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We’re releasing remainder of SG&S1958!v2 stocks on Thursday

December 01, 2019

We're releasing remainder of SG&S1958!v2 stocks on Thursday, December 4, 2019.

We’re 60% through distribution of reserved copies of Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 2. Shipping began on Friday, November 22 and the last of the copies previously spoken for will go out of here on Wednesday, December 4.

Until now, we’d tagged a copy of the new volume for each reader who already has a previous book in the Speed Graphics series. Now that we’re about to complete distribution of the pre-purchased copies, we’ll need to start releasing this informally-reserved supply for the new orders which have come in since the book’s release nine days ago. As mentioned previously, we received no “overs” from the bindery this time, so there are 100 fewer copies of Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 2 available than there were of Volume 1.

In short, if you’re a Speed Graphics reader and haven’t spoken for your copy, it’s here until Wednesday

On Thursday of this week, we’ll start removing Post-It Notes from the spare copies and begin filling new orders.

As a quick overview, Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 2 covers new territory beyond that explored in the 1957 and 1958 vol. 1 installments. Our photographers revisit the CNR London and Stratford Divisions (including Windsor, London, Stratford, Palmerston, the Owen Sound Subdivision, the Southampton Subdivision, the Wingham Subdivision, the Brampton Subdivision and Guelph). Then they cover Allandale and the Newmarket Subdivision to Orillia. There’s a fascinating trip along the CNR to Midland with extensive coverage of CPR operations around Port McNicoll. Then the fellows journey over to Lindsay and Blackwater, with a return also to the CPR Bobcaygeon Subdivision. The grand finale involves the Penetang and Meaford branchlines out of Allandale, then mainline action at Acton and Burlington.

Incidentally, Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 2 leans heavily toward the unreleased photography of Herbert Harwood

Since this book went into production, Herb’s collection has gone to an institute. Cataloguing of the negatives (a tiny part of which are Canadian, and not a central priority) will take years. This new volume fills a unique position in the overall Speed Graphics story, and offers a bridge to the next book in the series (that’s under wraps until 2020!).

Anyhow, if you haven’t purchased your own copy of Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 2 you’d best do it now

We are contemplating a special event in the United States to unveil the book in early 2020, which alone would exhaust the remaining supply on hand. And in fairness to our regular readers, we’ve been holding off on supplying a quantity of books to a photographic institute dedicated to the Speed Graphic camera (I had no idea of the popularity of the Speed Graphic and that there is a large contingent of people who collect those cameras and gobble up anything connected with their passion).

We’re going to get right into the shipping activities today, so if you haven’t grabbed your copy of Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 2 you can do so by clicking this button here:

Book(s) signed for, if desired

And here's a special button (only on this blog post) should you wish to add one of our new 2020 Canadian Branchline calendars with free shipping (to be packaged with your book):

2020 calendar FREE SHIPPING

In the next couple of days, I’ll post a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the new book going through the binding process. These images and video were captured by John Beck, owner of Beck Bindery Services.

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P.S. Several of our regular retailers are ready to re-load their shelves after their Black Friday week sales. A couple of new dealers have inquired too. We’ll attend to those new reservations on Thursday, so if you’d like to sneak your order in before then, better do so now.

P.P.S. Remember, your purchase of Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 2 gains you exclusive access to colour movie footage of CNR steam operations around Palmerston in 1956 (this access will disappear when supplies of the book are exhausted).


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