Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1593220367. A pristine copy, tight and crisp, with no signs of prior use or wear. Gift quality! The excellent jacket is protected by a mylar Brodart cover against future wear. Fast shipping, with tracking number supplied. Surcharge on International and Priority shipping, due to the size of this colorful and charming book.; 11.20 X 9.70 X 1 inches; 263 pages.
NEW. JACKET: VERY GOOD DJ. 11 X 9. Landscape format, coffee table book, includes 227 historic photos, illustrations and other images. It was aptly called the “Showplace of the Nation” and it was all that and more. There were big bands, movies, sideshows, acrobats, flag-pole sitters, Miss America – and throngs of people lining up to sit on bleachers to watch World Famous Diving Horses and their brave riders dive into a pool of water. For much of the 20th century Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, was the center of American entertainment on the East Coast. Nearly every big-name entertainer – from John Philip Sousa and his band to Tommy Dorsey, Tony Grant, Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra — played there. And nearly every form of entertainment that could be imagined took place at Steel Pier – from high wire acts to people being shot out of cannons, from Hawaiian High Divers to the Diving Bell that took you to the sea floor. Filled with photographs and other images, this book chronicles the rise of one of America's most remarkable entertainment venues-"a vacation in itself, " as the slogan went-long before theme parks were imagined. For three-quarters of the last century, there was nothing like it. Steel Pier was Atlantic City. In fact, Steel Pier was an incredible combination of Broadway, Miami, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Barnum and Bailey, and a state fair-all for one admission price! Crowds were drawn from New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia, of course, but also the Midwest and all of the East Coast. The renown of Steel Pier was so great that A-list performers chose the Pier over other venues. _PAB_
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