Book ID: CBB521638822

Smoke over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George (2017)


Veerendaal, Augustus J., Jr. (Author)

University of Oklahoma Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: xiii, 194 pages : illustrations, map, bibliography, index
Language: English

Oklahoma was in the throes of the Great Depression when Preston George acquired a cheap Kodak folding camera and took his first photographs of steam locomotives. As depression gave way to world war, George kept taking pictures, now with a Graflex camera that could capture moving trains. In this first book devoted solely to Georges work, his black-and-white photographs constitute a striking visual documentary of steam-driven railroading in its brief but glorious heyday in the American Southwest. The pictures also form a remarkable artistic accomplishment in their own right. Prominent among the magnificent action images collected here are the engines that were Georges passionsteam locomotives pulling long freights or strings of gleaming passenger cars through open country. But along with the fireworks of the heavier steam engines slogging through the mountains near the Arkansas border on the Kansas City Southern or climbing Raton Pass in New Mexico on the Santa Fe, Georges photographs also record humbler fare, such as the short trains of the Frisco and Katy piloted by ancient light steamers, and the final years of that states interurban lines. Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr.s brief history of railroads in the Sooner State puts these images into perspective, as does a reminiscence by Georges daughter Burnis on his life and his pursuit of railroad photography. With over 150 images and a wealth of historical and biographical information, this volume makes accessible to an audience beyond the most avid railfans the extent of Preston George's extraordinary achievement. (Worldcat)

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Review David Wlkins (Spring-Summer 2016) Review of "Smoke over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George". Railroad History (pp. 104-105). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Keefe, Kevin P.
Lothes, Scott
Brouws, Jeffrey T.
Waite, Thornton
Fiore, David J., Jr.
Bodine, Jennifer B.
Garbely Publishing Company
Indiana University Press
Center for Railroad Photography and Art
Self-published by the author
Arcadia Publishing
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Pictorial works
Land transportation
Photography of railroads
Barriger, John W. (John Walker), 1899-1976
Bodine, A. Aubrey
Abbey, Wallace W.
Lee, Russell
Lloyd, Lewis
Bubley, Esther
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
United States
Midwestern states (U.S.)
Hawaii (U.S.)
Philadelphia, PA
Oregon (U.S.)
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company
Chicago Great Western Railway Company
Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
Oahu Railway and Land Company
New York Central Railroad Company

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