Going Going Gone: Vanishing Americana


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by Susan Jonas and Marilyn Nissenson. Published by Chronicle, 1994. First edition, first printing. Softcover, french-fold wraps. 175pp. Near Fine.

Jonas and Nissenson slyly present nostalgia with a subtext–many of their examples of phenomena which are disappearing, or already have disappeared, are gender-related. Each entry has a short descriptive essay and black-and-white photographs. For example, the treatise on blue laws–which kept businesses closed on Sundays–outlines their Puritan roots and points out that with women in the work force, Sunday shopping became a necessity – Publisher’s Weekly.