Book Review: Wonder Woman – Ambassador of Truth

By Danielle Prostrollo

“As lovely as Aphrodite—as wise as Athena—with the speed of Mercury and the strength of Hercules—she is known only as Wonder Woman, but who she is, or whence she came, nobody knows!”—All-Star Comics #8 (December 1941-January 1942)

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New in the collection at the Memorial Library is a new Wonder Woman compilation. The hardback details the history of the character and follows each of her incarnations – from her first appearance in Action Comics, the Lynda Carter’s TV series, multiple animated series, and the recent feature film as well as beautiful photograph and several inserts, reproductions of Amazonian ephemera, as well as interviews with people key to the story of Diana Prince.

This book will appeal to all readers – young and old, those new to the Wonder Woman story and those who have followed her for years. It is easy to take several passes through this book in short order, page through for the photographs, again for the interviews and footnotes, and a third time to take in the great written history. At 175 pages you’ll fly through the book as if it takes no time at all.

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Mystery In The Stack: Can You Help?

by Don Allen

The Library proper is a treasure trove of paintings, photos, magazines, bomb group information and of course books reflecting all aspects of not only the war but of American history and culture in general. Typically unseen by the general public however, though to be clear all of it is viewable by request here at the Library, is what we refer to as “The Stack”, the temperature, humidity etc. controlled area where we keep copies of extra or rare books, memorabilia such as uniforms and flags, and the declassified microfilm from the bases, among other things.

 

While I was searching through all of this, as is my wont on occasion, I ran across some pictures in one of our ephemera boxes. These are black and white photos of servicemen during the war, and I love such pictures as it allows a face to be put to so many of the names of the heroes who served. I came across these pictures and looked at our inventory’s explanation and information on them, but then realized that only one of them had a name. The information on the back reads: “Private Redie (Pee-Wee) Phillips, taken in Nov. 1943. Given to Mr and Mrs (Mom and Pop) and Laura(?) Thompsons. With Love, Pee Wee”. (The “Laura” isn’t clear, thus the ?).

 

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Private Redie (Pee-Wee) Phillips

 

The others in the box however are unknown as of now. So I thought a great way to possibly discover the names of these soldiers would be to ask you if you recognize them. Below you will find the pictures, as well as what information we have on them. If you do have anymore information, we would love to hear from you, and have several ways in which you can contact us:

Email us at 2admemorial.lib@norfolk.gov.uk

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/2ndair

Tweet us @2ADMemLibrary

Phone us at +44 (0)1603 774747

Or of course come in and visit!

We look forward to hearing from you, and appreciate any help you can provide us in making sure these heroes names are known.

 

“Booklet containing two photographs of a serviceman in uniform”

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“Booklet containing two photographs of a serviceman in uniform” Photo One

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“Booklet containing two photographs of a serviceman in uniform” Photo Two

 

 

“Booklet containing two photographs of serviceman in uniform. Back of booklet has pencil note ‘80820 De Palmo'”

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“Booklet containing two photographs of serviceman in uniform. Back of booklet has pencil note “‘80820 De Palmo'”. Photo One

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“Booklet containing two photographs of serviceman in uniform. Back of booklet has pencil note “80820 De Palmo” Photo Two

 

 

“Small black and white photograph of two servicemen in uniform. Back of photograph reads: ‘”Fred Eisen? July 1st 1945′”

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“Small black and white photograph of two servicemen in uniform. Back of photograph reads: ‘”Fred Eisen? July 1st 1945′”

 

 

“Small booklet containing photograph of serviceman in uniform”

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“Small booklet containing photograph of serviceman in uniform”

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Book Review: The Strip by Stefan Al

by Danielle Prostrollo

A new book to the library collection is The Strip by Stefan Al. Showcasing the history of the iconic American destination, breaking it down into eras, and delving deep into each casino and hotel’s story. There are photographs that show off each casino, increasingly taller, shinier, and extreme and Al’s writing put each of these casinos into the bigger context of Las Vegas history.

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According to the Al, Las Vegas’ relationship with tourism began with a Wild West phase, resorts styled to look and feel like a frontier town before moving on to the post-War modernist. Innovations were made, such as placing a pool by the casino for leisurely lounging, only to be followed by leisurely gaming in the pool (as was the case at the Sands casino’s floating craps table). This transition was punctuated by the “Big Switch”, the multi-million dollar renovation of the Last Frontier resort into the New Frontier resort. The cowboy image was now in the rear view mirror and the space race was on.

Following this era of change the country, in a frenzy of atomic fever, leapt at the opportunity to partake in mushroom cloud-gazing. Las Vegas was in the right place for the public to make their pilgrimage for a chance to see atomic testing and the city did not waste that opportunity. Providing atomic cocktails and lunch menus, the resorts catered to their clientele. In the 1960s The Strip really started to gain height, with new casinos being built taller and taller. If there was any doubt that the frontier image of the dessert city was dead, this would certainly be it.

Building on the growth of the previous decades, the 1980s saw expansion into hyper-thematic resorts. Treasure Island, Excalibur, and the Luxor were all constructed during this “theme park”-like era. And from the extremes of giant castles and pirate ships, the strip pushed back toward the center focusing on equally enticing flights-of-fancy such as fake beaches, Venetian canals, and world landmarks. Taking the reader into present day, Al talks of the “star-chitect” trend. Recent casinos and resorts have relied on the name recognition of famous architects to bring notoriety and traffic to their destinations.

This book is a great read for anyone interested in American architecture, entertainment, or modern American history.

Find it at the Memorial Library or reserve it here

Check out some of our other recent book reviews here:

Unforgotten New York

Hope in the Dark

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Unforgotten New York

By Danielle Prostrollo

 

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While everyone is familiar with our biographies of Roosevelt and Lincoln, the monographs of the American Civil War, and our extensive collection of World War II literature, we have a great selection of ‘other’ books that may pique the curious mind. One of these books, which I have been enjoying this week, is Unforgotten New York.

Primarily a photography book, the authors put you on an express train through decades of New York’s infamous club culture. Each entry takes you to a new location, detailing its history and cultural importance with descriptions and photographs as well as a beautifully composed photo of the space as it exists now. Many genre-defining, iconic spaces leave no trace of their former selves – in one case, the current home of a 24-hour grocery store.

This kind of book is easy to overlook, as it looks a bit like a coffee table book to be thumbed through on the sofa of an acquaintance’s house, but this book is as engaging as any historical monograph. Paging through the cultural significance of each spot on the New York City map you begin to realise that the promoters, owners, DJs, and artists involved in each club or venue wanted to create an outlet for the like-minded public – and in so many cases, changed the face of music, art, or even broad entertainment.

You can find Unforgotten New York at the Memorial Library or wherever books are sold.

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