if gte mso 9 800x600 Everyone knows that there is only one form of American currency, the product of a single issuer That currency is the greenback, and the issuer is the federal government But this arrangement has not always been the rule for much of our nation s history including its most dynamic period of growth there was no federal currency in circulation Instead, Americans spent currency issued by private banks and other businesses We call these pieces of private money obsolete bank notes, and they form the basis of this outstanding new book by Richard Doty, senior curator of the Smithsonian s National Numismatic Collection What do the designs and images on these notes tell us about the United States of the 1800s How did we Americans view women, children, family, the workplace, racial minorities, new technology Can these obsolete bank notes serve as pictures from a distant country snapshots from the United States of yesteryear Hundreds of detailed images of these private notes illustrate Doty s engaging text Pictures From a Distant Country is a must read for every collector, and for anyone interested in our nation s colorful past Foreword Preface Introduction Chapter 1 Constructing a National Identity Chapter 2 The People in the Way Chapter 3 The People in the Middle Chapter 4 Temptress, Saint, and Helpmeet Woman s Identity Chapter 5 Childhood and Family Chapter 6 Making a Living Chapter 7 Whimsy Chapter 8 You Can Trust Me Images of Worth Chapter 9 Progress Chapter 10 An Age Now Ending Epilogue And Then What Happened Appendix Full Size Bank Note Images About the Author Acknowledgments Index to Bank Note Issuers, by State Normal 0 false false false EN US X NONE X NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Style Definitions table.MsoNormalTable mso style name Table Normal mso tstyle rowband size 0 mso tstyle colband size 0 mso style noshow yes mso style priority 99 mso style parent mso padding alt 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt mso para margin 0in mso para margin bottom.0001pt mso pagination widow orphan font size 10.0pt font family Calibri , sans serif...
|Title||:||Pictures From a Distant Country: Seeing America Through Old Paper Money|
|Publisher||:||Whitman Publishing, LLC April 16, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||286 pages|
|File Size||:||885 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Pictures From a Distant Country: Seeing America Through Old Paper Money Reviews
This is not just a book for currency collectors, but for anyone with an interest in American social history and/or an appreciation of the art of illustration and engraving. The "broken bank notes" of the nineteenth century were often not worth the paper they were printed on, but priceless in providing a view into the "distant country" of pre-Civil War America. Richard Doty does a wonderful job of digging into the symbolic meanings of the wonderful illustrations decorating these bills as a way of exploring American life at that time--the development of industry, the role of women, the relationship of Indians to white society, southern views of slavery, the work people did every day, and more. He writes very well and with a touch of humor. Occasionally he may read a bit too much into the pictures and I also wish he might have been able to say more about the artists. But overall, he is a very perceptive observer and a thoughtful historian. In short, this is not your ordinary coffee-table book. It is both a work of art and high quality historical scholarship--a rare combination well worth your money.
A wonderful book for the paper money enthusiast as well as the student of American history. This book delves into the cultural aspects of our development as a country and society, using our currency as the window on that society. Beautifully written, with amazing reproductions of the currency, this book will be a valued part of any library.
I loved this book. The author clearly knows and loves the material. The pictorial story of banknotes issued by local banks across the country before the revolution and during the free banking era (after Andy Jackson's veto of the 2nd Bank of the United States up until the Civil War) is highlighted in this delightful volume, which features pictures of the engravings on these notes.
It only covers state banks not the federal USA paper money in the 19th century. Still very interesting and all new to me.
Gave as a gift to family member who collects coins and paper money.
This is book is a great read for currency collectors and has great pictures of United States currency over the years past. Makes one think of how artistic our currency used to look like! Wish present currency looked like some examples of the past.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the book and all of the many colored prints of old obsolete paper bills. I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in old paper currency