PERyHS.org website managers Steve Crise and Michael Patris have authored a terrific new book for Arcadia Publishing Co.'s "Then & Now" series on the Pacific Electric Railway.
The nearly all-picture, 96-page book features images of the Pacific Electric and contemporary shots taken from the exact same angles and perspectives. Here's the write-up from the book's back cover:
The Pacific Electric Railway originally provided reliable transportation across more than 1,000 miles of track. Postwar society’s affair with the automobile led to the loss of an infrastructure that could have formed the basis for an enviable modern light-rail system, one that current society would be happy to utilize. Authors Steve Crise and Michael Patris look back at the railway and its landscape today. Both serve on the board of the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society, from whose archives most of the images are taken.
Comparing our present to our past is how we understand our history. Arcadia’s Then & Now series makes such a local comparison available. Books in this series offer a special view of American life by placing historical images side by side with contemporary photographs.
To order the book, simply click here and visit Arcadia Publishing's website and use their online shopping cart system. The book is priced at $21.99 plus shipping.
Proceeds from the book support the operation of PERyHS.org and its ongoing image preservation and online archiving operations.
Read a review of the book by Lindsay Smith of the Pacific Railroad Society:
Pacific Electric Railway, Then and Now
“Comparing our present to our past is how we understand our history”
Our members Steve Crise and Michael Patris have just published with Arcadia Publishing a wonderful collection of photographs. They have used photographs from the libraries of the several collections in our area and digital photos they took at the same spot. There are 96 pages in a paperback book on a 5”x8” format. It is a study of the Pacific Electric Railway using historic images and comparing them to contemporary views of over 90 locations on the system. For example 11 Ralph Melching photos appear in the book.
It is also a presentation of photography evolution from early film to digital photography. The text is a fascinating history of the spot rather than short captions. The old photographs have been carefully restored for this publication and the new digital photos were taken at times so the light is “perfect.” The book is professionally authored by the gentlemen who enjoy preservation of the Pacific Electric Railway history. Although I read the author’s first copy, I plan to enjoy this book for many hours after I get my copy.
Michael A. Patris is familiar for his work to preserve the memories of the PE Mount Lowe Branch. Steve Crise is a professional photographer and author. Steve recently showed Cajon Pass Signals in the Yahoo Group Cajon Pass. He is already working on additional books.