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  • RIDE THE BIG RED CARS: How Trolleys Helped Build Southern California. by Crump, Spencer.
    Crump, Spencer.
    RIDE THE BIG RED CARS: How Trolleys Helped Build Southern California.

    Edition: First printing.

    Los Angeles: Crest Publications, 1962. dj. Hardcover first edition - The history of the Pacific Electric, starting in the late 1880's and which was at its peak the largest interurban system in the world, and its effect on the cities thru which it ran - and also the story of the battles between the railroad tycoons when Henry Huntington wanted to create a system spanning California - and finally also the story of the decline of these systems. A large format volume, with over 100 illustrations and photographs. 240 pages.

    Condition: Near fine in a good+ dustjacket (some soiling to the lower edges of the boards, dj is price-clipped, and has some edgewear including the loss of about 1/2 inch at the bottom of the spine and some chips on the upper edge of the rear cover, and some light foxing to the dj . Still, a very nice copy of the rather uncommon first edition of a fascinating book and the classic study of these cars.

    Book ID: 13237
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  • [Fulton, Robert, 1765-1815] Morgan, John S.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Mason/Charter. 1977. dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of the American inventor, generally considered the inventor of the steamboat, but in reality, while he was not the first to come up with a 'steamboat,' he was the inventor of many other things - including primitive submarines which he called "plunge boats", torpedoes, marble cutting machines, etc - and his contribution to the history of the steamboat was even more important than that of an inventor - he convinced the public that the - and the use of canals - were efficient and safe means of transport. Illustrated. Notes, bibliography, index. 235 pp. ISBN: 0-884054381.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 31093
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    Ravenel, Samuel W.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1912. Hardcover first edition - An unusual and interesting book: one which introduces the basics of road construction, site selection, drainage and maintenance to elementary school children. Since transportation was undergoing massive changes in the US at the time with the increasing popularity of automobiles, this was especially timely. Illustrated with many black and white photographs and drawings. Questions and answers at the end of each chapter and several pages of endorsements. Bound in tan cloth with dark brown lettering and small illustration on front cover. 159 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with usual markings, but overall tight and clean (front board is slightly bent) Scarce in the original edition.

    Book ID: 74545
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