limit" ambitions. But the good times came to a crashing halt with the arrival of the Great Depression in October 1929. With its longstanding blue collar industrial roots, Rockford would enjoy

Overview


Rockford's economic boom of the early twentieth century continued into the Roaring Twenties, when Rockford's newly-erected skyscrapers symbolized the city's "sky's the limit" ambitions. But the good times came to a crashing halt with the arrival of the Great Depression in October 1929. With its longstanding blue collar industrial roots, Rockford would enjoy renewed and even greater prosperity as it readily capitalized on the World War II war effort and the post-war economic boom years. With a collection of nearly 240 vintage postcards, Rockford: 1920 and Beyond captures this dynamic, ever-changing era as Rockford transformed into "Illinois' Second City." Inside, see now-familiar skyscrapers like the Rockford News Tower, Talcott Building, and Faust Hotel enliven Rockford's downtown skyline. Take a nostalgic trip to the Blackhawk Park Zoo and the Central Park and Kiddieland amusement parks. Watch post-war "car culture" change the face of the city with its drive-ins, shopping centers, and expressways. Witness the World War II revival of Rockford's storied Camp Grant. See the famed Wagon Wheel Resort in its high-flying, star-studded Hollywood heydays. Marvel at the destructive power of Rockford's deadly "Cyclone of '28."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738532639
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Postcard History Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,303,238
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.36(d)

Meet the Author


Eric A. Johnson is an award-winning freelance journalist and an avid collector of vintage postcards with a special interest in Rockford history. This book is a follow-up to Johnson's Rockford: 1900-World War I.

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