"FILL 'ER UP" PROVIDES A GLIMPSE OF THE GLORY DAYS OF WISCONSIN GAS STATIONS
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces the October release of "Fill 'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations" (ISBN: 978-0-87020-393-0; Hardcover: $29.95).
Hit the road with authors Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz for a guided tour of 59 of Wisconsin's vintage gas stations — from cottages to pagodas — in this spirited and nostalgic celebration of these historically significant examples of roadside architecture. Since their unremarkable beginnings as cheap shacks and curbside pumps, gas stations have taken many forms, worn many guises, and have been designed by some of Wisconsin's most distinguished architects.
Born at the dawn of the automobile age, the gas station evolved in tandem with the rest of America, responding with architectural and operational changes to the Great Depression, World War II, the postwar boom, the new interstate highway system, and the environmental movements of the late 20th century.
A substantial expansion on the Wisconsin Public Television documentary of the same name, this full-color book shows why historic gas stations should be preserved and what place they have in the 21st century and beyond. "Fill 'er Up" is one trip you don't want to miss.
"Fill 'er Up" is the first in the Places along the Way series from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Richly illustrated with historic and contemporary photos, the series tells Wisconsin's history through its architecture.
JIM DRAEGER is an architectural historian with the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than 20 years of historic preservation experience. MARK SPELTZ is a historian at American Girl and is completing a master's degree in history with a specialization in public history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Media: For review copies of the book, or for author or book photos, please contact Wisconsin Historical Society Press (608) 264-6465, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For author interviews, please contact the authors directly:
Jim Draeger, Phone: (608) 264-6511/ e-mail: Jim.Draeger@wisconsinhistory.org;
Mark Speltz, Phone: (608) 978-1516 / e-mail: Mark.Speltz@AmericanGirl.com
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing since 1855, is the state's oldest publisher. ###