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New book; vintage pictures
By Jeanne Houck   - 05/06/2010

Cincinnati Community Press

More Info on This Book: Madeira

In one picture, five members of the Madeira Police Department, having scored well in a 1963 pistol-marksmanship contest, stand in a line and point their guns high just to the left of the viewer.

In another, seated candidates for Miss Madeira 1960 balance armfuls of flowers on their petticoat-stiffened skirts.

And in a third, a milkman holds the reins of a horse pulling a wagon full of milk in 1926.

The photographs are on three of nearly 120 pages of pictures of the people and places of Madeira and predecessor communities in a new book called "Images of America - Madeira." The still shots capture scenes from the 1880s to 1970 and comes just in time for the city's centennial this year.

Authors Cheryl Bauer, 56, of Hamilton, and Stephan Johnson, 57, of Milford, compiled the pictures and accompanying historical information with the help of the Madeira Historical Society. The society and its Miller House museum are beneficiaries of all proceeds of the sale of the book, which costs $21.99.

"Madeira's history is full of fascinating people, ranging from a world-renowned marathon runner and the founder of Frisch's restaurants to the patriots who have served their country since the Civil War era and then returned home to build families and businesses," Bauer said.

"We wanted to celebrate their stories in these vintage photographs. Since 2010 marks the centennial of Madeira's incorporation, this seemed like the perfect time to do the book."

Johnson grew up in Madeira.

"You look at the faces in the book, and whether they're from 1866 or 1966, you see a common thread of love of family and love of community," he said.

"We hope the book encourages everyone to learn more about their past and to appreciate all the people who helped to build their community."

This is Johnson's first book and Bauer's seventh. She primarily writes about regional history and the history of the Shakers. Both score standardized school tests at Data Recognition Corp. in Sharonville.

Doug Oppenheimer, president of the Madeira Historical Society, welcomed the book.

"I am very pleased with the book and the fact that the society and especially that our curator Dona Brock was able to contribute so much to the success of the book," he said.

"Images of America - Madeira" will be sold Saturday, May 22, at two places: from noon to 3 p.m. at the Miller House museum on 7226 Miami Ave., and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kroger store at 6950 Miami Ave. Bauer and Johnson will sign books at Kroger.

Buy It Now: Madeira $21.99




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