Americana the Beautiful: Mid-century Culture in Kodachrome

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Angel City Press, 2006 - Antiques & Collectibles - 143 pages
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5-4-3-2-1 BLASTOFF! By popular request, best-selling author and "histo-tainer" Charles Phoenix presents AMERICANA THE BEAUTIFUL. This witty, wacky and wondrous collection of found vintage family and travel Kodachrome slides celebrates the cultural extravaganza that is America's golden era, the space age. After SOUTHERN CALIFORNIALAND hit the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, Phoenix has set his sights on the national lists. Readers experience both kitschy and classic places where often only a picture can tell the whole story. With his laugh-out-loud-funny text and colorful images Phoenix proves that Americana can definitely by coffee-table worthy.

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Kitsch-culture archivist-humorist-author and "histo-tainer" Charles Phoenix has always been fascinated with Americana. As a kid growing up in Ontario, California in the '60s and '70s, he became interested in '50s cars while visiting his dad's used car lots. From there his interests grew to art, fashion and architecture. After moving to Los Angeles in 1982 and enjoying a career in design, he began collecting and trading classic American cars. Success with the cars inspired him to pursue his passion for collecting and trading Americana full-time. Between combing town and country for cars and other classic treasures, he discovered vintage amateur family and travel 35mm slides and 8mm home-movie photography at thrift shops and flea markets. After ten years of collecting "orphaned" 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s family slides, his archive contains more than 200,000 slides.

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