Pennsylvania History, Titles A-O

February 24, 2018 |  by

The following titles are found in our selection of books covering Pennsylvania history.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo 

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Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo

          Copyright 1986. 280 pages of history and photographs devoted to a complete historical treatment of the North Branch Canal. Some fantastic early photographs are included in this fascinating account of the canal that served the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. Available in a soft cover or hardcover format, these books are new old stock.

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Soft cover: $16.25

Very Limited Edition Hardcover: $28.75

 Anthracite Rebirth: Story of the Reading and Northern by Mike Bednar

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Anthracite Rebirth: Story of the Reading and Northern Railroad by Mike Bednar. Hardbound, copyright 1998. 124 pages, many, many color photographs and great writing by this former Reading and Northern locomotive engineer provide an incredibly unique perspective on this fascinating railroad. Chronicles the dramatic turn around of the company and it’s services throughout Pennsylvania’s hard coal region. Chapters include Background, Andy Muller, Jr. and the Early Years, Early Blue Mountain and Reading, The Reading Cluster: The Coal Regions, The Winter from Hell: Winter 1993-1994, The Business Boom, A Regional Rail Line Becomes Reality, The Future, The Family, and Locomotive Roster.

OUR PRICE: $55.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Ben Austrian, Artist by Geoffrey D. Austrian 

Ben Austrian, Artist by Geoffrey D. Austrian.

A biography of artist Ben Austrian (1870-1921), a Pennsylvania artist made internationally famous as a result of his “chick paintings” used by Bon Ami cleanser. Not surprisingly, the artist’s talents run much deeper. A rapturous look at his life and career, complete with an impressive collection of paintings reproduced in stunning detail.

Chapters include Getting to Know Uncle Ben, An Uncertain Start, Barnyard, Kennel and Stall, Game Hanging on a Wall, A Studio in Paris, A Girl Named Molly, The Bon Ami Chick, and Woods, Ponds, and Streams.

Hardbound, copyright 1997. 120 pages with an extensive representation of the artist’s works.

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The Death of a Great Company by W. Julian Parton 

  •           The Death of A Great Company by W. Julian Parton.  Soft cover, Copyright 1986, 123 pages of black and white photos, maps, consolidated balance sheets and lots of information. “The Old Company” as it was known to the coal industry, one of the oldest companies in the United States whose founders were among the most significant contributors to the development of America, ceased to exist. Why after 150 years of growth? What went awry that caused this company to be put to rest? This is the story of Old Company’s Lehigh, the founding years and growth of the company. However, special emphasis is placed on the final active years when one thing after another went wrong, leading to the liquidation of virtually all its assets and the untimely death of a great company.

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A Field Guide to the Carriage Barns and Houses of Lewisburg by Edith and James Mauch

Just Released!  A Field Guide to the Carriage Barns and Houses of Lewisburg, by Edith and James Mauch.

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A new Edith & Her Dad venture to support local charities.  A Field Guide to the Carriage Barns and Houses of Lewisburg examines the historic carriage barns and carriage houses of the borough of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, employing over 100 pages and 230 photographs to do so.  Included is a chapter on timber framing as the preferred method of construction of 19th century borough carriage houses, carriage house forensics, and a site overview of over 80 borough carriage houses, including the McClure barn (once used to house fugitive slaves), a carriage barn that is actually a large ice house, a carriage barn that was disassembled, moved, the re-erected, and several which have been lost over time.

As with all Edith & Her Dad ventures, this field guide is being sold to support local charities.  100% of the proceeds of the sale of this book are divided equally among the Packwood House Museum, the William Cameron Engine Company, and the Eastern Union County Food Bank.

Softcover, 103 pages, over 230 photographs.

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 Josiah White, Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell

Josiah White Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell.  Hardbound, 172 pages, copyright 1992.

“Josiah White is known to historians as a man of vision, a man whose determination and engineering skills enabled him and his partner, Eriskine Hazard, to create one of America’s pioneering coal transportation systems. He is remembered as a builder of might locks and dams, a railroad that used gravity for propulsion, and delicate iron bridges. Yet Josiah White the family man, the devoted Quaker, the farseeing philanthropist, had been lost to twentieth-century Americans until the publication of Norris Hansell’s Josiah White: Quaker Entrepreneur. In this work, Dr. Hansell has exposed the complete man and revealed to modern readers a Josiah White who possessed many fascinating qualities including sharp powers of observation of the events and conditions of his times. Dr. Hansell reveals Josiah White’s continuing impact on modern America not only through the continuing transportation revolution that he originally helped set in motion, but also through the charitable institutions he founded that continue to serve mankind.”

– From the Introduction to Josiah White Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell

OUR PRICE: $9.95 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

The Lehigh and New England Railroad: A Color Retrospect by Douglas E. Lilly 

 The Lehigh and New England Railroad: A Color Retrospect by Douglas Lilly.  Hardbound, copyright 1988. 136 pages. 1989 Gold Award for Best of Category – Historical. A comprehensive look at an intriguing line. Absolutely filled with color photographs.

Chapters include Bethlehem to Tadmor, The Catasaqua Branch, Tadmor, Tadmor to Martin’s Creek, Benders Junction to Tadmor, Pen Argyl Shops, Pen Argyl to the Anthracite Region, Equipment, Pen Argyl to Hainesburg Junction, Across New Jersey, Through Orange County to the New England Gateway, Faces of the LNE, Fan trips, The Aftermath, Snow, What’s Left of the LNE, Diesel Development on the LNE, and Selected LNE/LC&N Reading.

