Sunday, October 28, 2007

Review: Historic Photos of Tallahassee by Andrew Edel

I was recently sent a book for review on this blog, which was a first that I was really excited about. When I read the title I was even more excited because though I've never alluded to the fact that I'm kind of a history buff, my family and I have this weird fascination with anything ancient. For mom, it's cemeteries. Dad loves war monuments. Sis and I both go for historic sites.

The book is titled, "Historic Photos of Tallahassee" by Andrew Edel and is obviously a collection of old photos of the city I'm currently a resident. Now, I'm no photography expert by any means, but these pictures were pretty cool. Mostly because a lot of the structures are still standing today; it was fun to see what Monroe Street and the Wescott Building looked like back in the day. And who doesn't love old-timey photos of unsmiling families and politicos of the day? But while the unique photos give this book coffee-table-worthy status, it's the captions on the photos that prove an extra 3o words can really say a lot more than the thousand from the picture. I was impressed by the thorough research and appreciate the attention to detail.

Overall, Historic Photos of Tallahassee was enjoyable and surprisingly informative. If you are a Tallahassee native or just love history, I would recommend picking this up. Or if you're just looking for a neat book for your coffee table or guest room, this would be a great option.


Blogger Carl said...

A copy was sent to you as well? Coolbeans. I was sent a free copy as well and wrote a review on my blog as well. In case you're interested, the URL for my review is at

I found it to be a fascinating, albeit much too brief, book.

November 05, 2007 10:55 PM  

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