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Book Review: Times Square Style: Graphics from the Golden Age of Broadway

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Flick through this lovely paperback and you'll realise that the style of Times Square is to have no style apart from a bubbly exuberance, which jumps out from two hundred graphics shown.

Some wonderful material has been selected, the chapter on the Great White Way has a spread of eighteen beautiful theater (always spelt theatre) programs and over the page illustrator Franz Felix has four stunning covers for Theatre Magazine. A nice touch is a page of eleven half-torn theater tickets (1947 to 1958) produced, it seems, by some local jobbing printer. Sign Spectaculars chapter includes ten postcards from 1914 to 1955 revealing the amazing neon displays around the Square. I've always noticed, over the years, the Bond Clothing store and their neon claim of Two Trouser Suits, now long gone I expect.

The nine chapters just about cover everything the Square had to offer and the range of graphic material shown is very impressive. Well designed and printed, I think this super book will interest graphic designers, pop culture fans and New Yorkers who want a souvenir of their famous Crossroads of the World.

Times Square Style: Graphics from the Golden Age of Broadway is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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Covers to Threatre Magazine 1930 and 1931 with the British spelling for extra cachet.

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Opening spread.

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Spectacular signs.

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The Square in 1936 and 1969.

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Hotel brochures.

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Movie posters.

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