THE NEWPORT ANTIQUE BOOKS GALLERY
Antique Books, maps, photos, post cards & ephemera of and about Newport, Rhode Island
and Providence Plantations
John & Rico's
The Drawing Room of Newport
Vintage Newport (and vicinity) Post Cards. We offer over 3,000 vintage post cards of Newport Cottages, street views, waterfront, businesses, The Navy and immediate area including Middletown, Porthsmouth, Jamestown. This is the largest selection of vintage Newport Postcards in Rhode Island. Prices range from $1.00 to $20.00 for more rare examples. We have many photographic cards of Newport Cottages. Inquiries welcome.
Offering books by Drawing Room Antiques Gallery Owners Federico Santi & John Gacher
Newport Mansions Postcards of the Gilded Age by Federico Santi & John Gacher
ISBN: 0-7643-2497-7. Library of Congress Control Number 2006924184. This paperback book features over 200 Gilded Age early 20th century post cards of Newport with views of the Mansions, Cliff Walk, Newport public and private beaches and famed shopping area Bellevue Avenue. Most of the pictures are in full color. "Newport, Rhode Island, nicknamed "The Queen of Resorts." has been celebrated in beautiful postcard portrayals for over a hundred years. Today, these vintage cards illuminate the glories of the Gilded Age, when huge mansions or "cottages" built by competing industrialists blossomed along Bellevue Avenue and The Cliff Walk, turning a once-quiet New England watering hole into the apex of Nouveau riche destinations." Newport, Rhode Island, nicknamed "the Queen of Resorts," has been celebrated in beautiful postcard portrayals for over a hundred years. Today, these vintage cards illuminate the glories of the Gilded Age, when huge mansions or "cottages" built by competing industrialists blossomed along Bellevue Avenue and the Cliff Walk, turning a once-quiet New England watering hole into the apex of nouveau riche destinations. Information about the second edition: This updated and expanded second edition features over 200 period images of the mansions, the beautiful beaches, and the shopping areas where the Newport Summer Colony gathered to do what they did best: spend money. See how Newport was forever changed by the prolific growth of "cottages" during the late nineteenth century. Today, many of these testaments to power and wealth are house museums, where thousands visit annually to see firsthand how the rich and famous lived. Includes a guide to postcard values and collector tips.
"Newport, RI Snapshots: A Study Guide
Late 19th century & early 20th century photos of
The "Cottgages" The Point, The Hill, and Broadway"
Written by Federico Santi
"Newport, RI Snapshots: a Study Guide" introduces the reader to historic 19th and early 20th century Newport through photographs. Collected by the author, Federico Santi, over the past 30 years, this book showcases Newports Cottages, The Point and Hill neighborhoods and Broadway, one of Newports business streets. Each photo is left without notation and leaves it up to the reader to research the name of the buildings and locations. Over 100 images create a visual history of Newport over the decades and the ups and downs of this historical City by the Sea.
Available on Amazon:ISBN: 9781717271600
"Newport, RI Snapshots: a Study Guide-Part 2
Late 19th and early 20th century photos of
Written by Federico Santi
Part 2 of "Newport, RI Snapshots: a Study Guide" introduces the reader to historic downtown Newport through late 19th and early 20th century photographs. Collected by the author over the past 30 years, this book showcases images of a vibrant commercial downtown including Thames Street, the wharfs, Washington Square and the businesses that were the backbone of this historic "City by the Sea." As a study guide, each photo is left without a notation and the author leaves it up to the reader to research the name of the buildings and locations. Over 100 images plus scores of advertisements from the 1869-70 and 1874-75 City directories tell the story of Newport through the decades. Many of these photographs have never been published because snapshots were meant to be kept in personal photo albums to be viewed by family members.
Available from Amazon: ISBN: 9781706400417
"Newport Naval Training Station
A Postcard History
Written by Federico Santi
In the late 19th century, at the site of an old asylum for the poor on Coasters Harbor Island off the city of Newport, Rhode Island, local residents made a decision that would change American military history forever: they proposed that the 90-acre Island become a U.S. Naval Training Center. Postcards and other artifacts document physical changes over time, activities of enlisted trainees, and images of stationed ships. A detailed history unfolds through historical documents, 19th century newspapers, and detailed images. The metamorphosis of Newport, Rhode Island into today's vibrant city is revealed. Development of the Newport Naval Training Station, still in use as Naval Station Newport and The Navy War College, waxed and waned with political forces and both world wars. Postcard images show all facets of life on the base: from the mundane, like washing clothes, to the serious, like drilling, sham battles, artillery training, signal training, and life aboard the battleship USS Constellation.
Available from Schiffer Pub. and Amazon: ISBN: 9780764343230
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