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Book Release: “Lewis Reed Photograph Collection (1898-1960)”

I am excited to announce that my second book, “Lewis Reed Photograph Collection (1898-1960)” is now available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. The book contains 374 pages and 2500+ photographs, the majority of them more than 100 years old, taken by Lewis Reed, founder of Reed Brothers Dodge. It has informative captions throughout that provide small snippets of history on the people and places pictured. Many photographic images in this collection have never before been seen publicly in print and are available in this book for the first time.

Some of the historic locations in this collection includes the Smithsonian Institution, Montgomery County Maryland Almshouse, United States Capitol, Key Bridge, Union Station, Gettysburg, and other important sites in and around the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. area. There are also photographs of many non-Maryland locations including Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York, Boston, Georgia, North Carolina, and Canada. Especially stunning are images of the aftermath of the 1936 Gainesville Georgia tornado, one of the deadliest tornadoes in American history.

Of particular interest is Lewis Reed’s collection of digitally manipulated photographs. He was 100 years ahead of his time by creating special effects to images long before the convenience and efficiency of digital photography and Photoshop were ever imaginable. Lewis Reed used a wide variety of effects, including hand-tinting, double exposure, applied handwork, and surrealistic, ghost-like effects in his image-making processes. Lewis Reed developed all of his own photographs. He had a darkroom in his house — in the kitchen, to be exact — and worked at night to develop the negatives. As only black and white film was available, his daughter, Mary Jane, learned and perfected the art of tinting the photographs by hand.

Lewis Reed was a well-known photographer in the county and many of his early photographs are now part of the Montgomery County Historical Society photo archives. His photography has appeared in highly regarded history books such as, “Montgomery County: Two Centuries of Change” by Jane C. Sween, “Montgomery County (Then & Now)” by Mark Walston, “Montgomery County (MD) Images of America”, by Michael Dwyer, “Rockville: Portrait of a City” by Eileen S. McGuckian, and “Gaithersburg: History of a City”. His photographs have been featured in the Norris-Banonis Automotive Wall Calendar, on the national television show, American Pickers, and on television’s most watched history series, American Experience on PBS.

Like my first book, I self-published this book using the Blurb book-making software. Self publishing opens up possibilities for books that simply do not fit into the traditional publishing mold.

The book “Lewis Reed Photograph Collection (1898-1960)” is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. If you would like to check out the hard copy book or purchase a copy, please visit: http://www.blurb.com/b/8936686-lewis-reed-photograph-collection-1898-1960

A preview of the entire book can be viewed in the Blurb public bookstore. To see the book full screen (highly recommended), simply click on the “PREVIEW” button below the book. (The pages turn by clicking the bottom corners on the left and right of the book). The preview works best in either IE or Chrome; it is not optimized for Firefox.

Note: It’s worth noting that Print-On-Demand (POD) books, are usually more expensive per copy than a book printed via offset printing. That’s because offset printing (the method used for most mass-produced books found in bookstores) requires a minimum order of 500-1,000 copies. Print on demand, on the other hand, needs only a minimum order of one copy. The smaller scale and different workflow results in a higher cost per book, since the books are only printed when they are ordered. This book is not marked up for profit; but sold at base price.

Judge’s Commentary, Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards

I entered the 5th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Contest, exclusively for self-published e-books. I didn’t win an award, but all entries received a review from a publishing professional which I am proud to share below:

Entry Title: Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer Third Edition
Author: Jeanne T. Gartner
Entry Category: Life Stories

Judge’s Commentary:

Portrait of an Automobile Dealer Third Edition is a loving tribute, told with pictures and documents, of a family automobile business that almost made it to 100 years. It is obvious author Jeanne T. Gartner spent much time and effort on this encyclopedic history of Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Spanning nearly a century, she chronicles their humble beginnings in 1915 until their forced closure in 2012. An historic timeline, family photos, clippings and more provide extensive documentation. It is well-organized and each photo is carefully labeled. The granddaughter of the original founder Lewis Reed, the author also seems to have a grasp of the basics of nonfiction writing. Family members, locals and friends may find something of interest here, although casual readers may pass it by. Fans of corporate or company histories might also find it to be of interest.

Thank you for the privilege of reading your book! And bravo on all your hard work!

The book “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer, Third Edition” is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. If you would like to check out the hard copy book or purchase a copy, please visit: http://www.blurb.com/b/8514165-portrait-of-an-automobile-dealer-third-edition

As a special thank you to all the readers of this blog, this book has been placed online for everyone to enjoy for free. A complimentary eBook available for Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPad, Android devices, and Mac or PC computers is also available through Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/b/8514165-portrait-of-an-automobile-dealer-third-edition?ebook=653481

Note: It’s worth noting that Print-On-Demand (POD) books, are usually more expensive per copy than a book printed via offset printing. That’s because offset printing (the method used for most mass-produced books found in bookstores) requires a minimum order of 500-1,000 copies. Print on demand, on the other hand, needs only a minimum order of one copy. The smaller scale and different workflow results in a higher cost per book, since books are only printed when they are ordered. This book is not marked up for profit; but sold at base price.

