Apple Almanac Volume Three by
Patrick M. Reynolds This book contains probably the most
comprehensive and poignant accounts of the Collyer brothersAmerica's
most famous packrats. A series of eerie, detailed drawings capture
the spookiness of their junk-filled house ith its mazes and booby-traps.
Then there is the most elusive counterfeiter whom the Secret
Service dubbed "Mr. 880" who turned out to be an old
man who knocked out dollar bills with bad spelling. Did you know
that the site of the Empire State Building was once a high-rollers'
gambling joint and its shady operators brought the most successful
baseball franchises to New York? It's all here along with stories
about P.T. Barnum, Niblo's Garden, Cardinal "Digger"
John Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Nast, Irving Berlin, and
John Philip Holland, an Irish schoolteacher who invented the
modern submarine. The book also contains a special section on
the development of sports in America: baseball, tennis, football,
polo, and the first African-American pro basketball team (no,
it's not the Harlem Globetrotters).
11¾" x 7" 109 pages, index, fully illustrated,
#A3 Big Apple Almanac 3 $14.95