Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rare photograph

This rare photograph is a fascinating treasure that we found for our soon to be released book, The Prints of King.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Prints of King

If you have taken a look at our website, or if you have been to any of the books store in the Hamilton/Burlington area, or even looked at the Indigo website, you will know that we have already published 12 books in the Prints series.

And yes, we are already working on yet another in the series, one with a title which is sure to turn a few heads.

The Prints of King has been in the works for a number of years, but it seems that many other projects have stepped in the way. Now, The Prints of King is well under way; in fact, we have scanned in more than 100 photographs for this latest nostalgic look at Hamilton.

Many people have been confused by our title for this series: confusing the Prints of with the Prince of, and of course this has been deliberate. The books have nothing to do with royalty, but everything to do with photographs - old nostalgic photographs which bring back memories of another era.

And, we suspect, that Prints and King in the same title will be even more confusing. And that's good, and at least in this case.

The Prints of King is about a street; perhaps the oldest street in Hamilton, one that starts at the McMaster campus, travels through the downtown core, out through Stoney Creek until it finally ends many miles from its starting point. The photographs in this book, some dating back more than 100 years, will show many neighborhoods along the street, even the fact that it at one time went right through the McMaster campus, right past Highway 102 (Cootes Drive) in fact. The expansion of the campus changed all that but we have been able to uncover photographs to show what was, so many years ago.

As with all the Prints books, the latest in the series will be filled with nostalgia as many of the scenes are long gone, including many of the old downtown buildings. Imagine the heart of the city with no traffic lights, the Birks Building with its Clock of the Charging Horsemen, two-way traffic, magnificient theatres, a fortress for a bus station, a park in the middle of the downtown core, the Red Hill Valley before major construction. And more.

Our selection of photographs is fantastic, but if you happen to have a gem showing King Street from another era, please let us know. We can always make last minute switches.

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