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Times Square Spectacular book. In Times Square Spectacular, Darcy Tell traces the 100-year story of Times Square using rare photographs and hand-colored lantern slides, maps, restaurant menus, theater programs, magazine. A visual history of Times Square from the late 19th century to today, rich with rarely seen photographs of the neighborhood's shimmering, pre-World War II electric advertising signs.

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Times Square Spectacular: Lighting Up Broadway. From Times Square, Signs and Wonders moves westward to look at the development of signs in Las Vegas, . Glitter Gulch, and Hollywood. More than the average person would ever care to know about signage, but a serviceable history for lighting and marketing buffs nonetheless.

I asked Tell to recommend a few other books on the subject

For those of you interested in learning more about the square that’s more like an X, Darcy Tell’s recent visual history Times Square Spectacular charts the basic story of how the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue evolved into a scintillating mecca. I asked Tell to recommend a few other books on the subject.

Times Square Spectacular: Lighting Up Broadway by Darcy Tell, traces the story of the famous Times Square advertising signs, as seen in cartoons like Lights Fantastic. It’s illustrated with numerous rare photographs, maps, restaurant menus, theater programs, magazine covers, postcards, sheet music, and archival documents

Douglas Leigh, The Man Who Lit Up Broadway, Dies at 92. Times Square Spectacular: Lighting Up Broadway.

Douglas Leigh, The Man Who Lit Up Broadway, Dies at 92. ISBN 978-0-06-088433-8.

Though the new book focuses on Times Square, with many rarely seen views, the trade center pictures may be the most arresting images of all.

It is so exciting to learn of Leigh’s work and of his proposal to illuminate the World Trade Center towers, said Gustavo Bonevardi, one of the creators of Tribute in Light. Though the new book focuses on Times Square, with many rarely seen views, the trade center pictures may be the most arresting images of all. They emerged from file folders in the Douglas Leigh archive maintained by Tod Swormstedt of the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati.

Times Square spectacular. lighting up Broadway. Published 2007 by Smithsonian Books, Collins in New York.

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A visual history of Times Square from the late 19th century to today, rich with rarely seen photographs of the neighborhood's shimmering, pre-World War II electric advertising signs.

In Times Square Spectacular, Darcy Tell traces the 100-year story of Times Square using rare photographs and hand-colored lantern slides, maps, restaurant menus, theater programs, magazine covers, postcards, sheet music, and archival documents. Presenting even the most familiar elements of Times Square lore with fresh, eye-catching detail, she pays special tribute to ad man extraordinaire Douglas Leigh's arrival in the early 1930s, which brought a stunning new era of electric brightness and innovation. Leigh dominated the Broadway streetscape for nearly 50 years, stopping traffic with special-effects billboards such as the legendary Camel cigarettes "smoke rings" sign.

Covering both Times Square's infamous decline as well as its hard-wrought, present-day revival, Times Square Spectacular is the first pictorial history of the legendary American landmark.


Comments: (6)

Chilele
I really enjoyed this book. Not only does it have some fantastic pictures of neon spectaculars in Times Square over the years, but it also has extensive text discussing the signage including the people and the companies behind them. It is in chronological order from when Times Square was known as Longacre Square to present times.
I am a big fan of neon, but found the pictures/text on when the signs were made of thousands of light bulbs to be fascinating as well.
If you are either a fan of New York and it's history of Times Square or a fan of spectacular signage, you will enjoy this book. After this book, I wish I could have been there to seem them in person because they must have been really wonderful!
Jorius
Purchased this book on a whim and am very pleased I did as I was pleasantly surprised over the detail encompassed in its pages. Living in New York City and taking for granted the neon lights, it was quite interesting to learn how it all did start and continues today. Some really classic pictures along with great writing make it worth one's historical curiosity.
Fordrelis
Best book on the market to learn the history of the giant spectacular signs of Times Square
Survivors
Ask anyone from Baltimore to Bangladesh, and question them what are the five iconic landmarks of New York City. You are likely to get the same answers: Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, the New York Subway...and...Times Square. But it is only the latter that conveys the "excitement" of the City such as the inebriated celebrations on New Year's Eve, the hysterical joy at the end of World War II, the smiles during the Macy Parades, the roar at a Jack Dempsey fight, the tinkle of glasses on rooftop restaurants, the come-ons by prostitutes, and the glamour of the old movie palaces. This book is a loving tribute to this glorious square...or should I say city hourglass from 43 to 48th street between 7th Ave and Broadway.

Times Square did not exist when New York City was born...but became uptown in the 1890's. Then it was the center of the horse and buggy trade. It was only after Thomas Edison invented the electric marquee that real estate and advertisement developers started transforming these few city blocks into the advertising capital of the world.

The strip of land has repeatedly invented itself over a century. As the author explains, the "square" was quite fashionable in 1910 as the site of over-the-top entertainment. There is a beautiful color illustration of the grand ballroom of the Hotel Astor. But perhaps the best illustrations are the wonderful black and white pictures of the intriguing billboards set out in lights, the Times Square of, lst's say, Damon Runyon who gave the background story of "Guys and Dolls."

The book is like a time machine...letting us enjoy this special spot of Manhattan decade after decade...and there have been so many changes. (The book has a magazine cover from the early 20th century when the new Roxy movie theater was built to look like a 16th century Spanish colonial palace....then near the end, we have a picture of aging movie star Gloria Swanson in her Hollywood best standing in the ruins of the building during the 1960's after it was demolished by the wrecking ball... like a ghost in the rubble] The influence of the Depression, the squalor, and then the revitization in the 1990's are all there. I might combine this book with "The Devil's Playground" by James Traub to get a full picture of the intriguing history of this lightning rod of the city.
Clonanau
Times Square is one of the best known spots in the world and it brings back memories to anyone who even hears it mentioned. To many, it is the spot where New Year's Eve is celebrated ,whether being there or on TV. To others it brings back celebrations at the end of the War.To others ,it conjurs up images of the news headlines running on the Times Building. To others, it is the strolls through it,going to Off Broadway Shows.To others, it is Jack Dempseys Restaurant or simply munching on a Nathan's Coney Island Hot Dog.Back in 1969 and a few years after ,I spent a lot of time in New York and often strolled through Times Square and the surrounding area,both during the day and in the evenings;and even though it was pretty much run down and sleazy,and I suppose even somewhat dangerous;I thouroughly enjoyed every moment I spent there.As much as has been said about it at that time;I never witnessed any actual crime taking place or anyone being bothered. However;Times Square had an atmosphere about it that was like no other place.
When I saw this book,I thought it would bring many images and whatnot back to me ,but that is not the kind of a book this is.The book is not about the people ,the things that took place there,the feelings and ambience,or in any way an attempt to portray the essence and "soul" of Times Square and what made it what it was.
Rather,the book deals with the physical aspect of the streets,the buildings,the lights and signs,the political ramifications of zoning ,organizations and groups influencing the efforts to rebuild and redevelop the physical aspects of the areas.
If that aspect of Times Square is what interests you;well, maybe so will this book.
However,if you have ever spent time there;this book will do little in the way of showing what Times Square was all about and why,if you were ever there,what it meant to you.
Times Square Spectacular: Lighting Up Broadway download epub
Americas
Author: Darcy Tell
ISBN: 0060884339
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Smithsonian Books; 1st edition (November 6, 2007)
Pages: 194 pages