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LUSTRON STORIES: CHARLES MINTZ. Trillium, Ohio State University Press, Columbus, 2016. 164 pp. with 68 col. ills. 23 x 29 cm. LC 2016-3577 ISBN 9780814213056 In English.
The Lustron Corporation manufactured porcelain-baked, enamel-coated, all-steel houses between 1948 and 1950 in Columbus, OH. Virtually everything -- exterior siding, roof, interior walls, cabinets, and ceilings -- was made out of this material. About 2,500 Lustrons were sold, mostly in the eastern United States, but as far afield as Miami and Los Alamos. Roughtly two-thirds are still being used today. Four years ago, Charles Mintz set out to photograph the people living in these homes. The residents, owners, or both were photographed outside and occasionally inside. Mintz used a large format wooden camera and available light. This book features 65 of the resulting photographs and essays from Shannon Thomas Perich, Curator of the Photographic History Collection at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and Jeffrey Head, author and architecture critic. A related exhibition was presented at PUBLIC Gallery in Louisville and later at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, but this book does not specifically document the show.
Artist(s):Mintz, Charles
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Architecture, Photography
Plans: 71,55
Worldwide Number: 175162
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