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Newport Mansions: Postcards Of The Gilded Age

Newport, Rhode Island, nicknamed The Queen of Resorts, has been celebrated in beautiful postcard portrayals for over a hundred years. Today, these vintage cards illuminate the glories of the Gilded Age, when huge mansions or cottages built by competing industrialists blossomed along Bellevue Avenue and The Cliff Walk, turning a once-quiet New England watering hole into the apex of nouveau riche destinations. With most Newport cards depicting images of these fabulous mansions, they illustrate pictorially how the new American royalty spent their leisure time and their wealth. This captivating book features over 200 period images of the mansions, the beautiful beaches, and the shopping areas where the Newport Summer Colony gathered to do what they did best: spend money. See how Newport was forever changed by the prolific growth of cottages during the late 19th century. Today, many of these testaments to power and wealth are open to the public as house museums, where thousands visit annually to see firsthand how the rich and famous lived. Includes a guide to postcard values and collector tips.

Paperback: 111 pages

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (July 1, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0764324977

ISBN-13: 978-0764324970

Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #87 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Paper Ephemera & Cards > Postcards #881 in Books > Travel > United States > Northeast > New England #22886 in Books > History > Americas > United States > State & Local

Visited Newport in November 2014 and couldn't possibly photograph all the beautiful homes I saw. This book more than made up for it in a very convenient form. I have it on my coffee table so that everyone can enjoy when they visit.

I went to Newport after going to college there years ago and really wanted to learn more about this unique little coastal city.

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