Book Release: “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Third Edition

In September 2012, I created a self-published book version of this blog, entitled “Portrait of An Automobile Dealer”. In short, it’s an updated and chronologically ordered version of this blog. A second edition was published in place of the first edition, which was released in 2013. Now, after five years, the third, and final edition, is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. Overall, since the second edition, “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Third Edition has expanded to 224 pages and is enhanced by over 600 photographs, some of them more than 100 years old, taken by Lewis Reed, founder of Reed Brothers Dodge. The third edition again has loads of small updates, including a new chapter: “Celebrating a Legacy”.

In this book, readers will find an historic timeline that showcases the company’s 95-year history, how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a century of being in business. “This book is of interest not only to those of us who remember Reed Brothers Dodge, but to others who wish to get to know Rockville as it was before they arrived”, said Jane C. Sween, former librarian at the Montgomery County Historical Society.

The author puts the former Dodge dealership in perspective by demonstrating that the dealerships influence continues to this day on the site of its former location, now the Bainbridge Shady Grove Metro Apartments. “Honoring the rich historical legacy of this site was extremely important to us,” said Tom Keady, President & Chief Executive Officer of The Bainbridge Companies. “With the sculpture and the floor plan names, our residents and visitors feel a real connection to the site’s past, and we pay tribute to Reed Brothers Dodge’s role in creating a vibrant Rockville.”

Blog creator and book author, Jeanne Gartner, received the 2016 Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development. The book is an “exemplary effort to inform, establishing a virtual commemoration of a landmark, which lacks surviving tangible form”, noted Peerless Rockville.

The book “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer, Third Edition” is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. If you would like to check out the hard copy book or purchase a copy, please visit: http://www.blurb.com/b/8514165-portrait-of-an-automobile-dealer-third-edition

As a special thank you to all the readers of this blog, this book has been placed online for everyone to enjoy for free. A complimentary eBook available for Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPad, Android devices, and Mac or PC computers is also available through Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/b/8514165-portrait-of-an-automobile-dealer-third-edition?ebook=653481

Note: It’s worth noting that Print-On-Demand (POD) books, are usually more expensive per copy than a book printed via offset printing. That’s because offset printing (the method used for most mass-produced books found in bookstores) requires a minimum order of 500-1,000 copies. Print on demand, on the other hand, needs only a minimum order of one copy. The smaller scale and different workflow results in a higher cost per book, since the books are only printed when they are ordered. This book is not marked up for profit; but sold at base price.

Get Reed Brothers Dodge History… in a Book

In September 2012, I created a self-published book version of this blog, entitled “Portrait of An Automobile Dealer”. In short – it’s an updated and chronologically ordered version of this blog. Since 2012, the book has been updated to a 2nd edition. More than 60+ pages of additional content and over 100 new photographs were added to the second edition. A third, and final edition, is currently in progress and will be released later this year.

In this book, readers will find an historic timeline that showcases the company’s 95-year history, how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a century of being in business. The book conveys an abundance of unique automotive related content as well as a family business history that parallels the evolution of the Dodge automobile.

“Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Second Edition is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. If you would like to check out the hard copy book or purchase a copy, please visit: http://www.blurb.com/b/4790280-portrait-of-an-automobile-dealer-second-edition. To see the book full screen (highly recommended), click on the button just to the left of the blue “blurb” icon. (The pages turn by clicking the tabs on the left and right of the book.)

As a special thank you to all the readers of this blog, this book has been placed online for everyone to enjoy for free. To download the complimentary eBook formatted for Apple iPad and iPhone click here.

Note: this book is not marked up for profit; but sold at base price.

“Portrait of an Automobile Dealer” Second Edition

If you wanted to read the history of the American car industry, a great place to start would be the book, “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer”. This book is inspired by, created for, and dedicated to Lewis Reed whose legacy started almost 100 years ago. “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Second Edition is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. The second edition has been published in place of the first edition, which was originally released in 2012.

More than 60+ pages of additional content and over 100 new photographs have been added. It is the same as the first edition, but better. You can see a preview of this 168-page book by clicking on the book above. To see the book full screen (highly recommended), click on the button just to the left of the blue “blurb” icon. (The pages turn by clicking the tabs on the left and right of the book.)

As a special thank you to all the readers of this blog, this book has been placed online for everyone to enjoy for free. To download the complimentary eBook formatted for Apple iPad click here.

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