Times Square Spectacular
Lighting up Broadway
An illustrated history of the New York landmark features rare photographs and traces its formation from the late nineteenth century through today, sharing images of archival documents while paying tribute to the work of Broadway advertising visionary Douglas Leigh. 15,000 first printing.
A visual history of Times Square from the late 19th century to today, rich with rarely seen photographs of the neighborhood's shimmering, pre-World War II electric advertising signs.
In Times Square Spectacular, Darcy Tell traces the 100-year story of Times Square using rare photographs and hand-colored lantern slides, maps, restaurant menus, theater programs, magazine covers, postcards, sheet music, and archival documents. Presenting even the most familiar elements of Times Square lore with fresh, eye-catching detail, she pays special tribute to ad man extraordinaire Douglas Leigh's arrival in the early 1930s, which brought a stunning new era of electric brightness and innovation. Leigh dominated the Broadway streetscape for nearly 50 years, stopping traffic with special-effects billboards such as the legendary Camel cigarettes "smoke rings" sign.
Covering both Times Square's infamous decline as well as its hard-wrought, present-day revival, Times Square Spectacular is the first pictorial history of the legendary American landmark.
An illustrated history of the New York landmark traces its formation from the late nineteenth century through today, sharing images of archival documents while paying tribute to the work of Broadway advertising visionary Douglas Leigh.
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