Jo-Anne Christensen is a full-time writer whose previous books are the best-selling Ghost Stories of Saskatchewan and Ghost Stories of British Columbia.
An Edmonton Album
This album is a collection of sentimental journeys into Edmontonâ€™s past - a time when a dime was all that was needed to see a movie, and couples skated across the glassy surface of a frozen lake that is now gone.
These photos illustrate many important historical events and changes in Edmonton, from its fur-trading beginnings through decades of tremendous growth. Through the lens of a camera we revisit soldiers returning home from war; the first train rumbling into town; the first school, hospital, and business; the building of the Legislature and demolition of the original fort; the desperation of the "Dirty Thirties"; and the success of the initial oil boom.
More than one hundred and fifty black-and-white images allow us to travel back in time to revisit Edmontonâ€™s growth and its people. Through these photos, moments in Edmontonâ€™s past are captured eternally, rich with details that characterize the era. An Edmonton Album is the cityâ€™s memory - in pictures.
"While An Edmonton Album will certainly bring back memories for those life-long Edmontonians who gave so much of themselves to the city, it also provides a casual stroll through the past for subsequent generations of armchair visitors."
Dennis Shappka is an electronics service technician with a life-long interest in history and photography. The authors were both born in Edmonton, and currently live there with their two children.