The latest in postcard-related books this year includes Utica, N.Y., froom Arcadia Publishing and Pittsburgh, PA., from Schiffer Publishing.
Around Utica features the works of A.J. Manning, a unique photographer of the early 20th century who traveled picturesque 1900s Central New York State.
Manning recorded historic events such as Sherman Notification Day in 1908, honoring William Howard Taft’s vice presidential nominee James Schoolcraft Sherman. He also covered disasters as the fires at Utica Free Academy and the YMCA, and there were nostalgic scenes of everyday life.
As the book notes, Manning’s postcards is Evelyn Edwards, author of the Around Utica book and also an earlier photographic history, The Sauquoit Valley.
According to the author, the prolific Manning produced all of the real photo postcards that appear in the book. Edwards adds, “he traveled to many towns and cities, snapping photographs of various people, events, and buildings creating a valuable historical record for larger generations.”
Edwards, 75, is a resident of historic Clinton, N.Y., and past president of the Clinton Historical Society.
Around Utica includes some 300 vintage postcard images of the memorable region, including many towns and villages. This volume is part of Arcadia’s ingoing Images of America series which has been published since 1994. Around Utica is $19.99 in bookstores or from Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665.