The California revealed here is not the stereotypical land of movie stars, sensational trials, or tourist snapshots, but instead a remarkable patchwork of out-of-the-way places and everyday people. Former Los Angeles Times columnist Charles Hillinger hones in on what makes each county unique, such as Johnny Heinold´s First and Last Chance tavern in Alameda County, where Jack London first began writing his stories. Listeners also learn about the man who flew an airplane long before the Wright Brothers, the church with stained-glass windows commemorating preachers, and the museum with the largest collection of mummies on the West Coast. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001782/bk_blak_001782_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane´s journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian´s National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, where it arrived in pieces on the backs of four tractor-trailers. B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration charts the volunteer team´s frustrations and successes over a six-year period as they cleaned accumulated crud from the bomber´s surfaces and carefully recreated its aluminum skin, operating systems, armament and even its nose art. In addition, the book traces the histories of the two City of Savannah B-17s - the original and the restored - and includes many personal stories of veterans as told by themselves or their families. The City of Savannah volunteers brought a wide range of skills to the task. They were airframe and power plant mechanics, painters, aeronautical engineers, electrical engineers, business people and administrators, even a former physics professor with a PhD and 30 years of flying experience. Many were drawn to the project after their day jobs at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, LMI Aerospace, Inc., and the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard. Others were retired and eager to make a long-term commitment to restoring a vintage warbird. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Nevitt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074886/bk_acx0_074886_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Marcella decides to visit her grandma, Raggedy Ann and Andy get to go along. That means they’ll be flying in an airplane for the very first time! And they’ll also get to explore the baggage hold area. Everybody’s favorite rag dolls are sure to have the adventure of their lives. Listeners of all ages will be thrilled to buckle their seat belts and take to the friendly skies with this charming story that features two of the most beloved and enduring characters in children’s literature. Patricia Hall is the perfect choice to continue the Raggedy Ann and Andy tradition begun by creator Johnny Gruelle. She is a lifelong collector of Gruelle memorabilia and curator of a museum exhibition on his life and legacy. Christina Moore’s clear narration is music to the ears of new listeners. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/005833/bk_reco_005833_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nicolette Scott is an archaeologist whose knowledge of early airplanes has won her kudos as an expert, a reputation for ignoring authority, and a job at the Smithsonian. Shortly after she begins working there, she is thrilled to be included in the museum´s latest project. E-Group, a large pharmaceutical company, is equipping an expedition to a remote region of Alaska, where a Japanese ´´Val´´ bomber plane was shot down during World War II. It´s a gamble, but the money is being provided, and if the small group of experts can locate the plane and somehow bring it back to Washington, it will be a coup - and a boost for Nicolette´s career. Not long after the search begins, Nicolette is shocked to discover that there is a darker reason for E-Group´s generous sponsorship. The expedition´s real goal reaches all the way back to the great Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 - 1919, grimly nicknamed ´´the Spanish Lady,´´ which killed millions around the world. The virus of this flu still exists in those few victims who are preserved in frozen ground - and once the pharmaceutical company learns that three World War I veterans searching Alaska for gold had died of the disease near the Val, they will do everything in their power to get their hands on the bodies. Unless Nicolette risks her own life to defuse E-Group´s nefarious plan, the lives of hundreds of millions will be at stake. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angela Brazil. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007057/bk_blak_007057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
O. Winston Link is America´s most celebrated railroad photographer. Link began photographing the Norfolk and Western, the last major steam railroad in the United States, in the mid-1950s, when the N&W was converting its operations from steam to diesel. Link´s N&W project captured the railroad industry at a moment of transition, before the triumph of the automobile and the airplane that ended passenger service on the line and before the corresponding dramatic reduction in the workforce. And, just as importantly, Link´s work reveals a small-town way of life that was about to experience seismic shifts and in many cases vanish completely. The images in O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line focus on the people and communities surrounding the railroad, in particular recording life in the Appalachian portion of the Norfolk & Western´s service area. The book is published in cooperation with the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia, which holds the complete archive of Link´s N&W project. It replaces two previous Abrams books on Link, Steam, Steel & Stars and The Last Steam Railroad in America. O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line offers a broad view of the entire range of Link´s portfolio of the last years of the Norfolk and Western in steam, including excellent examples of both the keystone work and of the photographs, such as modernist images, that have not been previously published.
This very rare Body Chair was purchased from famous British artist, decorator and antique dealer to high society Anthony Redmile. This chair was produced circa 1975 and was a featured in an article published in the November 1975 issue of the prestigious design periodical CASA VOGUE. It featured photography of the interior of Anthony Redmile´s home in London illustrating a very similar surrealistic form body chair. The full CASA VOGUE article will be available as a PDF on request. Provenance: The chair was purchased in the mid-1970s by Berry Visser who was the organizer of the Holland Pop Festival in 1970 (featuring Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Santana). This first Dutch ´´Woodstock´´ was the start of his concert booking agency MoJo Concerts which is still running today. During his many travels to London during the 1970s, Visser instantly fell in love with this chair at the Anthony Redmile antique gallery and purchased it. It has always been in his interior and many famous music artists have probably sat on this piece of furniture. When Berry was asked who he could remember sitting in this chair he came up with one name that he could definitely recall: Ian Dury sat in the chair stroking the legs with the bracelets and wondered if the jewels were real. After a rock star´s life, the chair was in fairly rough condition when it arrived at the Artbrokerdesign restoration workshop. The team was dedicated to bringing back its original condition and reupholstered the chair in new white leather. A company (VKD) specialised in fibreglass and plastics undertook a complete restoration of the weak and damaged parts and a gelcoat finish. After this full restoration the Body Chair was exhibited in a Dutch Museum (Gorichem) for 6 months in the exhibition ´Seventies - Music, Fashion, Design´. Pictures of the restoration process available on request.