2011年04月19日

150 Years of Train Models

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Carstens Publications, Inc.
copyright 1999, Hal Carstens, 152 pages, hardcover
$30.95 WRP Bookstore

RMC誌の編集長(表紙の男性)が、NMRAの他、業界のエピソードを満載して、スケール・モデル製品の成り立ちを語る。Oゲージの状況を含み、マックス・グレイ夫妻など、我々が見たことも聞いたこともない話ばかり。英語が不得手でも写真が多いので楽しめる。

Here's the first comprehensive history of model railroading: over 400 photos and illustrations of early manufacturers, their products, the pioneer modelers; the beginnings of NMRA, TCA and TTOS as well as the early trade organizations: AMRRM, HIAA, and MRIA.

The Author
NMRA Life Member 0020; Harold H. Carstens started model railroading in 1938, discovered HO in 1940 and joined the staffs of Railroad Model Craftsman and Toy Trains in 1952. He became Managing Editor in 1954, Editor in 1957 and President and Publisher in 1967. He has served as Secretary of the Eastern Model Railroad Manufacturers, President of the Hobby Industry Association of America, the Model Railroad Industry Association, Friends of the New Jersey Railroad & Transportation Museum and the Train Collectors Association. He was one of the first three recipients of NMRA's Distinguished Service Award in 1962 at Montreal, holds the HIAA Meritorious Award of Honor and has been inducted into the Model Railroad Hall of Fame. He received the Wagner College Alumni Achievement Award and served eleven years on the Wagner College Board of Trustees. He was NMRA Man of the Year in 1990 and is listed in Who's Who in America. His train collection has been displayed at the Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg. Virginia; Trenton State Museum; and the National Geographic Hall, Washington. He is married to the former Phyllis Merkle and has four children: Rebecca, living in London, England; Heidi, Jacksonville, Florida; Harold G. and Henry who is active in the publishing company.
FRONT COVER: TOY TRAINS art director Julia DelCoro, poses for the camera with Hal Carstens on the giant American Flyer display layout at the Gilbert Hall of Science in New York. Color transparency was from the cover of the Sept. 1952 issue of TOY TRAINS. TOY TRAINS

Introduction
This book started out to be a simple, selected compilation of my Dispatcher's Report column from the pages of RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN. As the material was gathered it developed into a history of the model railroad hobby from its earliest years until the late 1970s. Photographs came from my personal files as well as from the RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN library and a number of other sources. It would be impossible to include everybody who had a part in creating the early days of the hobby. Photographs of some important early pioneers were not available to me as the book grew in scope. Perhaps more photos will turn up after this book is printed. The same is true of many of the early modelers who played an important role in promoting scale model railroading, collecting scale and toy trains, creating standards so locos and cars were interchangeable and those who worked, sometimes behind the scenes, to organize the trade and consumer associations which helped our model railroad hobbies grow and stabilize. The hobby and industry could not have grown without their efforts.
The manufactures, wholesalers, dealers and consultants listed in this book have given freely of their time and effort to help the hobby grow. So have the pioneers who formed NMRA, TCA, TTOS and other smaller organizations to create platforms where modelers and collectors could meet and share ideas, create standards for operating and collecting, and make new friends.
Harold H. Carstens


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