Book hauls, Non-fiction, Photo books

A Tour Of The Past With Schiffer Books For When You Want To Travel From Your Sofa

This time I have a sort of an unusual review post here. One day when I was browsing Edelweiss, I found a delightful publisher of books, primarily focused on photos, but also some info on the places they’re from, or mainly just history. So I grabbed three books and I’m covering them all in one post. All three of them take you on a trip – some through space, but mostly through time. So if you like ghost towns, mysteries and old photos, this is for you.

Ghost Towns of New Jersey: A Tour of Our Forgotten Places

This one I really loved! Reading this book kind of makes me jealous of not living in New Jersey, because it’s just such a good road trip resource. It’s got quite a few chapters, every single one dedicated for an abandoned town (or, ghost town) – all complete with a layout, multiple photos in the location, a short history and even visiting hours and planning tips. This book is good for both planning your visit, or just taking a trip from your sofa, as the photos are wonderful and tell you quite a lot. It was certainly very interesting to get acquainted with old colonial times architecture and even some vintage photos.

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Darlings of Dress: Childrens Costume 1860-1920

This was a truly delightful book and if you’re into crafting, crocheting or knitting, you would enjoy it as well. The book is filled with photos of children’s clothes, starting with Victorian fashion and upwards. It also talks about the trends and history of certain types of children’s clothing, how they came about, what they led to, why they were even used. The part I enjoyed the most, of course, was the photos, especially as a lot of the photos are vintage, pulled out of old drawers and saved for years and years. I truly enjoyed reading this book.

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Cincinnati Cemeteries: Hauntings and Other Legends

This is the one I liked the least. It was supposed to be a book about cemeteries, along with some real and creepy stories, gathered from the people who have lived around those parts. I was expecting for something similar to the Ghost Towns book, but it turned out nothing of the like. Not enough photos, the ones that are there aren’t too interesting, and the stories are not worth your attention. Well, unless you want to hear crime tales from the 1800s, but I’m really sort of… not into that.

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I thank Schiffer Publishing and Edelweiss for giving me a chance to read these books in exchange to my honest opinion.

So I hope you will check out at least one of these books, cause the two first ones were definitely lovely!

18 thoughts on “A Tour Of The Past With Schiffer Books For When You Want To Travel From Your Sofa

  1. I am so about this! I recently realized I’m interested in history, and I did my thesis on Urban Planning in uni so I’ll def have to check out Ghost Towns and Cemeteries. The question is, when will I actually get to them on my TBR, lol. I also love the way your books links are laid out. I feel kind of bad to pigeon-holing readers into amazon, esp when a goodreads link is helpful! Hope you don’t mind if I borrow the double link set up (don’t worry, I’ll find a way to make it look different so I’m not just copying haha)

    1. No problem! Borrow all you want 🙂 as for the book, I recommend the Ghost Towns, but not the cemeteries book. That one isn’t really worth it 🙂

        1. Nobody can spell cemn…sene.. sema… sementery. :DDDDD and don’t get me started on Cincinnati 😀 I had to type that one multiple times for all the posts and tweets and stuff, drove me out of my mind :DDD

  2. Ah, I thought Cincinnati Cemeteries would have been a cool one but I was thinking it was going to be something different as well.. hmm.. Defo cool to spotlight those photo books… I think the Darlings of Dress would be something I’d leaf through!

    1. Yeah, I also expected something better. My mom doesn’t even speak English, but she enjoyed riffling through Darlings of Dress 🙂

  3. What was one of your favorite reasons for why a certain type of children’s clothing was used? I think I remember seeing something that practically resembled a potato sack being used on babies!

    1. 😀 I don’t know about reasons, but I know the sack bit 😀 although the sacks in that book were all decidedly pretty! Prettier than anything I have in my lingerie drawer I’d say 😀 😀 😀 but the funniest bit was the hats. There’s this one photo – given, the woman and baby do look absolutely beautiful, but I am not kidding you when I say that both the woman’s and the little girl’s hats are.. well… as wide as their hips. Maybe bigger. Especially the woman’s hat. By fat the most humongous of all hats I’ve seen, and it’s not even the brims. I can’t possibly explain in just the words 😀

        1. I had to Google that cause celeb life events rank last possible place under the lastest place ever in my life 😀 but I suppose so! Although I don’t think ANYONE has a hat that big these days. Ever. Anywhere. It looked literally like a… hamper. A picnic hamper. Bigger maybe. 😀

          1. Yes! Hats at big British events are amazing! They deserve their own zip codes, and I love them for their bravado. Kate and Prince William are less celebs–they are actual royalty! 😀

  4. These are some really neat books! I love coffee table books like this, actually. One of my favorite things to do is to check out these sorts of books at my local used book store or thrift shop. I’ve found some really awesome ones! That said, I’ve never considered reviewing them… Perhaps this is missing in my life?

    Which book had the best photos in your opinion?

    1. Yeah, books like that are great 🙂 I think you should definitely review them. They do deserve the praise 🙂
      I think the vintage clothes one had the best photos. But the most interesting one for me by far was the ghost towns one 🙂 it was just… basically, like a trip 🙂 you have to respect a book that can take you traveling! Not a lot of nonfiction does that.

  5. Hmm these books seem really interesting. One of the coolest parts of studying history are the pictures and paintings left behind, it really helps bring the stories to life. I’ll have to check this publisher out. 🙂
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