The top image is from the SONO Switch Tower Museum. A treat little place to visit in South Norwalk CT. I occasionally volunteer there from time to time.
I think that I need to update the sticky post. And add some rules. First the rules.
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This is the second of my series of posts looking at book covers. This time, we cover Dust Jackets from about 1920 or so, to about 1990 or so. The book selling industry went through a lot of changes as the country did and so did books. So, w go from the Washington sguare book shop to the big box stores of today and the books inside them. https://collections.mcny.org/Collection/Washington%20Square%20Bookshop,%2017%20West%208th%20Street-2F3XC5U0V5IE.html
Note: the books chosen are chosen because of the way that the covers were done, not the content of the actual books. So there may be examples of things like Fabian Socialism. That does not mean that I care about the book.
Sarah Hoyt has another blog post about the flaws of the traditional publishing industry and how it resembles the publishing in Portugal, which for the traditional publishing industry, is not a good thing. When The Walls Fell
The strange part is that while late 1970’s Portuagal was a dark age for reading, here in the US, we were at the end of a golden age. When I was a teenager, Waldenbooks had become a presence all over the place and I discovered Jim baen and Galaxy where every magazine had an ad for a little store that sold nothing but science fiction in New York, a train ride away. I think through the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s, I averaged three books a week. All good things must come to an end and in the 1990’s they did. There were a lot of reasons, but I think that the publishing industry became too corporate and too risk adverse.