Visual Nostalgia By Joe Meyers - 04/03/2009 Connecticut Post
Bridgeport residents should have a deeply nostalgic experience paging through another new historical tome, "Bridgeport 1900-1960," which is part of Arcadia Publishing's ever-growing "Postcard History Series," in which an area's evolution is traced through postcards and other photo memorabilia.
The material in the book was compliled by Bridgeport native Andrew Pehanick, who has been collecting postcards for more than 30 years and who chose from over 3,000 cards for the book.
The book includes commercial and tourist images, divided into chapters such as "On the Waterfront" and "Restaurants and a Little Recreation."
Pehanick uses his knowledge of city history in the book's unusually detailed captions.
Under a postcard of the The Ritz Lunchette in the Black Rock section of the city, for instance, the author notes that actor and Bridgeport native John Ratzenberger worked there as a soda jerk when he was a teenager.
The book includes shots of buildings on Thomas Street, which were flattened in 1956 for the construction of the Connecticut Turnpike.
Arcadia Publishing has already released a number of books devoted to Connecticut cities and towns. A complete list can be found at www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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