Sunday, March 2, 2008

Souvenir Buildings Miniature Monuments Book

Buildings and towers in both London and San Francisco emerge from dence fog. A skyline of the world’s fair is illuminated in a rainbow of colors. These are just a few of the photographs contained in Souvenir Buildings Miniature Monuments: From the Collection of Ace Architects The book was written by Margaret Majua and David Weingarten with photographs by Alan Weintraub and foreword by Paul Goldberger, the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker. The small hardcover book was published in 1996 and contains 100 photographs. The photos are from the authors’ enormous collection of stadiums, churches, bridges, monuments, skyscrapers, and towers. Many are not merely souvenirs, but have additional functions such as pencil sharpeners, thermometers, ashtrays or salt and pepper shakers. Many of the images are artfully styled as cityscapes or grouped with similar buildings. It’s a great book for any souvenir building collector to own and explore the pages. I always see something new each time I thumb though it again. It’s not a price guide (that’s the authors’ second book), but contains some architectural history, information about the souvenirs and personal collecting stories.

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