OUR PRICE: $45.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

The Lehigh Valley Railroad East of Mauch Chunk by William T. Greenberg and Robert F. Fischer 

          The Lehigh Valley Railroad East of Mauch Chunk by William T. Greenberg and Robert F. Fischer.  Hardbound, copyright 1997. 192 pages of great vintage photographs and interesting reading. 43 maps, charts, and diagrams. Chapters include The Grand Enterprise, The Pottsville Branch, The Easton & Northern Branch, A Tale of Two Bridges, Asa Packer’s Quest, Bellewood Park, The Ultimate Prize, National Docks Branch, and an appendix which includes a roster of marine equipment, list of interlockings, a bibliography, and an index. A great read full of interesting information on the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Garrigues House did not publish this volume – We purchased the remaining print run many years ago. A unique opportunity to purchase this long out of print title at a very attractive price.

OUR PRICE: $35.00 SALE $25.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Lehigh Valley Railroad: The New York Division by Mike Bednar

  “This book chronicles the last twenty or so years of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.  The author grew up along the Lehigh Valley mainline, and also worked for the railroad.  The book, written from a railroader’s perspective, gives the reader an insight into and appreciation of what it was like to work for and operate trains over The Route of the Black Diamond.

          The author and his brothers became friends with and were adopted by many of the Lehigh Valley family.  And because of this kinship, the reader will see many interesting views of railroaders at work that otherwise would not be possible.

          At many slide shows. the author had noted a lack of “people pictures”.  Since people were and still are what makes the railroad run, he concentrated much of his photo selection to include the people of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

          Many distinguished photographers have contributed their work to this album of the LVRR’s declining years through which, hopefully, the reader will acquire a better understanding of what the waning years of a once-great railroad were like. 

          This book is not the typical run-of-the-mill color book about a railroad.  It is a book on the history of the people who ran this colorful and scenic line as seen through the eyes of someone who loved it.  The book is written as a tribute to the employees of the Lehigh Valley railroad.  It was their spirit and will that kept the railroad operating as l;ing as it did.  Not many railroads were blessed with such good people.

          So, read on – enjoy the scenery and colorful diesels – but always remember that it was the employees that made all this possible.”

-From the dust jacket of Lehigh Valley Railroad:  The New York Division by Mike Bednar.

Told in 152 pages, 290 color pictures, and 20 maps and other supporting materials.

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Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bender

          Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bednar.  Hardbound, copyright 2003.  144 pages with numerous color photographs throughout.

“This book chronicles the last 20 years or so of the Lehigh Valley Railroad between the terminals at Lehighton PA and the Buffalo and Niagara Falls gateways.  It is the companion book to Lehigh Valley Railroad: The New York Division published in 1993.  Both books, written from a railroader’s perspective, give the reader an insight into and appreciate of what it was like to work for and operate trains over “The Route of the Black Diamond”.

          The author and his brothers became friends with and were “adopted” by many of the Lehigh Valley family.  Through this kinship the reader will see many interesting views of the railroaders at work that may otherwise may not be possible.

          In addition to the Bednar boys, many distinguished photographers contributed to this tribute to the employees of the “Lehigh”.

          One thing the author discovered in compiling this chronicle on “the upper end” was that kinships like her experienced in the Catasaqua area existed over the entire railroad.  The reader will see this come forth through the photos of employees on the west end.  The Lehigh Valley was truly a unique line.

          This book is not the typical picture book o fate fascinating line but instead is a history of the declining years and the people who tried to keep the LVRR running.  It is a tribute to the employees of the Lehigh Valley and to their spirit.  Read on – enjoy the pictures – but always remember the employees who made it all possible.”

-From the dust jacket of Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bednar.

OUR PRICE: $65.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta

          Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta. Softcover, copyright 1995, 117 pages of black and white photos and interesting reading.

“This book is written about my 40 years of work at the Bethlehem Steel Company’s plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. What really happened and how it happened. It’s actually the inner workings of a Super Giant. This is a story about what happened every day. Information that no one talked abut, no less write about.”

– From the rear cover of Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta.

OUR PRICE: $12.95 SALE $10.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Only Yesterday on the Lehigh and New England Railroad by Robert F. Fischer

Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad:  A Photographic Remembrance by Robert F. Fischer.Hardbound, copyright 2004, 2008.

“It seems like only yesterday when engines adorned with blazing, red center, circular heralds blasted out of Panther Creek Valley, crossed eastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh River, and Delaware River to New Jersey hauling endless hopper car loads of black diamonds destined for Maybrook, NY, the railroad gateway to New England. The Coalfield, Slate Belt, and Cement Region are all photographically represented, as well as right-of-ways, stations, terminals, and branch lines along the L&NE’s entire east-west main line. Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad – A Photographic Remembrance is the most voluminous, most comprehensive, most meticulously researched photographic presentation revealing the L&NE ever offered. All aspects of the company are reviewed and illustrated, including corporate history, relationship to the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, development of the physical plant and rights-of-way, locomotives, passenger cars, revenue freight cars, and non revenue cars with emphasis on the 1947-1950 steam-diesel transition years…this is a no nonsense presentation that not only tells you, but also shows you!”.

– From the dust jacket of Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad – A Photographic Remembrance by Robert F. Fischer

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