Paper $17.50 ISBN: 9781930066403 Published October 2005

Venice, California

A Centennial Commemorative in Postcards, 1905-2005

Delores Hanney

Venice, California

Delores Hanney

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

80 pages | 38 color plates | 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 | © 2005
Paper $17.50 ISBN: 9781930066403 Published October 2005
As more than a few of its citizens would claim, Venice, California, has gone through numerous reincarnations. In the 1970s, it was the roller-skating capital of the world. In the 1930s, it was a haven for sunbathing beauties and their hopeful consorts. At its inception in 1905, Venice was the imaginative solution to one man’s lifelong struggle with asthma. Replete with gondolas, wooden rollercoasters, and a miniature train that encircled the town, Venice was, and continues to be, best described through picture postcards.

Delores Hanney has spent years collecting the pictures that made Venice real, not only to its visitors but also to their friends back home. In Venice, California, she shares these unique images with us: a camel ride, a wide canal, a brightly-painted Moorish-style building. Venice, California is an exquisite rendering of a town whose history was nearly indistinguishable from its surfaces. It will delight art historians, scholars of cultural studies, and anyone who appreciates Americana and the carnival. 

Preface and Acknowledgments
The Postcard Collection
A Centennial Postscript
About the Author
Review Quotes
Lee Brown, author of Adventures in Postcards

“A small treasure, Venice,California charmingly captures the history of this unique place in concise narratives and beautiful old and new postcards.”

Carolyn See, author of Making a Literary Life

“With elegance, grace, and charming, self-effacing good taste, Delores Hanney has given us the perfect gift---a window into a time long past, but no less magical for that.”

Betsy Goldman, Past President, Venice Historical Society

“What a wonderful way to celebrate the history of Venice.”

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