Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Wonderful World of Movie Tie-in Books

I spent most of my time when I was in Jr. High School 198 collecting books and movie posters. Each week I would go to town; town meaning Far Rockaway. At this point we lived in the apartment house right across from the old convent on Central Avenue where all the nuns lived and still had their old habits on; such fond memories. I can still see their faces.

Our family often sat on the terrace which was on the first floor. The terrace was on the left side of the building with a wonderful view of the convent. We lived there all through my Junior High School years. As I have said I was a very quiet person. So each week I would save my money and head into town and go to Woolworths and Grants where I would head right to the book section and see all the new paperback books that had come out.

I can not explain the thrill of finding a new book, to see all the stars and sometimes pictures of movie stills in the middle. Discovering One new book was all that was needed to feel that wonderful feeling. Remember the prices ranged from 25 cents to incredibly expensive for the time $1.25. Funny to think about that now.

 I loved the hunt and the find. I still feel that way now. After I had found my books for that day, my mom would always give me a little extra money to go have lunch out. My parents were happy that I was getting out. At lunch I would sit and put all the books out on the table and just look at all the graphics. I always ate at the deli or the Chinese place upstairs. I would have my lunch usually in the same spot the middle booth right in front of the window. That was the table my grandmother always ate at. She just loved their Chow Mein. I have not eaten that dish since.

 In the world we live today Paperback Movie Tie-in books aren’t what they used to be. They don’t have the great graphics that I love so much. So I hope you enjoy all the books and their wonderful graphics and images. There is still many that I have not added yet. I’m still documenting them all.

The golden years of Paperback Movie Tie-in books are over. They shall not pass our way again. 

Click here to see my Movie Tie-in Books Photo Album for books A-M or view slide show below

Click here to see my Movie Tie-in Books Photo Album for books N-Z or view slide show below

ROCKAWAY BEACH – A new book by Vivian Rattay Carter from Arcadia Books “Images of America” Series

I want to thank Vivian Rattay Carter for her permission to use her wonderful photograph of a beautiful sunrise on the Rockaway Boardwalk for my video about Playland.  The Rockaway’s are a place of continual change. There is the past, the present and the future in all things. Her extraordinary photograph is of the present, where life is going on now. She continually captivates the Rockaway’s in it’s continuous cycles of blossoming. In her new book “Rockaway Beach” from Arcadia Books “Images of America” series she takes us to the past and shares with us much that we have not known before. Through people like Vivian Carter who captures the ever changing peninsula of the Rockaway’s, we will find the future of this extraordinary place. For once you have been to the Rockaway’s, it never leaves you. Please visit her fabulous blog, Oy Vey Rockaway to buy your signed copy.

 The publisher Arcadia Books website says about the author:

Vivian Rattay Carter is a columnist for Rockaway’s The Wave newspaper and publishes a local events website, Oy Vey Rockaway. A lawyer and civic activist, she has served on the board of directors of the Rockaway Civic Association and as a lay leader of the First Congregational Church, whose earliest members included many of the pioneers of Rockaway Beach.


The Rediscovery of the Photographs of New York by Eugene de Salignac

Read the book and find out how this great man was forgotten and how he has been rediscovered. This is only a small sample of this mans work. To read more about the man and the book and to purchase the book Click here to go to the publisher Aperture Foundation website. 

The photos here and on my online archive are courtesy from the following book:





To see more, click here to go to my online Eugene de Salignac album 

New Artwork by my Life Partner Andrew Reach – Dance of the Broken Parts

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Andrew’s newest artwork is somewhat of a departure for him and I wanted to share it with you. He’s created it in two irregular shaped canvas panels. Each panel will be mounted on concealed slides. The parts can be slid together to complete the work and make it whole or it can be split apart. It’s a metaphor for his body.

Each canvas panel is approximately 65 inches high by 55 inches wide.

This piece was created with the intention for it to become a work of public art. It is part of his mission to bring more awareness to the importance of the arts in healthcare. We hope to see this art in the new Medical Mart currently under construction in Cleveland. They have already visited our home to see his work and he created this work specifically with the Medical Mart in mind. The Medical Mart is owned and operated by the same company as the iconic Merchandise Mart in Chicago which opened in 1930.

Andrew’s blog says about the work:
Dance of the Broken Parts 
is about the reparative power of art to promote wellness and heal.  In this work, all the parts are distorted and in tension both in shape and color with the other parts and the edges are jagged. The spheres enshrouded by mesh represent organs. Other elements represent moving parts.  Disease or Dis-Ease is when working parts are askew, not at ease, and thus don’t work properly. My “Whimsies” are at play among these parts. They represent the opposite of Dis-Ease; Ease and that’s what art can bring. Although all the parts are seemingly at odds which each other, when put together all the parts make sense and work to make the composition whole.

To see more of his work visit his website

Playland & Summers In Rockaway – Music by Martha Reeves, Sam Cooke, Bobby Darin & Percy Faith

“Dancing in Streets” by Martha & the Vandellas
“Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke
“Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
“Theme to a Summer Place” by the Percy Faith Orchestra