H. Marshall Gardiner's Nantucket Post Cards, 1910-1940

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9780964403703: H. Marshall Gardiner's Nantucket Post Cards, 1910-1940
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The definitive collection of nearly 200 old Nantucket post cards by the renowned photographer, H. Marshall Gardiner, is available in book form.

Meticulously printed on high-grade stock with special attention to authentic color reproduction, each page is enhanced with text on the history and natural beauty of Nantucket by HM Gardiner's daughter, islander Geraldine Gardiner Salisbury.

H. Marshall Gardiner was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1884. He first arrived in Nantucket in 1910 and immediately began chronicling the island's beauty and landscape using the then -modern gelatin dry plate method of photography. Using large view cameras for the best clarity possible, Gardiner took literally thousands of exposures over the next thirty years, many of which ended up as the now highly collectible post cards.

From the surviving cards, this collection records Nantucket Island as it was then and will never be again. His expertly hand-tinted photographs hang in private collections and in galleries across the country and his famous post cards exist in collections worldwide.

This book will be a splendid addition to your library. It makes the perfect gift for lovers of history, Nantucket and Cape Cod, photography and ephemera!

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About the Author:

Geraldine Gardiner Salisbury was born on Nantucket, the youngest of H. Marshall and Bertha Chase Gardiner's three daughters. Through her mother she traces her roots back to all but one of the first families of Nantucket and to some many times over.

An artist in her own right, Salisbury's mother was also an expert on the Nantucket hills, bogs, birds and flora, having grown up as a product of the Nantucket schools where an education always included learning island lore. This love of the island and its history, as well as some small part of her vast storehouse of information on its natural history, was passed on to her daughter, and now to this volume.

Salisbury's early escapades with a Brownie camera did not lead to a career in photography, but in this book she has done what she can to preserve the work of her father, much as H. Marshall Gardiner's work itself preserved a Nantucket now gone by.

She now divides her time between homes in Nantucket and Florida where she and her husband have retired from their respective practices of psychotherapy and medicine. In their three grown children and three grandchildren they have nurtured a "genetic" love of Nantucket, its ecology and its history.

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"...a loving and interesting record of Gardiner's popular postcards...a rare color [chronicle] of slower, quieter times." -- Nantucket Map & Legend, May 24, 1995

"...in these pictures you'll see the essence of Nantucket Island...superb composition...exquisitely colored..." -- Yesterday's Island/Today's Nantucket, April 20, 1995

"No visit to Nantucket was complete without a hand-tinted postcard by...Gardiner. [The scenes and captions] bring back vanished times." -- Boston Globe, July 20, 1995

"Salisbury chose a fascinating selection of postcards...interesting for their historic value...subtle hues and gentle land or seascapes." -- Nantucket Beacon, May 17, 1995

"sweeping landscapes, street scenes, architecture...For the first part of this century...Gardiner's photographs...were known throughout the country." -- Cape Cod Times, July 21, 1995

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